Having twins, we had a unique parenting perspective of having siblings from the very beginning. Sibling love is probably one of the cutest things everrrr.
But throwing a new baby in the mix is always a big question mark. Will they love her? Will there be jealousy issues? Will 3 be a crowd?
Well, we have the next 17.5 years to figure all that out. But I’m happy to report that… so far so good.
Since Cypress was born in February, I’ve learned a lot about each of the twins and their very different personalities. Paisley loves her new sister, but she spends her days taking care of HER baby. She swaddles, she feeds, she changes diapers. She’s a busy mama.
While Paisley is lost in her imaginary world, Dell is very HANDS ON with her approach of loving Cypress
I mean, she loves her SO MUCH… sometimes aggressively. She wants to be with Cypress every waking moment of the day. Loving her, snuggling her, holding her, feeding her. ALL THE THINGS.
It’s precious, I’m telling you. This might be one of my favorite pictures of all times.
I might intervene with her aggressive approach more often if it wasn’t so obvious that Cypress loves her just as much.
It’s not that Paisley isn’t completely smitten with her baby sister. It just manifests differently with her, and brings out her own little maternal instincts with her dollies. She definitely prefers imaginary play over real life. For example, if I’m in the kitchen making cookies, Dell is right by my side helping measure, dump, mix… while Paisley is at her play kitchen whipping up a batch of HER OWN cookies. It’s amazing how two littles that are the same age (and have had the same exact upbringing) can be so different!
It will be interesting to see how the friendship between the 3 girls grows and develops over the years. I’m sure there will be highs and lows between each of them. But in the end, I’m confident they’ll all be best of friends!
How did your older children take to a new baby sibling?
Joy Carter Voland says
My older two are five years apart. They are also opposite sex. For several years they were close and played well together. They’re now 15 and 10 and the oldest is annoyed by her brothers. My youngest is now 2. The 15-year-old is helpful with him, but loses patience. The two boys will play and wrestle, but the 10-year-old has started exhibiting similar behaviors with not wanting to be bothered by the two-year-old and occasionally throws a fit when made to give his brother some attention. At the same time, his sister can be quite mean to him, but should someone upset her, he’ll be the first one there to comfort her. I sometimes think it would have been much easier to not have so many years between them.
Meagan Blan says
That’s hilarious and weird… My girls are the SAME WAY with their baby brother. Peyton loves Noah and is very concerned with his well-being. She’s the first to tell me that he’s crying, that he needs a bottle/diaper change, asking where he is when he’s not in the room, etc. But she’s very hands-off. She prefers to play by herself or near him. Macy, on the other hand, is VERY hands-on, and VERY much aggressive with him. She has been trying to pick him up and carry him basically since birth, despite the fact that he is just shy of her own body weight! Even her kisses, tickles, and hugs incite panicked/frustrated noises from him. Most of the time he loves it, but others he’s just like “GET OUT OF MY FACE, YOU CRAY CRAY!!” He even has a particular cry that he makes only when it’s her that’s bothering him. If I am in another room and I hear that cry, I immediately say “Macy, what did you do to him?” Hahaha! Oh well… as long as he’s not hurt, I’ll call it bonding. 🙂
This pretty much describes my situation as well! My boys aren’t twins, but they’re not far off. One loves to take care of his new brother and is so gentle, and the other is hands on ALL THE TIME and not gentle at all. They both love him so much, but show it in completely different ways. Your girls are precious!
By the time I scrolled thru all the pictures I had the biggest grin on my face. What sweet pictures. Dell is the protector, the provider, the older sister to Cypress. I bet Paisley ends up being her play mate. I know you are enjoying this special time with your girls as they interact with one another. Vikki in VA
I love the one of Dell hugging Cypress’s head. Haha!! Carissa is the same way. Max is bored of waiting for Gus to be able to walk, and Alexa just wants to be in pictures with him.
Those pictures are adorable. Your little family is so beautiful and what fun to see the differences as they grow and develop. Thanks for sharing them with us today. Made me smile from ear to ear.
They are all so sweet! A couple weeks after we brought my daughter home, my son (then 2) asked when we were bringing her back to the hospital. Appreciate your daughters’ bonds – it is definitely not a given for all kids!
My almost 3 year old adjusted fairly well to her sister 13 years ago! She had a few sayings- “She’s all cute”, “She’s gonna get bigger and play with me”, and “Put that baby down”… My older one was the one living in reality and the younger one was in fantasy world ALL THE TIME. She was constantly role playing as Jasmine or some other character. She got her big sister to play pretend and their Barbies and stuffed animals had quite the adventures. Living in the country, there is often no choice but to play with your sister!They have had their squabbles (especially as the oldest didn’t want to play pretend anymore), but I have to say now at 13 and 16 the arguments are more rare and they are definitely best friends. They are currently collaborating on a book online in which they each play as a few characters and type in their own dialog, so the pretend hasn’t stopped, it’s just changed mediums.
Carol Paxman says
What sweet sisters. I have two sisters and at times we fight like crazy, now we are just crazy 🙂