Sorry this one's kind of wordy, feel free to skip the diatribe following the submissions below.
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I'm bummed because Natalie has misplaced her Illustration Friday. It would have been perfect for both last week's theme and this week's too. Darn. Oh well. When it reappears, as it undoubtedly will, I will post it. Oh, but it's so cute. I know, I know, let it go already, Nino. ha ha ha
I never posted last week's (the theme was Seasons) so I'll do so here. Except that I just realized that my submission does not really pertain to "Seasons" as much as it does to "Weather." I don't know why I thought of it instantly, though. It's an illustration that I did back in 2001 for a friend for a Baby Shower invitation. I tweaked it on PhotoShop.
And now, for this week's theme: GLUTTONY. Again, when I saw the theme for this week's Illustration Friday, I instantly thought of the in utero drawing that I did in 1996 when I was pregnant with Natalie. I also tweaked this one on PhotoShop for today's purposes. I feel I must explain.
It's no secret that we want to add to our family. To me, having a child has always been essential. We were blessed quickly with Natalie and are forever grateful for her presence in our lives. Elle didn't come so quickly. At first by (reluctant) choice and then by a bout of Unexplained Infertility that was too long for me, thank you very much. I SO wanted a sibling for Natalie. Our prayers were finally answered and we're eternally grateful for Elle. That brings us to present day. Our cup runneth over. We have the family we've always dreamed of, yet we know in our hearts we have room for "just one more." Guy knew it before I did and I slowly came around to the idea. Quite frankly, it makes me feel gluttonous. A third baby, for us, is like a "bonus" baby. Just for fun. Tra la la! Yea, we love parenthood that much. Even though I bitch and moan as much as the next frazzled Mother, I absolutely love being the Matriarch of this crazy little family.
Guy didn't like this submission, though. He likes the drawing, but he didn't like the connotation. He said "Gluttony is a sin and wanting another baby is NOT a sin." Defensive much? Easy Rocky! I don't think "sin" when I think gluttony. Oops! My lack of religious background is showing again, isn't it? ha ha When I think "gluttony" I think excess and indulgence. And when I think indulgence, I think "treat," and when I think "treat," I think very sweet, happy thoughts. Another healthy, happy baby would definitely be a delicious little treat for all of us. That's all I'm saying.