"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."

~Robert Frost

Friday, January 21, 2011

I knew this day would come...

From the time each of her little sisters was born, Ashley has always had a very maternal side to her. She was only 13 months old when Hannah was born and even so, she cuddled her, sang to her, watched me with eagle eyes as I cared for her to make sure I was doing everything properly...by the time Bethany came along and Ashley was 25 months old, she was a regular little mama. It continues today (as long as they aren't having an argument!), as she is just super tender and really very maternal toward both her little sisters.
So I laughed, but wasn't too surprised, when she came to hang out with me in the kitchen this morning and started bemoaning how quickly Bethany is growing up. "Mummy," she told me earnestly, "I just feel like my little baby isn't really a baby anymore! I miss having a baby."
Then she continued, "I think now I would like to have a baby brother. Would that be ok? How should we get one? Can we just buy other people's babies?"
When I picked my jaw up off the floor and told her that we really couldn't just go buy a baby from someone else, she responded, "Well then, can you just make a baby? I really want to have a baby brother! How do we get babies??"
.....yay. Knowing this day will come doesn't make it any less startling when it does!


  1. Wow...LOL! ;) My 3-year-old has come up with some interesting baby-related questions, but none like that so far. ;)

  2. Did you read my recent status update on Addy and her "birds and bees" question? Yep. Having little girls who love babies make those questions come up SO much sooner! The boys have yet to earnestly ask! So, looking forward to hearing how you are procrastinating the real answer. Or are you telling all already???

  3. I did see that, Josie! Yay for maternal instincts in our little ones! ;-)

    Um...I gave her a rather limp answer like, "God knows that we love babies and if He decides it would be good for our family to have another baby, He will send us one." How about you??

  4. Ah, but her question isn't really about the physical aspects of how, so your answer was exactly right. You can mention that it is okay for her to tell God what she wants - prayer is a good thing :)