A question that is asked of me often these days is "How is Cadence dealing with... a new brother, the change, not being the only child these days, etc.?" My response is usually something like "Well, she definitely loves Cooper. She wants to hold him, kiss him, be "soft and gentle" or rough with him. She loves to touch his nose, eyes and mouth and rub his head. She even likes to play games with him like 'Startle him when he is asleep' or push him in his high in his swing."
Then I add, "But she is much more emotional - like a teenage girl - and has showed some signs of regession. Before Cooper was born, she was about 90% potty trained. Now she is going to the potty about 10% of the time. She has taken a sudden interest in playing in cribs,
having tummy time on a play mat,
laying in baby bouncers,
sucking on binkies, laying in Cooper's baby car seat and other things that babies do."
Usually, it's not a big deal. It is at random times throughout a day - not constant - that she decides to play with all his stuff. The 'emotional about every thing' part is what tests my patience, but I am dealing with it. We are just grateful that she loves her brother. Her newest phrase she says probably 20 times a day is "Where's Cooper?" If he is out of her sight, she asks this and then goes to check on him. She understands that Cooper is her brother and that she gets to assist in taking care of him. Cadence is a great big sister and Cooper is very easy going to put up with Cadence's love and games. Luckily, she has already started to make her way back to the pre-Cooper days!!!