Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sibling Love



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*I'm linking up over at Two in Diapers today! Come on over and check out all the stories of Motherhood in this week's edition of the Mommy-Brain Mixer! 

My eyes didn't want to open but I forced them to. I could see the early morning light shining behind the closed blinds. The fan was whirring, and the white noise from the kids' room was coming through the monitor. I didn't hear crying though. What woke me up?

Then I heard it again. A soft whisper, barely audible through the baby monitor. 

"Joseph! Wake up Joseph!"

Then again, a little louder this time. Next was rustling, and a quiet baby squeal. Then bouncing crib springs, and full on baby giggles followed by toddler squeals.

I laid in bed and just listened to them. They laughed and jumped and chatted. Nobody cried, nobody called out for me. They entertained each other. 

As I stretched out and woke up gradually, I found myself smiling from ear to ear. The love that the two of them have for each other is sweet, simple and beautiful. She is his hero, he is her baby. They share an unbreakable bond, and as Joseph grows it gets stronger and stronger. 

I see it throughout the day too, in the little moments. The times she cheers for him as he takes steps. The hugs and kisses she bestows on him for no reason. The way he follows her around, crawling as fast as he can to try and catch up. The way his face lights up and he grins ear-to-ear when she enters the room. 

They are my babies, but they have a relationship separate from me. This relationship will grow and alter as the years go on. They might not always worship each other the way they do now, but for as long as it lasts, I will relish it.

Some people told me I didn't know what I was getting into by having the two of them so close together. They warned me about the challeneges two under two and two in diapers would bring. But nobody mentioned the amazing and positive aspects of having them so close. The fact that they'll never know a life without each other in it. They will grow up together, protecting each other and always having someone to play with and argue with.

I get to watch them as their relationship changes and grows, and that warms my heart and makes me feel like the luckiest mommy in the world. Are they close in age? Yes. Are the day-to-day aspects of that a challenge? Often, yes. Would I change their age difference if I could? Not in a million years! 

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for linking this to the Mommy Brain Mixer!! That is such a sweet post!! Watching them must make your day every day!! :))

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    1. Loved your post so much, I featured it again: http://momofbigalittlea.blogspot.com/2012/08/what-ive-been-reading-this-week-7-mommy.html

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    2. Thank you so much, both for your sweet comment and for featuring it again! I appreciate it!! :)

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  2. Such a sweet post! I love moments like that!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It's those little moments that make every day with them so special! Thanks for commenting :)

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  3. My wife shared this with me and I nearly teared up thinking how my 2 year old and ten month old share giggles together and big brother always telling little brother "it's okay brother it's okay" whenever he cries out.

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    1. What a nice comment, thank you so much! I love "it's okay brother it's ok." So sweet. :)

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  4. Love this post!! I am always so amazed with the relationships my children have with each other. We caught Tommy one day talking into the baby monitor, telling Olivia "shhhh, its okay baby, mama's coming"

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    1. Awww, so sweet! I love watching the sibling relationship develop, it's so much fun :)

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  5. So sweet - sibling bonding is so special and amazing right? Enjoy your family!

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    1. It is definitely amazing! Thanks for visiting and commenting :)

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