I have loved watching my boys grow together.
Watching Joshua become a big brother and a leader to his smaller sibling has been mesmerising. He initially started off being a tentative leader. Somewhat shy of standing tall and saying follow me.
The transformation over the last 2 years has been mind-blowing, he is now the story teller, the game leader and the trouble avoider. While Jacob tests his boundaries being the listener, game follower and trouble causer, their roles are evolving almost daily.
Jacobs speech can be troublesome for communication, Joshua is very articulate and can be a little impatient while Jacob get flustered and frustrated if he is not understood immediately.
Over the last month I have seen a real friendship form. A real sibling bond that I have no doubt will only grow more. The look in Jacobs eye as he looks up to his big brother is priceless.
While Joshua’s patience is slowly growing , its nice to see him looking at his brother while talking to him to ensure he knows what the game plan, and how he rewords his instructions till he sees that spark of understanding from his little brother so he knows he has achieved that understanding from him so the game is on.
Jacob has been immensely boisterous over the last few months and often gets super carried away and boshes his brother with toys often and then takes great delight in rolling round on the floor with him as Joshua fakes injury and Jacob revels in his destruction. Unless there are real tears, as at that point Jacob wants to give him a kiss and say sorry.
I thought my boys would be a force to be reckoned with when they were older, however they certainly keep me on my toes, often tag teaming my patience, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I know in the blink of an eye they will be grown and flying the nest, no longer wanting to battle over the toys, no longer wanting to fight over a space on my lap. But I hope when that time comes they will be firm friends and be each others best friend instead.