Siblings May – Half sibling relationships

Watching the bond that has formed between baby girl and her big brothers melts my heart. One of my fears in having her was that the boys would feel pushed out. The fact that she was mine and James’ baby, would it make a difference to them? Would they still love her the same as if she was a whole not half sister? Would it even matter to them?

Talking to Kyle the other day he was asking about his other sister (his Dads baby) and saying she was his step sister. I had to explain what a half sister was and he got so upset when he realised he was Ava’s half brother. As the tears were streaming down his face I tried to explain to him that being a brother is so much more than sharing the same parents. It’s about loving your sibling, helping them, protecting them, playing with them, caring about them.

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It’s about giving her cuddles and making her giggle. It’s being amazed at her new developing skills. It’s worrying about her when she is upset and crying. It’s wanting to play with her and helping her with her toys. It’s about being excited to see her when you have been apart. It’s about wanting to protect her from harm. It’s all these things and more.

Ava loves them all, she giggles at them and smiles and tries to join in. They are her biggest entertainment and once she can move I’m sure will follow them around with awe. She is so lucky to have three big brothers who love her and will look out for her.

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My three babies are amazing, when they are together I look at them and wonder how I made something so precious.

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11 responses to “Siblings May – Half sibling relationships”

  1. Alan Herbert says:

    I was the same when Herself became pregnant with my first. Actually the elder two get on better with him and #BabyPink than they do with each other.

    We have never used the term half brother or sister. As far as we are concerned they are brothers and sisters.

    Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful family.

    • MummyandMonkeys says:

      That’s funny as my two boys get on better with Ava than they do with each other. I had never used the term before but was having to explain that his Dads baby was a half sister not a step sister as he was calling her and he figured out that Ava was also a half sister, He was so upset. Which was why I had to explain to him being a brother is so much more than that 🙂 x

  2. Kim Carberry says:

    Aww! How sweet! My girls are only half sisters and we have mentioned it to them but they don’t seem at all bothered…….They just see themselves as sisters x

    • MummyandMonkeys says:

      He’s a sensitive soul mentioned it again today. That’s lovely they aren’t bothered. x

  3. A lovely read! A sweet story and they all look adorable together =) #sharewithme

  4. What a lovely sentiment and post. And such a lucky little girl to have such wonderful big brothers #wineandboobs

  5. The L's Mum says:

    I had a smilar feelings when I became pregnant. My hubby has a son from a previous relationship and as he isn’t with us full time I worried he would feel pushed out etc. He was 8 when L came along and has really been the best big brother. We always make him realise he is just as much a part of our family etc. But it has been difficult and there has been conversations where he has worried his dad loved L more than him. It’s a heart breaking situation really sometimes, but thankfully the older he gets he will realise that both his own mum is happy, and his dad is happy and he is so lucky to have so many people that love him dearly. (At least I hope so anyway) Sorry for the rambling comment. You descried it all perfectly, about what siblings really are 🙂 #sharewithme

  6. i get where you’re at we are a blended family and I felt the same concern when we had a joint son, it all works out in the end xx

  7. I have four half siblings from when my mum remarried, I’ve never thought of them that way though. I love them exactly the same and always call them my brother and sisters. I even look more like one of my half sisters than my two real sisters haha xx

  8. Aww gorgeous post and such a gorgeous description of what makes a brother, as you’re totally right it is about more than just who your parents are. Bless him for getting so upset about it too! Gorgeous photos, thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays

  9. Jenny says:

    What a lovely post and most of my siblings are half siblings and I am SUPER close to them my entire life and we don’t call ourselves half siblings ever. All grew up together, in the same house and they are just my brothers and sisters. I love that we are a mixed family of adopted, full blood and half siblings and none of us knew it until we were old enough to be told so. Lovely relationship and photos of your little ones. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round #sharewithme

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