Roland wants to be in on all the action now. For the most part this is a good thing because his sisters usually want him in on it as well, and I love seeing them all together. Sometimes they will lug him around into their play world. Other times, he will scoot his way into their activity wherever and whatever they are doing. He looks so happy and confident as he plays with them.
Of course Roland is not developmentally ready for the imaginative play of his older sisters, even though they are ready to include him in on it. For girls who love baby dolls, it’s beyond exciting to have a real life baby doll as a part of their play. They tell him to “pretend” to be the baby, and they set up toy areas for him and pretend to feed him with a spoon even. Roland’s oldest sister is his absolute favorite. He adores Charlotte and often looks to her to be entertained. She’s always setting up scenarios to include him in and building an environment for him by carefully arranging his toys in new ways and “helping” him play with them. He certainly doesn’t mind the attention and puts up with being jostled about.
Winnie loves playing with Roland as well and often asks if she can hold him. He’s getting a bit too big for her to be able to really hold him, but he and I both oblige her wishes as best we can. She’s a little less excited than her sister to have Roland find his way to where she is playing though. She will be playing a game or setting up blocks, and Roland will come along and reach for something she’s using. This sets off a high pitched scream from Winnie. She tries to move his hand away, but it’s not at all effective. I can help her move to a different spot, or I can redirect Roland to something else, but he’ll find his way back to getting in her way somehow at another time … probably for the next several years.
Sibling relationships are really interesting to watch, and it’s exciting to see Roland finding his place in our family. From eating with us at the table to being able to physically get to where everyone is playing, Roland is now finding his way into the action and seems to really love being with us. He’s working on his skills of being the baby of the family by keeping us all laughing, and we’re finding ways to make space for him in every way we can. It’s been almost a half a year now, and I don’t remember what life without him was like.