Growing up my brother and I were very close. We were only 18 months apart in age so we were generally at the same stages at the same time. We would play together for hours in the backyard and at the park.
We remained close in high school and university. We even took some courses together! After university we left home and got an apartment together downtown. We have always been great friends and always will be.
It is that relationship that made me want to have more than one child. Not that there is anything wrong with having just one, it’s just my experience was with two. As an added bonus, having two gives mommy the ability to say “go play with your sister” while she gets some much needed quiet time. 🙂
Today I had the girls in the Jolly Jumper for some activity time. They are still young and don’t quite know how to use it yet, but they enjoy being in it. They like the view and they do swing around a bit.
Sansa was strapped in and kinda hanging and I was encouraging her to move. Sawyer came over and we both started clapping and cheering as she would kick a leg or jerk her arm causing her to move.
Then something special happened.
Sansa loves Sawyer and seeing him come over she immediately broke into a big smile and focused on him. He looked at her and said “I’ll show you” and started jumping up and down. And almost instantly Sansa, for the first time, started jumping up and down too. He taught his baby sister how to jump all by himself.
I know it’s not a huge deal, but it’s the first time something like this has happened and now I am so excited to think of all those wonderful sibling moments I have in store for me. Yes there will be “mommy he took my toy” and “mommy she pulled my hair” but I made a promise to myself that when things get crazy and I start to lose focus I will think back to this day and remember how special family really is.