That very same afternoon, Miss G helped with nappy change and insisted on pushing Roo's pushchair when we took a quick stroll around the block.
On January 3rd I woke up at home for the first time since the baby's arrival and within minutes of opening my eyes Baby Roo and Miss G joined Mr H and I in bed. Four of us in bed on a lazy Saturday morning, this is what happiness is all about and hopefully I will enjoy this sort of mornings for years to come. Shortly afterwards I witnessed Miss G read a story to Baby Roo and my heart melted. Perhaps it was the tiredness or the lack of sleep or the baby hormones, but I confess that I might have even shed a tear. Or two.
She wants to kiss him before she leaves for school and as soon as she comes back. She can't wait for him to move into her room, her bed even, if she had a choice.
Despite all her kisses and her sometimes suffocating cuddles, he just stares at her, fascinated, in awe. I never thought that babies did or understood much, but it is undeniable that he knows who she is. For Miss G, and for her only, he turns his head around. If we are on the floor and she moves from his left to right, he moves his head to find her. It's the start of a truly fascinating bond and now I understand why they say that a sibling is the best gift you can give a child. I can now see what people mean by that and I feel incredibly lucky to have two children. Incredibly lucky.
When Baby Roo is going to be older, I will tell him the tales of how his sister gave him his first 'top and tail' and his first bath and she did it with such love and tenderness that we were all amazed by it. Not a hint of jealousy as the fuss was all on her little brother. I am proud of my big girl and how understanding she is.
And when he was all clean she rolled around with him in bed to his utter awe as usual. And his gaze never leaves her when she is around. And she doesn't miss an opportunity to pull funny faces at me when I try to capture these moments...she is 4 after all!
Aged 5 weeks, Baby Roo had his third bottle - the only one during the day - as I was out for a friend's party and Mr H was looking after the kids. And yes, you guessed it, Miss G did not let Mr H feed her little brother as she wanted to do it, of course.
And just look how metrosexual Baby Roo is in his pink cashmere jumper, yet another 'advantage' oh having a big sister ;)