Siblings are a great form of therapy in and of themselves. They provide great interaction and entertainment. John is blessed to have 3 brothers and 1 sister that think he is just the greatest.
Very rarely do we get to sleep in at this house as we have over the years trained our kids to wake up at 6:00 to give us all plenty of time to eat together as a family before we face the hectic school/work world which I highly recommend for any family wanted to get to know one another as it can be very enlightening.
Yesterday morning (Saturday) was a rare day of having everyone home for the day without having sporting events to attend (thank you snow). So my kids actually slept in until 7:00 or 7:30. This morning when they woke, John was up in his crib but Joy and I were still asleep. So not wanting to disturb Joy and I, our 7 year old went into Johns room, used a step stool to reach into the crib and get him out. He then laid him on a blanket and played with him until John couldn't be entertained anymore.
Juli, our 9 year old, wrote a poem about John for a 3rd grade class assignment that I thought I would re-write here:
was born last July.
He makes a bunch of noise
when he plays with his toys.
We laugh at George's jokes
and he laughs too -ha ha ha ha.
My little brother John,
he coos and he goos
while he plays with his ball.
Oh, he has it all.
Siblings are one of the best forms of therapy for John. We can really tell a difference in his alertness and interactive abilities when they are around.