People often ask if Hazel understands what is about to happen with Baby #2 on the way.
I don’t think so
(i mean, how could she….Simon and I still have a hard time wrapping our mind around this whole miracle of life business)
but she definitely knows something is up.
From what I can tell, here are the things she’s got for sure:
She knows that my tummy is bigger….fine, big.
She knows to gently rub my bump gently when I ask “where’s baby?”….
This is different than the poking gesture she makes when asked about bellies in general.
She knows that her dolls are also called babies
and that she can’t throw her dolls like she does her balls, or shove them into a backback like she does her books.
But I am not sure if she has yet made the connection that there is a doll-like something growing in my belly.
More likely “baby” is just Hazel’s first homonym.
She knows that when she kisses a baby (be it a doll or my bump) it is always met with a resounding chorus of “good job sweet girl” and a round of applause.
Have I mentioned she likes applause?
She likes to kiss my bump…does so every morning. and night.
It is a little awkward when she tries to lift up my shirt to do it in public.
The “Big Sister” book has inexplicably become one of her very favorites.
It is one of the three or so titles she always brings to me to read during her pre-bed story time.
I read the book to her in first person and have changed the heroine-toddler’s name to Hazel and the baby’s to H2.
She seems to relate to the story (It probably doesn’t hurt that the dad in the book bears a striking cartoon -resemblance to Simon.)
It is worth noting, last night I noticed that the last two pages were missing….I think she tore them out.
Not sure what that means.
She also knows the difference between “big girl” and “new baby” activities and seems bound and determined to land on the “big girl” side of everything she does.
Eating with a spoon - big girl
Drinking out of a bottle - new baby
Sliding down the stairs on her belly - big girl
Standing at the bottom and whining until I carry her up- new baby.
You get the picture.
I can only imagine that this whole thing is going to be a pretty big adjustment for her
but If I had to bet, Hazel is going to be a pretty sweet big sis
and will be helping to carry the new baby’s diaper bag in no time flat!