Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday - Baby on Board!

Expecting a baby with a 2 and 4-year-old in the house presents plenty of challenges. But, one of the easiest to fix has been answering their curious questions about what exactly is going on in mommy's tummy.

Obviously, there is a great deal we don't/can't share with a two and four-year-old, but I have found a way to allow them to be involved without freaking them out too much.

On my first visit to the dr. I got the requisite package of freebies and giveaways designed to convince me to buy a certain brand of formula/maternity magazine/etc.

Generally, I toss those things before I even get home, but I decided to take it this time and create an "Our Baby This Week" poster board to show them how our little one is growing and changing. I keep it displayed on the family lockers in the kitchen so they never miss any new developments with our little one.

It was pretty easy to do (I just cut out the pictures for the appropriate week and the description) and replace the previous week's pics on the poster each week. The girls love it because they can't wait to see how the new baby is growing and I love that it keeps them engaged in the pregnancy. It's a win/win for everyone! And, I'm thinking it might actually make the wait to meet their baby brother a little less frustrating since they get to see all the ways he is changing and growing.

For those of your pregnant with baby #1, this is a great way to keep a dad-to-be in the loop, too!

So, that's what is working for me this week. For other cool tips from moms across the blogosphere, check out Shannon's Dryer for Works for Me Wednesday!


Grammy said...

That a great Ideal. My daughter is having her 2nd child in Jan. Her son is 9. And step son 8. This will be both there sisters. I will have to tell her about this.

Heidi Boos said...

What a great idea! With our first, we had a little calendar with daily info on our growing baby that we got to flip over every day, and it just seemed to help the time go by quickly. What a great anticipation tool for your little ones.

Sherry said...

What a cute idea! :D I'll have to tell some of my pregnant friends. :D

Miche said...

Hey, I love that! When we decide to go for a third, I will the copying you!

The Messy Mom said...

I love your creativity. Congratulations on baby #3.

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

I love this idea! I will have to remember this.

congratulations on your pregnancy!

Jen said...

Great idea!

So, how do you suppose I answer Gabe's latest question: "How does the baby come out your butt?"

All I could do was giggle ... afraid I left him stranded on that one.

Discursivelyhappy said...

Great job! Way to include the kiddo's!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea!! When I was pregnant with #2, my oldest (almost 2 at the time)thought he had a baby in his belly, too. It was such a hoot to see him lift his shirt and look at his belly!!

I will keep your suggestion in mind if my hubby will consider #3. I'm working on him!! :)

Heather said...

That is a great idea. You are very creative!

Jane @ What About Mom? said...

That is a great idea -- might have to use that if/when number four is on board!