This pregnancy has been 19-months in the making. I would have never expected it to take this long to conceive our second child, but it did. If all had gone according to my plan, I would have delivered our second child before our son turned two. As it stands, our son will be 3 1/4-years old when this baby is born.
My son, for the most part, is not excited at the prospect of a new member joining our family. He specifically says, "No" when asked if he'd like a little brother/sister or if he wants mama to have another baby. He tentatively likes the idea of having a playmate to live with us. Of course, it will be 36-weeks before this child shows up and baby won't be able to play for quite some time after arriving.
Months upon months ago, I purchased a few books about becoming a big brother. I kept them set aside and I think I'll give them to him now that I'm pregnant. I sure hope that these books are a hit with him and become a part of our regular reading rotation.
I'm very concerned about the impact that a new baby might have on my son. He is my sweet, darling boy and I'd prefer that becoming an older brother makes him happy rather than sad, angry, or insecure. As I've often done in the past, I'm asking my readership for advice and suggestions to help my family make this a smooth transition.
Do you have more than one child? What is the age difference between children? Have your children experienced a lot of sibling rivalry or jealousy? How did you prepare your "only" to become an "older?" Do you have any other advice that you can share?