Annikah has been an only child for 3 years. That is a long time, like her whole life. We planned to have kids closer together but life happens and planning does not always work out the way you think it will. We try hard to not spoil her and to teach her what God wants for all of us; to be kind, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to share, to be generous, to be humble, to set aside our wants for those of others, to love. But I am not very good at any of those things, at least if I am really honest. And she is a kid. In kid world it matters if someone touches your baby or takes the last sticker. Like really matters. But real soon she is going to get a crash course in sharing; her Mama, her Papa, her stuff, our home, our space, our time. Some days I am worried a bit about this adjustment, like the moments she wallops Zawadi for touching one of her toys. But then there are other moments I think she will be the best big sister ever, like when she gets a package in the mail full of treats and immediately wants to share them with her friends here.
What is most likely and I have observed and experienced first hand is that Annikah and her baby sister will float between moments of being best friends and mortal enemies. I guess my job will be to let them sort it out and occasionally be the warden, but mostly to help them realize the amazing blessing they will have in each other. Me. A Mama of two..I need advice and help and I am a bit scared. And; like Annikah, I am about to get a crash course.
We were praying for the baby today and she said “Mama, when you tummy get bigger and bigger and the baby come out me gonna put that baby to nap and hold her and kiss her, ok?” Yep, Annikah sounds great to me.
practicing holding our friend’s new baby
Anni and Romy…sisterly love
the kids all loved that their tongues changed color!
Anni & Zawadi: Anni makes it her business to boss Zawadi around but also is pretty good at sharing…even her beloved swings…hold on Zawadi!!!