I can feel myself really willing time on at the moment. Most parents cling to the baby days, and I do have some moments when I want Sienna to stop growing so fast. But I’m so keen now for her to be able to really play with Ella. They do already play together to a degree. Ella will throw all her bricks on the floor and demand that Sienna sits with her and ‘play bricks’. Of course, their idea of playing bricks is completely different, with Ella building something and Sienna bashing bricks together, but Ella loves that they are playing together with the same toy.
I can see that Ella really wants a playmate. And Sienna is almost there. But there are limitations due to her lack of mobility. Don’t get me wrong, she can make her way round a room, rolling to get to where she wants to be. But she’s not yet crawling, and I think when she starts, it will lead to a real difference in the girls’ relationship. She’s been close to crawling for a while now, on all fours, rocking forwards and back. But she’s yet to launch! I’m sure one day she’ll suddenly surprise us!
Ella has become so much softer with Sienna. She’ll still give her bear hugs, which Sienna seems perfectly used to now! But she’ll also go up to Sienna and plant the sweetest gentlest little kiss on her cheek. It’s so lovely and always completely unprompted. If I leave them in a room for a moment and Sienna starts crying, I can hear Ella saying ‘it’s ok, Sienna, mummy will be back in a minute’.
And, the other day in Asda, while me and Sean were looking at something, we caught Ella gently put her arm round Sienna in the trolley and point something out to her! I can see they’re going to have a really lovely relationship, that of course will come with many arguments, but also lots of love too. They already absolutely dote on each other! There seems to be a new understanding between them, a means of communicating without communicating, that I guess comes from having a very close relationship. It’s clear even in these pictures. They were taking it in turns to clap and smiling away at each other.
For all it’s been (and still is) hard work, I’m so glad we chose the relatively small gap between the two girls, as I can’t imagine now only just falling pregnant, or it still being a way off. Ella was born to be a sibling, and I’m so glad we were able to give her that opportunity.