For the last two years, Ally has been the sun in our solar system. She has played such a significant role in this family, that we have allowed her to determine our orbits (and along the way, we have learned that the little ball of fire needs a lot of discipline). It is for this reason that when I found out I was pregnant again, I immediately began to worry about how Allyson would accept being removed from her throne. She is not only our first child, but she is also the first grandchild on both mine and Dustin’s side of the family. Needless to say, she has never lacked anything!
12 days ago, my sister, Megan, welcomed her first son, John Russell, into the world. Due to my own doctors’ appointments and various scheduling conflicts, we weren’t able to get to Huntsville until this past weekend. I was very curious to see how Allyson would react to him, especially when Dustin and I were holding him or playing with him. Because Ally can be quite the diva (yes, at 2), I expected her to be a little jealous, but that wasn’t the case at all. Allyson was absolutely fascinated by the tiny little baby. In fact, she was almost a little too curious. He instantly became “her baby,” and the rest of us were not allowed to touch him, because she wanted him all to herself. `What she didn’t want to recognize is that she is only 2, and there was no way we were going to allow her to have John without us around. Whenever Megan took him to feed him, Ally would get very upset and say “No take my baby!!” There were a few temper tantrums this weekend, but they always occurred because we had taken John away from her. So now, I am not as concerned about the Big Green-Eyed Monster appearing, as I am by Ally being “too helpful.” I guess we will see how it all works out in just a few weeks, as it is almost time for Anna Kate to join us!