Since our 12 week scan we have tried to involve Emmy in any discussions we have had about her new sibling. She came along with us to our 20 week scan and found out she was to have a Brother and has been rather excited about the whole thing so far.
We have taken a relaxed approach with her and taken her lead too. If she wanted to talk about babies then we have spoken about it, however there have of course been times when baby has been mentioned when she starts crying and says “NO, Emmy a baby” – I of course agree with her as she is my baby and always will be.
Emmy knows her baby Brother’s name and we use it around her all the time, whenever we refer to the baby we call him “Baby …….” (Sorry I’m not revealing that now, you’ll find out when everyone else does, we need some secrets after all). She also likes to feel baby moving however he often won’t play ball with her – luckily she is small enough not to understand so I pretend her is kicking her hand or ear when she tries to listen and she LOVES this, often shouting and giggling “naughty baby …..” or “Baby ….. kicked me, cheeky monkey”.
We have been reading books about new arrivals to Emmy so she gets used to the idea and my favourite of the few I have brought so far is: There’s a HOUSE inside my MUMMY by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Vanessa Cabban.
Giles wrote this book when his wife was expecting their second child and wanted to prepare their 2 year old Flinn for his new brother or sister, which actually turned out to be a brother AND a sister.