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Mommy to Petunia 11/04 Bug 10/06 Button 11/09 and Sweetie pea 12/11 DW to J :
Mine are 4 yrs apart. DS1 absolutely LOVES his baby brother. From when he got to clean him up after birth, he has been smitten. He hugs, cuddles, helps and plays with him. He has had zero resentment, no acting out... DS1's preschool teacher says DS2 is the best thing to ever happen to him- he takes such pride in being a big brother. He looks for all "brother" things, he calls DS2 "my baby", they play and giggle. He shares everything with his brother. He even wanted to share his bike racing medals that he got in the city tournaments ("One for me, and one for DS2..."). He fed him his first food, he pushes him on the swing, and when we pick him up from school, the first kisses are for his brother.
And, with a little distance between them, DS1 has his own thing going on- he can play, visit friends, go to school, be (sort-of) patient, can do a lot for himself so they are not competing so much in needs or attention. Because DS1 has a whole different life at 5 than an infant, it is easy enough to work it.
Really- its been great and I'm so glad we waited a bit.
I really think it is not age between them but personalities of the kids involved.
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