The Battle Begins

by Kristi Van Dyk in

Steve and I were so anxious to get home from the hospital and get Kayleigh from my parents. We know she was having fun, but we missed her!! The way the delivery process began, we said a hurried goodbye at church nursery on Sunday and didn't see our big girl (aside from her 30 min visit to see Ben) until Wednesday night. She was so glad to be home and just came in to the house running and screaming and pointing out all of the familiar things. She hugged me, snuggled me and really hasn't stopped being "lovey" since she got here. She had a great night sleep and is well on her way to kicking yet another nursery cold. :( Any way, last night gave Steve and I chance to see what has been on everyone's minds: How does Kayleigh like Benjamin? What does Kayleigh think? Well, I think this sequence of photos describes it best.

First, Benjamin was napping in Kayleigh's "favorite" chair:

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Kayleigh sees that her rocker is being used by someone other than her. She, to her credit, waits patiently until he is moved. Then, she stakes her claim.

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When we ask her to share, she does so ... grudgingly :) But we think it's cute.

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I don't think she was too excited that her bedtime is before Benjamin's. But, someday we'll make it up to her, when she's more prepared to understand the privilege. Right now, we prefer to do an 11 p.m., 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. feeding rather than a midnight, three and five. :)  Putting him in bed too early means we're up too early :) You know the drill ...

Kayleigh slept so well despite her brother's wake ups. We only had to go in once for her (around 6 a.m.) even though Mommy was up from 1:00 until about 4;30 with Ben. So, thus far, we are blessed with wonderful, tolerant children. We'll see how the next week goes as they continue to adjust to their new lives/environment. BUT, here's a nice peaceful image to leave you with ... father/son bonding ... Steve says "we're buds."

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