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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sie sind meine Wunschkinder | They are My Wish Children

All the photos from this post by Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design circa April 2013
a Mother's Day Mini Session that I will treasure forever!

The Germans have a word/phrase to describe Lily and Sam...


A Wunschkind is a "Wish Child," or a baby you wanted and planned to have. So early on when Julia and I started hanging out, she asked me if the girls were "wish kids" after I had explained how close in age they are. (13 months apart)

I looked at her quizzically... "what's a wish kid?" 

And once she explained it to me, my heart just melted! To have a way to perfectly describe the spacing of my kids is just so cool!

If I had a quarter for every time someone asked me if they were twins, I'd be so rich.

Also if I had a quarter for every time people asked me if their age spacing was intentional.

Which is always such an awkward question... I know it's harmless and people are just curious. But dearest stranger in the grocery store, do you really want to know the intricacies of my plan to conceive my children? Also, your stealthy stink eye isn't fooling anyone - I know you think I don't know how to use birth control. Thanks for that.

The truth is I wanted these two babies close. I wanted them badly. I didn't get pregnant with Lily right away when we started trying, like I'd hoped.

And though 3-4 months is hardly worth worrying over when trying to conceive, for someone who is so excited to be pregnant and has friends getting pregnant all around her, that negative sign on the pregnancy test still stings.

Lily's pregnancy was so awesome. And her infancy was also amazing. She was an easy baby... which DEFINITELY impacted my fateful words to Jesse, "Hey this is so great, babies are easy! Want to have another one right away?"

In hindsight, I had no idea what I was actually getting myself into. You can't be a mom for three months and honestly think you know something about what that's going to look like in two years. But hey, ignorance is bliss and one thing led to another and WOW I was pregnant way faster the second time around.

And the rest is pretty much history. Two years back to back of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and lots of diapers... lots and lots of diapers...

But I wouldn't change it for the world! 

I love these two crazy monkeys. I call them Double Trouble for good reason. But they are also so sweet I could eat them up. They love each other so much. And I love them so much it hurts.

There have been times in the last five years (many times) where I have wondered if I bit off more than I can chew. Classic Jessica move - taking on too much at once.

But that doesn't change the fact that they are my wish children! 

Thank you, German language, for so perfectly putting that into words for me.


  1. OMG! This is still one of my favorite sessions to date! I love all the giggles and smiles... the laughter and tiny hands and feet! And to think we only took about 30 minutes! My favorite Aiduk girls frozen in time.... :) I miss you guys so much it hurts! P.S. Of course the Germans would find a way to sum up a rude American question and turn it into something AWESOME! :D

    1. Exactly K! Julia said that the parents even tell the kids... which makes them feel extra special! Awwww. And thanks times a million for these pictures. I was thinking of how to illustrate the post and then I was like OOOOOH I know just the photos to use! I almost broke my face smiling while I was going through them. You captured our relationship so well! HUGS.

  2. Love this Jess-

  3. Hilary Marsfelder-ClarkJanuary 9, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Um...I had 4 kids in 3 1/2 years. So many diapers, broken stuff, disappearing things, hugs, kisses, and late night cuddles. I completely relate...and more!

    1. Yes! It's quite a complicated feeling, this whole motherhood thing!

  4. I've got 3 wish kids. beautiful post