Letter to Lacey: Now you’re a big sister

LE3{photo by Rana Rankin Photography}

Dear Lacey,

You’re a big sister.

A few hours after your little sister Luella was born, your Gaga brought you into the hospital. We wanted you to meet her before anyone else so Dada came and collected you from out in the hallway. Already it’s all a blur to me, because I remember just sitting in the bed, holding the baby and gazing at you. You look like you’d grown in the hours since I last saw you. Suddenly you were this big girl. I looked at your smile, your hands, you… and all of you suddenly seemed so grown up.

You took to the big sister gig with ease. All my moments of anxiety about how you’d handle it were for nothing, you rock at being a big sister.

When we were back at home, we sat on the lounge – the baby, you, me and Aunty Sarah. You held Luella for perhaps the second or third time, and looked at me, “Mama, are you going to cry?”

“No,” I lied… fighting back tears.

“I’m crying,” you told me with tears welling, “Because I love Luella so much.”

I looked at your Aunty Sarah, and we both melted, and a lump formed in my throat.

♥♥♥

Last night as I was feeding Luella in the middle of the night. You stumbled into our bedroom, a look of concern over your face. You’ve been having a few nightmares of late, so I worriedly asked, “Are you OK?”

Rubbing your eyes you replied, “I just need to hold Luella.”

So you sat up in our bed, had a quick cuddle and then fell back asleep.

♥♥♥

You love going to school but when we took you the other day you remarked, “I don’t want to go to school anymore. I just want to be home with Luella.”

♥♥♥

You are the sweetest big sister, so caring and kind. A little enthusiastic at times {wanting to hold and pick her up when she’s not really in the holding mood}, but who could ask for more. Luella is so lucky to have you, and I know there are rocky times ahead and it won’t always be so wonderful… but right now I love how beautifully you both are together.

Yes, you’ve grown up a lot in the last three weeks, but you’ll always be my little girl. I have a new appreciation for you, and my love for you expanded a little {I didn’t know it was possible}. I love how sweet you are at 5, how easy you are to get along with and how you’ve just taken to being a big sister with ease, like you were born to do it.

Thank you for surprising me, and for making my heart grow.
How lucky I am,
Mama. xx

  • http://lwlelyse.blogspot.com/ Elyse Chatterton

    Fabulous photo- those curls are just delightful!

  • Melanie Hall

    what beautiful lucky little girls… thanks for a lump in the throat reminder of what’s really important …

  • Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

    What a beautiful picture and story! Louella is blessed to have such a tender, sweet big sister. Best wishes to all of you.

  • zeitverschwender17

    Laceys curls are amazing and Luella’s face is just … aw! Sugar!

  • Melissa

    OMG That is the sweetest thing EVER! God love them!

  • http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/ Julie

    Now I have tears in my eyes. That is the sweetest thing. So is that image of your two gorgeous girls.

  • Simone-honeyandfizz

    How sweet! There is nothing like watching your babies together. Also what a gorgeous photo. Enjoy this amazing time xx

  • bruh1ldah

    This one of the most beautiful letters I’ve read :)

  • plate4eight.com

    I love the beautiful letters you write to your girls. I’m sure they will read them with happy tears in their eyes when they are older. I know I’m wiping away tears right now. Congratulations on your beautiful little family. There’s nothing like a baby to make the love grow!

  • Helen Jaman

    You are an incredible Mum and that’s what makes Lacey the loving big sister she is ! Again, you have me at my desk crying – tears of love and joy of course ! Thanks for sharing and oh, what an amazing photo ! xxx

  • Terry Beth Tucker Barnhart

    The sweetest!

  • Lynette Rennie Wadick Castor

    That is so beautiful and touching Chantelle…big hugs…you are jsut the best Mummy..♥

  • Anna

    Well, a lump formed in my throat too and I melted a little ;-) Such a precious letter to your big girl. There will be many more moments that surprise you and make you smile – be sure of that!

  • aimeeb

    I remember my 3.5 yr old seeming to have grown up so much when she came to see her brother for the first time…years later when you look back at the photos she won’t ;)
    Congratulations!

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    That is beautiful forever love,that’s what sisters have x

  • Katie Rainbird

    Lacey sounds like an utter sweetheart. How blessed you are! <3

  • Patti Duff Brown

    Chantelle, that was so beautifully written. Lacey sounds like she is a very good big sister. Btw, the photo is beautiful.

  • Jette

    OMG, that is just soooo lovely. And put in so nice words. Makes me want and turn my little one into a big sis immediately!!! (she turns 3 today). So glad for you to have two rocking girls and so glad for your kids that they have such a great mum!

  • Jules

    You are such a sensitive Mum and I love that about you!! I wish we had had the thought to do what you are doing between your babies way back when I had mine!

  • http://phunkblog.com/ TJ @ Phunkblog

    Argh! Tears! X

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    This is so beautiful and makes me sad i didn’t write letters to my children way back when i had mine.You are such a loving Mum and i do hope that Photo is framed it is stunning!

  • Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad

    Just beautiful. There is nothing greater than to see our own little people act with compassion and love.

  • chinmayie

    I am expecting my second baby anytime now and I have a 4.5 year old daughter. I am in tears reading this! Beautiful :)