I came across this post I wrote the other day – Fourteen months apart, the bond between sisters. It was written almost 2 years ago. June was about 2 months old and Scarlett was 16 months old. It brought back so many memories. We didn’t know exactly what to expect back then. We still considered ourselves new to parenthood and had only been parents for a short amount of time. The thought of bringing another one home seemed a little overwhelming…we still felt so inexperienced. I remember feeling afraid at the time. Afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to handle two. I remember being afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to get them down for naps together. I wondered if I was going to have to become a hermit for two years – I mean how in the world was I going to get both of them in car seats at the same time?? I look back on those fears now and I laugh a little…those fears were so real and valid at the time, but now I realize that no matter what life throws at you, as a mother, you will just find a way. You adjust, your life adjusts, everything just falls into place and everything that happens makes complete sense.
I won’t lie…the first few years were tough. Everyone always wanted to be the baby – the only baby. They were both so small and so needy. It wasn’t until just recently that I started to see a change. Mama used to be their main source of entertainment. I was the main event. It was always a race of who could run and sit on moms lap first or who was going to sleep next to mom tonight or who is mom going to pickup and carry.
But recently, I’ve noticed that some things are starting to change…I can see this tight bond forming. I see something growing…something deeper forming everyday.
They hold hands for no reason at all….
They call out each other’s names and the other one comes running…
Scarlett calls her little sister “little one” and “hun”….
They can laugh and play for hours….and share their toys.
They get concerned for the other when one is upset….
They run up and hug each other out of the blue….
And last night, Scarlett said – “I want my sister. I want to sleep next to my sister”.
These things of course, can melt a mama’s heart.
This is all new. It wasn’t always like this. This has just happened over the period of a few weeks. Maybe they sense baby brother is coming? Who knows, I won’t ask why, I am just enjoying this blessed life and this life-long sisterhood bond that I see forming between them.