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Babysugar Diaries: When a Sibling Wreaks Havoc

One of the first things my pediatrician said upon the arrival of baby number two was, "If you leave the room, put the baby in the pack and play so big sister can't hurt him." All was splendid. My lass fawned over her brother and caressed his bald head ad nauseam. A well-mannered tot, I knew I need not worry about my daughter . . . yet. A few months into our routine, I put my son in his swing where he rocked off to sleep for a morning siesta. I brought my daughter back to my room where she watched cartoons and I showered.

Through the shower curtain, I kept my eye on her, making sure she was staying put in her cocoon. While I rinsed my hair, I thought to myself, she's getting to the point where I should monitor their interactions more closely. Hint: pack and play. After toweling off, I checked the status of both children. In five minutes, nothing had changed. Pushing my luck, I decided to blow-dry my bangs. To see what happened,


As I dried off, I noticed my lass slip off the bed and run down the hallway. Rarely a troublemaker, I didn't pay much attention to her disappearance. She returned about three minutes later (bangs were still wet) and had a sheepish look on her face. I asked her, "Is your brother still sleeping?" She slowly shook her head. Though I was alarmed, I calmly asked her, "What is he doing?" Knowing it was probably not the correct answer, she said, "He's having tummy time!" In an instant, I dropped everything and ran to the living room.

Somehow, my 23-pound, 2-year-old child had picked up her brother, who weighed about half her body mass, and dragged him across the room. He was not having tummy time, but laying on his back on the rug staring at the ceiling without any scratches, bruises, or marks of distress. I asked her to demonstrate her technique with a teddy bear, but she knew better than to claim her guilt. It will remain a mystery how she snaked him safely onto the ground. Until he's running on his own, I'll be taking him with me when I know there's a chance she could wreak havoc. Do you have a similar story to share?

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austinmommyof4 austinmommyof4 7 years
My oldest was a little over 2 when he "colored" his sister with a washable crayon and tried to lie about it, but the blue color was all over his mouth where he had chewed on it while working on his masterpiece...and later in life when he was 4 and she was 2 he cut all of her hair off with safety scissors - she looked like an 80's punk rocker...I laugh now, but it was pretty scary...
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I asked her to demonstrate her technique with a teddy bear, but she knew better than to claim her guilt. Ha, you have a bright one !
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
When I was 4, I "helped" my 1 1/2 year old sister learn to potty train. My mother assumes I overheard her talking about feeling wetness to learn, so I went and got a cup of water, unfortunately from the fridge, and poured it down her training pants and then "coached" her on not wetting herself and using the potty.. lol.
psterling psterling 7 years
My mom always talks about the time she put me in the middle of the bed to check something in the other room only to have my sister pull the sheets off the bed so she could pull me down with them.
luckyme luckyme 7 years
Oh! But, *I* did give my little brother a few too many children's tylenol and vitamins when he was sick one time. I remember hiding behind the curtains to give him his dose. Too bad my mom didn't know who took what and ended up giving us both Epicac. Fun times!
luckyme luckyme 7 years
I know that these types of sibling interactions are in my very near future. Right now, my two-year-old daughter adores her 3-week-old sister and since the little one is still essentially attached to me with the constant breastfeeding, they haven't had any alone moments yet. I'm sure over the next year, and then some, we will have some (hopefully) funny stories to share.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I was always gentle with my brother. When he was a baby, I knew he was a baby and knew better than to touch him without permission. I would do things for him, though. I would bring him food or bottles or something. I never held him or anything when my mom was gone.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
my story is when my kids were a little older, but same idea. child #2 (age 3 1/2) gave child #3 (age 1 1/2) a hair cut. it cut crazy/uneven/scalp-short all over. horrible. the babysitter said the older one told her she was going to help the younger one use the potty, so they were in the bathroom with the door closed. it took 2 years to grow back. but i know it's lucky that the younger one wasn't really hurt with scissors to the eye or a cut scalp.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
Ok, I know I shouldn't but Read2me and Zivanod's stories made me giggle a bit. I guess maybe because all is well now and that is why I can laugh. If I was the mom at that time I probably wouldn't be laughing too much.
Read2me Read2me 7 years
I tried teaching my little brother how to stand by propping him up on a dresser drawer and then shutting his fingers in it to hold him up. (He was 1, I was 3)
Angelica Angelica 7 years
"But mom! I wasn't wrecking havoc! I just wanted to be near him!"
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Oh I should mention that I was three at the time.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
It's never a good thing to leave a little one alone with a younger sibling. I remember my mom being in the kitchen while I watched tv in the living room with my less then 3 month old brother. He was laying on the floor beside me. I decided to pick him up. I did but his head rolled back because obviously he couldn't hold it up yet. It startled me cause I had no idea how to properly hold a baby. So I had to lay him back down as gently as I could. Even so, I still had to put him down head first. Well my mom came in pretty much as I was basically making my brother do a head stand. I got in a lot of trouble for that. Oops! :) Oh and although I personally think he is an idiot, no harm was done.
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