Now, I've been worried slightly about random little things the entire time. Where, in this two bedroom place, will we keep Bo's clothing? I decided in a small dresser in Jake's closet (Spencer and I already share his).
We'll let Bo sleep in a bassinette in our room until we find a new place. So, I'm not worried about that as much.
You get the hint. Just little things, mostly dealing with space issues. But, I've resigned to knowing we'll figure it out and we won't be here forever anyway.
But, last night, as I was getting really excited about the arrival, who will tell me "It's a boy/girl!" when Bo arrives (I hope Jake, actually gets to announce it), and what we will then call the baby (we do have names chosen already, and if you'd like to know them, feel free to ask), I was thinking about how we have been trying to get Spencer to say either of the names.
He almost always replies "no way." I laugh, of course, because I think it's pretty funny. I thought maybe that'd be a
But then, I began thinking about Spencer, and how he will handle it all.
Tomorrow, he turns nineteen months old.
We haven't really done anything to prepare him for the arrival of the new baby. I haven't really known how or what to do, so I have just done... nothing. Other than try to get him to say the names we've chosen, I guess. And occasionally tell him it hurts when he jumps, bounces off, leans into, sits on, etc... my belly.
I've never said why. Never "that will hurt the baby." I figured that wouldn't make any sense to him at all. I figured telling him that I had a baby in my tummy wouldn't make any sense at all, let alone that when he hurts me it would (probably not, but you never know) hurt the baby. He doesn't understand that it's uncomfortable or painful to me anyway (even if I pretend to cry, or groan, grunt, or actually cry), and it hasn't changed a thing, other than to keep me from sitting in the living room when he's really rambunctious.
He will be about 21.5 months old when his brother or sister arrives. While I think he's a pretty smart little guy, I just... figured he wouldn't understand me trying to prepare him or explain to him anyway, so I haven't.
Now, clearly, I'm worried about it.
I'm worried about how he will react. Not necessarily that he'll jump on the baby or hurt the baby in any way, but that he just won't know what to do anymore. He's been home alone with me (the majority of the time) since February, after being in daycare the majority of his short life. He plays at parks and at friend's houses, and he's definitely been around other babies at those places, as well as the church nursery, but I know that's not the same as having a new baby in his house ALL THE TIME.
That's very, very different.
I worry about whether he will feel neglected. I don't believe I will neglect him. I honestly, still, can't imagine loving the next child as much as I love him.
Yes, that sounds bad. Hopefully you can understand what I mean, though, and not think that I won't love my next child as much, because I have been assured that I will, despite the fact that I can't imagine it.
Heck, I didn't imagine I would love Spencer as much as I do. I mean, I knew I would love him more than I could imagine, but to keep falling more deeply in love with him, after some really random things sometimes (like watching him stand completely still for 15 minutes or so as he watches hot air balloons launch), it overwhelms me.
I worry that he will feel like he's been replaced. Or not good enough. Will he question that later in life?
Neither Jake nor I feel that we are. We never want him to think that. In fact, we love him so much that is why we wanted another child. For us AND for him. To have a friend. A companion, a live in playmate, a brother or sister to love, protect, and enjoy with us.
It makes sense to me.
But, I don't know how a toddler mind works.
I feel like I've digressed.
Basically, all I mean to say is that I'm a little worried about how Spencer will react to the big change coming up, and how, if there is any way, to really prepare him for that.