Elena has adored Hugo from the moment she laid eyes on him. When she met him at the birth centre she lent in for a kiss, patted him on the head and immediately checked to see if he was wearing shoes. He wasn’t.
We will be lucky if he makes it to kindergarten with both eyes still intact, and without being crushed by an over enthusiastic sister.
What is also dawning on her, however, is that Hugo is here to stay. I have found watching her come to that realisation very sobering. Our little family of three has been replaced by a slightly larger, slightly more complex family of four. It is new and it is different.
It is my greatest wish that the children will grow up as great companions with respect and affection for each other. I hope our parenting will create an environment which enables their relationship to grow into a happy, comfortable one.