New brother!

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Looking at the photo above I’m reminded of the day when JJ went from being an only child (at almost three years of age) to a big brother. He seemed to take it in his stride and never seemed jealous or tried to hurt EJ, and yet at the same time his behaviour went completely haywire – he became an extremely fussy eater, had some horrendous tantrums and began pushing the boundaries further and further.

Fortunately things settled down in the end and now, 18 months later, they play together, JJ refers to EJ as his best friend and delights in being the first to wake his brother and say Good Morning EJ!

When you have a newborn second child and find your family once again renewed  its so difficult to project into the future and imagine what kind of bond and relationship your children will have with one another. And now, even though EJ is not a new baby any more, the situation is still new and renewing all the time as these two little boys discover and inspire each other’s developing personalities.

This post is inspired by The Theme Game week 3 on the topic “New” as developed by The Reading Residence and Red Peffer.

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16 thoughts on “New brother!

  1. I can so relate to this. Boo was 2 years & 11 months when Little Man arrived, and he’s now 16 months, so we’re at a very similar parenting stage together! It does renew all of the time, and whilst the older child seems so much more grown-up, I have to remind myself that she is still only 4. And then the younger develops and changes so quickly. Lovely to see and be a part of.
    Thanks for sharing with #TheThemeGame x

    • Oh I know, I had spotted that ours were very similar ages – mine are Sep 2009 and Jul 2012! It must be interesting to see the relationship between the two genders as well from your point of view.

  2. Monkey is the only one of our NCT group not to have a sibling, we do have one set of twins, but all the others now have younger brothers. It’s been wonderful watching their relationships develop, and also wonderful to watch Monkey accept all of the younger ones as his friends too. Special.

  3. This is so true. Jasmin is six months and Milin is two and we are constantly growing as a family. I love watching their relationships grow – and yes, it goes through new phases all the time x

  4. What a lovely, thought-provoking post. For someone who’s decided to have only one child (well, hubby and I decided obviously!) for various reasons, this post makes me think it must be wonderful to see their personalities grow together.
    Linking up from #TheThemeGame

  5. I can really relate to your post… When we had our latest baby, the older siblings just adored her, but they also regressed a little (or a lot…). One who was out of nappies went straight back in them, the other one struggled to settle at school… Mel #TheThemeGame

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