Monday, May 23, 2016
When Brian and I were discussing the idea of having another child after Grant was a few years old, we had no idea how Hannah would change all of our lives for the better. Brian was pretty content with just Grant and let's face it, our lives were pretty easy. Grant was past the "baby" phase, we could go just about anywhere and do just about anything without much hassle. It was smooth sailing in the parenting department.
I, on the other hand, really wanted a sibling for Grant. At the time I wasn't thinking about how Hannah would impact Brian and I, I was thinking about Grant. We had a dear friend a few years back whose wife had cancer, his mom had a stroke, and his father's health was beginning to fail. All of this is beyond awful, but to top it off he was an only child without cousins and had to tackle all of this alone. This made my heart heart so badly. The thought of Grant having to go it alone when Brian and I got old, gray, and senile was more than I could handle.
Now, I will add, we have a very small family. My sister and I don't have any cousins and Grant has four cousins on Brian's side, but they are all high school age and older. I know sometimes having a second child is not an option for families due to secondary infertility, finances, etc, and I don't want to upset anyone by sharing my thoughts, but this is where I was coming from.
After getting pregnant the second time pretty easily we had a miscarriage, then we had a hard time conceiving again. When we finally got pregnant with Hannah I was so fearful we'd have another miscarriage. I relied on God to get us through and here we are today!
From day one Grant has adored Hannah and within a the first month Hannah has become enamored with Grant too. I think the age gap actually plays to their favor, as they'll always be in different stages, so hopefully not competing.
When Hannah wakes up, but I'm in the middle of something Grant happily goes and entertains her until I get there. It's pretty adorable. He also loves playing with her in living room too. Although we've had to remind him to be gentle at times, the second Hannah sees Grant her face simply lights up.
Grant is also is great with her in the car. She's such a happy baby most of the time, but if she starts to fuss in the car Grant is always first to the rescue.
I seriously had no idea who Hannah would change all of our lives for the better and I am so looking forward our years ahead.
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