I’ve been amazed at how innate the maternal instinct is in her. We had friends over a few weeks ago. Their children are 3, 1 and 7 weeks. Micha was obsessed with the baby. When the girl finally woke up, all Micha wanted to do was hold her. She held her gently. She looked at the little girl’s hands, kissed her head softly and sat still, feeling the weight of the baby on her chest. It was incredible to witness! She spent at least 20 minutes holding the little girl.
Then, in this picture, I was getting ready to give Luca his lunch. Michaela announced she could give it to him. She asked me to put the food on the plate and she would break it into bite sized pieces. She carefully balanced the plate on her legs, and tended to Luca’s grunts of requesting more. She shared some food I was giving her while she fed him. You could see the pride she had in herself being able to feed her brother. It was also a joy to sit back and marvel at what she’s capable of doing. She talked to Luca as she gave him food, asked him if he wanted more, showed him how to use the sign language gesture for “more” and then asked me for what food he needed/wanted more of. Luca enjoyed it too; he was smiling and giggling. I already see how he looks up to her, watching her every move, observing what she does and easily forgiving her for those unloving moments.
I have to remind myself that Micha is only 2 1/2. It’s easy to forget because she’s so independent and wants to do things for herself. I’m proud of the little girl she is and I love to see her being so loving with her brother. She’s not only helping me out but she’s being an active participant in our family, which is beautiful to see. I have learned that the more I let her help me in the house, the happier we all are. We all feel good when we are allowed to do things we are capable of. I foresee more ‘Luca feedings’ ahead 🙂
Let special moments like these between you and your child or between your children fill your heart up. It helps calms you in the challenging moments a bit more.
I hope you witness some tender love in your family this week! Also, strive to give more hugs, kisses and tickles. I know you’ll get a positive reaction 🙂