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That Older Sibling Thing...

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Friday, June 06, 2008

One of the things that has really amazed me about watching the kids in the last six months is the sibling relationship that forms. Yes, I know that often means tears and fights, but it also means some of the most heartwarming (and hysterical) things you'll ever see.

Elnora's three and a half right now and Emmitt is twenty months. While they do their share of fighting, they mostly get along really well. In fact, I've seen a few really awesome things this past week.

1.) We learned Emmitt can count to ten! This is impressive since Elnora only learned to do it a few weeks ago. Apparently Emmitt picked up on all her practice. Very cool how the little ones learn from the older ones.

2.) Elnora wants nothing more than to "play with Emmitt." When he naps, she sits around asking when he's going to wake up. The second she hears him, she races into his room, climbs into his crib and they "jump" together.

3.) Emmitt wants nothing more than to make Nora happy. He's always trying to share things with her or do things that will make her smile. Yesterday, she lost her stuffed elephant (her favorite) and was running all over the house trying to find it. In a matter of moments Emmitt came trucking into the room, holding Elephant and sporting a huge grin. He ran up to Nora and handed elephant over. Nora responded with a "thank you!!!" and a big hug. Too cute.

Now we get our share of tears too. Just this morning he went out on the porch to play with her and she yelled at him to go away. He came in to see me bawling, so I called her. We had a little chat about how everyone was allowed to play on the porch, so she asked Emmitt if he wanted to come with her and then they held hands as they walked back out there. Too cute x2. ;)

Of course all of this is made funnier by the fact that Nora has three post-it notes with scribbles pasted to her door. She tells us on a regular basis they say "Emmitt, you no go in here!" She tells Emmitt this on a regular basis too...

Either way, I guess it's like everything else with kids. They're either making your heart melt, or your head asplode.


  1. Blogger JudyBright | 7:33 PM |  

    "Your head asplode" ha ha ha.

    Ten points to anyone who knows where that reference comes from.

  2. Blogger Heather Dudley | 3:10 PM |  

    You give me hope, Jennifer. My two are about the same age apart... 2 1/2 and 3 months, right now. Things are tough, and I think I can deal with them getting tougher, as long as I know there'll be moments like this!

  3. Blogger Mozi Esme | 2:31 AM |  

    How sweet & sad & sweet!

  4. Anonymous Anonymous | 2:47 PM |  

    See - these are the things that I've missed reading about. These are the things that will keep me reading your blog. You don't have to be 'The Lactivist' all the time. I just want to know how thejenn and the family are doing.

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