Micah has taken well to being a big brother again, all ready to hold Amelia and be a helper. He seems to realize he is the oldest and enjoys the role. Ellie on the other hand, as I anticipated, has been dealing with a lot of jealousy. It is obvious, especially when I am nursing Amelia, that she feels replaced, even a little insecure, in my affections.
Tonight was case in point. As she gobbled up her dinner, I put a sleeping Amelia down and sat near Ellie to talk with her as she ate. When she was done, she started crying. I asked her if she wanted to get out of her high chair and play. She said a quick, “no!” I asked if she wanted to read her favorite book, “Lost Calf.” Another strong retort. “Do you want to hug mama?” I asked. This time, her answer was a ready, “Ya!”
We snuggled on the couch for several minutes, her sucking her thumb and playing with my hair, not wanting to get down or do anything else. Poor girl. Hopefully this jealous season will pass quickly! It breaks my heart to see it, yet I know it is all part of the transition period.