Way back when we had a very fussy and cranky newborn and way before we knew that was caused by severe food allergies I came up with a little ditty I would sing her to calm her down.
"Peanut Butter and Jelly,
Peanut Butter and Jelly,
Nothing goes together like
Peanut Butter and Jelly"
Eventually, her nickname became Peanut Butter (or just Peanut) and doting brother, J.J. became the Jelly. These two were inseparable. He was constantly attending to his little sister in such a sweet way.
Sadly, all that came to a screeching halt at around 18 months of age. Peanut was DONE with being coddled and wanted to do it herself! She wanted to do it ALL herself, just like every other 18 month old!
|Girlfriend was downright chubby! The only time in her life she's had body fat.|
This, definitely, did not go over well with big brother. He was crushed, honestly, it was so sad to see his face. He had to reestablish a new and different kind of relationship with his little independent sister.
Its still a work in progress as we teach our now 2 yr old to be respectful of her brother, to accept kisses for boo-boos from him, to allow him to help her with things instead of mom coming to the rescue each and every time.
They still aren't as close as they use to be but I think that will come back in time. He can still be a bit pushy with showing affection to her and she will loudly let him know how she feels about it....Even *he* is still learning!
I think the most important observation I can make about Jelly is that he has the heart of a helper; of a servant. His love language is helping. If he misbehaved that first year home he'd pull every piece of clothing out of his drawers and refold them and put them back...as his way of apologizing for his misdeed.
He is my right hand young man.
I can trust him explicitly with keeping his little sister safe.
I work effortlessly with him in the kitchen.
He has a heart of gold and he just warms me from the inside out with his thoughtfulness.
We are so blessed by this young man!
Love you Jellyman!
Love you Jellyman!