It does cut down on laundry.
The two of them get along extraordinarily well. Shockingly well, actually. It's not all bubbles and sunshine, but they get along well more often than they squabble. In a way, I think Meredith thinks he is her little boy! It works in our favour more often than not. In true toddler fashion, he can be counted on to refuse to take part in any one of a number of essential daily functions like having his diaper changed, getting dressed, getting undressed, picking a spoon.....at the drop of a hat. In his struggle to exert control he'll refuse to let mom or dad help, but generally accepts it if we offer Mer-Mer (his name for Meredith), or she offers herself. And who can't help but smile when watching a five-year-old try to diaper a two-year-old. Not a match made in heaven if you're hoping to get out the door in 3 minutes, but plenty to make you laugh if you've got the time.