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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.


  • 51.

    Congrats to Jessica and Jeffrey! Wow- two little girl cousins- how fun!!

  • 52.
    Katie F said…

    “You girls”..too sweet! I’m so happy Simon is adjusting to life with Anna like a champ!

  • 53.
    g lindekugel said…

    I ran across this little verse again when I was making a baby card
    “Frail newborn wings
    small voice that sings
    new little beating heart
    dread not thy birth
    nor fear the earth
    the infinite thou art
    the sun doth shine
    the earth doth spin
    for welcome~enter in
    this green and daisied sphere
    rejoice and have no fear”

  • 54.
    Sonia said…

    Just lovely! Adorable!
    Sonia from Leaves of Grass:

  • 55.
    Teresa said…

    I am so happy for you guys! My sister in law had her 2.nd child (Sarah) and her son (Hector, 3) was soooo jealous. He even threw stuff towards her and pretended to kiss her and then wanting to hurt her. I think it helps that Simon is older.
    He is such a great brother. I am so happy for you!

  • 56.
    Nikki Love said…

    your blog posts are my favorite. I knew when baby Anna was here, that they would get even better and more heartfelt. Enjoy this blessed time with your wonderful family, Ali.

  • 57.
    leni said…

    Simon is such a sweetie! He reminds me of my older brother.

  • 58.
    Lisa said…

    I love hearing about Simon’s connection with his baby sister. So, so sweet! He has such a tender heart for her (and his “girls” :)

  • 59.
    Lycia said…

    I have 3 children, and while all of them are close, my youngest two are especially so. My daughter has loved her baby brother since the moment she found out I was pregnant. They are now 12 and 16 (almost 13 and 17) and the bond is stronger than ever. They are each other’s best friends and biggest fans. Because I am an only child, this bond not only humbles me, but I stand in awe as I watch the two of them. Thanks for sharing the sweetness of Anna & Simon with your blog readers.

  • 60.
    Maureen said…

    Ahhh. Such a sweet story, and so nice that ‘the girls’ have this ‘guy’ (and the other one!) to take care of and love them.

  • 61.
    gem said…

    i love these stories…

  • 62.
    JodeeS said…

    I didn’t realize how much my son (age 5) wanted a sibling until we brought his sister home. Nor did I realize that she was missing until we were all together. Family truly is a beautiful thing.

  • 63.
    Deb Jones said…

    Simon is such a sweetie. I think it is so special how he is so excited about having a sister. Great memories to record.
    Congrats on the new niece.

  • 64.
    Puanani said…

    This is such a sweet a post. Yea for family and sibling love…

  • 65.
    Bette said…

    What a wonderful “BIG” brother he is and how lucky she is to have him.
    Thank you for sharing and providing me with the loving memories of my children.

  • 66.
    DinDin said…

    Simon is so sweet! :)

  • 67.
    MIchelle said…

    I love reading your blog not only for the ideas but seeing just what a neat family you are. I just recently left my job with ECSE to be home with my kids. I enjoy so much reading about Simon and his adventures. Congratulations on baby Anna I hope you all continue to have those small touching moments to treasure for a life time.
    Is there any way you could answer a question for me. I want to put together a 8 1/2 x 11 album for my kids but I am having a hard time finding Templates or changing my 12×12 ones. I have elements 6 on my PC and CS3 on my Mac. Is there a way in either program to change a layered templates size?

  • 68.
    Karen Kennedy said…

    How beautiful! I have so enjoyed watching my 2 year old DS with his new baby sister…just amazing….

  • 69.
    CinCreates said…

    It is wonderful that Simon has adjusted so well and so quickly to being a big brother. You are blessed.

  • 70.
    Diane said…

    Absolutely beautiful. Oh how I miss the newness of infants.

  • 71.
    Shelly Kettell said…

    Ali, thanks for sharing so much with us. It is special to see the bonds between siblings grow! And how much fun it will be to have girl cousins so close in age! Congratulations to your entire family!

