We are into the last fortnight. 12 days to go before the arrival of the twins and we have been trying to introduce L to the idea that she will have 2 little sister to share her life with. I’m not sure how successfully you can do this with a one year old but I wonder if her recent determination to learn how to walk is a response to the threat of the imminent competition!
K has been spending the last couple of weeks introducing L to a doll and teaching her to care for her and most importantly to be gentle with her. It’s very cute when she strokes her head, gives her a kiss, goes aahhh and puts a blanket protectively over her. It was all going so well.
Then the incident with the spider. One afternoon last week, sharp eyed as always I spotted a particularly vicious spider making its way menacingly across the floor towards us. As any good father would I leapt to protect my defenseless daughter and reached for the nearest object to deter the predator from its prey. The nearest thing at hand was of course dolly and L looked on open-mouthed as I mercilessly bludgeoned the spider to death with dolly’s head. The look on her eyes said it all. “That looks like more fun than putting a spoon to her mouth Daddy”.
Its taken a week to undo the damage! Not to the dolly’s head I hasten to add. She has a tough nut and didn’t suffer at all as a result of the “incident”. We have just about managed to get L back to cuddling dolly rather than using her as a cudgel.
We have 12 more days of intensive training and I’m sure we will be fine. L will never remember a day when the twins were not in the house with us and she will be a brilliant big sister. We just need to make sure when a spider makes the mistake of straying into her path one of the twins isn’t the nearest thing to hand!