Looking at a picture of some of my children that included my nearlyÂ oldest (nearly 15) and my youngest who is 2, I realized that he would view this picture in later years as one with someone who was part of his early childhood. My daughter will be going to college, etc when he is around 6 years old.
She will have had a childhood full of her brother and sisters, except her first 28 months. He will watch his sisters leave him behind, one by one, until around the age of 11, when he will become the only child at home. Of course, maybe they’ll stay home while they are at college if it is local andÂ they’ll visit. Of course the siblings will keep up a relationship.Â But they will be adults while he is a child.
In a lot of ways he is an oldest all over, or maybe an only childÂ while having had more mothers than a child really needs. Can’t get away with anything. OTOH, we attribute some of his mad early learning skillz to tons of interaction. When someone is tired, there is always someone else.
He does recognize my 9 year old as the sibling that needs to be rivaled with, though. I wonder what will happen when they are the only two at home?