Monday, October 19, 2009
Kids perspective of a new baby...
Every time we have a new baby Larry and I wonder how the youngest of our children will react to no longer being the baby of the family. Luckily we don't have any horror stories of children hating the "new kid" and doing really naughty things to the baby. I did have one child who are really naughty to ME after having another one, but in his "defence" I didn't really know what to do with him when I was taking care of another child. I learned my lesson on how to involve the other kids, and how to entertain them when mom is busy with baby. Since then it hasn't been bad. Hayden is pretty set on mom doing lots of things for or with her and Larry was worried she was going to flip out with the new baby. But I wasn't to worried she had had some practice with the baby that I babysit. When the kids came to the hospital to see her Hayden was pretty shy but loved holding her. All of them did. But Hayden seemed a little worried when we said it was time to get going and she was holding her and I told her that it was ok because we would bring Ruth home and we would get to keep her forever and ever. Hayden hugged her tight and said "she can ride in my car seat!" Hayden also tells everyone we see (at the store, at church...) "I'm a big Hi her" (Her word for sister) and then she tells them that this is her baby hi her Roof (her word for Ruth) It is pretty sweet how much she just dotes on her. I love it!
All the kids fight still to see who can hold her first after school. I use this to my advantage. I tell them no one gets to hold her till they have done their homework, hung up their backpacks and washed their hands! I get what I want and they get what they want. This is working for now, I am hoping it will last. I am sure when she starts smiling and laughing at them they will be just as excited to see who can make her laugh and smile the most. Now she is smiling in her sleep. I think it is the sweetest thing in the world to see a baby smile in their sleep. I really think they are remembering heaven. We are loving having a new baby, I am loving not being pregnant, and all are doing well!!!