I haven’t wrote a just for the heck of it post in a while and when I saw the topic for this week’s Toddler Talk Thursday I decided I wanted to join in on the fun. Don’t know what Toddler Talk Thursday is?
Toddler Talk Thursday was created by Family and Life in Las Vegas, Crazy about my Baybah, and My Life as a Sippy Cup Mom as a place for moms and dads of toddlers to come together over a weekly topic and share ideas, go-to toys, or products. It is a great way to meet other bloggers of toddlers. Each week the topic will be different; we invite you to link up, share your weekly Toddler Talk!! Each week the hosts will travel around to each blog to see what topic you suggest for a future Toddler Talk. If we choose your topic – you will be our featured blog.
This weeks topic is: How to handle bringing a new baby home with a toddler in the house.
At first I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to handle bringing a new baby home to Dilly – she was my baby. I knew I wanted to prepare her for sharing her momma and daddy with a sibling and so we got lots of big sister books and talked about the baby in momma’s belly all the time. She thought it was hilarious when Sugar would kick her.
Then when we went to Sugar’s ultrasound and received the news that we would be welcoming another little girl into our home I knew exactly what to do. We already had everything we needed for the new baby and so instead of making a new nursery Dilly got a whole new big girl room. I made this a huge deal and even painted a chalkboard on her wall (well her dadda did, hehe). I also made sure to transition her out of her crib and into a toddler bed way before Sugar was due to make her arrival. I didn’t want her to feel like she “HAD” to give her crib to the baby, but instead wanted to give her crib to her new sister. Here is Dilly showing off her brand new big girl bedroom.
And then the big day came which just so happened to also be Dilly’s big day. Yes Sugar arrived on Dilly’s 2nd birthday and only 2 hours shy of the same exact time. So not only did Dilly have to share her momma and daddy, but her day as well. We celebrated Dilly’s birthday with a big party a few weeks prior just in case this would happen and I took her to the zoo the day before. It’s a running joke that I walked Sugar right on out, hehe….. which could be very true considering I was pushing an almost two year old around in a stroller at a hot zoo all day. Anyhow back to Sugar’s arrival. We had done our best to explain to Dilly that there was in fact a baby in momma’s belly. She even went to the 3d ultrasound so she could actually see her little sister on the screen, but I wanted her to see her sister come into the world. I wanted her to understand that there really was a baby in my belly and she was coming out and joining our family. It was an amazing experience having my baby in the room meeting the new baby. She was clapping for me and shouting “Go mamma go!” When I needed the strength for that next push I just looked at my beaming little girl and pushed with all I had so she could meet her new sister. I also want to mention that I had let everyone know that if for some reason things took a turn for the worse they should take Dilly out of the room, but luckily nothing like that happened. Dilly was so proud to be a big sister.
I can honestly tell you that there has never been a jealousy issue from Dilly when it comes to Sugar. She loves her with all her heart. In fact when my mom would come to take Dilly for a little while she would want to come home to see her sister. The two year (exact) age gap was perfect for us. From the very beginning we would all sit and read books together and if Dilly wanted to play play-doh or some other game I would put Sugar right near us in her bouncy seat. We were always doing things together. I also started matching them from very early on – which drives Dustin crazy, hehe. But now Dilly will ask to match her sister! Now that Dilly is a big girl sometimes she will go stay at Nana & Pap’s house for two days in a row and when she is gone Sugar will crawl and point to her room and say Dilly’s real name and that just melts my heart. I think bringing a baby into a home with a toddler isn’t nearly as hard as some people think. Just prepare your little one for the new little one and things will be fine! It won’t be long til their ganging up on ya and scheming together, hehe.
In my opinion it was definitely easier going from 1 to 2 kiddos then 0 to 1.
And now my topic idea for next week….
How do you keep your toddler entertained in difficult situations – grocery store, doctors office, ect.