Meeting a new sibling for the first time can be a highly emotional and delightful experience. That’s what a family from Detroit, Michigan, found when they started recording the very first meeting between their cute toddler Kent and his baby brother, Noah.
A baby brother can quickly become one’s best friend. A big brother is someone who will protect and mentor the younger ones. Such sibling bonds can grow to be incredibly strong and unbreakable. While a newborn is unlikely to remember that first introduction, the older brothers and sisters are probably going to cherish the moment forever.
Sometimes, these incredible moments get filmed and posted on YouTube to touch the hearts of many.
Kirsty and Joshua Merryman welcomed their second son into the world in March 2017. Their first little boy, then-4-year-old Kent, who has Down syndrome, was excited to meet his baby brother to say the least. The entire heartwarming event was captured on video by the boy’s grandmother Cindy, who posted it on YouTube in June of 2017.
The clip is a joy to watch. It starts with little Kent running down the hospital corridor filled with enthusiasm and holding a cute blue teddy bear. When he reaches the door, he joyfully starts jumping up and down, waiting for his dad to catch up. He then enters the hospital room where his new sibling is, along with their mom. The little boy then cautiously approaches the bed and offers the stuffed toy to the newborn.
Kent is then helped onto the hospital bed by his dad before his mom puts the baby right in front of him. The toddlers’ facial expressions show pure delight and anticipation at seeing his little brother for the very first time. The little boy looks so happy and unable to stop smiling. After a few seconds, he kisses his newborn brother on the cheek. Their mother then places a large cushion on the toddler so that he can hold little Noah. The little boy is so happy that he starts clapping his small hands.
The boy then proceeds to look at the baby while smiling as if he’s taking in and making a mental image of every little bit of the new family member. He kisses his new brother several times, touches his tiny feet, and gently strokes his head.
In the description for this adorable video, the grandmother explains that Kent “really loves everyone,” and in spite of being “pretty much still nonverbal,” he does know a “little sign language.” The grandmother also states that the boy is “very smart and understands so much it blows me away.” And she mentioned how excited she was to see how the sibling bond will develop. She also describes the moments she recorded as “the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my entire life…. just priceless!”
The video went viral and received over 300,000 views on YouTube.
It’s incredible how much love little Kent had to share with this brother upon first laying eyes on him. Despite living with Down syndrome, the boy looks like he is making the most of every moment life has to offer. And he approaches it with a smile on his face.
Watch the incredible first introduction, which was posted by the family on YouTube: