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Very sweet and interested for a few minutes and then wanted to do their own thing, which was totally fine and expected. We didn't push holding the baby or anything unless they expressed interest. Have a gift of an activity they can do at the hospital, like a sticker book or coloring or something, to keep them occupied. My kids LOVED getting juice in cups with straws from the mother's pantry area--that's what they liked just about best of the whole hospital experience. That, and looking at the fish tank!
They have been great with their little sister so far and I am really happy about that.
You're "supposed" to have baby in basinett and greet your big kids first without baby in your arms, if that works out. :)
Also, I was worried BOTH times about my 2 year old freaking out when it was time to leave, but we talked a lot in advance about how I would be staying and they would go home, and I would come home a couple days later. We just kept goodbyes light and upbeat and talked about the fact that they'd be back the next day again, and it worked out fine. DH left with them and that was helpful for them.
DD1 is almost 3. DD2 had some complications at birth, so had to stay in the NICU for a week. I stayed too so I could be there to nurse her (our hospital allows NICU parents to board for free as long as there's room). DD1 had a rough time while we were in the hospital, she didn't understand why baby sister and I couldn't come home. Plus DD1 wasn't allowed in NICU to see DD2 bc of rsv/flu season. But as soon as we were discharged, DD1 was SO excited to see/kiss/hold DD2. That lasted for a few days.
Now we're in week 3, and DD1 has been acting out a lot. She's jealous whenever I feed baby, and wants me to hold her a lot, and has regressed in potty training. She has good moments and bad moments. I know it's a lot of change for her, but I hope she'll adjust soon.
When DS was born DD came for a short hour visit and just waved to the baby, blew him kisses, and looked at him trying to figure it all out, but she was barely 14 months at the time.
This time with DD and DS being 2 and 3 they came after preschool around 2pm and left before bed around 6:30pm. DD was a little more reserved, but loved meeting her sister and holding and kissing her. DS was on top of the world excited and couldn't get enough of holding her little hands, kissing her, rubbing her hair, and holding her. The only thing that was hard was he was reaching and pulling her clothes to try to bring her closer fo kisses before leaving the hospital.