This baby of mine is coming soon. I thought I'd pose one of my latest concerns as a question to all of you:
What are some ways to help older siblings feel special when a baby is born?
There is so much change that comes to a family with the arrival of a new baby. Change in routine, change in sibling dynamics, change in the overall definition of the family. With the impending arrival of number three I worry about Blaine (my oldest) acting out to gain attention and my little one (Roger) feeling displaced as the baby (ooohhhh how he loves being the baby!).
One thing I did when Roger was born was buy Blaine a present that was 'from Roger.' It was the first little wooden train track in the family and was the hit of the century! This helped in two ways. First, it entertained Blaine for hours on end while I was nursing and recovering. Second, because it was 'from Roger,' it immediately helped endear Blaine to his new brother.
I plan on doing something similar this time, but I feel like I need to do more to ensure a smooth and happy transition.
What do you think, dear friends? Any ideas to share?