Monday, August 18, 2008

Aren and Tatiana


When we told Aren he was going to be a big brother the first time, he just kind of stared at us and we got nothing from him. It's kind of what we expected, I mean he was two for crying out loud.

It was about five years later when we told Aren that we were going to have another baby. Again he just kind of stared at us but this time we could guess what he was thinking. His first sister had died just a few years earlier from a medical condition that Aren himself had...a condition that Aren almost died from but was saved because of a bone marrow transplant. Aren's no dummy. He knew that he almost died, and he knew that Lily did die, so putting two and two together, he knew as did Rick and I, that this next baby had the chances of being born with no immune system and having to go through what Aren and Lily had to.

Tatiana was born with a clean bill of health and I wondered how Aren would feel about her. Would he love her as much as Lily? Would he resent her because she was healthy and unless something unexpected happened would never know the painful life that Aren and his other sister had known?

I watch Aren and Tatiana together and immediately know the answers to those questions. Seven and a half years can't separate these two and I love it.

5 comments:

Rachel said...

They are absolutely precious!

Robinson's said...

Sibling bonds are absolutely amazing!

Holmes Family said...

Hey, it's Jessica Holmes. I found you on Laura Richin's blog while I was posting a comment. I thought I'd take a peek into what you've been up to. It's good to know you're still in S.V. We will be back in November. I don't know if you even care to keep in touch with me, but if you do send me your blog e-mail to holmesjessicamarie@yahoo.com. Our blog is privitized due to some weird people viewing it. Your kids are so adorable! Hope all is well with you and your family! Take care, Jess

The Wilkins Family said...

Hi Marybeth. I linked to you from Steph's blog. Your kids sound wonderful. I cried when I read this...

Elizabeth said...

Can I just say that your kids are sooooo good looking? I remember when Lily passed away and it was absolutely heart wrenching. I look at the two you have now and see so much happiness in their faces. I know I'm a dork but I have to say you two are great parents and your kids are truly blessed as are you. I'm so glad to see things are going well for you. I hope it's ok that I am reading your blog btw.