My sister became a mom years before I did and yet when she first set foot in a baby superstore I’m the one she called for stroller advice. I was the family serial baby sitter, the one who’d already tested every product on the market, who knew all the tricks for getting a wound up child to sleep.
Once her baby was safely born and happily cooing in her arms, my sister’s motherly instincts kicked in and she no longer called me for advice, just to share my niece’s exploits.
Years later, my own first baby was born and while I’d been supremely sure of myself during the pregnancy, with baby in arms, I called her often for advice and simple reassurance. Now that our kids are bigger we don’t often exchange parenting tales, though we do still talk daily and I still consider her my parenting mentor.
Today I created a Mother’s Day card for her to say a simple thank you for being by my side all these years. I could have survived all on my own, but it was nice to have my big sister lead the way.
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