Ava Grace's Closet: Being a BIG Sister
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Being a BIG Sister

Just the other day, I came across this file saved in My Documents.
It was written by our oldest daughter Isabella, who was twelve at the time, as a potential school speech.
She never did end up using it. 
I couldn't help but share.
Being A BIG Sister
I didn’t get any sleep! She was crying all night! I haven’t slept in days. I’m so tired...Oh sorry! (wake up and shake head) 
Good morning honorable judges, teachers, and fellow older brothers and sisters. Today I am going to be talking to you about the importance of being a big sister (hands on hips like a super hero). 
Going to the hospital is so overwhelming, you see your new little sister for the first time and all you’re wondering is. I wonder what she is going to look like when she gets older. Your new little brother or sister is in the hospital lying there, so delicate, so peaceful, and it is just the best feeling in the world when you think that’s my little brother or sister. Then he or she makes the cutest little face and you just want to get it all on video. Finally your mom asks do you want to hold her. The next thing you know your little brother or sister is in your arms, gleaming up at you  probably wondering who you are. The hospital is a moment you will treasure forever and I am so glad I got to be a part of it! 

Unfortunately, the time for you to leave has come. Now you are at home, waiting for your new little brother or sister to come home and you just can’t even believe your mom even had another child. You’re waiting and waiting, it feels like forever and you are just so excited and happy you can’t stand it. All of a sudden a million questions come to your mind. Is she going to like her room? What is she going to be like when she gets older? Will she like our family? Will she be a good person? Finally, she is home. You’re just so happy to finally get to meet your new little sister. You just want to stay home all day  and watch her. I’m so happy my little sister is home and everyday when I come home from school I have her waiting for me. 

Although being a big sister may seem like nonstop fun being a big sister comes at a price. There are a lot of responsibilities. Taking a bath is one thing. Taking a bath is very important for a little child, but you have to be very delicate. In the bath you should only put on a little bit of water. First you lightly splash some water on their body, then you put some soap and lightly splash water again to rinse off. Then you gently take her head and lightly rub some water on it, then put some soap and rinse. Another major responsibility is changing time. You need to be very gentle when changing a diaper. Some kids might dread the idea of changing a diaper but I find it interesting and a good opportunity to learn what it is like to be a mother. Sleep is another one of the most important things for a little baby and another responsibility I have is putting my little sister to sleep. There are a lot of techniques you can use, but I personally like to rock my little sister in her chair. Although I may not get much sleep, and I have more responsibilities than I’m used to, it’s all worth it in the end if I get to have a wonderful little sister.

I never thought my mom would have another child, but it’s okay, it’s just another blessing to count and it is something I will remember forever.
By: Isabella

              {mama tears}               

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  1. What a sweet find to come across. Ava will love reading this when she gets older.

  2. She's a wonderful little girl!!

  3. Oh my heart, this is lovely.


  4. Wow, I'm speechless! And she's only 12? She has a huge heart, what a wonderful big sister she is.

  5. oh sooooo super sweet! I am 10 years older than my sister I adored her when she was born...I thought she was my own personal baby doll ;)

  6. I love this! My daughter, also Isabella, is only 4 but hope she's such a sweet big sister when she's 12.

  7. What an awesome big sister your daughter is! I love how her emotions are so much like those of a new parent's!

  8. OMG! that is so sweet and amazing how grown up she sounds in this letter. such an amazing beautiful daughter you have!

  9. Your are so blessed! and to have such a lovely daughter you are truly one of the rare mothers of today! Ava, will certainly treasure that letter when she is old enough to understand the love, and care he big sister welcomed her into the world with!

    Two beautiful girls inside and out, destined to be admired women and mother's in the future. many blessings, xo HHL

  10. So, so sweet. Simultaneously innocent and mature beyond her years. Wow. You have obviously taughter her well.

  11. Be still my heart! Such a wonderful beautiful love drench words. Thank you for sharing this. The picture is so beautiful too :)

  12. awwww... so sweet!!! I bet she is an amazing big sister and ava grace is one lucky baby sister! :)

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this! I want to show it to my oldest girl - I bet it mirrors a lot of what she feels as the oldest sibling to a little baby.

  14. So sweet! I love hearing about life from a "little's" perspective! :)

  15. This is so sweet. I never got to experience being an older sister since I was the youngest, but it seems like she's a very responsible girl. What an eye opener, and I thought only mothers were sleep deprived, come to find out even siblings get affected! =)


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