Today at 10:44 a.m. Carter will turn four years old. He has grown so much within the year in stature and academically. I always think back to when he was just a thought and how well thought out he was. Both of my boys were planned but Carter took quite some thought. I knew that he would be the medicine his brother needed. He has been the medicine that our Victorio needed and so much more.
It took us some time to plan for Carter because recovering from my c-section with Victorio was NOT an easy task. I almost lost my life in the process and well we were just scared, fearing the same might happen with Carter. Observing how Victorio interacted with other children in preschool, I knew he would benefit from a sibling. This is where our plan for Carter came into play.
Throughout the entire pregnancy we included Victorio in everything. He came to my appointments, he was present when the sex was revealed and he would always talk to my belly. Victorio was 5 1/2 years old when his brother was born, so he had a good understanding of what was taking place. He was a part of our entire journey and I saw that sense of pride in becoming a big brother within him.
I remember the day he was born and they tried to sneak Victorio into the hospital. I felt so bad they didn’t let him in, but from my understanding he waited patiently. He just couldn’t wait to greet his brother when he picked him up from the hospital three days later. I noticed an immediate bond in the car ride home from the hospital. Victorio was so sweet and transformed into this nurturing older brother immediately.
Carter has been needed and wanted every step of the way, and so has Victorio. Carter has taught Victorio a lot of sharing, compromising, nurturing, caring and how to be a phenomenal big brother. Carter has been what Victorio needed for four years now and it gives me the greatest pleasure seeing them together. Whether it be them arguing, running around the house rough housing, playing Wii, reading to one another or just cuddling in the bed I know we made the best choice to give our Victorio a sibling.
Today and everyday I am grateful for my two boys. I remind them every single day how much they are loved and how much they were planned. I am beaming with pride and gratitude that I am here another year to see my little warrior turn four years old. I can’t believe he will be entering Pre- K in September and he is just so independent. He has been that dose of medicine that Victorio so badly needed and they both continue to be our source of motivation. I look forward to witnessing their brotherly bond and love for one another.
Wishing our baby a happy & healthy 4th birthday!