Categories
Loading
Welcome to Babble,
Settings
Sign Out

Get the Babble Newsletter!

Already have an account? .

The Moment They Saw You

While we’re on the subject of siblings and whether they are 1) terribly pointless, or 2) the most important gift you can EVER give your child (because those are the only two options, you know), let’s talk about the wonderful, magical moment when you introduce existing children to their new sibling. And how wonderful and magical it is.

Wait. No. I meant the opposite of that.

This is the photo I used — after cropping and tweaking and edge-blurring and etc. — to commemorate the moment when my three boys came together for the first time:

Gorgeous, right? The perfect mix of curiosity, suspicion and tenderness. Also, the baby appears to be in no danger of getting dropped or sat on and is not crying.

In other words, what a load of crap.

A few seconds later, after Noah’s hand actually made contact with Ike’s head and startled the bejezus out of him, Ike let out a howl. Noah fled to the opposite side of the room and refused to go near the baby again. And Ezra was like, “Yeah, I’m out too. YOU deal with this.”

I just can’t even right now, you guys.

They spent the next 45 minutes or so jumping off the hospital room’s furniture and windowsills, screeching and squawking like Angry Birds while I stayed in bed, grinning stupidly and basking in the chaos of my new-and-improved life.

By the time I saw them again, my post-c-section IV had been removed so I was no longer under the influence of the kickass painkillers.

This is what happened next. (And…a lot of times after that. Up to and including THIS MORNING, ACTUALLY.)


  • HI FISHY FISHY FISHY 1 of 8
    HI FISHY FISHY FISHY
    First, the boys circled him like a fish in a waiting room aquarium. We removed the baby before they started pounding on the plexiglass.
  • I’M THE BIG BROTHER AND TOTALLY OKAY WITH THAT 2 of 8
    I'M THE BIG BROTHER AND TOTALLY OKAY WITH THAT
    New sibling regression issues? Nah, I'm sure we'll be fine.
  • PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE TODDLER IN THE PLEXIGLASS BUCKET 3 of 8
    PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE TODDLER IN THE PLEXIGLASS BUCKET
    The moment Noah became officially Baby Ike Crazy, but in an unfortunate Old-N-Busted vs. New Hotness way. Poor Ezra never knew what hit him.
  • HI BABY I BROUGHT YOU YOGURT IN TUBES 4 of 8
    HI BABY I BROUGHT YOU YOGURT IN TUBES
    When Ike didn't respond to his brother's offering, Ezra simply smacked him in the face with them. HERE EAT IT ALREADY.
  • HI BABY I BROUGHT YOU MY OUTSIDE VOICE 5 of 8
    HI BABY I BROUGHT YOU MY OUTSIDE VOICE
    "I'm teaching him to TALK," Noah protested, whenever we asked him to stop screaming three inches from the baby's face.
  • SCREW YOU GUYS, I’M GOING HOME 6 of 8
    SCREW YOU GUYS, I'M GOING HOME
    Ezra was not very happy once his yogurt-in-tubes gift was confiscated.
  • WAIT WAIT HOLD STILL 7 of 8
    WAIT WAIT HOLD STILL
    Almost there, guys! Adults, get your hands out of there! I've almost got the perfect birth announcement pict...
  • NEVER MIND PROTECT THE EYEBALLS 8 of 8
    NEVER MIND PROTECT THE EYEBALLS
    Adults, get your hands back in there!

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest
Tagged as: , ,

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest