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Those bittersweet moments when your child's (NT) younger sibling does something your SN child has never done...

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lou031205 Wed 29-Jul-09 10:15:13

Just watched with amazement as DD2 (almost 2) just picked up a teddy, got a sponge and 'washed' the teddy all over. DD1 (3.6) has never done that sort of thing.

siblingrivalry Wed 29-Jul-09 10:34:46

It's a weird feeling, isn't it? There's pride for the younger sibling, but sadness for the SN child.
DD2 flies around on her bike, steering/braking ;etc - dd1 can barely pedal. It's heartbreaking to watch her, yet I am fascinated watching dd2.

cyberseraphim Wed 29-Jul-09 10:54:04

DS2's soft toy has had the whole Bath,Pjamas Milk ,Story and Bed routine. It is quite eerie hearing him read 'Three Little Pigs' to his toy. You realise that he will grow up and be independent one day.

LeonieSoSleepy Wed 29-Jul-09 11:01:21

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BriocheDoree Wed 29-Jul-09 11:39:28

And yet...DD is now 5, and today in the car was telling LaLa and Po off for eating a bonbon she found on the floor. First time she has done that. OTOH, I just toilet trained my only-just-two-year-old in two weeks, and it took me about 2 YEARS to train DD, if you include pooing!!
They get there, it just takes them longer...
Also, re. the bicycles...Well, DD can't bicycle, but she's doing really well with the tricycle we bought in a car boot sale for DS (it's a proper metal one, too big for him, and a bit small for her, but it's LOVELY to watch her pedalling round!)

Phoenix4725 Wed 29-Jul-09 11:45:09

pleased for you , dont knowif its harder watching that or other way round i seen my other lder 3dc do things that know ds will never do

Itsnotalwaysstraightforward Wed 29-Jul-09 14:48:38

Yeah, it all sucks, doesn't it?

dinosaur Wed 29-Jul-09 14:57:21

DS3 is the youngest, so in a way it has become the norm for me to have a 5-year old who still doesn't poo in the toilet, and who can't use words to communicate, and that kind of thing. But if I see or hear a younger child in the playground or the bus or whatever talking, that does freak me out a bit.

LoveBuckets Wed 29-Jul-09 15:26:57

My Aspie is the middle child and as I've been watching dc3 like a hawk since birth I know he's not on the spectrum. From just a few months old it was clear that he loved me and wanted me to know - that was the first big difference to me. He's only 1 next week but he's so not alien iyswim, he's a real earthlingsmile. Now that he's answering back and dc2 has learnt that babies need extra eye contact, they have really started to bond.

RaggedRobin Wed 29-Jul-09 21:31:05

dd (15 months) has started answering questions with a very emphatic "no!" or
"yes!" while ds didn't say "yes" until he was 3 and will only answer questions intermittently. it's clear that dd is tuned into us, rather than her own little world, as ds is.

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 31-Jul-09 20:29:37

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flyingmum Sat 01-Aug-09 16:18:47

I know what you mean. It's lovely when DS2 picks up my moods from my facial expressions and asks me if I am sad. DS1 gets it but everything has to be 'bigger' and in his face before he clicks. Conversely though it still amazes me that DS2 who finds many things quite easy, still cannot operate videos, computers, electrical equipment that DS1 was doing at 18 months.

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