Thursday, October 30, 2008

Best Friends




I'll be honest. I was a bit worried that "the baby" would be jealous of Abigail when she came along. With our other kids, we combated baby sibling rivalry with a sense of ownership. "this is your baby. Can you give your baby a pacifier?"

Well, we didn't really have to brainwash Brenley this way. From the begining, she would warn her siblings,"This is MY sister! She is my tiny baby, and I need to hold her!"

She is right. Abigail is Brenley's best friend. She knows Brenley's voice best from the womb. This is a natural consequence of spending most of my pregnant time chatting with my toddler. She seems to recognize Brenley's voice and likes her best.






Brenley has ruled our household for the last three years. She doesn't really feel the need to share, and doesn't mind using corporal punishment. She isn't above some hitting and biting to get her way. But she doesn't seem to show the slightest sign of this with Abigail. The other day, I used one of Brenley's towels after the baby got out of the tub. Brenley, in true Brenley form, screams,"Hey! That's MY towel!" I said, "Oh, you are right, it is. Abigail just got out of the tub. Can she use it?" She thinks for a moment and says, "well, let me see her." Just then the baby's tiny foot stuck out of the towel. That was it. Brenley uttered her signature, only for the baby exclamation, "Oohh". I can't describe the sound. But it sounds basically like she is saying, "that is just the cutest tiny thing". I love that sound. It means her little heart has melted. She continued, "look at that little foot. She is the cutest tiny baby, isn't she mom?" No more concern for the towel, or it's owner.



She doesn't allow us to neglect her. We hear this urgent cry, "Mom, tiny baby is crying!" If Abigail makes the tiniest peep. (She will ONLY call her "Abigail" or "Tiny Baby". It is the cutest thing. She absolutely will not shorten her name.)

She loves to hold her, and thinks she is fabulous. Even if she requires my attention, or steals Brenley's things. It is such a relief to me, and so adorable to watch. I hope these girls will always be best friends.

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The Northwest Bunch said...

We have been so blessed that no one has ever felt displaced. They have all welcomed the baby as a new member of the family with such love. Reagan has all ready decided that she will change all the diapers and feed him, So all that I am needed for is giving birth. I am so glad that your family is so happy. She is a beautiful "tiny baby".

Shelli said...

Very sweet! Johnette felt that way immediately for Anneli, which was a surprise. I thought she was so young, she'd resent getting booted from babyhood. I think the pre-mortal bond was stronger than I gave them credit for!

Vidal's Nest said...

I am so glad that bren loves her! No rivalary there! She will be a good big sister!

Patrice said...

That is so very sweet. What a blessing!

Devan and Robyn said...

I love the new family picture!! It is so great that Brenley is loving the baby! You guys are doing well! Keep surviving and let me know how to help!

Crazymamaof6 said...

so sweet! what a cute baby. love it when the next sibling loves her best.

MEET THE JENSENS said...

ok so i was wondering when you were due... and congrats! she is beautiful!! teach me how to have a 5 pounder please ;) jk, but really congrats she is beautiful! i'll see you at bunco next month if you are there yay!

Mandy said...

What an adorable post and I love the picture at the top!

Rachael said...

hey mom i tagged u on my blog and it said to post a comment on yer blog saying that i tagged u so ya