Most of my pregnancy I was worried about how Carrie would react when we brought the new baby home. She was very much the pampered little princess of the family and I thought a tough adjustment might be in our future. I was very relieved when just a few weeks before Katy's birth she suddenly seemed to mature from a baby into a little girl. She started talking more, walking instead of wanting to be held, and just became more independent overall. When she came to the hospital to meet Katy she loved her right away, and has been nothing but helpful and gentle since we brought her home. The only thing I have to watch out for is her love of giving Katy some hard pushes in her swing and car seat. I guess she figures she likes to swing high - why wouldn't Katy?
The one problem that I did not foresee is that she just doesn't want to give up her things! It really is very funny to watch, but it's also becoming a pain to deal with. She is very possessive of anything that has ever belonged to her. The baby blankets and burp cloths are all in a pile in her toddler bed...she'll pull them right off of Katy. She puts on Katy's bibs, crams her fat little feet into her booties, and even tried to put on a newborn onsie. The strange thing is that the few things we have gotten new for Katy she doesn't touch - she just doesn't want to give her any of HER things. I really don't know what to do. I don't want to buy new baby things when we have perfectly good ones already that have made it through my first three kids. The biggest item is the glider that is in Carrie's nursery. I'd love to put that in my room so I could nurse the baby, but Carrie loves that chair. She sits in it and rocks herself and reads her board books everyday. She is one stubborn little mama! If there is a lesson in all of this I guess it is to start weaning your toddler off all the baby things several months BEFORE your new little one arrives.