Today I am officially to term with this pregnancy (37-40 weeks is considered full term). So that means that we are in the final stretch of this pregnancy journey with our second daughter. Our focus is currently on our first daugther and making this major life change something that is both exciting, happy and easy for her. We have, of course, been working toward this goal all along, but now it is time for the final preparation.
What have we been doing to ease the transition and prep her for the change to come, you wonder? Well, we have been exposing her to newborns. Fortunately for us we have a few friends who have recently had newbies so she is getting a little perspective on their size and activity level. I think she now gets that her baby sister will not be immediately ready to run and play.
We have been including her in the process. She has come with me to many appointments. She helped to pick out a few needed baby items, also picking something for herself.
She has been practicing sharing. Something that a two year old can never practice enough.
We have had discussions galore about everything from crying to the day that her sister arrives. She has been reading big sister books and practicing her holding techniques with her toys.
She has been starting new routines of special events with her grandmother, grandfather and father. She and I have also been doing some new activities that will just be special for us. The idea is that she can get out and have some special time/fun adventures when things get a little intense around the house.
She has her own hospital bag that is packed with new books and activities which she is very excited to check out.
I think this week we will swing by the hospital so she can get a lay of the land in advance. Just to be clear, she won't be there for the delivery--- afterwards.
Ultimately I think we just have to trust this girl with a loving heart and have faith in ourselves as we navigate new terrain on very little sleep.
Do you have any other suggestions?