A Few Thoughts On Brotherly Love

One of the best things about the stage of life we’re in right now as parents is watching out two boys play and interact with each other. In fact, few things make my heart smile more. Click play on the video below to see a quick video of what I get to see day in, day out.

Noah’s five years old now, Jaxten is almost two, and these two boys really are becoming best friends. Noah is really enjoying having a little brother, and Jaxten is loving have a big one. One fun thing about their relationship is watching them teach each other new things. For instance in the video you can see Noah jumping off his hat, and Jaxten then wanting to do the same. I love that.

I love seeing the bond that is already forming between these two little guys. These guys love each other, and I love that.

older brother with down syndrome


I love that they can also just hang out and watch moves as well…


As I see them grow up in age, my hope is that these two will continue to grow up in their relationship with each other as well, and as I watch them today, I’m sure it will. It will be fun to watch them grow up together. To play together. To be there for one another. To love one another. It’s fun watching them be brothers.

I’m consider myself incredibly blessed to be a daddy to these two brother.

down syndrome sibling

That laugh…

Don’t get me wrong. Not every moment of the day is hugs, and laughs, and smiles. In fact, shortly after I recorded the video in today’s post, Jaxten had to come sit next to his dad for a bit because he kept messing with Noah. Then before dinner tonight Noah had to come sit next to his dad for taking the iPad away from his little brother while he was watching a movie on it.

But at the end of the day they hug each other and tell each other they love the other. And I love that.

How many children do you have? How do your siblings interact with each other? Bonus points for sharing a photo in the comments.

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About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.


  1. We have 4…all nearly grown now, but I remember the fun and also the refereeing of conflicts. My two oldest used to fight unceasingly in the car about her singing. He wanted it quiet – she couldn’t help but sing. Now they are 24 and 27…and they sing together almost every Christmas Eve in our service in St. Louis. (Tried to post a video but couldn’t.) She married his best friend in 7 months! He’s now part of your Watermark family. 🙂

  2. I hace a 5 year old dsughter sarah alessandra and a 1 year baby boy christian oswaldo with down syndrome and upto know they enjoy small moments together, and love to see when she caress him . from a town in mexico

  3. I just have one!!! But I will love to have another when I see your kids.

  4. I love seeing the relationship of my two kids grow as well. It is a very special thing! Thank you for sharing your boys.

    Brynnan 6 and Lyndon 3

  5. Andrea Reyes says

    Omg I can only wish my boys have the same relationship in the future. My husband and I are thankful and very blessed with our boys too!

  6. We love reading your posts and seeing your adorable boys! Our little boy is already two years old and he is the light of our life! This is daddy, Ty and Flashy yesterday on the farm.

  7. Luis Harder says

    My daugther Adeline Lois, 5 years & have DS. Her sister, Beatriz Lois is 2 years old. They’re of the same age as your sons. I can exactly relate to you as I watch my daughters grow. A father’s daily dose of joy. Praise God! We hope our families to meet. Nothing is impossible. Thanks!

  8. Hi Noah & Noah’s Dad! Yes! Sibling love is SPECIAL!! My daughter, Kira & her brother, Ray, both happen to have special needs, but the love she has for her little bro is Extra-special indeed!!! Having no siblings myself, I tend to observe in awe at the formation of the lasting bond they share through unique challenges and I also get to observe their triumph!

    Regards ,

  9. Alisha Ainsworth says

    Boys will be boys! My son Walker is the only boy out of my three kidos and I defiantly can tell the difference. Hes like mister destruct_o_ mundo! But also very loving as well! Hes my little prince charming! Thanks for sharing your home life with us Noah’s dad. It always makes me smile!

  10. Brothers have a special bond. Here are my two boys-Damon on the left and Brian on the right. They are twins and will be three in May. 2 weeks ago we all had colds and found ourselves at the doctor. The doc put the tongue depressor down Damon’s throat and Brian gagged. She asked if my husband and I thought that they felt each other. To an extent I think they do. This kind of thing happens all of the time with them. Brian is 2 minutes older than Damon. Brian has DS and Damon does not. They are very close. I am so lucky to be their Mom and watch them grow. Thank you Noah’s Dad and family. We enjoy your posts!

  11. Liam is blessed to have his twin brother Sean and big sister Colleen. She is 7 and the boys just turned 4. They love each other! Then one of them takes something that the other two were playing with and war can start! Lol At the end of the day, they come together for night time hugs and reading books! I am very blessed to be their Mom!

  12. Tara Pigorsh says

    We have 3! Our two oldest are from Korea. They sometimes play well together, but quite often they are picking on each other. 🙂 They do have one thing in common, they LOVE their little brother who is now 3 months old! 🙂

  13. Great Sharing! I can’t wait to get this type of peace. My wife is thinking to have 4 babies, then they will be 2 brothers & 2 sisters.

    Then I will be happy then you. 😀

  14. Thank you for your blog site. We have 5 kids only one left at home – our 5th grandchild was born yesterday and she has ds. Her older brothers are 6 and 4 and I sent our kids your link as they have much to learn and adjust to. They are 2nd generation homeavjoolwrs and their faith is strong in the Lord. Our granddaughter has her first surgeey today for one of the conditions you mention regarding her duodenum. They say her recovery time could be 2 weeks to 2 months, we are praying for the first. I will be spending a lot if time cinsumingvyour site as we want to offer all the support we can all though they live far away (for now) I read that there may be several surgeries in the future and many of the good doctors are on the west coast, that having family close for respite is important. So much to learn. Prayers appreciated – have youbtjought about adding a section called “what can grandparents do to help” ??

  15. It’s really a helpful post,Just awesome to know.Wish you all the best.Thanks for sharing such an effective post.

  16. Hi Rick Smith,

    Thanks for your helpful information. Definitely, I will come back gain to read new post 🙂



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