It has been incredible watching my daughter and my newborn, her brother, get to know each other. A loved him instantly. As soon we worked out how to explain to a 2 year old that ‘mummy has a baby in her tummy that will come out and live with us’ she was smitten. Hours were spent where I was forced to bare my belly as she bellowed ‘Hellooo baby,it’s sister’ at her growing sibling. At Christmas when she got a doctor’s kit her requirement that I allowed her access to my belly went up exponentially as she became a ‘Midwife’ and ‘listened to baby’ using a plastic imitation stethoscope inspired by the countless Obstetrician/Midwife/Sonographer appointments she accompanied me to.
This morning after being woken by her dad she came bounding into my bedroom, completely ignored my loving good morning coos and made a bee line for her ‘kleiner Bruder’ (little brother in German). Honestly I may not be the shiny, exciting attraction I used to be for my daughter but honestly I’m not mad at it. Watching their relationship grow and the bundles of love my first born freely pours out warms my heart in a way I never envisaged.
How have you found watching your children develop relationships with their siblings?
Any tips for helping to cultivate good sibling relationships?
My Kinder right now:
A age: 3
Interesting thing she’s up to: Putting on her brother’s blanket, remembering to make sure it is under his arms. She’s getting so much more confident at blending confidently ‘D-O-G’
K age: 6 weeks
What’s going on right now : He is due to have his tongue tie snipped at the hospital this week, fingers crossed this makes him less grumbly. Either way it’ll be one less concern.
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