I feel very fortunate that Isla is the youngest of our 3 girls. Having a relatively large gap between the older girls meant I had two mummies on hand from the time Isla was born. They have also had a major part in shaping Isla and helping with her development and continue to do so. Not only do they care for and love Isla but they also treat her like a normal sister and this pushes her out of her comfort zone, exposes her to new experiences and she has to learn to compromise and negotiate just like normal children. My girls never cease to amaze me with how they connect with and love Isla. They are protective, accepting and my heart bursts watching their interactions.
However not only have they been so important to Isla she has taught them many skills making them more prepared for their lives ahead. Isla has taught them patience and how to negotiate. They have learnt to be understanding and accepting when she may get her way AGAIN or when we have to go the same restaurant every time as Isla is comfortable there. They know how good it feels to be proud when helping her to reach a milestone and not to take basic development for granted. They have learnt how to be responsible by keeping her safe and watching for dangers that her unpredictable nature may put her in and have felt the total trust Isla puts in them. They have learnt compassion when she has trouble accepting a new situation. They have had to become more independent with Isla taking up our time. They have gained maturity beyond their years.
Like most mothers its always a juggle. A little more so with Isla as taking her along to sports events or concerts is too hard with me spending more time attending to Isla to enjoy watching the girls. I am so very fortunate to have help from families in our community who have been a great help ferrying the girls to various sports events throughout the years. Also from my mum who often has Isla so I can attend….I feel blessed.