Rachel had a hard time keeping up with big brother's energy level but she makes a valiant effort. She loves being with him and playing with all of his cool toys. Nicholas has to keep all of his small choking hazard type toys in his room away from Rachel. However, if I'm in his room then I will let her come in with me because I can supervise her. She loves getting to play in big brother's room.
But big brother wears her out (and me too!). Rachel still takes 1-2 naps a day so she needs some quiet down time. You can tell when she is getting tired because she will hold her blankie and start sucking her thumb. She only does that when she's sleepy. She likes to hold her little blankie in the same hand as the thumb she is sucking. Then she leans over as if she is trying to curl up and go to sleep right there.
I love watching her do this. It's such a little thing but it is all hers. Nicholas never sucked his thumb or had a blankie. It's sweet to watch her and I will miss it when she grows out of it.
Of course, there's nothing better than snuggling with Daddy before going to bed. We love this about Rachel. She's a super sweet cuddler.