It’s been an exciting few months for you! First you turned two, and then two weeks later you finally got to meet your little sister.
It was truly love at first sight, for you. You immediately wanted to hold her and began hugging and kissing her, pressing your face against hers. She was pretty much the coolest thing you’d ever seen, until it was time for her to eat.
As your mom explained how she was going to feed Elliott, and got your little sister into position, you began to cry, and called out, “NO, Elliott! No eat Mama’s nipples!” We explained that she wasn’t literally eating Mama’s nipples, but you insisted she stop and that “Daddy feed her!”
At first you didn’t like other people holding Elliott. Anytime someone would come visit, you would insist that I hold her; but this stage, along with the fear of her eating have passed. You spent a week obsessed with the little bit of umbilical chord on her belly, and when it came off you called out, “Mama, her belly button fall off!”
Over the last month and half I’ve been shocked how much you like your sister and want to help out with giving her baths, getting her a pacifier, or blanket. You even loaned her your night-night before she had a blanket of your own.
Any time Elliott cries or starts to fuss, you put your face close to hers and say, “No cry, Elliott.” Often times you’ll start to sing to her, “Hush little baby, don’t say a word. Mama’s going to buy you a mocking bird. And if that mocking bird don’t sing, Mama’s going to buy you a…” This last part changes quite a bit. Sometimes it’s a ring, which leads back to the bird, and you get stuck in a little loop. Other times it’s a digger or a dinosaur, occasionally a b-ball is thrown in.
Every night, before you go to bed, you insist on giving her several hugs and kisses, although often times a stalling tactic to avoid bed, it’s still adorable. The other night you called out, “Sweet dreams, Elliott Mae. Dream of b-ball hoops.”
You are such a sweet big brother, and although there have been a few early attempts to let her know who is boss, I’d say you’re doing an amazing job of sharing the spotlight, and I’m so proud of you.