|My daughter standing under the belly bump.
Preparing the Kids for the New Baby
It’s pretty obvious to the kids now that Mommy has more than a basketball under her shirt. With all of the kicks and jabs coming from the belly, they pretty much understand that there’s a baby in there, not just chubbiness from Mommy’s insatiable appetite.
With a little over two months to go, I feel like I’m mentioning the baby to them more and more every day, with comments referring to him as their ‘baby brother’ (I’d use his real name, but then they’d ruin that surprise by telling others…). My oldest likes to ask questions about him, such as where he’s going to sleep and if he’s going to want to play with certain toys (oh, the concerns of a four year old!). My daughter just likes to poke the belly and say “Aw! Baby!”.
As I sat with my son today, the baby began making my belly dance. When I pointed it out to him, he was a little confused, but then understood it was the baby making the movements.
His comment to me? “That’s okay, Mom. I know what it’s like to be pregnant”. I had to laugh. Sure you do, Buddy!
I think it’s really going to hit home when they see him for the first time in the hospital (that is, if they’re allowed in…hospitals around here aren’t allowing kids in due to the flu). I’m hoping that by that time I have ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Big Sister’ shirts ready for them and perhaps a little gift from the baby to them.
I remember when my son saw my daughter for the first time. He was excited and wanted to see her, but then he found something else interesting. At the age of two, I guess that’s all you can expect! He did, however, want to join his dad in singing to the baby, which was one of the sweetest moments ever.
I can only hope it goes that smoothly this time. Until then, I’ll keep mentioning how things are going to change with the new baby:
- Toy boxes and other items need to be moved to make room for baby gear.
- There will be three of them in safety seats in the back seat of the car.
- He’s going to be drinking the bottles and using the pacifiers (my daughter still has interest in bottles and a new found interest in binkies…).
- When he’s in the living room, there will be no throwing of toys or pillows.
- They can’t hold the baby, try to pick him up, or give him things to eat without Mommy or Daddy.