Sunday, February 18, 2007

A Sister's Love

Caroline has been a big sister for almost 18 months now. Of course, when Bryce was born, she was barely 21 months old and really had no idea what it meant to be a big sister. I think for a while she just saw him as a noisy baby who needed a lot of attention. And while she never showed any kind of animosity toward him being born, she wasn't the always doting, cuddling big sister. Through the past 18 months she's helped us a lot by getting things for him or for us for him and has always liked to be right there when we change him. Every so often she'd want to do something more involved like feeding him or helping to wash him in the tub, but it was never anything consistent. But in the past few months we've started to see a real change and what I really believe is a true love of her baby brother. Every night before she goes to bed, she insists on hugging and kissing him. She always tells him she loves him and he returns the affection. And then just this week, instead of making a beeline for our bedroom when she first wakes up in the morning, her first stop, whether Bryce is awake or not, is his room. Both days this weekend she's spent over and hour in his room talking to him, giving him books through the rails of the crib, and just generally entertaining. I know he's enjoying it too because usually when he wakes up he starts calling for me right away but with Caroline there, he's been very content. But the thing that really confirmed it tonight was when I'd just come up from the basement and heard Bryce starting to fuss and call out for me. I usually will let him fuss for a minute or two since he often will go back to sleep. But I was at the bottom of the steps when I heard his door open and Caroline say, "It's okay Bryce, don't cry. I love you." And then she came out of the room to look down the stairs and let me know he needed me. I thanked her and told her to get back in bed. After I rocked Bryce for a minute and put him back down quietly, I went into her room and told her how proud I am of her for being such a loving and concerned big sister. I think she understood b/c without asking, she held out her arms wanting a hug and kiss and told me she loved me.

These are the moments I tell you, these are the moments.

2 comments:

Katie said...

So sweet!

Amy said...

Oy, I have tears in my eyes...