During my second pregnancy I worried about a lot of things. It was a much different worry than I'd experienced during my first. One of the things I worried about was how my first born would adjust to being an older sibling.
I worried about how her routine would change and if she would feel less loved and grow to resent her brother. And when we found out Bradley had hearing loss, I worried about all of this even more.
I myself am an older sibling of a special needs child and I can remember it sometimes being very hard. I remember having to make many sacrifices as a child on behalf of my little sister. But I also remember and still feel a bond and strength and very special love with my sister that I believe few siblings ever feel. I was and still am her protector and her biggest cheerleader. She is my strength and my number one reason for being who I am to this day.
When I watch my children together and their bond- already at just 1 and 2 years old, I am grateful. The way Bradley looks up to Scarlett and just wants to do everything she does. The way she protects him and always wants to make him laugh.
The fears I once had are slipping away each and every day while I watch them play and interact together. They are both very lucky to have eachother. And I believe they will both cherish their relationship for years to come.