We have been a family of four for ten weeks now and it has been an adjustment for all of us. My biggest fear at the beginning of our ‘four’ journey was would Ethan accept Little E and thankfully Ethan adores his little sister. There is still a long way to go on their sibling journey but it has been a very positive start.
Ethan doesn’t know how to interact and play with other children, this of course isn’t helped by the fact that he is non-verbal. This issue with interaction is an autistic trait. It’s very sad to watch your child in a room full of children and they look totally alone.
We always said that having another baby wasn’t for us it was for Ethan. We didn’t want to have another child so that they could look after Ethan. The fact of the matter is that the odds of Little E being autistic is one in five, she may also need support herself as she gets older.
We wanted Ethan to have a sibling so that there was someone else in the world that would love him unconditionally. Someone he could interact with in his own special way. A friend for life so he isn’t so lonely in the world full of other children.
Over the past few weeks there have been hints of interaction between them. Of course this is all led by Ethan, but it is led by Ethan and he isn’t just ignoring his little sister.
Of course we have no idea if Ethan and Little E will have the connection we wish them to have, but I’m so glad we become a family of four so hopefully there is a chance.
22 thoughts on “Sibling Interaction”
Aww! How lovely to read….Ethan seems to be getting on really well with Little E! Beautiful x
He does adore her and we are so pleased. Can’t wait for her to be bigger so they can ‘play’ together x
It’s lovely that Ethan is taking notice of his sister. I have two experiences, my eldest is autistic and has a sister 17 months younger than him. (We didn’t know he was autistic at the time) They are both now adults but are still close having grown up together. It hasn’t been plain sailing all the way, but it has been nice having someone else there for him. Now, my 9 yr old is autistic and she has two younger siblings. She is really close to her sister who is 2 years younger and I can already see that they will have a special life time bond. Fingers crossed that Ethan and his sister will also have this bond xx
It sounds like you have had positive experiences with your children, even if there were a few little bumps along the way. We all fall out with our siblings every now and then ;0)
Fabulous to hear about hints of interaction. Sounds pretty HUGE to me. Am looking forward to more stories.
Thank you, lets hope they create more lovely stories :0)
I love this Jane, so lovely to hear how well he is doing at being a big brother. Just lovely! Xx #ssamazingachievements
Thank you, I’m so proud of him x
I’ve been following your darlings on Instagram and they are adorable! You never know, Ethan might just start communicating with his sister in surprising ways. #SSAmazingAchievements
Thank you, I really hope he does. I have always said he has his own language. Perhaps she will learn it and translate ;0)
Lovely to read how there is starting to be interaction. There’s only 18 months between T and D and we used to call them “The Pack” because they’d follow me everywhere. Interaction is only on their terms but they are extremely protective towards each other, even if they might not like each other at times!
Everything is always on Ethan’s terms, I’m hoping Little E will push him so he has to learn that he can’t always have things his own way. A little bit of tough love to prepare him for the big bad world ;0)
That is so lovely! It sounds like they are beginning to build a special bond, which I hope will really grow as they get older.
I hope so, Ethan is very protective of her in his own special way. On good days of course!
Simply adorable, lovely to see there is a bond forming between the two
I really hope there is, it would mean the world to me ;0)
What a heart-warming post and I just adore the photographs! I am certain that having a sibling will be the making of Ethan and Little E will adore her big brother too 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #loudnproud.
This is what we are hoping, fingers crossed. Thanks for hosting x
How fabulous really heart warming, sound like he is flourishing in the role of big brother.
He is an amazing big brother, he really is a superstar!
Lovely to see it’s going so well, and Ethan’s enjoying having a little sister. Hope their bond continues to grow.
So do we, before Little E arrived I never realised how much a sibling bond would mean to me x