Brothers

by Jennifer on April 10, 2012

Klop-klop giggle klop-klop.  “Hee he heee.”

“Mommy!  He’s getting me!”

Klop-klop “He-he-huh-he hehehe”.  Baby breath panting.  Baby S tugged on my finger as he dragged me around the room, chasing Little Boy K.

We circled the chairs, then squeezed and struggled in between them.

“Mommmmmy!”  Little Boy K shouted as he ran, half-heartedly, ahead of us, glancing back, a wicked smile on his face, encouraging Baby S’s advance while appearing to be terrified.

Thump!

Little Boy K jumped on the couch and rounded on us, in self-defense mode, arms and legs outstretched, the last-ditch effort of one who has been cornered.  Baby S let go of my finger momentarily to reach over the cushion for his brother’s leg, a giant toothy smile spread across his face, his chubby cheeks pink with exertion, triumphant.  He has won.

Arms and legs flailed as Baby S claimed his victory and Little Boy K good-heartedly fought back.  There was laughter, both of my boys’ laughs mingling together, Baby S’s “smoker’s chuckle”, breathy but still tinkly and baby-like mixed with Little Boy K’s lower pitched bubble-cackle.

I love this game of chase.  We play it regularly.  It is one of Baby S’s great joys and I think K enjoys it just as much, although he would likely deny it.

The happiness I feel at watching them together was a surprise.  During the “baby” months there was little interaction, there were adjustments that had to be made, compromises and sacrifices.  The idea of siblings was attractive but abstract.  But now….they really love each other.

We added more than a baby to the family; we created brothers.

K once asked, “When I grow up, will I be Baby S’s Daddy and will he be my son?”  Of course I attempted the necessary explanations but what was remarkable was his obvious disappointment that he would never be Baby S’s Daddy.

He wanted to take care of him.

This afternoon when the grandparents’ car pulled out of the driveway, Baby S and I stood hand-in-hand and watched Little Boy K’s face crumple in tears he was trying to repress as he sat down in the grass and began to cry.

I headed over, “It’s okay K, they will be back in a few weeks,” I consoled and wrapped my arms around him.  I felt another hand on mine at K’s back and Baby S’s face appeared around the other side of K’s head, a concerned expression coloring his usually happy visage as he leaned in and peered into K’s face.

He reached up with his index finger and brushed a tear away, just below K’s eye.  Unintentional, surely.  A toddler wouldn’t…

Then he reached up and snagged another tear as it made its way across K’s cheek.

I don’t think Little Boy K ever expected his brother to want to take care of him too.

 

 

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Lisa/MommyMo April 10, 2012 at 2:21 am

Oh my, that was so sweet and made my heart swell! I have three kids- one girl and two boys. I love watching their sweet interactions….of course, they also have some not so sweet interactions, lol.

Mommy April 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm

The not-so-sweet interactions can make for good stories, though!

Shelly Miller April 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

What a precious story of two brothers loving each other. Little fingers wiping tears. They know more than we think they do, don’t they? Nice to meet you through Just Write.
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Mommy April 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm

They certainly do. I must always try to be mindful of that. Just because the little one may not be able to verbally communicate, does not always mean he’s unaware. Tough to remember…

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms April 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

My uterus hurts from reading this story. Just sweetness personified. I have four sons and there is a lot of scrambling, tumbling, rumbling action that when they choose to be still and sweet and dear to each other it brings me to my knees. Love the way you told the story too. Very nice, Erin
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Mommy April 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Oh my goodness! 4 sons! Wow – and I feel outnumbered with just the two boys. You have my respect (for surviving with 4 boys) and appreciation (for all of your sweet comments).

Alison@Mama Wants This April 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I’m about to give birth to boy #2. I so look forward to the day when my boys become more than just #1 and #2 and be brothers, the way you describe it. Gorgeous!
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Mommy April 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

You are in for a real treat! I always think of brothers as being rough-and-tumble but they can be surprisingly tender.

Julie April 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I cannot wait for the time to be right to add another sibling to our family, and I really hope we give our son a brother. Because I want to see this, right here, in person.
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Mommy April 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

It’s much more entertaining than television :)

Bridget April 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I love this. As a mother of twins, I’ve always appreciated that my kids will always have each other. Whether they like it or not:)
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Mommy April 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Yeah, I can’t wait until they start banding together to gang up on Mommy!

Suzie April 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

You’re right-watching my boys together fills me with a warm fuzzy feeling. I love knowing that they’ve both got a friend for life in eachother.
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Lisa Nolan April 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Lovely slice of life! I was an only child and always wanted a sibling! That is one reason why we are starting foster care (with hopes of adopting) in the fall for our one-and-only special (and very social!) boy. And thanks for commenting on Angel Wings, btw!
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Oh how exciting! Good luck. I look forward to reading about it.

