I know it's mentioned on and off in several other threads, but do we have a support thread for parents of toddlers yet? This will be my second child, my dd will be just under 2 1/2 when the baby is born. I can't believe the mixed emotions that I have about her becoming a big sister. I would be nice to talk to the rest of you in the same situation!
We got a few "new baby" books. Dd really loves the Sears one, "What Baby Needs." She wants to read it several times a day! I have a theory though that it can trigger a bad mood. I try to hide it, but she asks for it specifically. I wonder if we've been pushing this "you're going to be a big sister!" thing for too hard for too long though...it has to feel like forever in her little toddler life.
We are also really struggling with dd's sleep. She's always been a challenge in this area, but I'm nervous about when the baby comes! We still rock her to sleep at night, and it's usually me that does it. When I don't, the drama and drawn-out time frame are not worth it. I'm really hoping that I'll be able to keep this special time with her after the baby's born, which is why we're not pushing change any harder. Do you think I can pull it off? It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. She still wakes up once or twice a night too. Most of the time she'll put up with dh going in to her, but once in a while she's so sad that it's not me. :-( I know for sure I won't be able to go to her in the middle of the night after the baby comes, so we're sticking to this pretty well...most of the time! I love to go in and snuggle with her at night though, and she goes back to sleep so much more easily for me than for dh. I'd love to just keep her in our bed, but we only have a queen and it's already going to be a squeeze with the baby (I already warned dh that he should probably just get used to sleeping with dd!).
Anyway, just thought it might be nice to hear what others are thinking about! Let me know if I already missed a similar thread, and I'll just post there.