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Jun 30, 2011

Big brother love

I am glad Daniel and Charlotte have each other as siblings they will be able to grow up with. I know at least Daniel loves company when playing - and talking. It looks like Charlotte might be the same. It will be great when they can play together.
That said, I am thinking about the potential more than the current reality. So far there hasn't been much interaction between them, except for Daniel's occasional pride about being a big brother. Especially, now that Charlotte is more active, I am expecting a lot of frustration first: Charlotte taking Daniel's toys or being upset about not being able to participate in the older kid's fun.

In general, things are pretty peaceful, though. Daniel has turned into a very caring big brother. He spontaneously takes care of her in a very sweet way. Lucky girl: she now has yet another person taking care of her in this family.
On the way to school, he goes out of his way to find the "best" leaf for her. She loves picking one of the leaves that has just fallen on the pavement to school every morning, and he knows that. He wants to find the best for her. He calls out when he sees a dog, so that she can see it too... just because he knows she loves dogs. He shows her how to ride an helicopter in a carousel, etc..

Most impressive to me, Daniel has been very proud and excited when Charlotte started walking. It could have been one of these situations where he could have felt neglected because we, parents, were so focused about this milestone. (it had been 3 months in the making, and we had gotten quite frustrated that she took so long to walk). But no, he didn't have any bad reaction. On the contrary, Daniel was just sincerely very excited for his little sister, telling all the teachers at school how great it was that Charlotte was walking, encouraging her to come to talk to him. It was really nice to see.

Hopefully, he is going to continue being such a great big brother, and Charlotte will become more mature and appreciate it. After all, who wouldn't be happy to have this nice-looking boy as a big brother?


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Jun 11, 2011

Walking!

It took a while, but we are there! Charlotte is walking. It was a very long and progressive process. She was so cautious and not really motivated to walk, it seems. But after a long period of short attempts, she started walking everywhere last week. Now, she clearly favors walking over crawling when she wants to go to places. She doesn't need help any more, she refuses it. I feel like I got a life again! I can use my 2 hands when walking the kids to school or when going to the park. Obviously this comes with the risk of Charlotte walking in the wrong direction, to her will, and not necessarily to where we need to go. But I will take this over having to hold her everywhere.

I am very excited. Now that this hurdle is over, I feel that we are (well, she is) on a roll. She is getting very good at concentrating and playing with shapes. She is starting to point at objects and make sounds when we read books. She even seems to pretend reading any time she has a paper in her hand (even one of Daniel's drawings!) Her routine is getting easier. I have very high hopes for the next 6 months, given how I enjoyed the 12-18 month phase with Daniel. Looking at all the milestones he achieved at that age, I really look forward to going through this phase again.
Plus, we are also going to an "exotic" trip to Greenland with the kids in a few months. We went to Turkey with a toddler a few years ago, and it was was so much fun. I think she will be ready by then. Looking forward to our upcoming adventure!

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