I’ve mentioned before really trying to be conscious of how the Baby is going to change Drew’s life. He’s young enough that he will most likely not remember a bit of what is going to happen in the next few months but we still want to make it as easy a transition as possible for him. I’m going to be guest posting for Shannon over at The Scribble Pad later this month on Preparing for a Sibling so I’m just going to give you a sneak peak into one of my ideas:
I made a book for Drew, he loves seeing himself and others he knows in photos and reading books. That combination seemed like the perfect jumping off point for D: The Best Little Boy and Big Brother. Yes, I am now officially a published author. 🙂 You can’t imagine my excitement when I saw the package on our doorstep yesterday with the book. It feels like all the prep before Baby arrives is finally coming together. And of course, I couldn’t open it right away because I didn’t want Drew to see it until the day she is born so I waited till AJ whisked him off for a run and to the playground.
I’ve included each page below so you could see how we structured the book. “Structured” is a very loose term. 🙂 One of my favorite photos ever of him made it onto the cover:
My Publisher does a fantastic job and even had a vellum overlay on this next page. The inscription reads:
THIS BOOK BELONGS TO DREW
The story of how one little boy became the best son, big brother and little rascal… and learned all sorts of stuff to teach his younger sister, … (that was the spot where we put her name).
Have fun reading the story…
There once was a little boy named Drew who loved to play with his rocket… he brought it all over Manchester, and any other town his Mommy and Daddy would let him take it to.
Drew loves cookies.
Like Cookie Monster.
He’s a messy cookie eater.
And he loves candy even more than getting his picture taken.
(Drew loves getting his picture taken and then looking at the camera.)
Drew has fun dressing up in silly outfits.
And eating the candy that comes with Halloween. 🙂
Drew is such a good bath taker because he loves his bubbles and bath toys.
He is going to teach (Baby Girl) how to love the tubby.
Drew loves the beach (sometimes).
He is such a good swimmer and likes to jump into the water with Daddy.
(Baby Girl) is going to love to swim with her big brother Drew and will try to do everything he does… but she might be too small at first so Drew will have to just play in the water with Mommy and Daddy until (Baby) is big enough to swim.
Just a page of him playing…
Drew loves water… no matter where it is.
He is going to teach (Baby) how to love to water the plants, wash her hands and brush her teeth, but not get too wet! 🙂
Drew loves his Daddy and wants to play with the chickens like Daddy, throw rocks like Daddy and even dress like Daddy.
Drew is going to be so good at teaching (Baby) how to love animals, throw rocks into the water and even how to dress up in fun costumes for Halloween!
Drew was excited to meet his baby sister, (Baby).
He wanted to play with her and tell her all about cars.
Drew loves books.
He is going to be able to read (Baby) stories and show her all the cars, animals and people in the books.
But the most important this Mommy and Daddy are going to show both Drew and (Baby), their two favorite kids EVER, is
HOW MUCH WE LOVE THEM AND HOW WE NEVER WANT THEM TO FORGET THAT.
And there you go… it won’t be a Nobel Prize winning novel but I think it’ll be a hit with a little two year old. I can’t wait to share with you other ways we are preparing Drew and I’ll let you know when Shannon plans to have that post go live at the Scribble Pad.
For anyone interested: the total cost, including shipping, came to about $26 because I had a deal for a first time buyer but they are always sending great coupons through email so never purchase a book without a promo code from My Publisher.
How did YOU prepare your kids? Or, how have you seen friends do it well?
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