Things got off to a pretty shaky start when we brought Talitha home. I came in first and met Amanda at the top of the stairs. Mike was getting Tali out of the van. She had started crying when we pulled into the garage. Amanda heard her crying and said, "Baby Ana! Baby Ana!" Then Mike put down the car seat, pulled off the covers and let Amanda see Baby Tali. A look of complete confusion crossed her face. She backed away and climbed into Mike's arms. She wouldn't come near Baby Tali for the rest of the night, but preferred to cling to Mike. A few days of missed naps probably didn't help her reaction.
Baby Ana looked at Baby Tali the same way she looked at the dog we had over last week, "What is that creature and what is it going to do to me?" By the next, morning every one was feeling better and Baby Tali was welcomed more enthusiastically by the girls. They don't pay a lot of attention to Baby Tali, but Amanda has enjoyed mothering and playing with Baby Ana. She's so good getting her toys to play with, pushing her in the swing, pushing her in the stroller or sitting in the laundry basket with her.
Helping feed Ana her bottle is a new novelty and she's pretty serious about it being her job. Ana is very tolerant of Amanda frequently removing the bottle from her mouth. I try to put it back in and Amanda says, "No, I do it!"
Even though it doesn't seem like Amanda's paying much attention to Tali, she is watching me. When I was nursing Tali, Amanda went and got her baby to nurse. She even says, "Ouch, ouch, ouch," just like her mama.
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