This was my oldest son Brian's response when I told him his father and I were expecting a third child. We'd survived the first round of sibling rivalry when his brother, Damian, was born. But now three-year old Brian had made his stand about this new baby, and neither logic, reason nor persuasion could budge him.
Puzzled, I asked him, "Why don't you want a new baby?" With wide and teary eyes, he looked straight at me and said, "Because I want to keep Damian."
While this story absolutely made my heart melt, I wondered if all siblings felt this way towards one another. Growing up, it was just my older brother and I. People often ask me if I longed for a sister or brother, but to be honest, I did not mind it being just the two of us. After all, we got individual attention and space- who would not want that? I had sisters in the forms of friends and cousins. I knew the day would come when I would have a sister in real life form- my brother did eventually get married and now I do have a real sister. I have brothers too- my husband has an older brother and a younger brother. So while growing up it was just the two of us- the branches of my family tree grew and now there even cute little fruit, in the form of babies and toddlers- blossoming on those branches, Alhumdulillah (All praise be to Allah)
What about you, how did your children react to their new siblings? Was is love at first bite =)
How about growing up- did you always *wish* you had more siblings?