And just like that … he was a big brother! I was wondering how I was going to cope with the sleepless nights that come with a newborn and didn’t realise the havoc her arrival would have on his sleeping. Our two year old son was a good sleeper – the first 8 months of his life were not fantastic in terms of sleep, but we got professional help in the form of a sleep-trainer (will do a proper post on this sometime) and we got our groove back. We had some ups and downs over the past few months, but generally our son was fine with sleep … and then SHE arrived 🙂 Luckily for me, I have the milk supply and have the newborn right next to our bed in a co-sleeper, so my husband would have to wrestle the two year old back to sleep, but what a turnaround! And then my husband explained it to me in terms I could understand. He told me to imagine him bringing home a new wife and asking me to share all my stuff with her, be nice to her and understand that he would love us both equally and only be able to spend half as much time with me as before and be okay (no, actually be HAPPY) with it! When he put it like that … no wonder the little man was having sleepless nights 😉 A few nights later, though, it seems like calm has been restored and both our little people sleep reasonably well, but sleep-deprivation can totally alter one’s perspective on things.
It is wonderful, though, (and sleep deprivation is a SMALL price to pay for this) to watch a bond develop between siblings. I think that at 2 years of age, our son was still too young to comprehend that the ball I was carrying in my belly was actually coming out at some stage and would become his life companion. He loved cuddling the ball and seems to love this little being as much as we do.
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