How to prepare a baby for a baby. I've pondered this thought ever since I found out I was pregnant. At first I thought there would be no way to prepare such a little one, but now that we're on the precipice, I'm giving it a try. We've been doing a lot of role playing with a baby doll Chloe got for Christmas. I will hold the baby, rock the baby, and say "sweet baby" in a highly annoying voice. Then I give the doll to Chloe and say "sweet baby" even more annoyingly while Chloe manhandles the poor thing. I'm basically trying to teach her to be sweet and gentle. And in light of recent events at the YMCA in which she's being a little bossy with the other babies, I'm finding this role play more and more important. Here's how she's doing.
Here's Chloe cleaning out the baby's ears.
Pushing the baby in her car, while patting her on the head. This takes a lot of coordination, people!
I know that there will be an adjustment period with Chloe, but I really think that she's going to do great. Jason and I are the ones who need the preparation. In church on Sunday, we sat next to a couple with a baby. When we heard the sheep-like cries that only a newborn can make, we watched as the dad pulled the teeny, tiny baby out of the car seat and onto his lap. Jason squeezed my hand, turned pale and then I started crying. I'm sure if anyone saw our reaction they thought, "Oh that's so sweet. They must really be excited about their upcoming baby." Little did they know that our reaction was purely perpetuated by fear. No matter how close the due date gets, it doesn't seem real. What in the world are we going to do with two of them?
It's a good thing Chloe's been in training.
She may have to take over the childcare duties while Jason and I adjust to life with two baby girls.