This week the quads welcomed our friend, Sara’s new baby into our home. To date, they’ve had a few opportunities to play with other babies younger than themselves, but Emma was by far our youngest visitor. The quads enjoy admiring babies in public, reading about them in books, and caring for dolls, but I wasn’t sure how well they’d actually interact with an infant. From the moment they laid eyes on Emma, they were enamored. At first, they curiously peered at her through our baby gate. Then, they crept up close as I held Emma. In typical toddler fashion, they mercilessly fought among each other over coveted toys. Thankfully, they behaved differently with Emma. Each of the quads took turns generously presenting Emma with plastic food and sips of tea. It was quite the display of southern hospitality. Initially, they were a bit too loud and rowdy for an infant, but with reminders, they tamed things down and proved themselves capable of being gentle with a wee one.
In the next year or so, I think Emma will be a great play mate for the quads!