I love that they have each other. Jason and I have siblings (who we love so very much) but we never experienced having a sibling close to us in age. There is something so magical about watching them play together. The way Alex follows Henry around. Or the way Henry will put his arm around his brother to lead him off to play. I can see them forming their own bond, apart from Jason and I. It makes my heart swell. Yes, it has been a wild 22 months but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Alex coming into our lives was the best thing for all of us. I needed his smile, fearless nature and enthusiasm for life to help inspire me. Jason needed a daddy's boy, who often prefers daddy snuggles to mommy cuddles. And Henry, he needed a best friend. Someone to share secrets and get into mischief with. Someone to give him courage and love. And, someone to stand up to. Henry can be timid and he needed to learn that it is okay to stand up for himself. Alex is helping with this by his occasional tendency to somewhat bully him. And, likewise Alex needs Henry to help temper his larger than life will, as it is often the little one leading the big one to the top of the playground. I love how they seem to balance each other. Even at this young age, you see how they need each other. Alex perfectly rounds out our family. My sweet baby.
P.S. You moms with more than two kids are my freaking heroes! I don't know if you are brave or clinically insane for having lots of kids but either way I have wild admiration for you. You are more of a woman than I am. Motherhood is hard across the board, with one kid or ten. I admire all moms but I have mad respect for you mommas rocking big families.