I really have not been able to get a good picture of all three of them, so I decided to try again. This picture is posed, I admit it. My daughter seemed to think that it lost some of its value when she discovered that it wasn't spontaneous. I don't know how she thinks I got so many cute pictures when she was little. Lots of them were posed.
I really feel for my Big Girl. I feel like she's misunderstood. Little Girl will always land on her feet, being so adorable and all, but Big Girl isn't tiny and cute like that. She's sort of like Baby Huey, all oversized, but still a baby in so many ways. She's never had the opportunity to be as big a girl as she is. So, I try to give her responsibilities and to try to awaken that in her. She likes to put dishes on the table, but she'll never insist on it. Little Girl saw that one time, and now she wants to put anything and everything on the table-- no matter that you don't want it there. Little Girl actively seeks stimulation (and attention) and Big Girl just patiently waits for it, and occupies herself by daydreaming, if no one is handing out stimulation or attention.
All that to lead up to this: I put Little Boy on her lap, and she just looked at him like he'd ended up in the wrong place, and wasn't interested in touching him. I put her arms around him, and told her, "You hold him!" See what happened next:
|At first, she's like, "whatever."|
|Then she starts to take her responsibility seriously, and is actively holding him.|
|He's starting to get restless, though...|
|And--she's lost him!|
|Somebody decided it looked like fun to sit in her sister's lap!|
|They were rocking back and forth, and laughed even harder when I turned and looked at them.|
|Someone is definitely getting to be the big sister here, and someone is definitely the little sister.|
|It must be fun to have a sister... I wouldn't know; I never had one :(|