I'm happy to report that P. has been an almost perfect big sister in her interactions with H. She's gentle, adoring, and protective. But as you might expect, she can also get pretty agitated when she decides she needs me (or the mister) when we're focused on satisfying H.'s needs.
Here's an example:
I was nursing H. and P. wanted to be wrapped in a blanket. I said she needed to be 'five minutes patient' because I knew our nursing session was coming to a close. Instead of being patient, she dropped to the ground and plaintively cried "I want someone to hold me! I want someone to hold me!" until H. was done. I did tell her that she was entitled to feel how she felt, but that she needed to do her whining in her room. Unfortunately, she didn't listen and with a baby hooked to my bosom, there wasn't much I could do about it in the moment.
Luckily there's been a lot more of this:
And even some of this:
And things like this: In the morning, because she had a dentist appointment, P. was ferried to childcare solo with the mister. When she realized H. wasn't coming along for the ride, she frowned and said, "But I'll be lonely in the back without him!" That made me smile!
How have you curbed sibling jealousy at your house? Because we'd love to know!
Have you missed some of the newer posts featuring H.? Here's where you can read about his labor and delivery, coming home from the hospital, our baby bonding experiences so far, how I'm handling maternity leave, our ambitious trip to the zoo, and a bit about H.'s first bath!