Yesterday while I was uploading Adam's 10 month photos, I started looking back through the pictures from the day that Adam was born, and some things jumped out with me that I hadn't seen before.
Obviously, these are not the best photos of me and Tim, which is why I had just sort of dumped them in a folder and hadn't given them a second thought, instead printing and framing the ones where we don't look like exhausted new parents (some of us more tired than others after a long morning!) But looking at them again, I was struck by the sweetest of Ellie towards her new baby brother. From the minute she walked into my hospital room, she was in love with him.
Sure, there's been jealousy. There's been whining and toy stealing and rough housing, but the majority of it has been regular brat toddler stuff. I have never worried that if I walked away from the two of them, Elizabeth would take the opportunity to hurt Adam. She has never hit or bit him. She fights to sit next to him at meal times, and calls to him to hold her hand in the car. Seeing the two of them grow together and become a team of two melts my heart - I guess I just hadn't realized that it has been going on since the very first moment. Sure, it's great now that Adam's mobile and interactive, but she's loved the same since the start.
Tim and Meg met in 2003 at UCLA, only three weeks before Meg graduated, and only three months before she moved to Canada for graduate school. They dated long distance for a year, got engaged in 2004 and married in 2005. Tim makes video games as an actual job. After five years in LA, in a 500 square foot apartment, we moved back behind the Orange Curtain and bought our first house in October 2009. We followed up that fun by having our first daughter, Elizabeth Rosemarie in October 2010.
Tim is 6'6" and Meg is 5'3". Yes, we know we look mismatched in pictures. Yes, Meg tries to stand on things to be taller whenever she can.