Friday, June 24, 2011
Brothers in arms
(Edited to add some photos my Mum sent me after reading this post! Thanks Mum!!)
Lately though, Ryley and Braeden have become inseparable. Braeden has decided he wants to sleep in with Ryley and they cuddle each other until we finally pry Braeden away because he is keeping Ryley awake telling him stories.
This morning, I had to walk away from Ryley as I just.couldn't.dress him. The more I got cross, the more Ryley wriggled and squirmed. When I returned, Braeden was trying to put Ryley's pants on him and telling him that he "had to stop being silly".
I thanked Braeden for his help, but told it wasn't his responsibility to dress Ryley.
It is always a worry of mine that Braeden will think it is his job to do the things that I do. Siblings of kids with disabilities tend to become 'little parents' and this is not the path I want Braeden to take.
If only Braeden had reminded me to pack Ryley's PEG feeds in his school bag...
(Yeah, I forgot to pack them again. How embarrassing).
I love that Braeden just accepts that everyone is different. He will never be a kid that stares or makes fun of others. That is one of the most important lessons you can learn in life I think. And already he has got it.
I am so so proud of my kids and the close bond they share.