Yesterday Ben held our little girl and gave her a name and a blessing (and he stuck to the name we came up with in the hospital and put on her legal records, thank goodness ;).
I love this chance, with each of my children, to hear blessings of heaven given them because I also get a glimpse at the wonderful people they are going to become. It is easy to get caught up in the diaper changes and late night feedings and forget that they aren’t babies forever. And when her newborn cry is insisting on food at some obscene hour, it is hard to remember that this time is brief, that soon she’ll be walking and talking like her brother, and soon after that she’ll leave me and go off to college (I now understand those parents who insist their kids go to school within driving distance of home #sheisneverallowedtoleave).
Raising my babies is my purest joy and my greatest fear. To be entrusted by Him to teach and to love them is more wonderful and more difficult than I could have anticipated. I hope someday they understand the magnitude of a parent’s love and in it, glimpse the perfect love He has for each of them.
My dress was a gift from Pink Blush (plus it’s nursing friendly and I don’t have to worry about bending over and chasing babies in it). It is only available in an XL right now but they have it in a lot of other colors as well with various sizes available.
Adelaide’s dress is something we picked up at Next while we were in England a few months ago. I can’t find it on their site anymore but they have such darling kids pieces at amazing price points.
Lincoln’s shirt + jacket are both from JoJo Maman Bebe and on huge sale. The quality is top notch and the jacket, which is still available in all sizes is down from $49 to $12! His shorts are also from Next and his shoes are from Pediped (our all-time favorite kids shoe brand so far).
P.S. We also snapped these before rushing off to church so Adelaide didn’t have her little bow on (you can see it in my hand in these pictures) and I forgot to grab the baby blanket my grandmother crocheted for Lincoln’s blessing (and I plan on using for each baby blessing in our family) from the diaper bag. By the time we had woken up from afternoon naps and I thought about taking a few more blessing day pictures, Adelaide had pooped through both layers of clothing so we skipped the extra pictures ;P