Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

March 19, 2009

Moments + connections like this.


"Baby Anna this is you."

One of my favorite memories of being in the hospital was watching Simon show baby Anna the photo of her that he took to school to share with his class (great idea Grandma). Tucked inside his backpack it was his connection to her (and us) while he was at school and we were in the hospital.

On the day we came home we waited to leave the hospital until my Mom was able to bring him over after school. We wanted to leave as a whole family unit and include him in the specialness that is bringing a new baby home.

The transition from three to four has been remarkably smooth so far.

Simon comes home from school and the first thing he says is "Baby Anna I am home!"

He loves to call Anna and I "the girls." He will say, "do you girls want
to come see this toy?" or "are you girls going to take a bath?"

He also loves to give her "snuggles" where he touches her head with his hands or presses his lips to her head. It is a precious connection.

There is really nothing quite like this miracle that is new life and the bonds that are growing stronger everyday. We all feel really blessed.


And speaking of new life, Gabrielle McDougall Gitomer made her way into the world yesterday. We are overjoyed for my sister and Jeffrey and can't wait to meet the newest member of our family.


  • 1.
    jessica crawford said…

    thank you for the precious commentary you share with us…simon has his mama’s heart.

  • 2.
    Sara said…

    Congrats to you all. The bond just gets better all the time–my kiddos who are 8 and 5 are best of friends–I know they will look out for one another always. It is so special.
    Congrats on your new niece too–it will be so special for her and Anna to be so close!! :)

  • 3.
    Hannah said…

    These memories you’re documenting are so precious! And, Simon is such a doll!
    He will have so much fun with his new cousin too!
    I’m so happy for you all!

  • 4.
    andrea said…

    so happy that this has been a smooth transition for your family! it brings back memories of when my youngest was born; my son was 5 at the time, and when he came to the hospital to see his new baby sister he grumbled to anyone who would listen that it was “the worst day of his entire life” ! (he had been hoping for a brother seeing that he already had an older sister!!) :)

  • 5.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    I love the “Baby Anna I am home” – how sweet. Memories to last a life time. Congrats on the new addition to your family – the baby cousins are nice and close in age – that is good.

  • 6.
    Leslie said…

    This is just so precious. Reminds me when we brought our Emma home to meet her 21/2 year old Jackson. One of my sweetest, most dearest memories. I will never forget his face…he was so proud.
    Thanks for reminding me today just how precious my children are. They are both getting so big and Jackson will be in High School this fall. We are really struggling with him right now and my heart aches. This little memory today has given me a new perspective on my son.
    Have the best day, Ali!:)

  • 7.
    Jakki said…

    We did the same thing with my oldest son when my youngest was born…included him in SO many details. They are extremely close even now when they are in their teen years when they are ‘suppossed’ to hate each other. I do believe that is why and it IS a wonderful bond.

  • 8.
    Bonnie said…

    Siblings are the best thing ever! My 8 and 5 year old like to argue but they truely love and protect one another. It’s amazing the bond that siblings can have.
    You will enjoy watching them together for a very long time!

  • 9.
    Colleen F said…

    Simon is going to be little Anna’s protector. How cute.

  • 10.
    Vanessa said…

    So so beautiful! Thank you for sharing these previous intimate moments with us – they brighten my day and give me a beautiful sense of perspective on what is important in life.

  • 11.
    o-girl said…

    You have just the right way of making every moment so very special. That’s so thoughtful to make it point to be a family unit as you brought baby Anna home. That’s such a special photo – a quiet but powerful moment.
    Congratulation to Jessica and Jeffrey! Congrats to you, a “new” Auntie! And, how wonderful for Anna to have a cousin who’s so close in age.
    Have the best day!

  • 12.
    Sara Moriarty said…

    I think a 3 year age gap is perfect. My son was 3.5 when my daughter was born and they bonded instantly. My daughter is now 15 months and her connection with her brother continues to strengthen. The only thing more precious than loving our children is watching them love each other. I wish continued love and connection to you and your family.

