Heirloom in the Making
After Hermione I wasn't sure if we would have another baby. I loved being a mom and Doug and I loved our little family but we sort of thought we were only child people. Without knowing for certain if we wanted another baby or not I did not hang onto Hermione's baby clothes. The endless onesies and pajamas I gave away to friends and the beautiful bubbles, rompers and dresses I had made into a quilt.
Well, when Hermione was around two we decided another baby might not be a bad idea. To be perfectly honest I was terrified to introduce a sibling into Hermione's world but Doug told me to trust him. He said it would be the best gift we ever gave her. I'm glad I took the leap and listened to him! Portia is already Hermione's best friend and I really cannot imagine our family without her. She is pure sunshine, laughter and joy. She has completed our family in ways I never knew possible.
Where I was unsure before I can now see with certainty that my baby making days are behind me. I love having little kids but I am confident in saying Portia will be my last baby. Our family of four feels complete. It doesn't feel like anyone is missing.
Knowing there is no potential new baby to save Portia's beautiful baby clothes for I had her most special pieces turned into an heirloom quilt just like her sister's. I turned once again to Gina Rockenwanger who made Hermione's quilt to make a similar version for Portia.
Going through all of Portia's tiny baby things made me quite emotional. Each little outfit carried so many memories. From trips to the beach, to BBQ's at friend's houses, to endless cuddles in bed they all told a story.
The front of Portia's quilt is the twin of Hermione's with the same star patten. On the back where Hermione's has an elephant print Portia's has the same bunnies that we used for her First Birthday Party invitation and decorations along with her name and birthday in sweet pink embroidery.
I adore Portia's quilt so much and know it will become a special heirloom she has for the rest of her life. I envision it on her "big girl bed" in a few years. I picture her snuggled under it watching movies with her sister. I can even see it on her college dorm room bed one day, a touchstone that keeps her from getting home sick. Who knows, maybe she will even pass it on to her own daughter!