I'm ready to meet this kid.
|Baby boy at 9 weeks|
Then there's Evie. That's been the big difference. I am more concerned about her than the baby at this point. I have taken care of a newborn before, so I know what to expect with crying jags (from both of us!), sleep deprivation, sore nipples, and constipation fussiness, but I am so worried about Evie it actually makes me feel a little sick inside.
Part of it is probably guilt. I give her my everything right now. How can I give everything to two kids??? I know that having a younger sibling isn't going to damage her for life (my younger sisters are two of my best friends), but how will she adapt in the present? We've been reading books about becoming a big sister and she helped decorate the nursery. We've tried to involve her every step of the way, but I know that the baby is still very abstract to her at this point.
Evie is baby crazy right now. She loves helping my sister with my niece. She holds the bottle, she helps change diapers, she plays *gently* with the baby. She loves her baby dolls. She has to take one of them to bed with her every night and she cuddles with her and reads stories to her, but I know it won't be the same when it's a real live baby that Mommy is taking of too.
|Evie and Baby|
Moms of two (or more): What did you do to ease the transition for your older child(ren)? How did they adjust once the baby was born?