I think one of the most precious blessings of having a much younger sibling is the opportunity to learn how to love and care for babies and toddlers. Each of my older children has had this opportunity many times, but seeing Andrew and Patrick so interested in Janey just fills my heart up. Andrew has been waiting until I would say it was ok for her to hold her and carry her while he was standing....he was thrilled and so careful for the few minutes I let him. (When I was reading The Kitchen House I told him about children his age whose daily job was care of babies Janey's age-his eyes were pretty big at that responsibility!) I also taught him how to change her diaper and clothing which is not small feat because she certainly has the wigglies. He is going to be such a good Dad.
And Patrick of course needed to get in on all the action also, although his favorite thing to do is giving her hugs and kisses. When she was fussy for a few minutes the other day I asked Janey, "Why are you so fussy baby?" And he said, "I think it might be because we've all given her too many kisses."
PS. Thank you SO much for all your wonderful teenage boy book suggestions!