Sunday, April 10, 2011

Letter to Madelyn

Dear Madelyn,

You are such an amazing big sister. The kindness you have shown to these two little bundles that have turned your life upside down makes my heart melt. Just today, Clara was upset and I couldn't get to her because I was changing Henry's diaper....I turned around and there you were - leaning over your little sister whispering, "Shh, it's okay Cara, it's okay," as you patted her belly. Clara calmed quickly and you turned to me with the proudest look on your face, "Mommy, she's happy now!" You really hate to see either babe upset and rush quickly to their side to comfort them each time.

with Clara

You like to play with your brother and sister too, always asking for their toys so you can divide them up between the two. I have a strong feeling you will always be the mediator. You also like to announce, "Henry (or Clara whichever babe is closer in proximity to you at the moment) is my best friend." Yes, it's sounds very sweet. Although, you tend to say everyone is your best friend these days...including Coltrane, our cat.

Sharing...notice the placement of all the toys

You like to build things. You made something with legos...took them to Clara, who was laying on a boppy watching you, and said, "These are for you Cara."

Often, you kiss Henry and Clara on the head and whisper, "Good morning." Although, it isn't always morning when you decide to do this.

I know that someday these moments may be few and far between but for now, I'm savoring every last one.

talking to Henry

Daddy gets a big kick out of the fact that you still struggle to tell Henry and Clara apart. They look nothing alike but 9 times out of 10, when asked you'll say the wrong name. It doesn't seem to phase you...you've even been known to say, "that one" or "this one" when referring to them.

with your hand on Clara and Henry on you

While you've taken the role as big sister quite seriously, realizing this means you are no longer the only child is a different story! Naturally any child struggles with the introduction of a new sibling but TWO new siblings...at the same time! It's mostly the amount of attention you get from me and Daddy that is difficult for you to understand. Yes, my dear, our world once revolved around you and only you. Someday, I'll explain to you that Henry and Clara never had this luxury- they've always had to share Mommy and Daddy!

A few days ago, you were asking me why Henry and Clara couldn't hold their own bottles....I explained that they are babies and babies can't feed themselves. This made you want me to feed you and I told you that you are a big girl to which you responded by looking up at me with those big beautiful blue eyes and saying (in all seriousness), "Mommy, I want to be a baby." Oh, darling - if only it were that simple.

You are really good at playing by yourself now. The other day, you were playing at your table in the dining room, Daddy walked by and asked you what you were doing and you said, "Um, I'm just havin fun."

I've struggled with a lot of "mommy guilt" since these babes have come along. Mostly because I've felt sorry for you. But after a few weeks, I realized just how silly I was being. You are truly enjoying yourself.

Every day holds something new for us and I look forward to watching all the days of you being a big sister.

playing 'this little piggy' with Henry

You are having so much fun.

Love,
Mommy

2 comments:

  1. Oh Heather, those are the sweetest pics ever!!! You are right, she IS having fun. She will be the best big sister ever. Thanks for sharing:)

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  2. Hi there, I read your comment on Multiples and More and just wanted to stop by and see ya!

    You have a beautiful family. I hope you are hanging in there with your twins. I am sure their sister helps you alot!

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