Every day, the relationship between Aidric and Juliet just gets more and more adorable. Yesterday, I was helping her clap for him when he did something. I would clap her hands together and say "yeah, Aidric". I left the room and when I came back, he was holding both of her hands, helping her clap and saying, "yeah dules!!"
Then we got him up from his nap, he asked me to put Jules in his crib. So I did, and he sat there reading her his book for the next 10 minutes. When I picked her up, he said, "No mommy; dules here" and pointed to his crib. At one point, he said something about downstairs, so I asked if he was ready to get up and go downstairs and he said, "no...MOMMY downstairs!" Basically, letting me know that he wanted Juliet to stay, but I was dismissed. I took that as my cue to run down and grab the camera.
He's helping her turn the page here.
This morning, I had them both in the stroller and was trying to snap a few pictures. So, I'm standing there trying to get Juliet's attention, calling her name and making silly noises. Aidric leans over, touches her hand, and says, "look at mommy duliet". The funny thing is, she listened and looked right at me, but he was looking at her!
Finally, as I was putting her down for her morning nap, Aidric was jumping around at my feet saying, "Good nappy duliet- see you when wake up" and "love you duliet- nappy time". He's never done this before, but was clearly just copying what he hears me say to her/him when they go down for naps!
I think when you have a second child, you worry a lot about whether or not that child will receive as much attention as your first and whether they will suffer because of it. How can you possibly be the same parent you were to #1 and how can you give #2 the same opportunities? Well, you can't. But, although you might not take 50 pictures of their first time eating green beans, in so many (more important) ways you are a BETTER parent and even more importantly, #2 gets something that #1 never did...an older sibling. And that makes up for everything else, I think.