The Big One and The Little One: Sisters
I have always thought about the age gaps between children one and two, or two and three, or three and four, and wondered just what is the best gap. They are all quite close at 20 months, 20 months and 29 months.
However what I hadn’t given much thought to was the age gap between number one and number 4. Maddy was almost six when Lucy arrived. She was a fantastic little helper! Completely smitten by her baby sister she would sit and read to her, sing her quietly to sleep in the rocker, and cuddle and soothe her. It’s such a wonderful age gap as there is no competition (yet!). They simply see each other as a friend, a buddy, and a source of comfort and laughter.
Lucy idolises Maddy. She trusts her, follows her lead, and listens to her. And Maddy thinks her baby sister is possibly the coolest thing that has ever happened to her. She has a captive audience for all her jokes and stories, and she loves to teach her new things. And the latest trick? Crossing arms so she can stomp off in a huff. Except I don’t think she has mastered the huff bit quite yet!