Preparing the way
I'm down to the last 2 weeks (hopefully!) of my second pregnancy. As soon as the calendar flipped to May, I immediately became impatient for the big day to arrive. Any new or unusual twinge makes me think, 'maybe this is it!' So far, I haven't been that lucky...
Despite my readiness to be rid of my belly, I do have a few concerns. At the top of that list is how to prevent (or majorly limit) sibling rivalry.
Right now, Gracelyn seems excited about the birth of her baby sister. We talk about having a new baby, we read books about having a new baby, and I believe she understands (at least partially) what 'having a new baby' means. But, will there come a day when she's ready to have Mommy and Daddy all to herself again?
I've read stories about older children regressing in many different ways and also becoming hostile to the new baby. Does it have to be that way? For those parents of siblings, how did you transition your oldest? How did you create an atmosphere of respect for your oldest child? And does sibling rivalry occur 100% of the time?