  • 13.
    Susan said…

    Anna’s a lucky, lucky little girl to have such a wonderful big brother! And, how wonderful that you and your sister had baby girls so close together!! Grandma must be going crazy!!!

  • 14.
    {vicki} said…

    That is so cool how he says “the girls”.
    and congrats to your sister.

  • 15.
    Debbie McIntyre said…

    Excited to hear about baby Gabrielle and look forward to seeing a photo. Mac

  • 16.
    annie samuels said…

    so happy for all of you…

  • 17.
    Rachel M. said…

    Aw…this brought tears to my eyes. I wish I could experience this with my son! You are very blessed! :)

  • 18.
    Heather S. said…

    So sweet – tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  • 19.
    Kristi said…

    Your story made me tear up :-) I am so happy for you all and love Simon to bits! Congratulations to your sister, too. *HUGS*

  • 20.
    Krys72599 said…

    How wonderful that you see the beauty in the smallest moment, when it happens in a single second or two; it’s a memory that will last forever.
    And thank you for sharing it with us – it brings such joy to all of us!

  • 21.
    Danielle said…

    Simon sure sounds like one terrific big brother!!

  • 22.
    kim said…

    oh my word… that’s simply precious… precious. Love this… and congrats to your sweet sister…

  • 23.
    Maggie said…

    I love this post so much. Reading about Simon actually brought a tear to my eye!

  • 24.
    Colby said…

    How incredibly sweet! And so special that you are capturing these moments with your camera. So much love in your family. Many blessings to you all! And congratulations on the newest addition to your family!

  • 25.
    marlee said…

    “the girls.” That is so sweet.

  • 26.
    Stephanie S. said…

    What sweet moments! So cute that he calls you all “the girls” and so wonderful that he is transitioning so well. What a blessing. I have a 5 year old daughter and she wants to be a big sister so terribly badly. I keep hoping she will get the chance. Congrats to Jessica and Jeffrey! Gabrielle is a such a sweet and beautiful name.

  • 27.
    Linn said…

    What a wonderful thing that the cousins will be so close in age! It sounds like your family is cherishing these days.

  • 28.
    Dana Nichols said…

    Thanks for sharing these sweet moments with us.

  • 29.
    noell said…

    Beautiful. What a touching story.

  • 30.
    Samara Link said…

    Oh, Ali. That’s so darling. “The girls”. Melt my heart. It’s so nice that he’s taken to her so well. You’ve got a good kiddo there. Great post!

  • 31.

    Oh Ali, thanks for sharing the news of Gabrielle…I have been thinking about Jessica so much these past few days & now I know why! Happy day :o )

  • 32.
    molly said…


  • 33.
    Jennifer R. said…

    Aw– what a sweet precious pic! So glad things are going well :)

  • 34.
    Jill in Chicago said…

    This is sooo adorable!! It is bringing back so many memories. Our boys are 5 years apart. I always call our two boys and my husband “the men,” or “the menskies.” The other day I dropped off my youngest, now 15, at karate with his friend and said, “Bye men.” His friend stopped and kind of giggled, “men? more like young men or ….” then he just trailed off smiling.

  • 35.
    Annie said…

    I love hearing about all of the little moments between Simon and Anna–what a special bond!
    And, congrats to your sister and her family on their new addition!

  • 36.
    Jewelz said…

    Thank you for sharing Ali…on a day that was less than awesome you helped me reflect on the small precious moments in my own life that make it ALL worth while.
    Bloom and Grow little Anna, Bloom and Grow!

