Watching my boys be brothers to each other may be my favorite part of parenting so far. Since Liam’s birth, they have been excellent brothers to each other (although I admit it was a bit one-sided back in the beginning). Over the past 2 1/2 years, I’ve had the wonderful privilege to watch them grow closer, and learn to love each other more and more . . . while also learning more precisely how to drive each other absolutely crazy. Benjamin has been looking out for Liam from the beginning (although B is very much the big brother and always wants to be fastest, biggest, and have the most toys). Liam has been trying to be like B since he could conceive of rolling over. They are incredibly sweet to each other, even sometimes when things get tough.
These are some of the recent highlights of inter-sibling communication from our house.
Me: “Who loves their brother?” Both boys, screaming in unison: “Me!!!!”
B to Liam, after a frustrating morning: “I’m taking you to the grocery store and leaving you in the oranges.”
B, on movie night: “Liam, we’ve eaten almost all the popcorn, would you like to have some?”
Liam, at their last living room sleepover: “Benjamin, I like your sleeping bag.” B: “I like yours just as well.”
Liam: “Benjamin, I love you. Benjamin, I love you. Benjamin! I love you!” Me: “Benjamin, Liam said he loves you.” B: “Yes. I heard him.”
B: “Liam, if you wake up in the night and you’re scared, I’ll be right here.”
I love these guys. I love how much they love each other. It’s great getting to watch them be brothers.