Cuddle not Cudgel!

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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!






13 thoughts on “Cuddle not Cudgel!

    Jean & Frank said:
    October 14, 2011 at 10:31 am

    What a bully!!!

    LagosMum said:
    October 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Eeeps – I don’t know how I would start to prepare my 13 month old for a new baby. He hates it when the dog sits in my lap or if I cuddle any of his teddies. Sounds like you’re doing a fabulous job 🙂 Good luck!

    older mum said:
    October 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    That was really funny. At least you are back to normal now. Fingers crossed for the big change.

      toomanycarbs responded:
      October 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting. 8 days to go at the latest!

    Fiona (Mama's Little Baby Loves...) said:
    October 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    oooo this is making me nervous… I’m due with baby number two in four weeks and baby number one (Isaac) turned one on Friday… I tried to show him how to be gentle with our pet cat (who is rarely seen in the house) and sadly Isaacs best attempt was to ‘very gentley’ pick the cat up using his botyhole as a grip in one hand and his whiskers as a handle for the other hand… hasten to add the cat is now NEVER seen in the house!

      toomanycarbs responded:
      October 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Good luck. Last few weeks are very nervy aren’t they! Me pacing up and down and Mrs B getting more and more uncomfortable (Understatement!)

    Trouble Doubled (@trouble2plus2) said:
    October 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Brilliant! Don’t worry, our two older girls have not yet used their twin sisters for squashing spiders. Hopefully, yours won’t either.

    A Working Mum said:
    October 17, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    This did make me laugh, hope that all the training pays off when the twins arrive.

    Nice to see a blog dad too!

      toomanycarbs responded:
      October 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Spidergate is hopefully behind us now!

    Misha- The Bling Buoy said:
    October 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I had twins 4 years after my first little girl was born… and then went back for #4. It’s lots of fun… complete, utter madhouse… but fun. Good luck!!

    Joanne Blunt (@joanneblunt) said:
    October 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

    That is so funny! Good luck with the twins.

    Natasha (@LoveInTheNest) said:
    October 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Ah good luck! I’m sure you’ll be fine, honestly, I worried how my little boy would cope with having a baby sister but he is great with her and they play together quite happily. He is affectionate to her etc, I’m sure you’ll find your little ones have a beautiful bond

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