Memory is a funny thing. When we think back on G's first years, cancer etc... we wonder, how did we manage that with other kids. We insert M, P and even B into those times. They don't fit.
Along came lP with her strong personality and the challenges of being her. Birth order. Ha!
B came 2 years ago and G finally had a brother. And the new baby will be born in 2 months. Another boy. G is so excited that the boys will outnumber the girls.
When I was growing up, a family in the ward had a daughter with downs syndrome. She was their 4th, I think. They wisely chose to have another after D so that D would not be the baby forever.
I'm grateful for how the children have all learned to sign and have some compassion. G is a great kid. He's a great big brother. I love that we're forced to let him be the big brother, and do things more independently than we would ever have if M had been first.