These two epitomize everything I’ve read about birth order traits for siblings of the same gender, born within a short span of time. It’s fascinating and maddening to feel like every strategy and trick that worked with Lila completely backfires with Maya. Likewise, it’s a humbling learning experience to parent a child who has the constant opportunity to observe and mimic an older sibling.
Despite truly distinct personalities, watching these two grow and play together is a joy. They understand each other and communicate in a way I’ve only heard attributed to twins, and even on the days I think they may come to blows, one of them will suddenly do something so sweet and protective for the other it makes it all okay.
I am so thankful they have each other and for these sweet moments that make life brighter.