Hillarys Photographer – Harrisons first birthday
In winter 2012, my sister and brother-in-law visited us from northern Scotland and while they were here, they found out they were expecting a baby! I have always felt very protective over my sister, I guess due to her being 5 years younger than me. Finding out she was expecting was exciting, although when it came to giving birth, I found it quite an ordeal being so far away. Okay, okay so, I imagine Sarah was going through more of an ordeal, but let’s not focus on that right now. While she was in labour, I spent most of the night messaging her and there would be these gaps of silence when the midwives or doctors were speaking with her or monitoring the baby. Personally, I can’t believe they were so inconsiderate. Didn’t they realise they were interrupting my running commentary?! Seriously though, being the other side of the world when you want to be right there offering support and assistance is a helpless feeling. She’d started to have a few complications and so when I finally heard the news that she had given birth to a healthy baby boy and that both of them were doing well, it was a huge relief. Sarah and her husband, Jim, named my nephew Harrison which, incidentally, is our maiden name.
As the days, weeks and months went on, I would see him growing through Skype and other means of communication, although I really couldn’t wait to get my hands on him and give him and big SQUEEEZE! A few weeks ago he went on his first holiday… to visit his family in Australia! It was great to finally meet the little guy and we all fell even more in love with him. I am so grateful that we got to spend that time with him (and my sister of course). She did the long journey on her own with Harrison as her husband is in the RAF and is on a 5 month tour of duty. It was great to see a caring and compassionate side to my kids (that they don’t necessarily show each other) and his little face lit up every time one of them walked in the room. We had such a great time together although saying good-bye was tough, as always. I tell myself though that without good-byes, there are no hellos.
Anyway, the little man turns one tomorrow and all his Aussie family wish him a very, very happy birthday. Love you little man xxxx
Sarah, Wish we could spend the day celebrating with you. I promise to have a glass of something sparkly to toast the little man’s first year on this earth. You are a fabulous mummy, much better than you are a sister ;-), and we love you all to the moon and back. xxxx