In the days leading to the birth of her second child, Emma wrote a letter to her first born, Nevaeh. Nevaeh turned four recently, and incidentally, Emma happened to come across that letter she'd written 2 1/2 years ago. These images, and this letter are the perfect way to celebrate Nevaeh's 4th Birthday and for Emma to reflect on the beautiful little girl she is.
"My darling Nevaeh,
I'm writing this to you on the eve of your brother or sister's due date to tell you how I'm feeling. I need you to know how much I love you; how I think you are the most amazing, funny, caring and entertaining person, and you're not even two years old!
I don't ever want you to think or feel that you have to share my love for you with someone else. My heart is so full, and yet constantly growing with love and happiness as I watch you grow. I can only imagine that it will grow more and do the same for our new baby. Your Dadda and I have always known we wanted you. We waited and waited for our Nevaeh, and all of that time was so worth it because, to us, you are so perfect.
The next few months are going to be hard with a lot changing at home, but please know that I will do everything I can to make sure that you get the attention you need from us! One day when you have children of your own you will understand how I feel when I look at you and say "I love you", but until then you will only understand half of what I feel. My heart aches, and tears flow when I look at you, out of pride and joy, and at the fact that we made you. We couldn't be more happy with the person that you are.
I love you Nevaeh Ivy, with all of my being, in life and afterwards. Thank you for choosing me to be your mummy! xxx"
Thank you so much to Emma for sharing this story! I think any mother with more than one child, or expecting a second, will appreciate the kind of nervous anticipation for another baby, and the concern over how it will affect the other child, and the dynamic of family life in general.
I love Emma's idea of writing her thoughts down and her intention to give her letter to Nevaeh when she's old enough to understand. I think, above all else, children just need to know that they are loved, and always have been.
I really look forward to sharing more of these stories with you! We can all gain so much from each others experiences in motherhood xxx