Join Date: Jul 2003
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Ok - I'm starting to get into my pregnancy induced "let's worry about everything in the world and try and control just a few of those things" mode and was wondering what you more experienced mamas do.
We have a mini-van, currently ds sits rear-facing behind me. Where should the wee-bitty go? Should I move ds kiddy-corner from me (still rear-facing) and the baby behind me? I should do that soon if I'm going to do it, right, so he has time to adjust before wee-bitty gets here in Aug/Sept?
How do I "load" said mini-van? Open the door behind driver's seat, have ds crawl in, strap in wee-bitty, close door, walk around to passenger side and get ds in his seat?
Ds just turned 2, should I get some birth videos for him to watch (we're having a homebirth)? Or just explain that today we're having a baby, mama will be making lots of noise, you can watch if you want (my best friend will be over watching/playing w/Daniel)
When do I bring the baby stuff upstairs? I want ds to get used to it being there (we use the top of the playpen for diaper changes when they're itty-bitties, I was thinking I would bring the swing up and just see if the baby likes it - who knows - ds never did.)
We talk about the baby in Mama's uterus, but I don't think he really gets it. We have the Sears' book "Baby on the Way" but he hates to be read to, so it's more me narrating from across the room as he looks through it.
I guess, overall, how do you prepare your only to be an older brother? Any words/phrases/things I should avoid? I'm not calling him a "big brother" because I don't think that adding a sibling to the house means that he suddenly has to act bigger, just that now he's the older brother to a younger sibling.
Thanks for reading my rambling and for any btdt advice you wish you had known, did, done differently, etc.