May 9, 201211:57 AMBaby Love
The Big Introduction
I've been brainstorming on what to get my son as his "big brother gift", and I'm coming up a little flat. I'd love to get something that he'll remember and always keep, but at 2 1/2 that seems a little far fetched. I have some cute "big brother" t-shirts, but I want something to give to him when he first comes to meet his little sister. If I even have him up to the hospital at all.
Initially I thought I would absolutely have him come up to the hospital a couple hours after the baby gets here. After we've all recovered from delivery and I've got my bearings. We're even scheduled to go on the sibling tour at St. John's next Saturday. But lately I've been thinking I may not even want him to come up to the hospital at all.
He'll be with his aunt or one of his grandparents while we're there, and he's completely comfortable with them, so I'm not worried about that. My kid likes me and all, but he's got quite an extensive fan club at his disposal.
The only thing that worries me is if he'll get upset when he has to leave the hospital afterwards. I'm sure it's nothing a little "let's go get ice cream" can fix, but I'm starting to think I'd rather just have him meet her at our home and then we're all just, well, home.
So, then I start thinking even further, well maybe he could just go stay with his Grandma for a couple of days. He'll have more fun there and I'll be able to get to know the new baby. But, THEN, I start feeling guilty. Am I abandoning him? Will he feel replaced? Will his little 2-year-old brain even know/care what's going on?
What do you think? Really, tell me before I start thinking again.
P.S. Did you do big brother/sister gifts?