Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My 1/2 Year With Harry (See Jane Reflect)

Some of my favorite recent snaps of Harrison Stevens

Harry will be six months old on Thursday; WHERE has the time gone?  Thinking about the past six months brings on a flurry of emotions:

I think about how he was born a little early and how scared I was when he was just a little guy (5lb 13 oz).

I think about how sad I was when my parents were supposed to come into town to meet him on his birthday, but couldn't because my dad had just been hospitalized for cancer complications.

I think about how happy I am that I went back to Ohio when he was just a month old so that he could meet my dad/his Popieux.

I think about how silly I was when I put so much pressure on myself about Harry's weight gain and breastfeeding (he's growing and thriving!).

I think about how he made my family smile during the darkest period of our lives, as my dad continued to decline in the hospital and eventually transitioned to hospice.

I think about how I told my dad the day before he passed that I would always honor him by raising Harry to be respectful, love God and his family--just like he raised his children.

I think about how Harry, though won't remember meeting his Popieux, will most definitely know all about him.

I think about how Harry's big, beautiful eyes are still blue.  Is that you, Dad?


  1. Your blog makes me smile. Thank you.

  2. So sweet, thank you for sharing. He is darling!

  3. beautiful, anna. what a blessing this lil man is to you and your family during a tough time.

  4. I love your honesty that you put into this post. Your baby Harry will know your dad because you will let him live on through memories. My little one is about to turn six months and i remember when you had Harry feeling anxious about our situation as we were waiting for our birthmom to have our daughter and going through those 72 hours before the birth parents could sign their termination of rights. I've been thinking lately a lot about those small hours we had to endure. And you are so right about the silly worries we have as new parents like weight gain. So here we are, six months out. We've made it this far. And let yourself believe that those baby blues are your dad, because they probably are. When I allowed myself to believe that little things like that were my loved ones who had past on, I smile every time now instead of feel sad because I still feel connected to them even if not in flesh, I do in soul. Take it and be happy.

  5. such a beautiful post. <3



  6. This is such a sweet post! Your son is gorgeous and those gorgeous blue eyes will get him in lots of trouble. I'm so sorry for the pain you've experienced through the past few months, but it sounds like you have an amazing family and support system to help you through!

    In Dramatic Fashion

  7. Such a beautiful post. I love your blog. Thank you!

  8. Hi Jane,

    I don't think I've ever commented on your blog before, so I thought I'd stop by to let you know how much I adore your style and have enjoyed following along with you on Instagram over the past few months. This post brought me to tears and I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad, but am glad to hear he had a chance to meet baby Harry, who is bound to carry on some of his wonderful traits. Thinking of you and your family.



  9. Beautiful! Isn't it wonderful to have such blessings that help you get through the sad times in life?

  10. This is so sweet - it brought a tear t o my eyes. You have a beautiful boy.

  11. That is so beautiful. I cried through the whole thing. I'm so happy he got to meet your dad :)

  12. Beautiful post.

    Leave everything in God's hands.
    The joy, the sorrow,
    the beginning
    and the end.


  13. Bless you and your sweet baby. Though not physically present, your dad is ever-present always.

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