When Charlotte was 2, I had an 8 month old.
When Carson was 2 I had a newborn.
And now my Baby of the bunch, Helen, has just turned 2…
And she is the baby. There is no baby after her (for now at least)*
This having a 2 year old without a baby is new territory for me.
I find that I baby her way more than the others.
At 16 months old Charlotte was walking into church, the store, etc holding our hand--- because we had a baby carrier in the other arm. I moved both Charlotte and Carson to Big kid Beds at 20 months. Helen is still holding it down in her crib.
People say the “baby” of a family will do things faster, talk more, etc. While I sometimes find that to be true, I have to say I am not sure I agree. Maybe if your children are spaced more that is true. Yes--I find Helen wants to do things the big kids do—eat in a real chair, use a big cup, watch shows with them, play with big kid toys. In that aspect… yes, she seems bigger.
I carry her so much more than I carried either of them at 2. I don’t require her to “speak” as much. Though I realized I was doing it and am trying to make her “use her words” more. But I baby her. I needed the others to be big kids, because there was a baby after them. But Helen, She is the baby. And I kind of love it.
So, Happy Birthday to the Baby!
May you always be as sweet and precious,
Never grow up, little one! Always be my baby!
*No, this isn’t a hint at anything. Promise.