As soon as I found out we were having a third girl, I couldn't wait to see her with her sisters. Phoebe was thrilled that she was having another sister, and I really hoped she would maintain her enthusiasm after Ruthie arrived. (When Nora was born, she was somewhat indifferent.) And with Nora being so small... well, I had no idea what to expect. But since Nora is so social and very much into babies, I figured she would be in love with her little sister.
The girls' reactions to their new baby sister were so much sweeter than I could have even hoped for. All of a sudden, Phoebe seemed so grown up and mature... and so in love with this tiny little baby. She oohed and ahhed with gusto, and she now eagerly helps with baby duties. And when Nora first saw Ruthie, I'm certain she thought her sister was a baby doll -- until she moved! Since then, Nora has been overwhelmingly drawn to Ruthie. She wants to look at her, touch her, and play with her every chance she gets.
It is a delight to watch the girls together, and I can't even begin to imagine how sweet the days to come will be. For now, the big girls are just content to play with their real live baby doll!