Sibling Bonding – Norton’s a Good Big Brother

Most parents worry about having a new baby.  How will the older child adapt?  How will I divide my attention?  I’m no different.  It turns out that, well, aside from some brief issues with toddler separation anxiety, I was worrying about nothing on the sibling bonding front.  It looks like sibling bonding is going very well… and it helps that Norton is such a very good big brother to Eudora.

Okay, sure, there were some problems in the beginning.  He’s a toddler, so while it may be typical toddler behavior, it’s not always good toddler behavior.  I pretty much freaked out when Norton threw a glass coaster at Eudora.  And there are still times that he runs awfully close to her when she’s on the floor, which causes me to worry that he’s going to step on her.  Plus he did trip over her once.  But the good stuff far outweighs the bad.

At first, Norton started to hug Eudora the way he hugs the puppies: no arms, just putting his head against her.  He still does this, by the way, and it’s adorable.  Eudora has gotten far more hugs in her short little life than I ever have!

He then started trying to say her name… which isn’t actually Eudora.  He calls her “Kiki.”  This sounds nothing like her real name, but it’s adorable.  And I have a feeling that it will stick.

Norton also tries to take care of his Kiki.  When she’s crying, he’ll put a bottle in her mouth if there’s one out.  When she’s in her bucket infant car seat, he’ll buckle her up and also rock her.  When she’s eating, he likes to cuddle up with us on the couch and read a Spot book, usually Spot Loves His Daddy.

The sibling bonding thing isn’t just one way, either.  Eudora Kiki seems to be equally fond of her big brother.  When he goes into the nursery to play (which is far more than I’d like; he’s got his own new room), she watches him and smiles.  When I was at my favorite unmentionables store (Tops N Bottoms for those in the central interior of BC), the store owner was keeping an eye on Norton and Eudora so that I could try on some new bras.  Eudora would cry if she couldn’t hear me or see Norton.  Norton would run over to rock her bucket every couple of minutes so that she’d be happy, and she’d coo at him.

I think we’re off to a good start for a beautiful relationship.  How did your littles start out?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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