Watch as a mother giving her firstborn a big hug goodbye before the little girl has to leave the delivery room so mom can give birth to her new sibling. The photo has recently gone viral for perfectly capturing that bittersweet feeling of welcoming your second child into the world.
While having a new baby on the way is exciting, it’s hard to forget the fact that your first child will no longer be your only child anymore. It may seem obvious, but it’s a change that can be quite emotional for some mothers.
In a blog post for Baby Center, writer Melissa Willets details how seeing this compelling photo of a fellow mama giving her firstborn an emotional hug brought back memories of the moment she had to say goodbye to her daughter before heading off to be induced:
How I clutched onto my firstborn for dear life. This would be the last moment she’d be my only baby. Forever. And while I couldn’t wait to welcome my new baby, my heart was breaking. I felt completely shattered inside. I didn’t want to let go. Ever.