Peter loves his sister. He likes to bring her things, help us take care of her, and rock her when she is sad. He also loves his mommy and misses being an only child. When he is tired, he gets distraught if he wants to be on my lap and Anne is nursing. (He doesn't want to nurse; I've offered multiple times.) He's been on the verge of tears a few times and, once, just pointed at her and started sobbing.
I offer for him to sit next to me, or sit on my knees, but he doesn't want that. He wants his mommy back.
|Nothing like a baby on my lap to make |
that the most desirable place to be.
I have committed to not altering his nap or bedtime routine. He gets prayers and two lullabies, uninterrupted, with me lying beside him in his bed. (Ironically, he usually doesn't cuddle during this time.) When my husband is home, I don't feel bad about Anne being downstairs, even if she is crying. But when I'm home with just the two kids, I hate hearing her cry.
Of course, it's "only" for 5-10 minutes, and I make sure she is well fed and in a clean diaper before I lay her down, but sometimes she is just so miserable. Once, I tried bringing her into Peter's room with me so I could keep a hand on her while lying with him... That just made them both upset.
Moms of more than one little one, do you have words of wisdom to make this a happier home? Even if not, prayers are greatly appreciated, too, especially for the kiddos.