This week Mommy got your brother Jack a new book to help him transition into his upcoming “big brother” status: It’s called The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby; where Brother Bear gets a baby sister.
(By the way, you will be born into a family that greatly appreciates the folksy Jewish/Christian cultural perspective of the Berenstain Bears’ book collection.)
It’s important to me that I make sure your brother doesn’t feel left out when you get here. Whereas you’ll always know what it’s like to have a sibling, he will have 5 and a half years’ experience as an only child before that changes for him.
Mommy and I are going to be on the lookout for a special toy for him, upon your arrival; it likely will be a stuffed animal, as that’s the main thing he’s into.
My own parents did the same for me when my sister was born; I got a Garfield stuffed animal.
Similarly, last week Jack got you a doll for when you get here.
You are going to get so much attention from everyone once you arrive. You are our precious little girl.
I just want to make sure I do my best to proactively prevent this from being more difficult than it has to be as he soon will become a big brother.
Fortunately, he’ll be old enough to where I think it will work to his advantage; that he will be eager to use his “helper” skills.
Your personality will be formed, and his may be altered, as the two of you begin interacting; especially in your first couple of years together.
So as your Daddy, I feel responsible for creating the atmosphere and environment void as much as possible of competition, but instead, cooperation.
I think that this new Berentstain Bears book is a good way to help set the pace right.
P.S. Here’s a picture your brother Jack drew of our family so far. Before too long, he’ll be drawing 4 people.