One of the hardest things I've come across so far is sibling rivalry. Let me make something clear though. My kids ADORE each other. It's ridiculous how much Sky likes watching Chase play and how much he likes making Skylar laugh. They are two peas in a pod.
Most of the time.
Recently (and when I say recently, I mean in the past week), Chase has started noticing the extra attention Sky gets on a regular basis. He's noticing the extra cuddles, the extra playtime, the extra feedings, diaper changes and more. Because of this discovery, sibling rivalry has entered our household on a one way basis.
Sky still thinks Chase is the coolest thing she's ever seen next to her bottle. But Chase is starting to change his opinion of her just a bit.
He still loves her tremendously, but he gets irritated with her more often as well. He's started hitting her, slapping her, and pushing her over. Usually I can cut it off before it gets bad, but he's gotten a few good whacks on her a couple of times.
She also loves following Chase around in her walker while he's riding his jeep. She tries to follow him everywhere. He doesn't like that now either. He'll push her away, roll her into a corner, or just yell at her for blocking his path. Or what he thinks is his path.
It breaks my heart when he acts this way towards her. I'm trying my best to make sure I spend one on one time with him, trying to play with both of them together (to model good ways for him to interact with Skylar), and making sure I let him know that behavior is not okay.
Which that in itself is hard since I have a two year old who could not be more headstrong. Trying to teach Chase anything while going through the terrible two's is like brushing you're teeth while eating Oreo's. It's not working too well.
I know it'll get better. And eventually, Skylar will get big enough to stand her own ground.
And even get a few whacks in herself...