Everyone likes to ask me how Emma adjusted to Payton. At first it takes me a minute to respond because I have to go back and remember what it was like before they were inseparable!
When Payton was first born, Emma didn’t really respond to her at all. It’s almost like she had tunnel vision and didn’t even notice her in my arms. She has always been an independent player, and when I got home with Payton, she just kept playing!
I’m sure she noticed when I would tell her to hold on, let me get Payton set and then I’ll help you, but she never got upset about it. I think I do remember a time or two where she seemed frustrated and I thought it might be from sharing my time but she had also just started Kindergarten DAYS after I came home with Payton.
She would be gone all day and come home in the afternoon. Payton would sleep and we’d get some time together, then dinner, then quiet time, then bed time. It was all still the same routine. It wasn’t until Payton started to smile and laugh that Emma got interested in her. I think the day she made Payton laugh she fell in love.
Now they spend most of their time side by side. Payton loves to hand Emma blocks and Emma loves to build castles, then Payton likes to know them down. Emma reads to her and share her colored pencils. Payton loves to chase her around the room and dance with her. Seeing them together all the time really makes it hard to remember what it was like before this.
These girls have been amazing to watch as they grow up. It’s so much fun to watch them when they have no idea I am even there. I wish I could be a fly on the wall and just enjoy watching their life go by!
So much as changed for Emma. First grade did not start out. She lost a little spark in her eye for school and I could see her excitement and joy for it dwindling. We worked really hard to encourage her to make the best of what she could.
Although it’s been a struggle, I think she’s starting to adjust to it. She really is a brilliant little girl, her grades are coming back with all A’s, and she’s learning things I never expected her to know at this age. I just want her to keep that spark in her eyes and joy for learning alive.
Payton is growing like a weed! This girl can eat me out of house and home! She loves to “nack” (snack) all day long and is at the point in her life where she get’s seriously ecstatic when you understand what she is trying to say!
She is our little explorer. If she doesn’t have something in her hand or getting into something, I am shocked! She is a busy little one and I could sit and watch her explore for hours at a time.
The two of these girls have a special bond. Emma loves to make her giggle, tickle her, and take care of all her needs. Payton likes to steal all of Emma’s things, clean up after her (while Emma is still playing with whatever it is), and feed her snacks because she has to be hungry according to Payton!
I know their relationship will grow together and apart throughout their life, but I’ll enjoy this togetherness while I can 😉