I couldn’t believe Rosemary was four months old already; it seemed to have flown past though neither of us could remember what we did before we had her. She was very sweet and rarely fussy, which made adapting to parenthood relatively easy.
After feeding her, she’d happily play on the ground while I got myself ready for the day. My twin brother, Peter had struggled when his daughter, Irina was born. She cried constantly, always needed held, and even now, she wants all the attention. I’d never tell my brother, but his wife, Elise has always been a handful herself, it makes sense their daughter would pick up that personality. We were college roommates, so I know from experience, but my brother has never dated a chill girl in his life, he definitely has a type.
Both Jaron and I are decently mellow people. We watch our horror and fantasy shows and movies, we don’t get bothered by the fact that we aren’t married, and we do our best to make an honest living.
Jaron doesn’t have ambitions for work, he wants to be capable of paying bills and maybe a vacation once in a while. So he took a job at the city architect firm. There is a potential for creative work, which he believes he’d enjoy, and the work days might be long, but there are rarely weekends.
He’s pumped about the latter fact, but my photography business relies on weekend business, so I think it’d have been nice for him to have Wednesdays and Thursdays off with me. It will be nice for Rosemary though to have parents home most days of the week and light on our checkbook too.
I bring Rosemary to work with me some of the time, but mostly she stays home with a nanny. I miss her like crazy, but I can’t afford to take a year off my photography business, and while I hired Aaron to help with my workload, he can’t run the show.
Autumn is my favorite season for portraits, but winter isn’t too terrible itself. My ex-boyfriend, Oliver came in with his wife and their daughter Colleen. The session went perfectly smooth, while I had been devastated when he’d broken up with me, I fully believe we are with the people we were meant to find.
My sister Lauren’s sister-in-law Maeve came in to discuss family portraits for spring. I’d done her wedding a few years back, but you’d think she was wholly unaware of my style at the rate she quizzed me.
She confessed she was trying to get pregnant, and she wasn’t sure if I could work with that. I work with women in all different forms, a tiny baby bump would not hinder a family portrait.
Once we can afford it, I’d like to hire someone to work the cash register. I’m a creative type, I have visions and ideas, I do not like machines or numbers.
Right now paying for Samantha to watch Rosemary is about the only luxury we can afford. Even if we wanted to get married, it would be foolish to waste our money on something extravagant.
It was hard for me to allow Samantha to watch my baby, but she’s always exuberant about starting the day, and just as happy when I return. It makes me feel good seeing her enjoy Rosemary, which eases some of my guilt.
The great thing about Samantha though is she watches Rosemary very well, but she also cleans the house up for us. It’s like a maid and a nanny, which really helps Jaron and I have more time alone in the evening.
My Mom harassed me into throwing Lauren a baby shower. Apparently my sister hasn’t maintained any of her friendships, so it’s just our family. We all know she’s been laid off, temporarily she insists, and that Isaac is or isn’t working. It’s hard to get an actual answer to that question. I guess Lauren told Dad he was doing open mic nights for comedy and sometimes got paid.
Mom is not impressed with this news. She’s been pretty displeased for a fair amount of time, ever since she found out Dad’s been giving Lauren money behind her back. I think she put a stop to it or they’re being extra sneaky about it now.
I am excited for Lauren though, years ago she was determined to have the first grandbaby,and instead she’ll have the third. Which I think shows maturity on her part. She’s always been impulsive, but I’m hoping motherhood will agree with her now that she’s older and perhaps wiser.
For some reason, Isaac insisted on coming, which meant all the men had to attend. Peter doesn’t think much of Isaac and his over-inflated ego. Dad probably likes him just because he has such a soft spot for my sister. It’s hard to say, I’ve never been spoiled the way Lauren has over the years.
As high-maintenance as Elise can be, I’m glad she’s my sister-in-law. She’s a good person at the end of the day, and she’s over the moon excited about Rosemary and now Lauren’s baby too, though she’s a bit judgy on Lauren’s character.
My youngest sister, Lizzie is only fifteen and she can’t get enough of her nieces. She’s spent the majority of her life without ever being near a single baby, and now she’s surrounded by them. She isn’t sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but she’s thinking something with babies would be great.
If any of us could do it, it’d be Lizzie. I love my baby, but I’m not sure I’ve been bitten by the baby-craze like Lizzie. I’m sure Jaron and I will have at least one more, I’m not like Peter and Elise and done with one. I think it’s kind of sad to think Irina would never have a sibling, someone to lean on and share memories with once her parents have passed. I’ve always had Peter as my twin, and I don’t know how he could agree to it.
But I know Elise had struggles and loves her career. Perhaps it was a compromise and not a demand. Peter would never tell me though.
I wonder what Rosemary will decide to do when she grows up, and what kind of person she will be. Both her parents are moderately creative, it’d be wild if she was a numbers kind of girl.
I’m not sure what she will decide, but in the mean time, I show her all my photographs on the wall and encourage creativity to bud within her. I figure it can’t hurt.
Notes: Meg and Jaron have a wedding want, but they do not have the wedding party want. I’m thinking with Rosemary, they are more focused on saving their money than spending it on a party. I haven’t really thought about when or where for them, so it might be a bit longer. They both have green aspirations so it’s not affecting their happiness.
Jaron got a job in architecture, very bottom of the career track. He matched it well enough, and it showed up in the paper. She doesn’t make much money with her photography. I have her clients pay her for sessions and that’s where her money comes in, but it’s still not a ton of moola.
I kind of want Lauren to have a boy now that there are two granddaughters. I also think she’d like having the first grandson. I am excited and ready for the upcoming birthday months with her baby due and two sets of twins aging up as well.
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