A couple of people have asked me if Gwen knows about or is excited for the baby. I tell her about the baby almost every day and ask if she's excited. She just looks at me and says, "Baby..." and then continues to do whatever it was she was doing before. Sometimes she'll look around for the baby I'm talking about. Sometimes I'm completely ignored. So yeah, she has no idea what's going on. She points out babies in public places and last week at church she decided to crawl with a baby in the foyer, which was hilarious. She loves the two books pictured in this little photo shoot we had with Photography Hill, and asks to read them whenever she sees them. She tries to feed her baby dolls and give them baths. But when it comes to comprehending that I have a small baby inside me that is going to grow and grow, she hasn't got a clue what I've been talking about, haha. We've got about 6 months to teach her all about that. She'll be 2 years and 2 months by the time the baby is born. She's going to grow so much during that time! I have no idea what she'll be like, then. It's exciting and a little terrifying. Toddlers are hard, yo. Two kids will be harder, yo!
I really like this book pictured above. It teaches kids about attachment parenting. I wouldn't really call myself a full on attachment parent, but I have AP tendencies, especially when it comes to newborns. The book has illustrations of skin-to-skin contact between the parent and baby, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and baby wearing. I love it. There's another book in the series called Baby on the Way that I definitely need to check out. Maybe that one will help Gwen understand more about this new baby business.
A question to you veteran moms out there: How have you prepared your kid(s) for a new baby in your family? Any advice you have is appreciated.