Ado April 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm

A fantastic description of brothers!
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Thanks Ado!

Stacey April 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I love those sweet brotherly moments. It’s one of my favorite things about being my boys’ mom.
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I’m hoping the sweet moments will hold out for a while before we hit the not-so-sweet ones. Thanks for stopping by.

Susannah April 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Aw, I loved this!

Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Thanks Susannah. I’m glad you came by.

Julia April 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm

This is so very moving and sweet. Siblings are amazing gifts.
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Thanks Julia. They are the bright spots in my day.

Katie @ Chicken Noodle Gravy April 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

How stinkin’ sweet are they?! Those last few lines were just…wow. I won’t lie. Tears were in my eyes! They’re relationship is obviously, already a great one!.
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Thanks Katie. Hopefully their interactions will continue to be sweet once the little one learns to talk!

tara pohlkotte April 11, 2012 at 12:51 am

oh, yes. these moments. when you realize you have created a pair that will take on this world by each other’s side. it’s an amazing thing. I am here with you in these amazing moments of your words.
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Thanks Tara! I’m glad you came by.

Michelle Longo April 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

This was so sweet – I can really see the game you’re all playing and how sweet your boys are.

Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Since the baby still refuses to walk (or run in this case) without holding my finger I’m obligated to participate but I’m sure I’ll miss being an active participant once he’s ready to be “on his own”. Thanks for coming by.

Mayor Gia April 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

Awww that’s so sweet! What good boys you have!
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

They are good boys most of the time :)
Thanks for coming by!

Delilah April 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Oh the tears. Those little moments just warm your heart and touch your soul, don’t they? What a beautiful memory for you to cherish.
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I’m trying to keep those little moments from slipping through my fingers. Thanks for reading!

Kim@MamaMzungu April 11, 2012 at 7:20 am

I just had my second son and this post so warmed my heart! I can’t wait for the laughter filled play and tender moments in which they care for each other. Great post!

Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Those moments make the rough ones all worthwhile. Congratulations on your second son! You’re in for a treat.

momof12 April 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Awww… that is so cute! Love it when siblings love and care for each other.
Sandy
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Kim Pugliano @The G is Silent April 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Love.

Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thank you Kim. And thanks for reading too.

Kristen @ Motherese April 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This is so lovely! Like you, I’ve really enjoyed the way my kids have become friends and not just siblings. And I really think you’re onto something with the idea of the baby comforting the older brother. My daughter is also one and I swear she gives her big brothers extra hugs when they get hurt. So sweet!
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Seeing that tenderness in ones so young is so surprising and heartwarming. Thank you for your comments.

Janice April 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

It’s amazing how close they can be, and then they turn against each other, then get back together again! There is nothing in life that compares to the sibling relationship!
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I hope they continue to grow a strong one. With such an age difference, I have worried that they may not bond well. Maybe it will just be in a different way. Thanks for your comments.

Stephanie April 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

You found the perfect words. I was right there with you in the living room. I could hear your little ones laugh. What a beautiful post.
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thanks for your kind words Stephanie. I’m glad you could stop by.

Susan April 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm

this is so delicious. i hope when my son has a sister or brother, they’re the same way!
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Thanks Susan. I really loved your post this week.

Youngman Brown April 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Sharing this with my sister, who has a 4-year old boy and is due any day now with my newest nephew and godson.

Truly a great piece. Well done.
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Mommy April 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Thank you! So your sister’s boys will be about the same age difference as mine. It’s a good spread. The older one can feel like he’s a part of things without too much jealousy.

Beth Zimmerman April 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Be still my heart! THIS is precious!
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Christie April 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm

As a mom to two boys, I can totally relate. Great, great post.
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heidi April 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

“We added more than a baby to the family; we created brothers.” That’s how I feel about Annie and Ben – we created a brother and sister. Their relationship is one of the sweetest, best things of my life.
So precious.
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Shannon from 'mynewfavoriteday' April 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

So so so sweet. Love this….love that you say, “We added more than a baby to the family; we created brothers.” Because it’s oh so true and then at the end, that’s what brothers do, that’s what family does, we take care of eachother. Laugh together, wipe aways tears and just be there when there is nothing more to do. I look forward to more posts, more love, more chases and more giggles!
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Jackie April 12, 2012 at 6:53 am

We added more than a baby to the family; we created brothers.
I love this line! Makes my heart happy, especially as I watch my own two little girls planning together (happily?!?!) for the moment.
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Jester Queen April 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

How utterly sweet. That brings tears to MY eyes, and you may have to loan me a toddler or three to wipe them up!
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Mommy April 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Thanks! I rent them out at an hourly rate. They love wiping things! Thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment.

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