  • 72.
    KatherineB said…

    Oh Simon – you are so beautiful…. Ali I’m loving watching Simon bond with Anna – that is so precious and so emotional (and we are on the other side of the world!) THANK YOU so much for sharing. I was really wondering how Simon would cope having a new little sister but just WOW is all I can say. I also loved how you waited until Simon came to the hospital from school so you could all go home together – note to self moment for me there – thanks! and how wonderful that your sister just had a baby too – CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  • 73.
    Karen O said…

    The sibling bond is so amazing and so very special :)
    I am glad Simon is adjusting so well and loves his Baby Anna so much.
    When my second son was born, my oldest was 2 and in that toddler “mine” stage. We were sure to call our second “My Ryan” all the time- which got a “no- MY Ryan” response every time. 2 years later they are best buds and A definitely still cherishes “his” baby Ryan :)
    Congrats on your new niece as well- it will so nice for she and Anna to be so close in age!
    Enjoy this time- it is pure magic

  • 74.
    Charin said…

    That is precious :) We’ve been going through some of the same things with our little girl Katie, she’s a big sister at two years old and is doing SUCH a great job! :) It makes us Mama’s proud for sure, to see them making this transition so well. :)
    (Congratulations to your sister!) :)

  • 75.
    claudine pepe said…

    Ali, isn’t this the best. My boys, 8, 3 and 2 ADORE each other. Their love is so genuine. I LOVE your blog and though I am a bit jealous you got a lovely girl, I appreciate my little guys every single day and I am so happy you had a sibling for Simon. It’s the best gift you could ever give him.
    You and your family deserve this wonderful happiness!!!!

  • 76.
    Carrie said…


  • 77.
    Leigh-Ann said…

    simon’s mind is so precious! i love his pure and delighted excitement to share things with his new sister! it’s so… special!
    i’m so loving your posts Ali! Thankyou :)

  • 78.
    Tricia Wilson said…

    Okay, that is so sweet. Totally made my heart smile!

  • 79.
    Anna said…

    Reading this made me cry. So beautiful!

  • 80.
    Tacha said…

    Extra idea, wonderful picture !!!

  • 81.
    Amy M said…

    Thanks for sharing these special, sweet moments with us. I always end up going to go snuggle with my own kiddos after reading your blog…such a sweet reminder to savor the joyous moments. Thanks for all you do! Love, love your blog!

  • 82.
    Rebecca said…

    Oh, Ali – Simon is so sweet. So glad the transition is going well. Congratulations on your new niece!

  • 83.
    wendy bretz said…

    what a great relationship simon and anna have. :)
    glad everything is going well ali :) :)

  • 84.
    alexandra said…

    Simon is so cool! I love hearing what he has to say to Anna – he’s such a good, little man.
    And thrilled to read about Jessica’s baby – lots of fabulous, little girl energy in your family now! So much fun!

  • 85.
    Angie said…

    So precious!
    Check out Google today, it is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”!

  • 86.
    Sue said…

    Sounds like everything is going smoothly in your household. I love your photos and your stories of Simon and Anna.
    Congrats to your sister and her husband on the arrival of Gabrielle. Your Mom must be in ‘baby heaven’ right about now!

  • 87.
    Simone said…

    it’s so sweet to read that he’s anna big brother. your kins are adorable. god bless them for you

  • 88.
    Jennifer T said…

    My big brother is 6 years older than me, and I absolutely adore him. He and I have such a special bond… and it has only gotten stronger now that we are adults! Simon and Anna will share such an awesome friendship!

  • 89.
    Michelle said…

    what an awesome moment!

  • 90.
    Susie Avilez said…

    Soooo sweet I love this post! made my heart melt to hear that Simon calls you two “the girls” darling! made me want to squeeze Simon LOL~ susieQ

  • 91.
    cher said…

    Hi…so glad it is going so well! You must be doin it right girlfriend! Awesome! Just keep getting your rest..praying for you all! Cher

  • 92.
    sesil in chicago said…

    Congrats to your sister. I was just thinking..I remember you metioning that you two were pregnant together. Congrats again!
    What great moments!! :) SEsil

  • 93.
    Brianna said…

    I’m glad to hear the transition has been a good one.

  • 94.
    CoCo said…

    Love ‘the girls’ term he has for you. I come from a house of ‘girls’ – 3 sisters, no brother, and now have two little ‘girls’ of my own. It’s great you can be a girl forever! Also delighted Anna has a little cousin so close in age. My kids adore their cousins!

  • 95.
    Mindy M. said…

    Printing a picture out for the big brother to take to school – very neat idea (will have to steal that for the next one). Congrats on the new baby niece – Anna has a perfect playmate for family get-togethers now.

  • 96.
    Liana said…

    it’s amazing how six degrees makes a difference! I’ve been a big fan of you for a long time and also someone who is apparently your Brother in law? Wow! how totally exciting! Congrats to your whole family on the joy and new additions.

  • 97.
    Carrie said…

    Thank you for sharing this! Today was my son’s first day back at school after his baby brother was born. We printed pictures for him to take. I stood out of view as he hung up his backpack and pulled the two small pictures out, kissed them, and slid them into his shirt pocket before joining his class. I barely made it to the car before the tears started!!

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