We were told Ethan would lack empathy. That he wouldn’t bother with a sibling and therefore he didn’t need one.
We have witnessed something very different. Yes there are times when Ethan is very indifferent to his sister and their relationship is still very much on his terms but we have witnessed empathy.
The first definite sign of empathy was when Ethan and Little E were playing together. He managed to slightly catch her finger in one of the pop up toys and Little E broke her heart. This caused Ethan to become distressed and he too cried. This left me holding two very upset children both needing comfort.
Little E is also teething and we had a terrible night this week where she just wouldn’t settle. Her cries woke Ethan up and he too wouldn’t settle, wanting to know what was going on with Little E. He found it very upsetting and it took quite a while to get a clam house again that night.
We know there are times when Ethan doesn’t give Little E a second glance, and he also likes to control their relationship which can be quite funny to watch. But there are times when their bond really shines through and we know Little E will teach Ethan so many life lessons and keep him on his toes.