Monday, 11 April 2016

Exciting Times (Adventures of L-Plate Gran)


It is 2 weeks until Little G's new baby brother enters the world. She is being prepared as best as those around her can do. You must be mad has bought a selection of picture books about 'Mummy's Tummy House' and a little baby brother that takes up all the time with his crying and feeding. The nursery are allowing her to help in the baby unit so she gets an idea of what might be turning up in a fortnight.

Little G's clothes have been sorted and re-arranged, so I can't find any of her favourite outfits, but I can find tiny things that are far too small for her. The cot has been moved upstairs and she is now in a new big bed with a duvet. We have some presents for him here that will be 'hers' to give.

I have to say, if I were her, there's not much about this prospective baby brother that I'd buy into. I am doing my best to make sure she knows how much I do and always will love her (to the moon and back) and also reminding her that our special days (although it will now be one day) will happen, with all the fun and laughter we always have when we are sharing our adventures.

Last minute finessing is taking place. L-Plate Grandad has done a practice run at the new bedtime routine for when You must be mad goes into hospital. It involves watching a small video from Frozen on his iPhone. This is why he is in charge - my Nokia doesn't do apps. You must be mad will finish work in a couple of days and might then get round to packing her hospital bag: second babies are so much less stressful.

Little G 's life is about to change. All our lives are about to change. But for now, we wait. Even if some of us at the bottom of the waiting pile really don't have much of a clue what we are waiting for.


To be continued ...   ...

11 comments:

  1. Won't be easy for little G to realise she no longer is the centre of attention.

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    1. She is going to be very shocked! Hopefully, she and I can have our special days, so she doesn't feel too pushed out!

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  2. This is the hardest bit. Once the new baby arrives there will be tough days and easier days, but you will all - including Litte G - got on with it, and in weeks it will feel as if the new baby has always been here!

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    1. I hope so! Seems very strange right now!

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  3. I only had one child, who only has one child and does not want more. It is hard to imagine what the arrival of a sibling must feel like.... It must be so hard, and yet people seem to cope...

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  5. I remember when Daughter was born. She had, quite ingeniously, bought a present for older Brother even before she was born! He was introduced to her, sniffed a sniff of mild disapproval, grabbed the present (a farm plus animals) and threw himself into being Farmer Adam. Best wishes to you all x

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    1. This present giving is fun..we have a knitted rabbit ... hoping Little G will hand him over.

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  6. How exciting for everyone! Congratulations! A double -plated granny!

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  7. From experience i found more trouble with jelousy when a same sex sibling arrived. Opposite sexes see another species rather than a noisy demanding inteloper. Good luck to you Carol i hope little G doesn't push you out in favour of little B. 😇😉

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  8. How exciting! I'm sure she will love having a little brother, even if it takes a bit of adjustment. My eldest has been perfectly happy about her sister from the start & wasn't at all phased about sharing attention - it can happen! (Though I suspect how young she still was did play a role in that, but they all get there in the end.)

    I packed my hospital bag much later with second baby too. Shouldn't have bothered - she was so quick, never made it to hospital! What I should have done was fill the bedroom with piles of old towels. Hope all goes well with the birth!

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