One of the great and simple joys of being a parent springs from the silly ways in which young kids jumble words. Leo is an expert at being unintentionally silly with language. Lately, his most common word mix-up has been related to our adoption journey.
Leo is eager to be a big brother. He talks all the time about having a baby brother or baby sister. Leo also occasionally needs a babysitter, and he loves the person who’s been watching him recently. He really likes his babysitter. He really wants a baby sister (or brother). Babysitter. Baby sister. You can understand the confusion. Suffice to say, he refers to both as his “baby sister,” and he does not understand why the young woman who watches him leaves after a few hours. The common question: “where did my baby sister go?”
It’s a charming question. We hope to be able to offer him some clarity on that point soon. Once we welcome a new child into our family, we’re thinking that Leo will understand the distinction between baby siblings and babysitters.