middle child syndrome

"Middle children had FOMO before it was cool."
August 12 is National Middle Child Day--a dilemma for those of us in the center of our families: We're not often used to having the spotlight on us.
Little Man, my soon-to-be 6-year-old, is our middle child. The only boy sandwiched between two sisters. His bubbly personality is such a joy to be around and his sensitive, sweet, side is one I pray will always remain.
I'm jealous of a dog. There, I said it and I mean it. I know what you're thinking too-- you are one pathetic human being. When it comes to attention, it's a constant need of mine. I must always be in the limelight or else I feel shitty.
Recently, I've been trying to focus on how being a middle child is a positive thing and will actually prepare my son for the real world -- more so than being the oldest or youngest.
It seems like a healthy indulgence for my middle child, who had the hardest time of all of us when our latest addition, Adriana, was born in August.
I wanted to protect him, but the more I focused on him, the more he fought it off. It was like he already had a shield of armor around his heart, which pretty much broke mine. I thought I had sealed his fate and he was punishing me.
Middle children might get the short end of the stick compared to their overnurtured older siblings and the doted on younger