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LITTLE GIRL ON THE BIG COUCH

Posted on: Monday

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Morning-faced, waiting for Papa to make breakfast, stretching on the big couch with her sister dog... this is what Biet looks like at the start of the day. This old tufted sofa, which Gaby and I found on 23rd street for $100, was where I laid just after Biet was born. I sank into the cushions, new baby to my breast, while our midwife instructed Gaby how to cut the cord. He proudly and nervously and bravely did, and the midwife fastened a little belly button clip, and my baby was free- free to begin becoming her own person. Now this miraculous little person climbs onto the same sofa, book in hand, and "reads" to herself in the morning while Papa runs the house and Mama sleeps in. Once in a while she'll pull herself up, snuggle back into a corner, and just sit, observing the apartment- her home, her kingdom. And sometimes she'll beckon Nico to join her, patting the cushion excitedly until Nico leaps up and settles in next to her. Yes, this couch has seen a lot. We could have never imagined how this tattered and antiquated sofa would become so important to our family. We just might have to keep it forever. 

{Can you imagine a whole row of little ones, and not so little ones, squeezed in next to one another along this old sofa, sitting smallest to biggest?   I know baby-crazy Gaby certainly can. For now, I'm imagining two.  And I won't have to imagine for long :) }

41 COMMENTS:

  1. So cute!

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  2. Oh Kristina he's gorgeous!

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  3. both your dog nico and biet are beautiful beings!

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  4. I love furniture with a story. What a treasure.
    Also, you have the most beautiful family. It's such a privilege to be allowed sneak peeks at your love together.

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    1. Thank you CheCiara! Most of our furniture has a story- I'm just a sucker for antiques and worn-in family pieces!

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  5. dang, that couch was a steal! so so pretty and I'm sure it will mean even more to your growing family as the years go by. Perhaps a grown Biet will have the couch in her own parlor in the future. love your posts :)

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    1. That's such a lovely thought! I imagine it will most likely have to be reupholstered before we're done raising a family on it!

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  6. I love this couch & your adorable little GIF. It's a wonder that you found that couch for just $100. Way to go, mama!

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    1. Yeah this is one of the antique buys that I am most proud of! (that, and our old wooden theater chairs that I snagged in the theater district). I am a bit addicted to craigslist!

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  7. Nico blends in so well! Also, what is it with these men of ours and their lofty baby goals?!

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    1. Totally unplanned, but Nico is the EXACT SAME COLOR as the couch! Everyone who comes over is amazed.
      And i'm not sure what it is about our men, but I'm pretty grateful to have married a closet family-man. He talks about three, four, five sometimes, and I have to tell him to cool it.

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  8. I'm swooning over that couch!

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  9. I love your writing, it feels and sounds effortless. You have a gift for making and bringing authenticity to readers :) Kudos

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    1. I love to write. I feel at peace when I get on a roll putting words down and telling stories. Thank you so much reading and for your supportive and kind words!

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  10. OK, so I have decided this is the sweetest thing I have seen or read all day. Definitely keep the sofa forever! I would.

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    1. OK, well this might be the sweetest comment that I have read all day! Thanks!

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  11. this is such a sweet post. and that sofa is worth keeping forever even without all the special memories it holds.

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