Prepping for Little Brother

Big Brother School gave us lots of great ideas for preparing T for the arrival of his baby brother. 

Here are a few:
*Take a picture of you and your child to the hospital. (We chose our pictures last night!)


*Have big brother buy something for the baby. (He's requested a visit to the hospital gift shop!)

*Read lots of books about siblings. (I'm sooo all over this one!)

*Pack a bag of goodies so big brother will have something to do at the hospital. (We're on it!)

*Spend lots of time with your child before the baby arrives. (Always!)

Here are a few more from me (the not expert!)

*Get some big brother gear! I couldn't resist! The first is from Children's Place and the second is from Etsy. 
*Buy gifts for big brother, too! (We are planning one for the hospital and one for home.) 

*Talk, talk, talk about feelings! This is a big change and we sooo want the lines of communication open! Mommy is talking about her feelings, Daddy is too. Hopefully that will carry over with T!

We are less than a week and I am trying to get all of our ducks in a row! Feel free to share anytlast minute advice! 



Big Brother School

If you are going to be the World's Best Big Brother, you need to go the Big Brother School! 

That's exactly what T did this weekend! Our hospital provides a sibling class along with tours and parenting classes. It was a fantastic experience for our little family!

The class started with some basics-where the baby is, how it is growing, etc. There were four families in our class and one amazing teacher, Miss Pam.
This is serious business!

After choosing a baby, our first big lesson was diaper changing. 

Daddy intervened at my request. I wanted Daddy to remember what do do, too! :)

Next up, the perfect swaddle. While she taught the siblings these great how to steps, she also talked about how fragile the baby is. She also kept saying, "just like when you were a baby." It was great!
I think he is going to rock this!!

Next up, how to properly hold the baby! Back against the chair, nice and tall, bend one elbow, use the other hand to support the baby's body. Miss Pam modeled for us!
He did it! He did it!

Our last step was visiting the nursery. Ahhh! We saw four sweet little newborn baby boys. Of course, I cried like a baby. T just smiled. It kind of felt like this was really going to happen. We are really about to welcome a newborn into our lives and hearts. With one week to go, I guess now is a good time to realize that! :)
We wrapped up Big Brother School with graduation! He received a coloring book and crayons, his official certificate and a coupon for ice cream from McDonald's when he comes back for the baby's birth. He was thrilled!

They also included tips for parents to be. In the coming days, I'll be sharing those and a few things we have up our sleeves, too! 

We give Sibling School two big thumbs up and so appreciate that the hospital provides this opportunity for families!

Do you have any tips for our big brother to be (or his parents!?!)

What We're Reading Sunday AND Monday


T is all about Martin Luther King, Jr. Now that I think about it, he's always been a fan. (It all started with A's love for this civil rights hero.) We've visited the memorial in Washington, we've read books and we've had conversations--but I think this is a conversation we simply can't have enough.

At school this week, his class has been talking about MLK, too. They made a little book and watched the BrainpopJr video. T came home talking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how he changed America. It made my heart smile. I asked him if he remembered the memorial in DC. He said, "yes, but I remember most standing where he made his famous speech on the steps. Remember that mommy, you cried."  I do remember. He went on to say that he told his friends about that. 

I decided to bring my favorite books home to share with T
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By far my favorite, Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier, is breathtaking. It is also very appropriate for the PreK-3rd grade crowd. In my classroom, we read it, discuss the words, and then make a Wordle of our class' BIG WORDS. With T, we read it, discussed it, and continued a conversation about treating others the way you want to be treated. 

T and I also watched this free clip from National Geographic Kids. 
 While we are spending this 3 day weekend prepping for Baby No Name and spoiling T rotten, we are also remembering Martin Luther King and hoping to do our part to continue his legacy. We're continuing the conversation......



Happy Birthday to T!

Happy birthday to the best and sweetest little boy in the whole entire universe! He made me a mommy and I love him more than the moon and the stars! 
You are my sunshine!
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Wishing I could put on the brakes and freeze time. Where did six years go? Oh I know, right into my heart and soul. I love being this guy's one and only and I think I just might be the luckiest mommy in the whole wide world.

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