From the time each of her little sisters was born, Ashley has always had a very maternal side to her. She was only 13 months old when Hannah was born and even so, she cuddled her, sang to her, watched me with eagle eyes as I cared for her to make sure I was doing everything properly...by the time Bethany came along and Ashley was 25 months old, she was a regular little mama. It continues today (as long as they aren't having an argument!), as she is just super tender and really very maternal toward both her little sisters.
So I laughed, but wasn't too surprised, when she came to hang out with me in the kitchen this morning and started bemoaning how quickly Bethany is growing up. "Mummy," she told me earnestly, "I just feel like my little baby isn't really a baby anymore! I miss having a baby."
Then she continued, "I think now I would like to have a baby brother. Would that be ok? How should we get one? Can we just buy other people's babies?"
When I picked my jaw up off the floor and told her that we really couldn't just go buy a baby from someone else, she responded, "Well then, can you just make a baby? I really want to have a baby brother! How do we get babies??"
.....yay. Knowing this day will come doesn't make it any less startling when it does!