Brothers + Friends

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.

-Marc Brown on brothers


See those brothers up there? They’ve been through a lot in the last couple of months.Like most littles, they don’t do change well and we’ve had quite a bit. Their grandparents (who live with us) left for a 6 week long trip to Italy. We moved to a new house. I went away for a few days to attend a conference. We took away Luke’s binky.


All of those are fairly minor, though, in comparison to the major change that’s about to hit them. Next week they will be separated during the day for the first time since Luke was 12 weeks. Don’t get me wrong, they have been apart here and there for a day, but never 5 days a week. It makes me want to cry just thinking about it. And I have no idea which one of them I am most concerned about. It’s just going to be so . . . different.


Luke will be attending an in-home daycare, full time. We went there yesterday and it’s awesome. There will be tons of kids to play with and I think he will love it eventually. But he’s never been dropped somewhere new without his big brother and protector at his side. I feel a little like I’m pushing my baby bird out of the nest.

Joey will be home with grandma until he starts transitional kindergarten in the fall. In theory, he will love that but he’s such a social butterfly that I think it the time between now and then might be rough for him. I’m planning to enroll him in a day camp this summer to help bridge the gap but, again, he’ll be without “the bee” and I’m not what he’s going to think of that.


I’m sure it’s all gonna be fine, but I still worry. It feels kinda wrong to separate them. I love that they are best friends and it’s one of my biggest wishes for them to always be that close. Their bond as brothers is so much fun to watch – I’m hopeful a little time apart each day will only serve to strengthen it.


  1. says

    I’m sure it is stressful and will be for all of you initially. But just think of the different experiences and friends that they will be able to introduce each other too. It will probably add a new deminsion to their relationship as they are able to teach each other new things.


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