Emerson’s Adjustment to Becoming Big Brother

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(photos by j&a photography)

Everyone asks me what Emerson’s reaction has been to Elliott since we came home from the hospital six weeks ago.  Honestly, he really shocked us!  We went into it with really low expectations, as he didn’t seem to understand what a baby or sister was prior to her being born.  We thought for sure he would be extremely jealous and confused and he’s been none of that.  From the minute we brought Elliott home, Emerson has been very, very attentive and sweet.  He refers to her as “baby” and she is always on his mind.  He constantly asks where “baby” is.  When “baby” cries or as he likes to say “baby cwying”, he is very concerned.  He loves to hug, cuddle, and kiss her along with asking to hold her all the time.  It is the absolute sweetest.  It makes my heart throb just thinking about it.  Emerson’s reaction to Elliott has been one of the sweetest experiences of my life.

People also love to ask – “What is it like with two under two?”

Well, I’d be lying to you if I said it was a bed of roses!  I like to say that there is never a dull moment.  There are times where both the prince and the princess think that they need it RIGHT NOW!  Emerson is most definitely Mr. Opinions and Mr. Personality all rolled up in one.  You know, typical 21 month old.  Elliott is six weeks old and babies are hands-on.  On days that both of them are home (Emerson goes to pre-school full-time Monday through Friday) we do not sit down a lot!  Evenings are especially trying, as it can be “witching hour” where everyone is a little wore out from a long day and a bit short fused.  All this being said – I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I am sure as heck lucky to have such a hands-on husband who literally tackles one as I tackle the other. 😉

Emerson has adapted to the big brother role with ease.  Many times throughout the day, I see him trying to help and give Elliott her paci when she is crying or attentively watch or want to help give her a bottle.  We give them baths at the same time and it’s so sweet to see him dote over her and make sure she’s OK.  We do have to watch them together at all times, because bless his heart, he is a bit of a bull-in-a-china-shop and doesn’t know his strength.  Example – we have had a few close calls with a truck landing on “baby”!  All in good intentions though!

Two-under-two is work, but those doses of sweetness that just melt your heart on a daily basis make it all worth it.

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xoxo,

Mallory

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