I often wonder just how much Thatcher really understands about the fact that he’s getting a little sister in a few short weeks. We talk about the baby, we show him her room and crib, and we tell her goodnight as part of our bedtime routine (along with Nelmo, Big Bird, Cookie, Nini’s car, Coco and many other cherished people and objects). But how much does he really understand?
As a mom, of course I worry about how he will react. Will he be excited? Nervous? Curious? Eager? Loving? Jealous? Indifferent? Mad? Some combination of the above? There are major changes coming to our house, and I’ve been trying to prepare him in every way possible. I think that at the end of the day what this is all about for me is just making sure that Thatcher knows he is very, very loved. I want him to know that there are more than enough hugs and kisses for both of them and that he is still precious and special to us.
Anyone who knows me can tell you that my love language is gift giving. (If you haven’t read the Five Love Languages, I highly recommend it!) What this means is that I express love through giving presents, though they don’t have to be big by any means (even sending a card in the mail is considered gift giving). It’s always been in my nature to remember birthdays and holidays and to pick things up for people “just because.”
So naturally, I have assembled a present for Thatcher to receive when he comes to the hospital to meet his little sister. I realize that this is completely unnecessary and may even be considered ridiculous by some. But for me it is how I say “I love you,” so I just can’t help myself! When I go to visit friends and their newborns, I usually bring a little something for the older sibling as well. It can be a book or a puzzle, but I’ve always liked to include them, too! Also, I was thinking that it’d be wise for us to have some fun distractions at the hospital to keep him occupied, and I may even put some of this into the activity box that so many moms recommended earlier this week.
A gift from the new baby…
When Thatcher comes to meet his sister, he will be so excited to see that the stork brought not only a tiny bundle of joy but also…
- Sesame Street stickers and coloring book from Target
- A stuffed Cookie Monster toy
- A Cookie Monster shirt from Lisey Lu
- Me Love Cookies board book