When Gracie was a baby, she was too small for Bean to play with. He would occasionally bring his toys over and play next to her, but that was really the extent of their relationship. That and sneaking her pieces of cheese when she was entirely too small to have chunks of cheese in her mouth. Almost gave me a heart attack several times.
About six months ago, they went through this very frustrating time when Bean realized that Gracie was now able to play with the toys, which meant he now had to share things. That phase didn’t go over well with Bean. There were frequent shouts of “mine!” in our house, until I banned the word to the naughty list. Now, no one is allowed to say “mine” in our house. Why? Because everything is actually MINE. I bought it, I simply ALLOW my children to play with it. So, when they start claiming toys as untouchable for the other, I remind them that I have supreme authority over all the toys in the land. It comes with my Mom crown. Make sure you get yours before you leave the hospital when you have your baby. They are quite handy.
Lately, though, the kids have been getting along so well. So, so, so well. I can send them upstairs to someone’s room to play, and I won’t hear a things from them for over an hour if I don’t go up there and check on them. Now, there are times of the day when this works out better than others, but for the most part, all is quiet and docile in the sibling world at our house.
Which is why when things like these pictures below happen, Chris and I simply hide in a corner somewhere and take pictures on rapid shot. Who knows how long this phase is going to last? It might end tomorrow, for crying out loud. We’re going to enjoy it while it’s here!
Chris took these pictures the afternoon of Gracie’s birthday party. After all the guests had left, the two of them ended up on the kitchen floor together, just having a great time with a balloon.
And that, my friends, is why children make the world a better place.