Toddler Siblings – What I Didn’t Expect

February 27, 2018

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Toddler siblings…my kiddos are 22 months apart. That is 5 years closer than my brother and I, so I really had no idea what to expect of their relationship. My brother and I have spent some years being closer than others give the large age gap. When I was learning how to read for example, he was doing AP math. He also ended up marrying his HS sweetheart, who we’ve known and loved for over 20 years; but most of his time home from college was spent with her instead of chasing around his annoying little sister.

My above examples only lead me to explain how fun it has been so far having kids that are close in age. My parents didn’t plan our age gap and my husband and I didn’t necessarily “plan” my kids’ age gap either… but I am happy to say that I am forever grateful for our crazy little hectic life. About a year into Reese’s life, it felt like our family unit took a major shift. Of course we still have the fights over toys and sharing and lots of sibling banter (hello, these articles exist for a reason Parents Magazine – BUT they entertain each other, chase each other (ALL DAY LONG), make each other laugh. I mean, I see the way they look at each other and it makes my heart flutter. I am so incredibly happy for them and what they have.

I am not naive  – I know that this little love affair between my toddler siblings is not going to last forever. They will both become teenagers and go through many years not liking each other I’m sure…. but for now, these golden years are bliss. It is such a gift watching their faces get animated with happiness when they see each other. I can’t wait for the years to come and what is in store for my little tribe.

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