Miss Sydney LOVES being a big sister and refuses to entertain the possibility that she remains anyone's little sister. She also loves being a "big girl." And she absolutely adores Avery. However, she is not loving not being the baby. She's become my little shadow, and if I'm with the baby she's my second skin. If I'm nursing, Syd wants to climb up in my lap too. If the baby's crying, Syd wants to play a puzzle. And every morning for the past week she's been "unable" to go potty alone.
I'm trying to remind myself that this is a phase and that her world has been rocked, but I'm not perfect. I find myself getting irritated by her neediness. On the other hand, I don't want to be over-indulgent.
What's working is bringing back naps, lots of emphasis on "big girl" privileges, and cutting her some slack. She's brought her babies back into the rotation but refuses to be "Mommy's helper" (because she's Sydney and she doesn't fall for such shenanigans). I'm sort of at a loss, because she seems so big and still so little.
So those of you with multiples/middles, what's worked? Or is this something that just gets easier with time?
Surprisingly, Jack has really taken this baby the hardest-- he's a wreck and cries a lot, which he never used to do. Sounds like you are doing everything right, and she will get the hang of it soon :)
Sounds like you're on the right track. She'll adjust and then LOVE having a little sister!
I probably shouldn't tell you that Wes and James still jockey for my lap during afternoon TV time. I am trying to teach them to sit on either side of me on the couch.
I never will, fingers cross, have a middle, but I do remember L clearly asking me if I still wanted her. Her reasoning was that Joe was doing lots with her and I was always with the baby. She thought I just didn't want her now so Joe was taking over.
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