  • 37.
    Rachel said…

    Oh, Ali – it gets even sweeter.
    I have two boys, ages 8 and 6 and a daughter who is 18 mos. They were over the moon when she came along and even now – maybe especially now – they care for her in a way that I cannot. I, as her mother, am not meant to care for her in the special way that a big brother does – and she has two!
    They do things for her – read, tie her shoes, comb her hair, kiss her nose 1,467 times, and help feed her breakfast when I am running behind. They giggle for her.
    They do things to her – shut her in the closet (lol), put her socks on, and include her in games (she’s usually Princess Leia or an ewok at our house)
    Overall, giving my boys a baby sister was maybe the best thing I could have done for them. The best gift for their souls. It has added a layer of comforting, of gentleness (so hard for boys!), of maturity and empathy that they so needed. I never knew it was missing until it was there.
    Keep enjoying (and sharing with us, because I’m eating it up with a spoon!).
    Thanks so much.
    God bless,
    Mountain Baby Blankets
    (please click on my blog link to learn how to help provide baby blankets to teen moms in Appalachian Kentucky)

  • 38.
    Becca said…

    So sweet! What a precious bond they have.

  • 39.
    Carolyn said…

    What a beautiful photo of Simon and Anna, so glad the transition to having a sibling from being an only child is going so smoothly. This photo and your words brought tears to my eyes with how much love and affection you share with your readers by sharing your family. So glad to hear your new niece and her family are safe and sound, and here! Much love!

  • 40.
    marta said…

    Its so nice to see that bond, isn’t it? I think its more evident when there is more of an age difference. The older child appreciates that tiny baby so much more. My two girls are 7 yrs apart and I was nervous about that, but to see them, especially my oldest and how she looks at her little sister, she practically breathes her in. And my little one, she wants to be just like Megan : ) Oh yeah…the fighting has begun, but they do have their moments and its awesome!
    Just my thoughts

  • 41.
    Nancy Ainsley (aka La gachette - means the trigger) said…

    I am so happy for you!!
    Enjoy every moments…

  • 42.

    SWEET! The transition from three to four is such a tribute to the thoughtfulness of all of you in including Simon so much. He is so precious and he and Anna will have such a great relationship – thanks to all of the groundwork you are laying for them now. Thank you for sharing your life with us all.

  • 43.
    Becky Pospical said…

    I also have a newborn, (2 1/2 months) My 5 year old son can often be found reading a book to his baby brother. It’s a very sweet thing to see the love between siblings!!

  • 44.
    liz elayne said…

    this is beautiful. thank you for sharing these moments here…i feel very blessed to read them.

  • 45.
    Angela W said…

    That is so precious! It brought tears to my eyes reading that. That was a great idea having Simon be a part of you leaving the hospital! I love how Simon calls you two “the girls”! Congrats on the newest member of your family!

  • 46.
    AllyW said…

    So sweet! Simon is melting my heart. He’s making me remember when my boys were little and our 3 became 4. Enjoy these moments to the fullest!

  • 47.
    Elizabeth said…

    I love how you capture all these beautiful and memorable moments. I love the “conscious” decisions that you and all your family is making…it is really special…and it has obviously been passed onto Simon…such a caring and sweet “little man”.
    Congrats to baby Gabrielle too…how exciting.

  • 48.
    Shelly said…

    that is so sweet that you are having such a positive experience – those of use with more than one child know that it can easily go either way! :)
    thank you for posting about your sister, i read her blog and was wondering how things turned out – how fun that there will be two little girls so close in age – that will make for some fun future tea parties and dress-up dates when you have family gatherings.

  • 49.
    Leslie said…

    How brilliant, Ali, to come home from the hospital as a FAMILY! I wish I would have thought of that when my kids were tiny. Love you blog. You’re great.

  • 50.
    Erin said…

    I smiled when I saw Anna’s giraffe blanket. My daughter has a pink lamb made my the same company. She picked out a monkey for my son when he was born. They love their “bobos”. I am happy I bought extras when I saw them falling in love with their blankies. At the end of the day, a new one comes out and the old one goes in the laundry. Hope Anna loves hers as much as my children love their blankies.

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