he calls her baby.



When we brought Ainsleigh home from the hospital Aiden was only 18 months old. 
At the time I thought he was such a big boy but looking back, he really was still such a little guy :).

Ainsleigh was one of those babies you hear about. 
You know the ones that never cry and sleep through the night in their own crib at 7 weeks old. The ones that you say “that doesn’t really exist”.

Then I had Ainsleigh. 
And I realized that babies like that do exist. 

I remember looking at chris one time saying “did this just get a ton easier or are we just better at it?” Mostly it was just her…but partially I do believe we were better at swaddling, “shushing”, feeding, looking for over.stimualtion and so on. 
We felt more comfortable the second time around. 
She came into our family with a smooth, easy transition.

But Aiden wasn’t so sure.

It took time.

I say all this because there has been a shift.
A huge shift. 
They play together now. They hug and run and kiss and play. And I see true love and joy and acceptance between them. He defends her when we are places.

He calls her baby.

He has since she came home from the hospital…but now as her second birthday approaches he still calls her baby.

 “Baby, come on!!!” He calls the “new baby” by her name- Apple….so I guess Ainsleigh will always be “his baby”….I can see them at 16 years old and her still with a nickname.

Im grateful they have each other. It’s a gift to give a little one a lifelong friend.



July 13, 2012


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  1. Samantha

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:20 am

    He calls her baby. How sweet!

  2. Ladies Holiday

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Thank you for hosting…your blog is such a welcome place to alight after a long day. Thank you for posting and keeping up with it…

  3. Rhiannon

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:21 am

    That is just so beautiful. I hope when I one day have children, they share a bond that is so special.

  4. Ashley

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:21 am

    This is beautiful! My little guy just turned one. They truly are amazing blessing!! I would love for you to check out my blog and see his first birthday pictures. He has the big blue eyes and blonde curls too. = )

  5. Alle

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Ah…I needed to hear this tonight.

    We're getting ready to welcome our little Caedmon in September and our son Auggie will be 18 months when he gets here! I've been a little panicked about how close they'll be and just asking Jesus to make them good friends!

    Your words were the comfort this mama needed!

    Thank you, sweet girl!


  6. Cathy

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:28 am

    That truly is the sweetest thing. It brought me to tears!

  7. lori

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:29 am

    so sweet. their bond is so precious! my brother emailed me today, "kiddo" was what he called me. 25 years old, and i still love to hear "love you, kiddo" from my big brother! 🙂

  8. Katie {Party of Four}

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Seriously, almost sweet.

  9. Kendall

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:31 am

    oh my goodness – those pics of that baby girl are so precious! Look at that face! Of COURSE she's Aidens baby! xo

  10. Rachel

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Sibling love is special!

  11. Devon

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I am with Cathy,,that has to be the most sweetest thing I have heard,,you are truely blessed with 2 beautiful children and another one on the way..

  12. pakosta

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:34 am

    awww mine are 19 months apart and I remember when Savannah used to call Ava "baby" mostly she would say, "hush up baby" when she cried lol!
    they are BEST friends forever!
    yours will be too!
    my niece was called baby right away because they didn't name her until she was over a year old! she is still called baby, but now we call her baby belle (isabel) at age 9!

    can't wait to see your newest baby Apple!

  13. Kassie Rew

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:39 am

    This is just precious.

  14. Poor Pitiful Pearl

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Its painful to look at her- she is THAT pretty!
    and i love that she has a big bro… a protector, and that nickname is so heart warming! xxx

  15. Silver

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:45 am

    This is so completely beautiful! Sibling relationships are the best 🙂

    Silver from A Silver Snapshot

  16. Tesiah

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I was two when my sister was born. To make the transition easier for me as a new sister, my dad told me she was mine. For twenty-five years, she's been my baby. When we fight, my dad says really fast, "Don't hurt your baby!"

    There's a special bond between the first and second child. Make sure you document it well.

  17. Leah

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    A very sweet relationship! 🙂 I hope Miss Apple is "that baby," too!

  18. larisaa

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:58 am

    this just melted my heart. and those pictures are so darn sweet! hope your doing well and that sweet little apple is, too!

