Oh, that sibling rivalry can be something else, right? If you have more than one child, especially if they're closer in age, then you know what we're talking about. These little brothers and sisters love each other fiercely, but goodness do they butt heads! Jessa Duggar is in the thick of dealing with some brotherly battles right now.
Her sons Spurgeon and Henry are just 15 months apart (Spurgeon is 2, Henry is 1). Adding to that sibling struggle is the fact that the boys are both toddlers! So we imagine there are a lot of tears and arguments, but also so many hugs and kisses.
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Jessa took to Instagram to share a story about a recent brotherly battle, and how she used her mama investigator skills to get to the bottom of things.
This little guy. 👦🏻💙 He's a cutie alright, but don't let that fool ya! How can 2-year-olds be so cute and innocent, and yet such little stinkers at the same time? . Example: Earlier today, I heard 👶🏼 whimpering. 🤷🏻♀️: (I assumed 👶🏼 was trying to steal the favorite fire truck toy from 👦🏻 again, or was at least upset that it wasn't his turn to use it. They'd had this same dispute earlier in the day). "What's wrong?" I asked. 👦🏻 was already lovingly helping little brother toward Mommy, and replied, "Henry hit head." 🙎🏻: "Aw, poor baby." I didn't want to assume anything since I hadn't been a witness. 💭👶🏼's kinda in that clumsy toddler stage, so he is always taking little tumbles or bumping into things. I picked him up, and he was perfectly content again! A while later, as I was nursing 👶🏼 before nap time, I brushed his sweaty hair back from his forehead, and that's when I got a glimpse of this: little red marks in a perfect circle, with a line down the middle. Immediately, I thought "Tail light." . Being the self-proclaimed toddler psychologist that I am, I explored the mind of my 2-year-old: 💭 I bet ya $50 that 👶🏼 was trying to steal the fire truck from 👦🏻, and 👦🏻 took matters into his own hands and bonked 👶🏼 on the head to get him to relent. But when 👦🏻 saw 👶🏼 visibly upset, 👦🏻 felt bad about his choice to hit 👶🏼, and hence switched to consoling and comforting mode. And at this moment, I appeared on the scene. Seems to make perfect sense, right? . I confiscated the evidence (aka: toy fire truck), and... it was a perfect match. 🕵🏻♀️#momdetective #boymom Come on now, yall-- who out there can relate? 🙈 . P.S. I've always heard it said, "What goes around, comes around." I'm am 100% sure that 👦🏻 is my offspring, because that was totally me in my toddler days. 🙈😆 @jingervuolo, thank you for always loving me and being my BFF, even when I was THAT KID! 👧🏻❤️👧🏻 This gives me confidence that my boys will continue to be best friends forever. 👦🏻💙👶🏼
Look at that little face! In her caption, Jessa wonders how 2-year-olds can be so sweet yet such little stinkers at the same time, and that face is definitely the face of a cute little stinker. Apparently, Spurgeon and Henry have a firetruck toy that they both love, but sharing has been something of an issue. Jessa says that she had stepped away from them for a moment, and heard whimpering come from little Henry. She figured it was because of the firetruck, and asked what was wrong. She noticed Spurgeon was already being a such a good big brother, and comforting little Henry. Spurgeon said Henry had hit his head, which is not unheard of! Toddlers aren't exactly steady on their feet, you know?
But Jessa had some questions. And when she was nursing little Henry a while later, she happened to notice a small red mark on his forehead. The shape and size was suspiciously similar to a certain firetruck's taillight, so Jessa found the toy and compared, and wouldn't you know? A PERFECT MATCH. She figures Henry was trying to take the truck from his big brother, and big brother was having none of that, so he bonked him on the head with it. Sounds about right!
Jessa is one of 20 kids, so she has definitely had her share of sibling battles. In fact, in her Instagram post, she gives a loving shout-out to sister Jinger for putting up with her own toddler and kid shenanigans when they were younger! The bond between siblings is amazing, that's for sure.
And we can definitely appreciate it more once they're out of the bonking each other on the head with toys phase.