The bond my children share is a curious thing. I am not sure it is any more or less than what other siblings share...but it is very entertaining to observe as they get older and are able to really communicate what is bothering them.
When they wake up, the first thing they do is look for each other. When we drop P off for his therapy, K & R always repeat his name over and over to me in a very worried tone--like I just left him or forgot about him or something. If I am handing out treats of any variety (popsicles, stickers, juice) the first recipient is always telling me who has not gotten their treat yet. You get the idea.
Even with this background, tonight's little episode touched me. There are three cribs in the nursery, but we keep an extra bed in the guest room for whoever is going through a rough patch with early rising. (There is ALWAYS someone awake in my house by 6am--Ouch!) The theory is that the early riser will be less likely to wake everyone else up if they are in another room.
Since R has been the source of the 5:40 wake ups for the past 3 days, his predecessor P was rotated back into the nursery & R began his stint in "the green room." Daddy & I have been talking up the green room all day--and R seemed excited. So, I rotated out P's blanket and put R to bed. Well, as I put him in the bed he started HOWLING, sobbing & screaming "MOMMMMEEEEEEEE!" Hopeful that he would calm down I went to kiss the other 2 goodnight and I heard through intense sobs & sniffles, "Mommeeee! P! Doggee! Mommmeeee!" I had inadvertently left P's lovie (a little stuffed dog) behind and sweet R knew P needed it (even before P did.) I walked back in the room to find R hanging out of the crib with his arms stretched out towards me with the dog. "P (sniff) doggee (sniff) (sniff)!" As soon as I took it out of his hands he let out a big sigh, laid down & closed his eyes.
What kindness & compassion! It blesses my heart to see hints of their character being developed. (Now if we could just tackle gentleness, patience & self control! :-)