  19. Sarah

    July 13th, 2012 at 2:09 am

    This sweet post gave me goosebumps. Having grown up with a brother only 13 months younger than me, I cherish the relationship bro/sis siblings close in age can have. How wonderful that they already love each other so much.

  20. Lauren

    July 13th, 2012 at 2:31 am

    How sweet. They will be life long friends!

  21. Nicole Marie

    July 13th, 2012 at 2:43 am

    How cute! LOVE her eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Cindy

    July 13th, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Beautiful Sentiments…how gorgeous that he calls her baby.

  23. mai

    July 13th, 2012 at 3:09 am

    sooo sweet. loved this. 🙂

  24. Anna @ Beauty in the Chaos

    July 13th, 2012 at 3:47 am

    that is precious! my two youngest are inseperable. they are only a couple of years apart and they share a room, and they call each other "buddy" lol

  25. BethAnn

    July 13th, 2012 at 3:48 am

    That second photo needs to be framed, and it needs to be framed fast! You make the most beautiful bebe's.

  26. foolishme03

    July 13th, 2012 at 4:04 am

    That is the most beautiful picture of her!! Blue eyes . . . lil "pouty" lips!! I know it's in the very far future . . . but I am sure it will not be easy for her daddy to . . . walk her down the aisle!!! Beautiful! Hope you are doing well Casey. Angels and Prayers ~ Lauren Ayers

  27. Sadie Dear

    July 13th, 2012 at 4:30 am

    That is just so so so sweet. You know, our son is 2 1/2 nd we still call him "baby". I think it'd change if we had another and he wasn't the baby anymore. But he's now starting to remind us he's "big boy" now! How time flies. I am praying for you and Apple! You will carry her longer than the others, and she will be healthier. Faith, lady!

  28. jacie @

    July 13th, 2012 at 5:04 am

    that melts my heart!



  29. Nataliya Khan

    July 13th, 2012 at 7:28 am

    That is just adorable. Your daughter is so gorgeous! Hope they grow up to be the best of friends. There really is nothing better than siblings! Mine live a world away and I miss them every minute!

  30. Martie @ Spunkyrella

    July 13th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    This is beyond beautiful and makes me wish for an older brother myself 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  31. Saar

    July 13th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I think it's so cute he calls her baby. I hope it really stays that way forever! 😀 that would be so great!

  32. MJ

    July 13th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    soo sweet! can't wait until my two start playing together =) he calls her 'sister'. Never by her name. hehe.


    July 13th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    This melts my heart. I cannot wait to be a mother, and you and your gorgeous family inspire me so much.


  34. Nicole Buckingham

    July 13th, 2012 at 10:44 am

    so sweet.

  35. misty venne

    July 13th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! hope your babies love each other like they do now for the rest of their lives!

  36. The story of a girl..

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    This melted my heart and brought tears to my eyes.. so beautiful!

  37. dalima26

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    So gorgeous she is Casey, and for Aiden to call her 'baby' is so beautiful..reading a part of your post took my breath away and made me sure that he will defend both of his sisters. its such a special thing to see siblings hugging and giving each other kisses, I see it with my twin boys who are now 2 and it makes me so reading your posts, keep up the great work..Maria..xx

  38. binksandfranny

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    This is just the sweetest sweetest thing ever! Makes me want to have a second even more as my own little 'baby' approaches her first birthday!!


  39. Amy Lynne

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    So sweet! My boys are super close too, best friends for sure!

  40. Melissa

    July 13th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I can't wait for my 3 year old daughter to become big sister to her baby sister in a couple of weeks. Praying for a good transition but excited about the two of them being together.

  41. Lottie

    July 13th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    how cute that he calls her baby–i bet she wil hate it when she is sixteen though 😉

  42. astr!d

    July 13th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    that really is so sweet!!!

  43. ashleyalexandra

    July 13th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    your posts make me want to throw my birth control out and have babies

  44. Bex

    July 13th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I adore this post – so sweet xoxo

  45. Lisa @ MMT

    July 13th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Aw this is so sweet! Brings so many emotions as my son has been begging for a baby sister for over a year now. He's 3 1/2 and I can't wait for him to experience this! I love how close in age your kids are.

  46. Carlee

    July 13th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    That is sooo sweet!

