This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Dreyer’s blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.
If you would have asked me years ago if I would have kids only 18 months apart in age I would have laughed at you. After years of struggling to have our first baby, our second came sooner than we expected! Don’t get me wrong, we wanted a second baby, we just assumed it would take as long to get her here as it did our first. We were so wrong and I am so glad.
My son is currently three-years- old, my daughter is just a few months shy of two and they are the best of friends and my number one #reasontosmile. Sure, they fight and bicker, they steal each others toys, and rough house. But, at least once a day I look up to find some version of this:
They “read” each other stories. They help each other out. They are constantly laughing and playing together and it makes this mama’s heart so happy to see that. As a mom my greatest hope is that they will cultivate this relationship throughout their lives. I hope that they will always look out for one another and be able to laugh together. I hope they understand how much they were wanted and how each of them brings a different life and element to our family and that we wouldn’t be the same without them.
I want them to deeply understand that they are loved. They are valued. They have the right and responsibility to make goals and be dream chasers. I hope that sometimes they will chase those dreams together, or at least be the stepping stone for each other when they need to reach just a little higher, or the helping hand extended when one of the inevitably falls.
But for now, I will watch, and observe, and document the sweet way that they interact. Because they won’t remember these times and all the fun that they had. I want to be able to show them someday that this relationship they share runs deep. It will continue to make me smile day in and day out.
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