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Oh Brother!

Many people have asked how Max is adjusting now that he is a big brother. So far, so good, but it has been very interesting to observe his behavior the past few weeks. I feel it’s due time to blog about it.

On the day that Mini was born, we got a call from A’s father asking if we’d like to hear the birth from his cell phone. Yeah, doggie! That would be awesome! That morning I was busily frantically packing our bags and Max was enthusiastically helping Mike load them in the car for the airport. The phone rang, I rushed outside to tell them to come in, and we all ran into the kitchen where we have a speaker phone.

We gathered around the phone and tried to be as quiet and as still as possible but that’s an impossible task for a 5 year old on a regular day. And this was no regular day so you can imagine the activity going on this side of the phone.

A’s dad said hello to us and said it was time; that she was just starting to push. From our end, we could hear hushed words in the background and the sound of A. crying in pain. Oh dear, I thought. What is Max going to think of this?

Max’s response was surprising for a young boy, but not if you really know how humorously precocious he can be sometimes. He was full of compassion and excitement. He was very talkative and cheered her on for 10 minutes straight. “Come on, A! You can do it, A! Push her out!”

We put the phone on mute.

I know what the mute button is, Mom.

A few minutes later we heard that wonderful never-to-be-forgotten sound of Mini’s first cry as she entered the world (after hearing her birth grandpa cheering “we have a head! we have shoulders! we have arms! it’s a girl! it’s a girl!”)

We wiped our tears from our eyes, took a couple of minutes to congratulate and express our excitement, then hung up the phone because we had to rush out the door to try to make our plane on time (which, by the way, meant we left our front door wide open and didn’t even realize it…my mom came by the next day and told us about it. Luckily no one came in and stole anything)

Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked here. This post is about Max.

He was such a proud brother right from the get-go. He happily told strangers at the airport about baby Mini and explained why we were getting on a plane to Colorado.

And for some reason, the fact that he was now a big brother meant that he needed a new “look”. All day he insisted on wearing these sunglasses:


And later, this hat


And thus, a time of outward expression began through his choices in what to wear. It’s got to have something to do with becoming a big brother. It made him more independent, I think. He’s starting to pick out his own clothes.


And clothes for his stuffed animals.


It’s hard to see, but this giraffe is wearing a newborn diaper plus a pair of Lightning McQueen tighty whities. Max will tell you that the underwear is really his shirt.

But the clothes that Mini wears? He could care less.

However, he does love this particular green outfit with pink flowers. He thinks she looks pretty in it and he wanted me to take his picture with her when she wore it.


Let’s just see how this “photo shoot” played out:






19 thoughts on “Oh Brother!

  1. I am! I forgot how hard taking care of a newborn is, and I totally underestimated how tired I would feel, but yes – I’m having the time of my life!

  2. That photo shoot is soooo funny! I’m sure there will be many more to come. Thank you for posting new pictures. She looks like she is growing so much already!

  3. Max is very handsome and COOL! :o) Chase likes to hold his baby sister too, and Nyah will only take so much of it too. She lets him know when ‘nufs enuf! I see that Mini will know how to let Max know when too. :o)

  4. Hey Anna,
    Thanks for letting me know I’m not the *only* parent in the world who has driven off for a trip leaving the front door wide open! We did that a few weeks ago. *Yikes* – but I’m glad that no one stole your stuff, either!

  5. My kids LOVED the giraffe in undies. The Lad got a huge laugh out of it!
    That baby girl….ooh ! She is beautiful! And that Max? A handsome fellow himself.

  6. Oh my Goodness. His independence is precious (and after so little sleep maybe Mom doesn’t even mind the wardrobe choice). ๐Ÿ™‚

    They are gorgeous children. Wow.

  7. Very cute pictures! J. was saying Max’s name over and over and over. Then he saw baby Mini, and said “awwww, baby” We all miss you guys! Mini is changing so much! She’s so beautiful and precious.

  8. OK, I LOL about Max cheering on the labor! He’ll make quite a labor coach one day, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    She is such a beautiful little girl and he is such a handsome big bro! Isn’t it amazing how they grow the day you bring home a baby?

    Hoping some sleep for you all! What a beautiful family.

  9. How fun!

    A couple of weeks before Little Man was born, a mom at our church who had 6 kids looked at Punkin with tears in her eyes, and told me that Punkin was about to grow up and become so independent and she just couldn’t wait to see the change in her. (As I read this, I guess it could sound like a slam, but it totally wasn’t. She loves my Punkin so much.)

    I remember thinking – how could that possibly be? She is, and has always been, such an independent spirit.

    But it was so true.

    And I love the clothes he picked out. They are quite fancy and I’m sure you can’t wait to go shopping with him. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I think the birth of a baby sister justifies changing one’s “look”. He is the cool older brother now and has an image to maintain.

    Love the pictures of the two joys together–soooo darling!

  11. Gosh both Max and Mini are beautiful I’m sure hes going to be a protective brother over his baby sister. So young and already a fine young man.

  12. Max is finding his independence in a great way. I recognize those fighter planes under the shorts. Great choice!

    Mini is so precious. She is growing. Can’t wait to hold her. Thanks for sharing! Love ya!

  13. Glad to hear that Max is doing so well. That is fantastic! Great pictures Anna! I love seeing new pic’s of that sweet little girlie. Before you know it you will have 2 kiddos hamming it up in pictures ๐Ÿ˜‰

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