As I type this, I am one week past my due date, which was November 17th. This post isn’t going to be scheduled to go up for over two weeks, so by the time you read this, I’ll have had my baby. 🙂
What I’m working on this evening is what I call a “Big Sister Basket” for my three-year-old. I have seen so many older siblings looking lost or forgotten when a new baby is born, so in an effort to prevent that with our eldest, I’ve been collecting things for a special gift for her. After the baby is born and Pumpkin has had plenty of baby time, we’re going to make a big deal out of how she is now a big sister (everybody is always making such a big deal out of the new baby, so we’re hoping to have some balance). We’ve already been talking with her about ways she will help with the baby, which thrills her. What we’re planning with the basket will be something like a “coming of age” celebration. It will be small and quiet, but I’m sure it will be a big deal to her! In the basket are some things that she can do on her own, and some things that she will be able to do one-on-one with one of us or my parents for some special grown-up attention time. 🙂
With such a creative little girl, I tried to include items that will stimulate her creativity. (We don’t do any electronic toys except for a calculator and a couple of pretend phones.) Above you can see a set of legos, some colored construction paper, an etch-a-sketch, an alphabet book, some beads and elastic string, a set of sun-catchers to paint and some “jewel” stickers. (If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice that the legos didn’t fit in the basket in the photo at the top!)
I know that some of you might be thinking that this looks like a bribe or an attempt to “buy” our daughter off, and in some families, that could be the case. Although we are hoping that she will find many hours of entertainment from these things, the point is to celebrate her the way we will be celebrating her sister. 🙂
Have you done anything special for older siblings when younger ones were born?