It is fascinating watching how the siblings respond to each other in different ways. Orla is very much wanting to be like Elodie, asking for her when she wakes and enjoying dressing up with her. Finlay is also very much wanting to be like Elodie, asking for her approval and attention from the moment he wakes. You can guess what this means? Too much competition, resulting in lots of squabbles between the middle two.
And then there's the new squidgy addition. Finlay is adoring of Archie, spending time stroking his head and kissing his little hands. Orla is proud of Archie, showing him off in the playground, checking where he is at any one moment, annoyed if friends don't seem as enamoured with her new baby as she is. Elodie is concerned for Archie, she doesn't like to see him cry, if he grumbles - she wants us to pick him immediately, she is worried if he has wind or cries out, she loves to rock him in his bouncy chair and comfort him by stroking his head.
But they are all accepting of him, excited to see him when they wake. Orla likes to copy mummy with her babies, putting them in a sling and on the same changing mat. They are all finding their new place in the mix and adjusting to life in our new full family. It's a struggle at times to know when to leave them to be siblings together and when to intervene in the squabbles and battles that come with three headstrong little siblings playing together.
So now there are four little people in our home and I think that they will love each other very much. There is always going to be someone for each of them to play with and make mischief with and argue with. But for now, they are adoring Archie and I think he is going to be very much loved.
Linking up to the Siblings Project with Katie at Mummy Daddy Me and Amber at Goblin Child