That viral video of a baby waiting for her big sister at the bus stop, and the two sisters running to each other after school? That’s not where this love story begins my friends. Nor does it start at the beginning of the school year when Lee Lee started waiting for her siblings to get off the bus.
No, to get to the beginning you need to go back to 5 years ago. Fall of 2014. Way before Lee Lee was even in the picture. I was working at my computer when all of a sudden I hear whimpers behind me and I look over at my then 4-year-old daughter who has tears streaming down her face.
“What’s wrong baby?” I didn’t know if a bug had bit her, something had scared her, or what.
She caught her breath and sobbed.
“I… want… a… sister!”
“What?” I expected about 12-thousand other things. Not that.
“A sister! I want a SISTER!”
“But you have a brother.”
“No! I want a sister.” She continued to cry, completely inconsolable.
I blamed Frozen for planting this seed into her little head. Elsa and Anna were all the rage (not much has changed in that regard), and Lil’ J decided her baby brother just wasn’t cutting it. I felt a little bad, but I guess not bad enough because I recorded some of that encounter.
Sorry kid, but that’s not gonna happen. That ship had sailed and we were two and through.
Or so we thought.
When There Were Two
She loves her little brother. The feeling is mutual. In fact, he constantly touts her as his best friend. I’ve often called them my perfect pair. None of us expected little Sneaky to make an appearance, but when she did? Oh my goodness, I’d never seen her happier.
She was so excited for a little baby, and said she would love another brother, but we all knew she really wanted a sister.
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I wouldn’t be surprised if this girl showed up to the birth with pom poms and a megaphone. She’s SO excited to be having a little sister. She can hardly go 10 minutes without hugging and rubbing on my belly. Even though they’ll be 8 years apart this new baby girl will have an instant best friend. I can’t wait for them to meet! #17weekspregnant #cherish365
When we did our gender reveal Lil’ J was SO excited when the smoke blew pink. And she skipped the whole way home.
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Guess who’s warming up to the idea of being a big brother? 💕 Big T has always been intrigued but now he is proudly saying he’s going to have a baby sister. Let’s be honest, he already has the most excited and BEST big sister to look up to as an example. Isn’t he cute? 😍 //#25weekspregnant #Cherish365 #Bighairdontcare #curlsfordays
And then there were three
A few months later her baby sitter was born and her dreams came true.
Big brother and sister were equally excited to meet their baby sister. The smiles on their faces made my heart triple in size. There was no diving my love. The love was multiplying.
If you listen closely in the video at the :35 mark when she’s holding her sister you’ll hear Lil’ J say “I can’t believe it. I have a sister!” And my friends, that still gets me every time. *Cue the tears*
A little over a year later, that baby sister of theirs is now walking (she started before she was 10 months, no doubt to keep up with them) and awaiting their arrival (both of them!) after their school day.
So this sister story began many years ago. With prayers from a little girl who loved her brother, but also wanted a little sister. She got an answer to her prayers, and that little baby sister loves them so hard right back.
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