A lot of people talked about the benefits of having an older kid around when a new baby comes home. I think back to when Addie was little and remember all those times I needed something that was just. out. of. reach. Wipes, a diaper, a drink, a stray binky, a burp cloth…the remote. That alone was enough to convince me that having Addie around was going to be pretty sweet.
Seeing these two little girls together has brought me more more joy on more occasions than I could have ever imagined. But there’s one thing that never occurred to me, Addie knows how to do an awful lot of things as she gets closer and closer to seven that are far beyond bringing me wipes and clean diapers. It happens almost everyday when she comes home from school or at the breakfast table and it is my favorite thing to watch between the two of them.
Addie is reading at a fourth grade level in first grade, she can read any book in her room. She’s always liked reading out loud and showing me the pictures just like her teachers do at school. Now that Vivi’s around Addie LOVES to read to her and show her the pictures. She has Vivi’s full attention and when she reads to her on the floor Vivi scoots as close to Addie as she can until their heads are touching. Vivi will pay attention through the whole book and give her a look like “What’s next?” when Addie’s done.
These are some of my favorite photos of these two. I’ve never asked her to read to Vivi, she just does. I get to walk in on these scenes of my two littles with each other, it’s magical.