I wondered how Jacob would react when we brought Jocelyn home. For the past 2.5 years, he’s been an only child. Jacob’s one of the smartest, well-behaved kids I’ve ever known. [Yes, of course, I am biased.] That said, he doesn’t really know how to share just yet. He doesn’t even like sharing his trains – I figured mom and dad were on a completely different level.
So when we took Jacob to see Jocelyn in the hospital, Jocelyn gave him a brand new train track. We told him that she was super excited that he was her big brother. He looked at her, smiled, and immediately went to play with the new track. He now refers to it as the “neat track” that Jocelyn got him.
Then when we brought Jocelyn home, Jacob and I went to the store so that he could pick out a gift for her. Heidi and I figured since Jocelyn had picked out something that she thought he would like, it would be a good idea for Jacob to pick out something that he thought she might like. At the store, Jacob thought about it for a few minutes and then picked out a set of green pacifiers like he used to have when he was a baby. (I was afraid he might try and pick out a Thomas and Friends coloring book.)
The rest is history.
He knows her name, but generally refers to her as “that baby.” If she’s asleep in the crib, he says things like “Where that baby at?” and “Get that baby out.” If she cries for whatever reason, he quickly runs over with one of the [green] pacifiers to try and calm her.
She reacts about the same way with him. No matter how rowdy he gets, it doesn’t seem to phase her. In fact, she seems to calm anytime she can hear that he’s around.