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All moms know that your first baby is pretty darned special. It is, after all, the very first time you’re doing this parenting thing. During the pregnancy you plan the nursery, attend the showers and relish every new development of your body because it means you’re one step closer to holding that babe in your arms.

Then when he or she does get here, the overwhelming feelings of love you have are indescribable. You’d do anything in the world to keep that little nugget safe and happy as can be. Every second you spend together is one to be cherished, because as you’ve heard a thousand times before, they grow up so fast.

So it’s no wonder that first-time moms often wonder how they could possibly have room in their hearts for a second child. In fact, it’s such a universal feeling that the photo above, taken by Portland-based photographer Laura Paulescu of a very pregnant mother sharing one last embrace with her firstborn, is going viral.

“Pure sweetness. Last hugs before saying goodbye to momma & the last time she would sit on that big round belly with her sister still inside,” the Instagram caption reads.

Seriously, that look is enough to bring tears to your eyes. How do you say goodbye to all the special times you and your firstborn had together, knowing that it will no longer ever be just the two of you again? Will you love your second baby as much as your first? And if so, will you still have enough love left over for your first? This photo seems to capture all of those thoughts and questions in the most perfect way possible.

It brings us back to that moment for second-time moms everywhere.

What some of us know (and others will later experience when the second babe is born), is that your heart simply grows even more. Just like it did when you had Baby No. 1, and you were surprised that you could ever love something that much. Sure, the family dynamics will change, but watching your babies together becomes so joyous that you almost wonder how you ever felt so shattered about giving up that one-on-one relationship.

Almost.

And that’s why we have hugs like these.