|Relaxing in the Backyard|
|Sideways Sisters or I Don't Know How to Turn the Photos|
Adjusting to Violet has been rough for Penelope. The tiny, pink thing that only nursed and slept and cried was not what she had been waiting all those months for. Penelope was waiting for a friend, someone she could play with, someone to laugh with. Instead she got someone who took so much of her parents time, all of which used to be hers. And she got over tired and less patient than usual parents. She has felt sad and confused and angry. It has been hard. But just recently I have been noticing something. I have been catching little exchanges between them. Penelope sings to Violet and does finger play songs that make Violet smile. When Violet has been sleeping for a long time Pen finds it hard to wait for her to wake up. When I suggest that she and I go out together to run an errand while Violet stays home with Steve she wants Violet to come with us. And Violet loves Penelope. She looks for her when she hears her, and smiles when she finds her. Violet talks to Pen, and when Pen talks back Violet is thrilled. They have begun to laugh and play together. They are beginning to bond, developing what I hope will be a lifelong friendship. They are starting to be sisters. And every time I see them having one of these little moments it makes my heart so happy. I don't know how I got so lucky to have not one but two beautiful, darling little girls.