My children had been through the traumatic breakdown of their family with a father who did not consider their best interests a priority. Estranged from their father and subjected to an abusive and extremely hurtful letter from their paternal grandmother, they were fragile.
When I got together with my future husband number two, my girls were wonderfully generous accepting him into their lives. However, when I fell pregnant, I was concerned that they would feel pushed out or replaced. I was worried that they would resent the relationship the new baby would have with its real daddy. I was worried that they would resent the baby. Even if they refused to admit it to themselves, a festering resentment would be very damaging to all of us.
My worries were unfounded. The new baby inspired only love and wonder and cemented us as a family. I have watched with enormous joy and gratitude as the unbreakable bonds of togetherness have weaved their magic.
This gallery contribution on the theme of Togetherness is dedicated to the children of my first marriage and the children of my second marriage and the love that unites them.