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After making it to the toddler stage with Costa, I initially felt like baby number two would be a breeze. After all, I knew what to do with a baby now. What I didn’t know was how to bring another human into our party of three—and make everything okay.
After only a few weeks with baby Paolo, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions in our house, and especially for me as a mother. The highs, the lows, the love, the fear, the sadness—it’s all happening. Even though it will be hard, having a sibling bond will be the greatest gift I can give to Costa and Paolo. “One day at a time,” I keep telling myself.
I was worried about Costa and his adjustment to Paolo, especially since I had to have a C-section and was bedridden for the first few days home. Not being able to physically carry and hold both of my babies was difficult during that first week, but Costa handled it like a champ. After showing him my incision, he knew mama had a “bad owie,” so we opted for holding hands around the house instead, and that seemed to work for both of us.
As a big brother, Costa’s personality is really shining through—sweet, loving, and attentive. Each morning, he rushes into our bedroom and gives Paolo a kiss on the head. And, whenever “his baby” cries he quickly runs to the rescue.
These early days are some of the hardest, but my heart melts when I see these two together, and I know this is how it was always meant to be—a party of four.