** Part of the reason I have not been blogging as much is that I've run out of space! Blogger won't let me upload any more photos, so I have to bite the bullet and buy some storage. Some boring, photo-free posts until then.....
Charlie is going to be a big brother in about 3 weeks. A lot of people have been asking if he's ready or how does he feel about it.... and I'm not sure. He acts happy about the baby coming and loves to talk about how he will help and what he will do when she gets here. When he puts on a shirt or pants that are too small, he hands them to me with instructions to give them to the baby. He also tells me she's going to be a very good girl.
Now will it be like that when she actually gets here? I'm not sure. He's pretty comfy in his position as the Center of the World, so some jealously wouldn't surprise me. I just haven't seen anything like that just yet. It's all fun and games until someone gives birth.
We went to Build a Bear a couple of weeks ago and Charlie made a bear to take to the hospital to give to his little sister. The one he picked for her looks like a tie-dye bear. It's actually really kind of ugly, but he was very pleased with it!
Eleanor is bringing Charlie a gift as well. Someone at preschool brought Transformers for show and tell and the teacher told me Charlie absolutely loved them. Being a girl raised with two sisters, Transformers had never really occurred to me. Fortunately, they have occurred to Eleanor, who will be armed and ready to make a good first impression on her big brother!
We also went to a sibling class at the hospital, which Charlie mostly enjoyed. There was a classroom portion, which he found kind of boring as it required Sitting Still and Being Quiet. The next part of the class was a tour of the nursery and post partum hospital rooms and Charlie thought that was pretty neat.
We saw some tiny new babies (behind glass) and she showed them how the hospital beds moved when you pushed buttons. I would have been ok if Charlie didn't learn about the moving beds. I foresee that being kind of risky!
We're going to have lots of family visiting around Christmas to keep Charlie busy while I'm in the hospital. Brad will be home for a few week, which Charlie will love. And preschool will start back up in early January. He *loves* his preschool. That routine will be helpful in keeping things more normal for him.
We are in the process of getting Charlie comfortable with the babysitter that I've found to come help me out in the late afternoons/evenings while Brad travels. Charlie seems to like her. I like that she's willing to cook dinner for him if needed and help with the laundry! I had been pretty anxious about juggling two while Brad traveled, so knowing I have help coming each day is big relief.
So that's kind of how he's doing. I guess you can really only prepare them so much. We've read books, talked about it a lot, watched some stuff on TV, done the class.... and now I'm just hoping he adjusts ok.
It will be hard to see it if he is sad or feeling like he's not getting enough time or attention. While this pregnancy has flown by and I'm anxious for it to be over and her to get here.... I'm relishing these last few days of just the two of us. That part is very bittersweet for me.
If anyone is still reading this blog I barely update and has any tips on making the transition, I would appreciate them!