he calls her baby.

July 12, 2012

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When we brought Ainsleigh home from the hospital Aiden was only 18 months old. 
At the time I thought he was such a big boy but looking back, he really was still such a little guy :).

Ainsleigh was one of those babies you hear about. 
You know the ones that never cry and sleep through the night in their own crib at 7 weeks old. The ones that you say "that doesn't really exist".

Then I had Ainsleigh. 
And I realized that babies like that do exist. 

I remember looking at chris one time saying "did this just get a ton easier or are we just better at it?" Mostly it was just her...but partially I do believe we were better at swaddling, "shushing", feeding, looking for over.stimualtion and so on. 
We felt more comfortable the second time around. 
She came into our family with a smooth, easy transition.

But Aiden wasn't so sure.

It took time.

I say all this because there has been a shift.
A huge shift. 
They play together now. They hug and run and kiss and play. And I see true love and joy and acceptance between them. He defends her when we are places.

He calls her baby.

He has since she came home from the hospital...but now as her second birthday approaches he still calls her baby.

 "Baby, come on!!!" He calls the "new baby" by her name- Apple....so I guess Ainsleigh will always be "his baby"....I can see them at 16 years old and her still with a nickname.

Im grateful they have each other. It's a gift to give a little one a lifelong friend.

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69 comments:

  1. He calls her baby. How sweet!

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  2. Thank you for hosting...your blog is such a welcome place to alight after a long day. Thank you for posting and keeping up with it...
    ~Deirdre

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  3. That is just so beautiful. I hope when I one day have children, they share a bond that is so special.

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  4. This is beautiful! My little guy just turned one. They truly are amazing blessing!! I would love for you to check out my blog and see his first birthday pictures. He has the big blue eyes and blonde curls too. = )

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  5. Ah...I needed to hear this tonight.

    We're getting ready to welcome our little Caedmon in September and our son Auggie will be 18 months when he gets here! I've been a little panicked about how close they'll be and just asking Jesus to make them good friends!

    Your words were the comfort this mama needed!

    Thank you, sweet girl!

    Alle

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  6. That truly is the sweetest thing. It brought me to tears!

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  7. so sweet. their bond is so precious! my brother emailed me today, "kiddo" was what he called me. 25 years old, and i still love to hear "love you, kiddo" from my big brother! :)

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  8. oh my goodness - those pics of that baby girl are so precious! Look at that face! Of COURSE she's Aidens baby! xo

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  9. I am with Cathy,,that has to be the most sweetest thing I have heard,,you are truely blessed with 2 beautiful children and another one on the way..
    Devon

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  10. awww mine are 19 months apart and I remember when Savannah used to call Ava "baby" mostly she would say, "hush up baby" when she cried lol!
    they are BEST friends forever!
    yours will be too!
    my niece was called baby right away because they didn't name her until she was over a year old! she is still called baby, but now we call her baby belle (isabel) at age 9!

    can't wait to see your newest baby Apple!
    tar

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  11. Its painful to look at her- she is THAT pretty!
    and i love that she has a big bro... a protector, and that nickname is so heart warming! xxx

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  12. This is so completely beautiful! Sibling relationships are the best :)

    Silver from A Silver Snapshot
    http://starthinker-silverbarter.blogspot.ca/

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  13. I was two when my sister was born. To make the transition easier for me as a new sister, my dad told me she was mine. For twenty-five years, she's been my baby. When we fight, my dad says really fast, "Don't hurt your baby!"

    There's a special bond between the first and second child. Make sure you document it well.
    Tess
    www.theframedlady.com

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  14. A very sweet relationship! :) I hope Miss Apple is "that baby," too!

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  15. this just melted my heart. and those pictures are so darn sweet! hope your doing well and that sweet little apple is, too!

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  16. This sweet post gave me goosebumps. Having grown up with a brother only 13 months younger than me, I cherish the relationship bro/sis siblings close in age can have. How wonderful that they already love each other so much.

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  17. How sweet. They will be life long friends!

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  18. How cute! LOVE her eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Beautiful Sentiments...how gorgeous that he calls her baby.

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  20. sooo sweet. loved this. :)

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  21. that is precious! my two youngest are inseperable. they are only a couple of years apart and they share a room, and they call each other "buddy" lol

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  22. That second photo needs to be framed, and it needs to be framed fast! You make the most beautiful bebe's.

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  23. That is the most beautiful picture of her!! Blue eyes . . . lil "pouty" lips!! I know it's in the very far future . . . but I am sure it will not be easy for her daddy to . . . walk her down the aisle!!! Beautiful! Hope you are doing well Casey. Angels and Prayers ~ Lauren Ayers

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  24. That is just so so so sweet. You know, our son is 2 1/2 nd we still call him "baby". I think it'd change if we had another and he wasn't the baby anymore. But he's now starting to remind us he's "big boy" now! How time flies. I am praying for you and Apple! You will carry her longer than the others, and she will be healthier. Faith, lady!

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  25. that melts my heart!

    xxoo,
    j

    FOLLOW ALONG AT WWW.JACIELAND.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  26. That is just adorable. Your daughter is so gorgeous! Hope they grow up to be the best of friends. There really is nothing better than siblings! Mine live a world away and I miss them every minute!

