When I was expecting Holly there was a John Lewis Christmas ad. that had Sadie enthralled. The Ellie Goulding version of Elton John's Your Song that it contained made Sadie stop in her tracks. I had tried in vain to interest her in the TV but that ad and the comparethemeerkat.com one were all she had eyes for.
|Sadie and Holly|
I print our photos and keep them in albums that the girls adore looking through and recounting events that they couldn't possibly remember. They will choose an album and then bundle into our bed and tell each other the stories that they associate with the photos. They know just by looking at the first photo in an album what period is covered by it so they know which ones contain Sadie-only pictures which Holly will explain as the albums "from when I was in Mammy's eye" (She's paraphrasing me telling her she was only a twinkle in my eye).
|Sadie not eating berries at one week old|
The first photo of Sadie out in her buggy on our road is one of my favourite shots, there are blackberries on briars behind her. Holly likes to tell Sadie that this photo is of Sadie out eating all the berries in the fields.
|Holly in the ICU|
Her own favourite photo is described by her thus: "Here's the photo of when I was a nalien" (a nalien=an alien) and it's from the week she spent in the neo-natal ICU when she was born.
When I started this blog Holly couldn't even walk yet and now she calls her big sister to sit up with her for a story, opens a photo album and has a look inside the cover and begins by telling Sadie, "this is a story about a baby called you." What a joy to listen to the two of them explaining adventures to each other that they were never on, recounting the time they were up in the mountains in the snow (they weren't, Martin was) and arguing with each other about specific details of events they weren't at.
So, Sadie and Holly. This is it, this is your song. It's a blog about babies called you.