I heard you gasp. “BUT HOW CAN YOU SAY ONE IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER!?” Because I can. And that’s exactly what I did when I wrote how babies are better than big kids. Some of the main bullet points were that big kids can be smelly, loud, emotionally volatile and dangerous. But they can also be the coolest little humans you’ll ever have the privilege of hanging out with. While I relish the time I get to spend alone with my new baby while my big baby is off at school, there’s no denying that these big ones come with perks as they grow up.
Oh the self sufficiency! I still remember the first Saturday morning I woke up to Addie watching Looney Tunes and eating a a bowl of cereal that she had gotten herself. Cody and I both celebrated a bit knowing that we had finally made it to that point in parenthood where we could sleep in ever so slightly come the weekend. (We later mourned the loss of gluttonous sleeping in seeing as we are now awoken in the early morning by little squawks via monitor from the room down the hall.)
Addie has cool toys. The kind of toys I have no shame in admitting to playing with when she’s not around. Dress up ponies, Barbies, really cool puzzles and building blocks and not to mention the grand poobah…a Nintendo DS. It’s also fun to play games with her now that we’ve moved past the basics of Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. The movies and TV shows certainly get better as well. (I see your WonderPets and raise you classic Tom & Jerry.)
Kids are funny, whether they mean to be or not. Today Addie proclaimed “MOM. I AM NOT ENTERTAINED.” from the backseat confirming that she truly does believe it is my sole duty in life to make sure she is never bored. I assured her that only boring people are capable of being bored and she went on to find a bouncy ball and make it her car pet.
Vivi is an excellent baby, top notch when it comes to babies. But Addie as a big sister? Oh how my heart melts with the love she has for her baby sister. My mom was worried Addie would become very bored when she realized Vivi doesn’t do much, but what my mom didn’t realize is that with this age difference? I pretty much brought the best. toy. ever. home for Addie. Not to mention that Addie is easily one of Vivi’s favorite toys as well.
Babies and big kids both have their struggles and bonuses, and over the last few months I have really tried to focus more on the bonuses than the difficulties.
What’s one of your favorite features of your big kid?