Since before she was born, Walter has been practicing making his little sister feel better when she's sad. "When Sally gets here," we told him, "She's going to cry. A lot. Can you help us make her feel better when she's sad." Walter got thoughtful, and started to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." "That's great!" we told him. "When Sally is sad, you can sing to her!"
He's done a lot of singing to Sally these almost-eight months. He always tries the Twinkle, first. She keeps crying, though, because that's what babies do. Especially in the car where she can't see him and is too upset to be comforted by anything or anyone.
But tonight, Sally took a tumble while cruising around the living room. She hit her noggin rather gently; mostly I think she was surprised and getting tired. She kept crying even when I picked her up and comforted her. Walter stopped playing trains with Daddy and came over to us. He approached her very gently, and spoke to her quietly to get her attention. Her crying quieted down. He started singing, "Twinkle, twinkle little star ...."
With tears still in her eyes, Sally started to smile, and then laugh. It worked! It finally worked!