Well, I’m only about six weeks late in writing about Little Man and Lil Sis’ reception of Baby J, but you’ll just have to cut me a break. I’m a bit sleep-deprived right now
As a few may recall (those who have been reading for more than the last two years, so not that many), Little Man was … let’s say less-than-thrilled … when we brought Lil Sis home from the hospital. In fact, he flat-out refused to be in the same room with her for the first couple of days and would throw a huge fit every time we brought her near him.
He warmed up to her eventually, and now they really are the best of friends, but that took a while. I distinctly recall changing his diaper every single time we changed hers for those first couple of weeks. Changing a 2-year-old’s diaper 12+ times a day gets really old really fast!
Considering that reception, I was understandably nervous about how the older kids would receive Baby J when he came home. I was pretty sure that Little Man would be all right. After all, he was two years older than when Lil Sis was born, and he definitely understood that we were getting another baby brother or sister. Lil Sis, on the other hand, was a complete question mark. I had no idea if she understood the concept of a baby brother or sister, or how she would receive said baby.
Thankfully, I needn’t have worried! Both Little Man and Lil Sis have welcomed Baby J with open arms. In fact, our biggest struggle is typically to make sure they are gentle with him and don’t smother him with love. Lil Sis in particular. After all, 2-year-olds aren’t known for being particularly gentle, and LS often doesn’t realize her own strength. We’re constantly warning her to “be gentle” and use “gentle touches.”
Lil Sis is completely infatuated with her baby brother and has been from the minute she saw him.
When we first arrived home with Baby J, Lil Sis was in the backyard playing in the sandbox. At first she didn’t believe that I was home with the baby, but when she realized it was true, she made a beeline in to the house, and we literally had to hold her back and strip her sandy clothes off her lest she douse Baby J with a healthy dose of dirty sand. Hence the shirtless first-meeting pictures!
Little Man is equally in love. He thinks his little brother is just the greatest thing and can’t wait until he’s big enough to play with. We haven’t had the heart to tell him that by the time Baby J is big enough to really play, Little Man will probably be too big to want to play with a little kid! Such is the way of things.
Little Man was at school when Baby J came home, but as soon as he got home that afternoon, it was all about baby. Since he first met his little brother, Little Man has spoken to him in the same singsongy “baby” voice. When he sees him, he croons, “Hiiiii, Baby J. Hiiiii.”
He still frequently tells us that he loves Baby J and can’t wait until he’s big enough to play with. “Will he be able to play tomorrow?” he asks me all the time. Ah Little Man, if only that were the case (since that means I would be getting full nights’ sleeps by then!).
So in short, this reception has been smooth as silk. A refreshing change from the last time around!
Naturally, the addition of a new baby has brought quite a few logistical challenges — it can be hard to juggle the demands of three separate little human beings. But overall, this transition to a family of five has been SOOOOO much smoother than the transition to a family of four! I’m very thankful for that!