I can’t remember life without my sister Caroline. As a toddler, I would reach my arm protectively across her and say “my”. Only 21 months apart, we did everything together growing up. We shared a room, wore matching dresses, begged for spare change to take to the corner candy shop. But there must have been some sort of transition. Some sort of adjustment period. And that’s where our 2 year old Ingrid will be in the next couple of weeks when her brother, Lars, is born.
All our friends and family seem to be asking how we think Ingrid will take to her new sibling. And we tell them how we think she’ll be a wonderful big sister — how she loves to play with baby dolls, hold her younger cousins, and hug and kiss my belly because she knows “Baby Wahz” is in there. But the truth is, having an actual baby brother — one who takes almost all of her mama’s attention for the first few months — will be quite a change in the little lady’s life. She’s used to being the center of her parents’ universe, and now she will have to share that spot.
I know that it’s only natural and that the benefits of having a sibling (camaraderie, learning to share, etc…) outweigh the downsides. (At least in our opinion, which is why we are having another.) But I should still take some steps to make the transition easier, don’t you think? We’ve been talking about and to Baby Lars for months now, and she seems to have a good opinion of him. What else should we do, though?
I’d love to hear any tips or insight you have to share! Thanks – Eva
Photos: Ingrid is a little bit obsessed with drawing and painting these days, & I couldn’t be happier about it!