The mind works in mysterious ways. After yesterday's post, I had to go back and look at those last photos of John and me with the kids reading bedtime stories.
The pictures were actually taken on 8 April, three days before John died. And, much to my surprise, he's holding Riley. Our bedtime ritual with the twins was always that John gave Maddie a bottle while I breastfed Riley, they we read them stories and tucked them in. Because of that, Maddie spent more one-on-one time with John before he died, and I've often wondered if that's why she seems to have a stronger connection with him, more memories, a feel for who he was and what he meant to her.
Here is our first family photo, in the delivery room on 22 June 2006:
And here is our last, taken on 8 April 2007: