Sugar and spice and everything nice. Is that what little girls are made of? We'll find out soon enough. We're having a girl!!
Who will she look like? Who will she act like? Will she enjoy music like Matthew does? What foods will she like? So many questions, wondering about our little girl whom we look forward to getting to know.
How do I prepare Matthew for his little sister? Someone suggested talking about things related to having a baby around the house. For example, "Here's baby's clothes", "Here's baby's bottle", and so on. I guess the idea is to talk about a baby sister in more concrete terms, especially for Matthew, who is a visual learner and does not grasp abstract concepts very well at his age. I'm considering getting a baby doll to simulate how life around the house would be for Matthew with a little sister.
Researching books about being a big brother, I found a few on Amazon.com that look good:
I'm a Big Brother by Joanna Cole and Rosalinda Kightley
Waiting for Baby by Harriet Ziefert and Emily Bolam
What a Good Big Brother (Picture Book) by Diane Wright Landolf, Steve Johnson, and Lou Fancher
Hello Baby! by Lizzy Rockwell
Big Brother Dustin by Alden R. Carter (This book might be out of print because a new book is over $60. But it's the only book I have found that features an older brother who has Down syndrome.)
How did you prepare your little ones for a new baby?