Sabrina and I were at CVS this weekend, browsing the Valentine's Day cards. She was thinking of getting one for a friend. Suddenly she said, "Mommy, look!" She picked up a Lightning McQueen card.
Lightning McQueen is Max's Valentine. He has eyes for nobody but Lightning. Suzanne from Special Needs Mom told me about these printable Lighting McQueen Valentines, and we'll be doing those tomorrow (yet another snow day). (Our sixth.) (But who's counting.)
"Mommy, I'm giving this to Max!" Sabrina said.
She was so genuinely excited. And that made me seriously happy.
Something's changed between Sabrina and Max in recent months. They play together more. They laugh together more. He calls for her when he needs help. She goes out of her way to come to his aid—like if he's struggling to pick up something, she'll do it for him. At night, she wants to kiss him good night after I do and sometimes, she lies down next to him till he falls asleep. I've overheard her telling him, "Max, you're so cute!"
Maturity? Has she secretly been reading this blog? I don't know.
Of course, they are not totally copacetic, because they are siblings of the human variety. "Mommy! He's annoying me!" Sabrina will complain. Or, "Ewww, he got drool on me!" Max roars when she teases him. Half the time, I have no idea what the heck they're fighting about.
But they are mostly getting along. They're even in cahoots together. Last night, I plucked Max's iPad out of his hands because he needed to go to sleep. I plopped it behind a pillow in my room, then ducked into the bathroom. When I came out, the iPad was gone. Sabrina had given it back to Max. The two of them were snickering.
Max is going to squeal when she hands him this card.
Me, I'm already swooning.
Happy Valentine's Day to your sweeties.