The older two have been enamoured by baby Sarah. They ask to carry her almost every day. They report almost every cry and whimper to us. Both dislike hearing her cry and Shannon is especially distressed, worrying if Sarah is ok. That’s about where the similarities end.
Shannon is older than Sarah by 7 years. For now, she’s the doting jiejie, Mummy’s best helper who helps with stacking diapers, bringing wet wipes and cream when needed. She tells me several times in a day, “baby is so cute”.
She is rather at ease when she carries baby, compared to her brother. She loves that Sarah is wearing her old clothes and marvels at how small she herself used to be. She is delighted that she is no longer the smallest/lightest in the family. “I’m so glad people no longer say I’m so light.” (Because Sarah weighed 100g less than her when she was born.)
Brothers… ahh, that’s a different story.
Jason, too, dotes on Sarah. Being 10 years older, he is much more charitable towards her than towards Shannon. With Shannon, any and every action or word can be turned into a quarrel. With Sarah, he is more indulgent. He loves smelling her head. He willingly lets her lie on his lap while he reads a book and while I take a bath.
But his favourite past time is to take (sometimes unglamourous) pictures of Sarah and give them captions.
Siblings, what would you do without them!