Sebastian, you had your first hot chocolate today. You were completely delighted.
I cannot even begin to express how Dayla and Sebastian’s relationship brings me joy. So much joy.
I often think back and reflect on the two years we were hoping and praying for a sibling for Dayla, to all those days I was on my knees praying, all those tears cried. I often think about how God never took that longing from my heart (that she would have a sibling) and each day since Sebastian’s birth, I have been filled with gratitude that He did in fact choose to give her one.
I know there is the possibility that they might not always get along, but I also know what they have right now is beautiful and rare, so I can’t help but want to journal about it here and so I can remember it for years to come.
Dayla is all the best parts of herself when she is being a sister to Sebastian. She is kind to him, she is far more patient with him then even his dad or I am, she is calm with him and an amazing teacher to him. She endlessly shares with him, from parts of her cookie to toys to….well…you name it, although he has not yet learned to return this behavior with her. She can make him laugh and she will play her games differently just so that he can play with her. She rarely ever complains about him and I can’t remember the last time that she was annoyed about the fact that he is just a baby and so much younger than her. In short, she treats him better than she treats anyone else….and yes…the feeling is mutual.
To say that Sebastian ADORES his sister doesn’t begin to cover it. He looks up to her and will follow almost ANYTHING she does. He will do things for Dayla that he will not do for me or his dad. If he had it his way, he would be with her almost constantly. He loves to play with her, color with her, hide with her, and laugh with her.
We pray that this will remain, that maybe one day they will even call each other “best friend” and we do everything we can think of to try to encourage that relationship. For now I am soaking it in….loving it….constantly praising and thanking God for it. Watching them together is probably my favorite part of motherhood…right behind that first time I held each them as a newborn.
Here are some of my favorite captures of this love…