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I was ready for Christmas early this year and it turns out Santa brought me my gift early too. 

Sonya Thorne sits at home in Newfoundland with her two-year-old son, Aiden, and newborn, Camryn. The Thorne family expanded on Dec. 16 with Aiden’s little brother. 

On Dec. 16, my little family of three became a family of four when my second son, Camryn, was born. Like all of life's greatest gifts, this one couldn't be bought in a store or wrapped, although he would look mighty cute with a big red bow.

Days before Camryn was born, I found myself experiencing a little bit of anxiety over what was to come.

How would Aiden react to having a little brother, someone who would take my attention away from him? How would I handle having an extra child to care for?

It would all be so new to me and it was rather overwhelming.

Not only that but for the past two-and-a-half years, my life has been all about Aiden. I am consumed by him and can't get enough of him.

I was wondering how in the world my heart would be able to accommodate any more love. I would have to divide my time, but would I have to divide my heart? These things were going through my head as I lay awake at night with good ol' pregnancy insomnia.

At 11:24 a.m. Dec. 16, I got the answers I was looking for.

When I heard Camryn cry for the first time, I started to cry harder than he was. Christmas music played softly in the background. It was a moment I will never forget.

I was instantly consumed with so much love, just like I had been with Aiden when I first held him. I felt silly for ever doubting if I had room in my heart to love another child the way I love Aiden. My heart might very well explode, but at eight days old, I can't imagine our lives without Camryn in it.

The moment Aiden laid eyes on his baby brother was simply adorable.

Wearing his ‘Big Brother’ shirt, he fell in love with him just like I did. He wanted to hold him, hug him and kiss him.

He is very protective of him already.

Of course he has his moments where he thinks Camryn is nothing but a mommy distraction and he is showing normal signs of jealousy, but overall he seems happy that Camryn has finally arrived.

As for caring for two children instead of one, sure it has its challenges and would be easier if I didn't need sleep and had a third arm, but my maternal instincts are kicked into high gear and I am managing (with huge help from my husband). It's amazing how easily you fall into a new routine when you have a new family member to care for.

I don't think any Christmas to come will ever beat this one. No matter what gifts I receive, this year's gift was for sure the greatest.

The birth of my son was a beautiful reminder of how truly lucky and blessed I am for my life and family.


Sonya Thorne is a former resident of Truro who now lives back home in Newfoundland with her husband, two-year-old son and newest addition, Camryn, born Dec. 16.


Geographic location: Truro

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Recent comments

  • Sonya Thorne
    December 30, 2013 - 11:24

    Thank you all for your comments (and for reading)! I am glad you enjoyed my column and hope you continue reading. Happy New Year!

  • Mary McKay
    December 30, 2013 - 09:28

    Never miss your articles and this is one of your best Sonya. Merry Christmas to all to you and your family. God bless and keep the articles coming.

  • Holly
    December 30, 2013 - 06:15

    So happy to hear your news! Camryn cane into the world a bit easier than Aiden had (thank goodness) Being a mom of two has its rewards, enjoy them. Hugs from Bible Hill!

    • Sonya Thorne
      December 30, 2013 - 18:47

      Hey Holly!! So nice to hear from you ;-) Yes, you are right, Camryn had an easier go of it than his brother. We are thankful for that. Having two is awesome....but there won't be a third! LOL We'll be sending out a belated Christmas/New Years card soon. Take care!

  • Jesus Christ
    December 29, 2013 - 19:27

    What a lovely holiday story