brothers… the proof is in the silence

When Hayes was born, Hudson was completely oblivious to his presence. He would kind of look at him, but he never doted on him or fussed over him.

As time went on, he was mostly sweet to Hayes, but I was still just holding my breath, waiting for the day to come when they’d start to act like brothers.

Over the past few months, we’ve heard lots more screaming and more territorial behavior. If Hayes entered the room where Hudson was playing, Hudson would immediately shriek and demand that Hayes leave him and his toys alone.

Of course we encourage him to share, but we can’t force a relationship to happen.

I don’t know about you, but as a mom, I’ve learned that as long as you can hear your kids, you know they’re okay. It’s when it gets quiet that you should start worrying.

But the other day, I went to check on my boys because it was way too quiet. Why wasn’t someone screaming? If they were in the same room together, there had to be screaming.

And when I entered the room, I found them playing together. Silently. I’d occasionally hear a giggle out of someone, but they were playing with the same toys. At the same time. Together.

We’ve reached that point. The screaming and fighting and wrestling will likely never end. In fact, I expect it to get worse.

But in the mornings, the first thing Hudson says when he wakes up is, “Let’s go check on Hayes!” He can’t wait for his brother to get up.

When we go to the playground, Hudson always seems to have one eye on Hayes and then the other eye on what he’s trying to do. But as soon as Hudson can’t see Hayes anymore, he stops what he’s doing to go make sure his brother is okay.

If Hayes is corrected for misbehaving, Hudson immediately comes to his defense.

That’s the brotherhood I’ve prayed for, that I knew would come someday. So I know in my heart that they have each other’s backs. It’s Hudson and Hayes and they’re thick as thieves.

The proof is in the silence.

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  1. 1- Hayes looks so big all of a sudden! 2- We’ve rounded this corner as well (along with Cole mastering the stairs!) and it has been soooo nice! They even have their own little inside jokes. It’s just precious. Glad you are getting a little “silence.”
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  2. I know what you mean about the silence :) and omg HOW SWEET ARE THEY?!
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  3. Heather says:

    This is SO sweet! Love the pictures too!

  4. This is exactly why I want Aubrey to have a sibling some day. So adorable!
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  5. Cute post and well put! It must make your heart so happy to see them enjoying each other. Have a great weekend!
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  6. This is so sweet! I can’t wait for Sydney to be old enough to actually play with Amelia. She just wants to chew on everything right now and Amelia isn’t a fan of that. ;)
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  7. so sweet erin! many many more sweet moments to come. i remember my first moment like that. so glad you captured!

  8. Precious pictures! I agree Hayes is so big all of a sudden. It’s getting easier with 2 in some ways!
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  9. anonymour says:

    i agree. just precious! my gosh erin, they are both so handsome. they’re gonna break some hearts…

  10. Oh my word!! Your boys just look so grown up here. How sweet that Hudson takes care of Hayes.
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  11. Oh Erin! What a sweet moment!! This has been my prayer for Bryson and Jaxon. I desire so much for them to become best friends one day and have these moments just like Hudson and Hayes. :)
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  12. Kristin says:

    Sweet post.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Let me just say a big THANK YOU for this post! I am the mother to a sweet, soon to be 3, little boy with another sweet boy due in April and this post just brought tears to my eyes! My boys are my heart and I can’t wait to witness such sweetness with them in the coming years!

  14. Soooo sweet! We have 3 boys and one of my biggest prayers for them is that they are best friends. Not just now, when they are little and all living under the same roof, but when they leave the nest someday and are adults. What a precious sight that will be to see!

  15. What a sweet moment! Caleb and Lorelei have been having fun together lately. There aren’t many things that bring more joy than seeing your kids play sweetly together :)
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  16. This is such a sweet post!! Can’t wait to see their relationship grow as they get older.
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  17. This is so sweet! I know you’ll have a blast watching these boys grow up as best friends!
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  18. What a sweet post!!! Just this weekend I saw Charlotte play WITH Ellie for the first time. It is the cutest thing ever, and I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes. Such a joyous time!
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  19. NOTHING makes my heart happier than for my kids to be sweet to each other!
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