But there is a light at the end. That's the moral of this post: the light at the end when your two babies become besties and you can sit back and smile.
And it's mutual. Just like he's beyond excited to see that little girl, she squeals at the sight of him and cannot contain her whole body wiggles and screeching. She climbs right into his crib and snuggles into him. Then they wrestle and 9/10 times someone ends up crying.
The close sibling bond is something you cannot recreate. I can spend ALL of my time with these kids and rough-house and play trains, trucks, and cars, but I will never be a playmate to them. I'm mom, and it's an equally important role in their lives (definitely more in babyhood), but I'm not their sibling. It's unmatched.
And yes, siblings with larger age caps probably have close bonds and are just as friends, but is it the same? No. My children are close together in their development. Yes, there's a 15 month age gap, but imagine young play. It's very connected to age and milestones. Sure, you might have kids with a larger gap that "get along" but they aren't playing together.
Playing together is the best part. Lincoln will hand Layla a horse and tell her to neigh and she does. He trots his cow down to the large barn and she will follow, not really knowing why or what, but wanting to keep up with him. She's learning SO much from his pretend play and he's learning to play with a younger sibling and the give and take of that relationship. Win win.