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  27. This is beyond beautiful and makes me wish for an older brother myself :) Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I think it's so cute he calls her baby. I hope it really stays that way forever! :D that would be so great!

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  29. soo sweet! can't wait until my two start playing together =) he calls her 'sister'. Never by her name. hehe.

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  30. This melts my heart. I cannot wait to be a mother, and you and your gorgeous family inspire me so much.

    -Amy
    http://theblankpagesblog.blogspot.com/

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  31. your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! hope your babies love each other like they do now for the rest of their lives!

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  32. This melted my heart and brought tears to my eyes.. so beautiful!

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  33. So gorgeous she is Casey, and for Aiden to call her 'baby' is so beautiful..reading a part of your post took my breath away and made me smile..im sure that he will defend both of his sisters. its such a special thing to see siblings hugging and giving each other kisses, I see it with my twin boys who are now 2 and it makes me so happy..love reading your posts, keep up the great work..Maria..xx

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  34. This is just the sweetest sweetest thing ever! Makes me want to have a second even more as my own little 'baby' approaches her first birthday!!

    ~Amanda

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  35. So sweet! My boys are super close too, best friends for sure!

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  36. I can't wait for my 3 year old daughter to become big sister to her baby sister in a couple of weeks. Praying for a good transition but excited about the two of them being together.

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  37. how cute that he calls her baby--i bet she wil hate it when she is sixteen though ;)

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  38. your posts make me want to throw my birth control out and have babies

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  39. I adore this post - so sweet xoxo

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  40. Aw this is so sweet! Brings so many emotions as my son has been begging for a baby sister for over a year now. He's 3 1/2 and I can't wait for him to experience this! I love how close in age your kids are.

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  41. That is sooo sweet!

    I still call my baby sister 'baby' sometimes (she's 21), but it seems so much different when it's big brother to little sister. No doubt that nickname will stick! Adorable!

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  42. That is so sweet! I always wished I had an older brother. (I have 2 younger brothers!) Good luck with the addition of baby #3! :)

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  43. so sweet! my son calls our daughter sissy...never ever by her name ;)

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  44. oh my goodness that is precious!! we have been debating having another baby, and there is just something so special about the bond between siblings.

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  45. Wow she is beautiful!! What a lovely family :)

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  46. What a heartwarming post! Baby. :) So sweet.

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  47. She is adorable! and that is just the sweetest thing. She is a lucky girl to have a big brother like Aiden

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  48. I could have written that exact same post about my kids. :) My oldest son turned 3 last month. My youngest son is 20 months. My little guy has always been referred to as "Baby", too. With a little sister, who will be here in about 3 weeks, I think my little guy will STILL be "baby" even after the new baby comes. :)

    I love it!

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  49. It is sooo sweet. I know a woman that my husband grew up with and everyone calls her Baby. He tells me that's just what everyone called her since she was, well, a baby and it stuck for everyone in the neighborhood. Cute, huh?

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  50. That is so sweet.. Reminds me of my little brother and I. We were really close, and we love our other brother just as much... But there is something special about being close in age and growing up best friends. :)

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  51. That is so absolutely sweet! Yours are the kids that everyone is jealous of because they get along!

    perfectly priya

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  52. Such beautiful wonderful children you have. I can't wait to see how gorgeous this new baby will be. You and your hubby produce beautiful babies. Love your blog :)

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  53. OH Casey. This is the CUTEST POST. I am in love. Thanks for sharing this today.

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  54. Aw! That just made me get teary :) Reminds me of my brother and me!

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  55. so sweet!! love siblings! :)

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  56. Oh Casey! This made me bawl! Our oldest was 15 months old when we had our daughter. They were SO close to eachother and he always called her 'baben daden' (baby Gracie). He called her that until he died of cancer just before his 7th bday! I'll never forget that :) There's such a special bond between a brother and sister when they are the first two!!!!!!

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  57. how precious! my son (8) defends and looks out for his 'sis' (7). she's shy and he's outgoing- and she still holds onto him whenever they are together in public. he doesn't even bat an eye at her holding his shirt or grabbing his arm- or insisting she attend his 'older kids' sunday school class. he loves her with a pure love which crosses boundaries of embarrassment or inconvenience. it blesses my soul every time i see his patience for her- and his self-imposed duty to protect and guard her. what love is this? except Christ's!?

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  58. I really don't know what's cuter -- those photos of your beautiful girl or that story about Aiden calling her baby! Nothing sweeter than a big brother looking out for his sister xo

    http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com

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  59. This post made me cry, a lot! Wesley is not transitioning so well to the addition of a new baby at home, and this post was the hope I needed at this tough time. Thx for reminding me what matters. Xoxo

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  60. This post made me cry, a lot! Wesley is not transitioning so well to the addition of a new baby at home, and this post was the hope I needed at this tough time. Thx for reminding me what matters. Xoxo

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  61. Oh my goodness, lordy how sweet!

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  62. Omg how sweet!!! What adorable kiddo's you have

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  63. awww, so sweet! Beautiful girl!

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