We named BPD months before he was born so that OBG can start relating to him as a person not just a concept. I think it’s paid off since OGB is so utterly sweet around his baby brother. He comes over and greets him, “Hello Little Boy” and gives him a kiss. OGB also tries to be helpful getting diapers for us when BPD gets changed. He also calls my wife when BPD is crying and says, “Mama, he’s hungry.”
For the most part, OGB does not appear to be jealous of the new member of the family. It’s definitely a balancing act to make sure we give OGB enough attention. I just hope they grow up to be as close with each other as I am with my brothers and sister.
Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring – quite often the hard way. ~Pamela Dugdale