There's a really interesting shift in the dynamic my children have with one another going on right now. I see little shifts here and there every few months, but what's happening now is amazing. It's like they're really gelling together as siblings and becoming their own little unit.
Royce has gone from thinking his brother is the most annoying, horrible thing on the planet to seeing him as a comrad and live-in playmate....on most days. The tables have turned and now when Brendan tries to pound on Royce, he will say, "Hey Brendan, don't hit me I'm your buddy, I'm your big brother." He has also gone from complete indifference to Hayden to falling completely in love with her. He tiptoed into her room the other night when I was putting her down and gave her a kiss goodnight. I nearly fell off the rocking chair.
Brendan has thought Royce was the coolest from day one, even when Royce was pounding on him as brothers do. Having been a preemie, it has taken Brendan a long time to get to the point where he is physically capable of playing with his older brother, but he's there and it warms my heart to see them making up games and running around having the best time together. Brendan has always been crazy about Hayden and I don't think that will ever change. He sings to her and tells her little stories, it's adorable and I really need to get it on video.
Hayden is the happiest, coolest chick I know and she's only 10 months old. Nothing bothers her, she's just happy and if her brothers are acting like morons, she'll look at them, look at me and then roll her eyes like, "Who are these crazy boys?" She's a lucky little girl to have her two older brothers who love and protect her, but she'll probably hate it, because they'll scare the boys off.
We feel beyond blessed to have Royce, Brendan and Hayden in our life. Watching them grow, bond and defend each other is a journey I look forward to watching unfold.
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