I always wanted a sister when I was growing up. I'm sure I imagined it to be much more starry-eyed and best-friend-like than it is in many cases, but still.
But one great thing about having kids is you get to re-do your own life through them. HA! (Harvard, here we come?!) I kid, I kid. But seriously, I am truly enjoying the view as I look down on my two little girls who are so loving with each other (yes, I KNOW that won't last longer than another month or two, but don't rain on my parade!).
For now, I see the big sister that Alex has become, and my heart just swells with pride. She is attentive, caring, and loves that baby sister with all her heart. It is a beautiful thing for this only child (me) to witness. And Kathryn--well, Kat's favorite person in the world is Alex. From the day we brought her home from the hospital, she has been following her big sister's every action with her eyes, and her face brightens even at the sound of Alex's voice coming from another room. She sits, playing with toys, (before recently becoming mobile) hoping that Alex will join her for a moment. And when Alex obliges, Kathryn starts giggling and bopping her head, just soaking up the undivided attention.
I feel like this is such a short-lived, beautiful moment in time. I know the day is right around the corner when Kathryn is going to become more intrusive into Alex's toys and playtime, which will cause bickering and conflict. I know Alex is going to be growing more independent and less interested in rolling the ball to her baby sister every night after dinner. I wish I could freeze these moments. The camera will have to do.