Favorite Place wordart from Kathy Winters Designs
Ever since Ethan had been elevated to big brother status, he has wowed me with his maturity and sensitivity when it comes to caring for Hannah. He would willingly help me bring stuff I need when Hannah needs a change or he would ask in his sweet little way, “Where did Hannah go?”, when he didn’t see Hannah anywhere around.
But sometimes a little bit of jealousy does surface and lately we noticed Ethan will get a little bit possessive of me when he sees me nursing Hannah.
He would request, “Mommy carry!” when he sees me feeding Hannah, and sometimes when I explain to him that I need to feed Hannah, he would say, “No! Hannah – Daddy carry!”, indicating that he wants Daddy to carry Hannah instead. It breaks my heart to say no to Ethan 🙁
So sometimes, in fact most of the time…you will see me nursing Hannah on one side, and then hugging Ethan on the other! His behaviour is understandable, of course, and I don’t blame him at all. In fact, he is showing signs of being a terrific big brother!
I do try to spend as much time with Ethan as I can, modifying my schedule to make it happen. During the weekdays, I will take my shower earlier in the evening and if time and opportunity permits, give Hannah her bath before Pete brings Ethan back from daycare. This is so that I can spend more time with Ethan after his dinner and bath. I try to be there to tuck him into bed with his favorite book, but sometimes it gets a little bit tricky if Hannah needs me at the same time too.
Nevertheless, we are trying our very best and hanging in there 🙂