Maybe I started a little too early. I realise not everybody is for it, but our daughter will hopefully be present at the birth of her little sister, so I decided it's best to give her an idea what to expect. The whole time she's been talking to my belly and we told her the name so she actually uses it when talking to her.
About to hit the halfway point, and this week we started looking at some water birth videos on youtube. I figured why not actual videos rather than cartoon like drawings in books that I've only found in English. She understands English, but only speaks French. We are sticking with French books for her because she will learn to read French first and English later.
She was completely fascinated by these birth videos. She wanted to hang out and watch them as long as I was willing to keep playing them. I don't think she'll have any problem at the actual birth.
Now she constantly wants to stick her doll in my shirt with me sitting down and pull it out like it's coming out between my legs. This isn't so bad really. She even turns the doll as its coming out. Maybe she'll grow up to be a midwife.
Today she came up in front of someone else and said « belle bébé » (beautiful baby) to my stomach and then said « a besoin de sortir là » (needs to get out there) and thrust her hand between my legs. Hilarious, but also embarrassing.
I did actually realise I was probably setting myself up for some embarrassing situations with the birth videos, I just didn't realise how quickly they would start.
What are other people doing to prepare siblings who they want to attend the birth ?