3rd Trimester

Advice Please

I have a 2 year old daughter at home that has been overly emotional and testing us constantly... We have not changed anythign in her routine, but its making me SUPER nervous with #2 on his way in a couple weeks...  I feel terrible and dont' know what to do.. Advice?

Re: Advice Please

  • My daughter will be two soon and she is going through a phase as well. It's all apart of the terrible two's... and also she probably realizes that a change is about to occur. 

     Have you involved her in prepping for baby #2?

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  • We talk about it a lot, and she has helped me with washing his clothes and bottles and we talk about him being here soon and how much she will be able to teach him once he is here... I am open to more suggestions though!

    I'm wondering if I should take some time off of work before the baby gets here so we can just spend some time with the two of us.. 

  • I'm not sure if this is applicable in your area, but our hospital offers a big brother/sister class.  I took my 8 yr old SD to it.  For her she was a little older than what it was geared towards, but she learned a little.  They played a video about what to expect from babies, how they can help, and how to express your feelings if you are feeling left out.  We also got to see a newborn, which she thought was the best part.  Maybe check within your area and see if it's something you can do together.

    Ultimetly, when the new baby gets here we just have to remember to also include the other sibling or make them feel special still.  Babies take a lot of time and energy so this is going to be my biggest challenge.  However, with my SD being 8 there are a lot of different activities that we could do and she will be able to entertain on her own.  Good louck, I think reassurance is key!!

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    We talk about it a lot, and she has helped me with washing his clothes and bottles and we talk about him being here soon and how much she will be able to teach him once he is here... I am open to more suggestions though!

    I'm wondering if I should take some time off of work before the baby gets here so we can just spend some time with the two of us.. 

    I think taking some time off for just the 2 of you (do her favorite things) is a good idea and what I'd plan to do.  Then when baby comes make sure to involve her however possible (even if its "reading" to the baby, helping you with diaper changes, letting her pick out outfits to put him/her in, etc.

    Also, I'd like to thank you for spelling "advice" correctly.  For some reason everyone on TB seems to think its "advise"- no one seems to know the difference in the two words and I am so happy to finally see someone who does! :) 

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