Brotherly love (31 for 21)

The Upside

The expansive love a new mother feels cannot be described.

Perhaps only one who has given birth can get what it’s like to have such tremendous affection for another being. Motherhood increases the capacity of one’s heart so deeply, so fully, so immediately.

Within hours of bringing my beautiful boy home from the hospital, I knew I wanted another baby.

By the time my firstborn was a talkative toddler – in perpetual motion and constant curiosity – I was pregnant with my second son.

brothers huggingI remembered a friend telling me she had had her second child as a gift for her young daughter. I could relate. I have three siblings who, aside from my own children, are the most important people in my world. I can’t imagine what my childhood would have been like or who I’d be today without my sisters’ influence.

I wanted Elijah to have a sibling…

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