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Brother to Brother

2015 March 13
by Becky

It’s SO hard to think of your second child’s development’s without comparing to their older sibling.

We are constantly having deja vu moments, exclaiming, “He looks JUST like Ethan!” It doesn’t help that Finn is wearing mostly hand-me-downs that bring swells of nostalgia and floods of memories of tiny Ethan.

So when the warm weather appeared, I pulled out the green striped onesie, just to get a glimpse of those pudgy arms, and I couldn’t help but take a few comparison shots. I showed Ethan the picture in his baby book and he was on board to help recreate the moment.

Note to self: recreating expressions in babies is REALLY hard.

But here’s our best effort:

FinnAndEthan2Ahhh! So cute.

First thought? OMG they have identical blond sprouts on those noggins. The hairlines seem different, but Finn had that little widow’s peak about a month ago and Ethan grew out of it after that picture so really, the hair is an identical field of blonde fuzz.

Two blondies in the HO-UUUUUSE!!!

Pinch me, I seriously never thought my kids would look like me. Having a husband with dark, dark features (grey hear withstanding), I just assumed at least one—probably both—would take after him.

(Insert giddy giggles here)

It’s tough to tell on a camera display, but once I got these two pics side-by-side I was shocked both by their similarities AND differences.

Clearly there’s an size gap. Tiny, premie Ethan weighed the same at seven months as Finn does at four. I honestly liked having a petite baby so I’m a little nervous about Finn’s growth rate, will this continue?? He’s filling out so fast, and man it’s hard to resist those chubby thighs.

The similarities are so perfectly cute. The button noses, identical chins, even the hands and feet are the same.

Here’s another I couldn’t resist.

EthanAndFinnCurlyRibbonOur friend Angela, always quick with a homemade toy, showed us how much babies love curling ribbon. A few weeks ago I handed some to Finn and he went at it…just like his big brother. Pulling the ribbon through his fingers and trying to chew it.

Again, Finn has fuller cheeks and body, but they are brothers for sure.


I can’t wait for these two to really start playing. Finn clearly can’t wait to get in the mix. He thinks big brother is amazing. (I’m holding Finn, he is NOT standing yet) As soon as Finn sits up, he’s getting into the bath routine with Ethan.

If anything, watching Finn is making us realize just how delayed Ethan was in those early days. He caught up, just like the docs said, by around 1.5 years old and is now ahead in more ways than we can believe. But Finn is a whole different experience. I guess parenting is easier the second go-round because we know to be flexible, know each little person does things in their own time.

I just hope Finn doesn’t pick up all the sass Ethan’s been throwing my way…it’s like a constant hostage negotiation around these parts.

What do you think? Am I seeing things, or do they look alike? 

2 Responses
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    March 14, 2015

    Yep, they sure do look alike, brothers for sure.

    My parents think Ethan looks a lot like Stu did at 4, take away the blond hair and blue eyes. I see two adorable grandkids that I cannot wait to see this summer.

    Great side by sides Becky and love Finn’s chunky legs.

  2. March 14, 2015

    They are defintely brothers. They’ll be playing together before you know it.

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