    I still call my baby sister 'baby' sometimes (she's 21), but it seems so much different when it's big brother to little sister. No doubt that nickname will stick! Adorable!

  47. Lindsay

    July 13th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    That is so sweet! I always wished I had an older brother. (I have 2 younger brothers!) Good luck with the addition of baby #3! 🙂

  48. christina

    July 13th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    so sweet! my son calls our daughter sissy…never ever by her name 😉

  49. Anonymous

    July 13th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    oh my goodness that is precious!! we have been debating having another baby, and there is just something so special about the bond between siblings.

  50. Meredith

    July 13th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Wow she is beautiful!! What a lovely family 🙂

  51. Anonymous

    July 13th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    What a heartwarming post! Baby. 🙂 So sweet.

  52. Leah

    July 13th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    She is adorable! and that is just the sweetest thing. She is a lucky girl to have a big brother like Aiden

  53. Jamie

    July 13th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I could have written that exact same post about my kids. 🙂 My oldest son turned 3 last month. My youngest son is 20 months. My little guy has always been referred to as "Baby", too. With a little sister, who will be here in about 3 weeks, I think my little guy will STILL be "baby" even after the new baby comes. 🙂

    I love it!

  54. Cindy

    July 13th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    It is sooo sweet. I know a woman that my husband grew up with and everyone calls her Baby. He tells me that's just what everyone called her since she was, well, a baby and it stuck for everyone in the neighborhood. Cute, huh?

  55. Camille Griffiths

    July 13th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    That is so sweet.. Reminds me of my little brother and I. We were really close, and we love our other brother just as much… But there is something special about being close in age and growing up best friends. 🙂

  56. Priya

    July 13th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    That is so absolutely sweet! Yours are the kids that everyone is jealous of because they get along!

    perfectly priya

  57. The Flynnigan's

    July 13th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Such beautiful wonderful children you have. I can't wait to see how gorgeous this new baby will be. You and your hubby produce beautiful babies. Love your blog 🙂

  58. Annelise @ Aunie Sauce

    July 13th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    OH Casey. This is the CUTEST POST. I am in love. Thanks for sharing this today.

  59. Melissa

    July 13th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Aw! That just made me get teary 🙂 Reminds me of my brother and me!

  60. B

    July 14th, 2012 at 12:55 am

    so sweet!! love siblings! 🙂

  61. Leigha

    July 14th, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Oh Casey! This made me bawl! Our oldest was 15 months old when we had our daughter. They were SO close to eachother and he always called her 'baben daden' (baby Gracie). He called her that until he died of cancer just before his 7th bday! I'll never forget that 🙂 There's such a special bond between a brother and sister when they are the first two!!!!!!

  62. The "Hans-en-fef-ers"

    July 14th, 2012 at 6:05 am

    how precious! my son (8) defends and looks out for his 'sis' (7). she's shy and he's outgoing- and she still holds onto him whenever they are together in public. he doesn't even bat an eye at her holding his shirt or grabbing his arm- or insisting she attend his 'older kids' sunday school class. he loves her with a pure love which crosses boundaries of embarrassment or inconvenience. it blesses my soul every time i see his patience for her- and his self-imposed duty to protect and guard her. what love is this? except Christ's!?

  63. Jen

    July 14th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    So, so sweet!

  64. dreaming en francais

    July 15th, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I really don't know what's cuter — those photos of your beautiful girl or that story about Aiden calling her baby! Nothing sweeter than a big brother looking out for his sister xo

  65. ashley @ little miss momma

    July 18th, 2012 at 3:52 am

    This post made me cry, a lot! Wesley is not transitioning so well to the addition of a new baby at home, and this post was the hope I needed at this tough time. Thx for reminding me what matters. Xoxo

  66. ashley @ little miss momma

    July 18th, 2012 at 3:52 am

    This post made me cry, a lot! Wesley is not transitioning so well to the addition of a new baby at home, and this post was the hope I needed at this tough time. Thx for reminding me what matters. Xoxo

  67. MB

    July 18th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Oh my goodness, lordy how sweet!

  68. Mandi Durborough

    July 20th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Omg how sweet!!! What adorable kiddo's you have

  69. Anonymous

    July 25th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    awww, so sweet! Beautiful girl!

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