During my pregnancy one of the lovely things I thought, and on ocassion worried, about was how Little Z would take to a brand new sibling. Would he be ok with a new addition to the family? Would he feel left out? Would there be jealousy and maybe some kind of regression? He’s been the centre of our parenting universe for all of his life so it’s something that could potentially throw all of that off its axis a bit.
Thankfully he has been a joy to watch with his little brother. He will talk to him every chance he gets and won’t leave for school without kissing him. In his eyes his little brother belongs to him and the enthusiasm could be bottled and sold. On occasion that enthusiasm needs to be dialled down a bit and we regularly need to remind him to “Be CAREFUL!” but it’s something that shows sparks of a lovely bond. There are patches of regression in his behaviour. Nothing worrying but there are hugs in abundance right now to make sure everyone feels loved and safe and secure.
What I never anticipated or thought of at all was that the situation works in reverse too. Little E needs time to get to know his firecracker of a big brother. It’s not like an instant bond of mummy and baby. I think a part of me thought it would be as Z practically shouted to or around the bump for a whole 9 months. All that excitement and ball of energy is being thrown at E daily in large bursts and he seems to be taking it all in his stride so far, thankfully. I would say that most of his expressions displayed at his brothers antics are wide eyed curiosity or a puzzled look of surprise at whatever Little Z is doing next.
It’s far too early to predict what kind of relationship they’ll have but I do have visions of Little E curiously watching his older brother through the years wanting to be part of his adventures, both of them trashing the house slightly.
(Week 15 of Project 52 and linking up to Sunday Photo)