I must admit that we are all excited about the new baby coming; and I have to imagine from an adolescent point of view there are a million and one thoughts that must go on when you think of a whole new person coming into your family structure.
My daughter, who is now a whopping 9 years old, is totally stoked about becoming a big sister (preferably to a little sister). I must admit that I see development in her since finding out the news that has me convinced she is working on putting the Big in BIG SISTER.
Albeit she has always been a nurturing type of person – the kind that is always worried about the feelings of others, lately she has really turned it up. I never would have imagined that she would look to take care of me like she has; she may be able to become that nurse her momma couldn’t seem to become, lol.
However, I have seen her make progress in many areas of her own since finding out the news. Such as:
- Trying her hardest to keep her room cleaned without being told.
- Responding with a simple “ok” when being asked to do something; not attitude, no questions.
- Helping to clean up around the house (i.e., cleaning countertops and the stove after having dinner, and even sweeping) all without being asked.
- Making her best attempt to clean the bathroom, especially the tub, so that I don’t have to bend over to do it or smell the fumes (although she was using a ton of spray, darn near made me fall out)
Overall, she has just been very proactive to not need me to tell her to do things.
This makes me one proud momma!
Then there is the extra nurturing side of her that does things like:
- If she hears me call my hisbands name and he is not readily available, she comes to see what I need and if she can help.
- Randomly checking on me and making sure I am comfy and don’t need anything.
- As of late, coming and rubbing my belly and giving it kisses and asking the baby if they are alright as well.
And the cutest example ever:
We were over my aunts house and I mentioned I was hungry and needed to figure out what I was about to eat. She heard me, she walked away, and then she came back and said “Auntie, do you have any snacks or something, cause my mom and the baby are hungry and I need to feed them.”
We all just melted!
I really think, the thought of her becoming a big sister really makes her feel a sense of responsibility; that really BIG GIRL kind of feeling.
She told me recently that, “Even though I want a sister, I will be fine with whatever as long as it is healthy AND it listens to ME (being her), you (being me, and notice I am second), and Daddy”; all I could do was laugh at her. It was so random, that I knew she had been pondering on this for a little while.
It is exciting to see her growing and I cant wait to see her in action with the little one; although I know there will be times that I have to remind her that I am still the BIG one – the MOM!
Be blessed folks,