|My little Fern 13/10/2010 @ 22 months|
A few nights ago, I was busily cooking dinner and Elliott began crying from his nursery. It took me a minute or so to get there, but when I did somebody had already gotten there first. Fern was leaning over the cradle patting Elliott on the chest with a look of concern on her 22 month-old face. Not once has she had a tantrum or tears over my lack of attention to her while I'm attending to Elliott, and, despite the odd over-zealous demonstration of affection and random poke in the eye, I really cant fault her behaviour toward her brother at all!
Dan is making a special effort to shower Fern with even more affection and attention then ever before... he gets her up in the morning while I lay dazed after a night of feeding my hungry baby every 3-4 hours (I cannot even open my eyes until a strong coffee is being intravenously poured down my neck) and sometimes climbs into bed with her for a snuggle. They have a babychino and some 'bubbles' together before I stumble out of bed and say good morning.
Often, while I'm feeding Elliott, I invite Fern to sit next to me and we read stories together. She adores books, my little girl. They are all over the house and she carries them around everywhere - the animal themed ones in particular - making animal noises to the corresponding pictures and trotting around like a pony.
Yesterday we visited Fern's grandparents on their beautiful property and I snapped some photos of my little girl as she raced around - looking and smelling and listening to everything around her and I realised. She's a beautiful little human being, and I'm prouder than ever to be her mother.
It's a wonderful thing, seeing your children interact with one another, and I cannot wait to see Fern's and Elliott's relationship blossom over the coming weeks, months and years. Elliott's eyes already light-up when he glimpses sight of his sister... and I just know they will share many special moments as they grow and share their childhood. And I get to watch it all!
These thoughts are making me smile today. What's making you smile?