Sibling rivalry

The day Soraya was born, everything changed. Gaja was only 1.5yrs so there was no ways of warning her what was about to happen. I was sitting on my hospital bed, with Soraya lying on top of me. My husband walked into the room with Gaja, she had a big smile on her face as she entered, but quickly looked a bit confused when she saw this tiny little baby on top of me. Richard helped her onto my bed thinking that she would want to hug me… Instead she let out a little laugh, looked directly at me and slapped me right in the face, turned to Soraya and slapped her right in the face as well! Soraya was 1 day old. That's the moment I realised, this is not going to be as easy as I thought! The jealousy between them still hasn't ended, 2 years later, and I doubt its going to end any time soon… In a way, I doubt this jealousy is ever going to go away. I am one of 3 sisters and I think the underlying jealousy is still there even at our age! I've tried everything to try and ease this jealousy between them. I've read every book on parenting I could possibly read… Initially it was all Gaja, jealous of this new innocent baby. Finally when I felt like I was making progress with Gaja, and she was starting to act like a caring big sister to Soraya, things changed again as Soraya hit the terrible two's and the jealousy reversed to Soraya being jealous of Gaja. Now I'm trying to work on Soraya being nicer to her big sister…. I think she's taking revenge for the last 2 years now that she's strong enough! It's amazing how I've become the favourite 'chair' in the house. Gaja just has to look slightly my way, and next thing I have Soraya sprinting towards me and sitting on top of me, just in case Gaja was even thinking to come near me. Then comes the whole fight of who gets to sit on top of me, who gets to sit the closest… Bed time is amazing. Both wanting my full undivided attention. By the end of the day I'm exhausted. I am told I must enjoy this period, since soon they will get older and you will miss how much they wanted to be near you… So I am trying, to enjoy as much as possible this insane period...

4 comments

Mar 27, 2017 • Posted by Miki Nava

Melissa captured it perfectly, wasn’t even staged, haha!

Mar 27, 2017 • Posted by Cecilia Tsai

that’s the best photo ever!!!

Mar 27, 2017 • Posted by Hans Schroder

Yes,I was there!

Mar 27, 2017 • Posted by Miki Nava

Yes, you took the video!

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