Little Miss has always been mildly interested in Mr. Man. She talks to him and says he’s cute, and she calls him Little Mouse when he is crying, but she treated him the way you would treat a pet. Or maybe a distant friend. She knew he was a part of our family, but her interactions with him were a little detached. She talked about him more than she talked with him.
I worked in a daycare center in high school for a Christian service class and I remember being amazed at how the kids were suddenly welcomed into the group once they started walking. The walkers acted almost like the crawling kids didn’t even exist and then suddenly one day they were walking and everyone was best friends. In kid world, you just aren’t on level ground until you hit that milestone.
Mr. Man has been walking for about two months now, and his relationship with his sister has really grown. They have a new game where they run back and forth down the upstairs hallway, almost chasing each other, though Mr. Man is too slow. And falls down a lot.
Mr. Man tips his head to Little Miss so she will give him a kiss and Little Miss insists that he give her a hug at night before bed. If he doesn’t, she gets very upset and cries.
At swimming lessons yesterday, Mr. Man waved frantically every time he caught a glimpse of Little Miss and then wanted her to kiss him over and over again when she was done. She told him he was “the funniest, funniest boy in the whole world.”
It is amazing to see how much he looks up to her, though I expected that since it seems to be the norm with the younger child, but it is even more amazing to see her love for him grow. She doesn’t just love him because he is in our family now. She is starting to like him and appreciate his presence and companionship. She always includes him and asks if he is coming with us when we go places (like I’m going to leave him in the house alone while we go to Target?)
I have decided I need to take more pictures of their interactions so I don’t forget how they were together at these ages. I can’t wait to see what happens as they keep growing and I hope they will remember how much they love each other as they go along.