Lately my wife and I have been talking a lot about what it will be like to introduce a sibling to our son. We’re currently reading a book called The Birth Order by Dr. Kevin Leman, and I read that introducing a sibling is akin to the ‘dethronement’ of the first child! We’ll have to make extra sure that he feels just as loved as he does now. Of course, that adjustment will be just the beginning of a lifelong relationship. With the right parenting early on, I think he’ll be such a nice older sibling.
A few days ago I finished a pencil portrait of our friends’ daughters, one of whom just turned one year old! The way the older daughter is embracing her younger sister is very sweet, and it makes me think of the many dynamics at play in sibling relationships! I hope this drawing will be a nice keepsake as they continue to grow and become adults!
Yesterday morning I finished a pencil portrait drawing of my son from either his 1st or 2nd day of life (I say it was the day he was born, my wife says it was the day after!) Either way, he’s such an angel and looked so peaceful laying on our bed, in the very spot he was born!
This drawing is of my son on the very day he was born. We had a home birth and he came out right on our bed, just as the sun was rising! It was magical. I thank God for my wife, our midwife team, pediatric chiropractor, and doula. Their guidance and care made for the best labor we could have asked for (of course, that’s so easy for me to say, but it did go really well).
Last weekend one of our good friends graduated from George Mason University, after beginning his college education in the U.S. several years ago. As an immigrant from Lithuania, he first started out by having to pass TOEFL exams (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and then work his way through completing a Bachelor’s degree while also working full-time. What an accomplishment! Persistent, determined work pays off. Congratulations! It’s fitting that their first child was born a few months ago and was there to witness his graduation.
As a graduation gift, I drew him a portrait sketch of him with his baby son at his thesis presentation:
Here is a photo of the graphite portrait drawing I completed today of my wife. This is from a photo I took of her while we were eating brunch last October at a little restaurant in the Fort Greene / Clinton Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York!
My wife and I went to Argentina in August with my mother-in-law, so I wanted to give my mother-in-law a gift that would be relevant to that visit. Since I’m an Artist, I thought of creating a portrait!
So, I drew a portrait of her father Marcos, who was from Buenos Aires and was the son of immigrants from Russia and Poland. He was known to my wife as “Lito Marcos.” “Lito” is short for “abuelito”, or “abuelo”, which means “grandpa” in Spanish.
Lito Marcos is one of two family members of my wife that I didn’t get to meet (the other was her great-grandmother “Mama Polita” from Ecuador). From all accounts, we would have gotten along great, as he loved to watch sports games on the couch, just like I do!