Preparing to welcome our third baby is definitely a family affair. Our children, Isaac, 6 and Anna, 3, are extremely excited to meet their new sibling. Of course, they’ve had lots of questions along the way. So for this blog post, Heather and I decided to turn the tables and ask them some questions to see what it’s like to have a new sibling on the way from their perspective.
Before we could even ask a question, they had to “kiss” the baby because they “love it so much.”
Isaac: Happy. Excited. I am interested if baby will be a boy or a girl.
Anna: Happy (with a big grin).
Isaac: No. The baby is coming in one month now. It does seem like a long time though since you told us about the baby.
Anna: Yes. It has been like 155 months!
Isaac: Yes, quite a lot of kicking. You can feel its bones even when it's not moving.
Anna: I like when the baby kicks me.
Then to be sure, both kids had to check on the baby and let us know yes, they were feeling the baby move.
Both instantly responded: Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump.... repeating this very fast.
The kids have attended a few prenatal appointments and hearing the heartbeat is their favorite part.
Isaac: I want it to be a girl, because I really love my sister and I would like another one. And a girl would even up our family.
We had to ask him how that would even things up, since we’re currently a family of four and he explained: “Because there are already 2 girls, Mommy and Anna, and there are three boys, Daddy, me and Murry (the family dog).”
Anna: I think it will be a boy because it needs to even up the cousins. There are already four girls and only two boys.
Isaac: I want to teach the baby new words—dada and mama—because that is what babies say.
Anna: I am going to teach baby how to jump! She then proceeded to jump around the room.
Isaac: I just really want to read to the baby. Books like Go, Dog, Go!, but not shark books. (Sharks are currently his favorite subject.)
Anna: I’m going to sing the ABC song, and read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Isaac: I want the baby to know that I love you so much.
Anna: I will get you special baby toys to put in your mouth, because you can't put my toys in your mouth. They are too hard.
Isaac: I’m going to hug the baby and say lots of sweet things so it doesn't get scared.
Anna: Kiss it, hug it, hold it, but we don't want to drop it.
Our kids have been great during this pregnancy. When we first told the kids we were having another baby, Isaac’s first reaction was to be excited for Anna that she was going to get to be a big sister. He also was just as excited that he was going to get to be a double big brother. Anna drew a new family portrait–it was very sweet showing us how well the baby will fit into our family.
Anna tells Heather she doesn’t have to worry about taking care of the new baby, because she plans to help a lot. Anna says she will feed the baby, hold the baby and change the baby's diapers, but not the poopy ones. (I guess we will be handling those).
Both kids overall have been absolutely excited to meet their new sibling and we catch them every so often counting to themselves how many months there are left until August. Not much longer now!
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