Reflections of a New Parent of Two, Part 2

| February 6, 2013 | 7 Comments

The next in the series of initial observations I’ve made in my five weeks since becoming a parent of two under two:

3. Toddlers are fascinated with babies. Except maybe your own toddler.

You can barely keep others’ delighted little hands from your baby’s face, while your own kid will barely sit for a picture with him.

I can understand, though. From his viewpoint, this little loaf-of-bread-sized human has invaded your world and is taking up some of Mom and Dad’s time and attention–Not to mention it’s no fun; it only sits there staring and making noise. It doesn’t even have WHEELS, for crying out loud. It makes sense that you might not be super excited about this whole ‘baby brother’ business right away.

Discouraging as it may seem at first, however, things do improve. Why, not long ago, Sonny yelled, “BABY!” and biffed Little Bro’s sock monkey at to him… with more enthusiasm than we wanted, but it’s a start.

Over the past month, I’ve seen Sonny warm up to his little brother, pointing out his feet or stalling bedtime by asking to say goodnight to him. He’ll come over and pat him on the head while we encourage him. It’s a wonderful thing… I think.

I’m confident they’ll be great buds one day. In the meantime, I’ll probably just keep an eye on things, lest my baby boy mysteriously somehow end up curbside in the recycling bin.


To be continued…

Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Mom who Blogs

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Brenda A. says:

    Good sibling relationships are wonderful! I think it is easier to do with some kids than others. When personalities are vastly different (or too alike as well!) there can be a lot of head butting (literally and figuratively). I am so happy my tow kids love each other so deeply and are best buds.

  2. That’s great. I have good memories with my own brother and sister, and we still have a lot of laughs when we get together now. Hoping for the same for my little fellas!

  3. I’m sure they’ll be great together in no time!

  4. Anna W says:

    My older children were not too impressed either when my younget was born! But as he became older and not just a baby that liked to cry then they realized that yes! they do love him! It took a bit of getting used to for them but now they play wonderful together.

  5. Veronica S. says:

    My boys have been through this, being 18 months apart. I’ll say this, my younger son is really tough. He’s had to be!

  6. kathy downey says:

    Awe they will be great together

  7. kathy downey says:

    I have lots of good memories with my own brother and sister,the fights the fun,the laugh….it makes for great conversation now that we are adults

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