Big sister, big changes

My daughter notices the changes in my home and in her ever-growing mother, but does she really understand there is a baby coming and that she is going to be a big sister? A lot of people ask me that. Yes, she does.

She may not know when exactly, why or how this infamous baby she keeps hearing about will come into the world, but she knows he’s coming.

During the first few months of my pregnancy, I’d tell her that her sibling was inside my belly and could hear her. She walked up to my stomach, lifted my shirt and shouted, “Wake up!” Ahh, the sibling torturing begins.

Then, for a while there, as my stomach became a basketball, she didn’t want kiss my belly/her brother goodnight. She didn’t seem so happy that he is coming, or supposedly is. In her mind, it’s probably taking forever.

I looked for children’s books on being a big sibling and that helped. One book even addresses some details I never even thought of, such as, “Why does the baby drink milk from mommy.” Holy crap, I thought, I have to answer stuff like that!? Ready or not, yes I do. Heck, this little girl has already asked me about my body. So, it’s best to have a game plan, right? I’m working on that.

She seems excited again, especially after she felt him move and kick, and the books helped a lot. I love seeing her sweet smile. I’d feel awful if she thought I wouldn’t love her as much. I’ve made it a point to tell her that no matter what, she is mommy’s girl. I’ve told her, and still do, that she can help me if she wants when her brother comes and that he is growing and can’t wait to be big enough to play with her. She likes that idea.

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