I am completely enamored with your little face (which happens to have a mouth full of cheese in this picture). You've been getting away with a little bit lately. I just feel like I should spoil you and apologize to you for how your world is going to be rocked in the next few weeks. My 'Parents As Teachers' lady gave me a pamphlet last week on what older siblings go through when a new baby is born. As I glanced down the list of 'Abandonement, Resentment, Loneliness' my eyes started tearing up.
I know it is normal. I know you'll be fine. In fact, I think it is sad when kids don't have siblings. And you are a particularly social kid and become almost giddy when you see babies. But I regret the inevitable transition feelings. And while I can hardly wait to welcome this new baby into our family, a part of me is going to miss this thing we have going. Daddy's school has been demanding and it's just been you and me a lot of days and nights. That dynamic is going to change and it makes me sentimental.
I was talking to a friend about this concern last week. She said something to the effect that even though she couldn't give her oldest all the attention he had been used to, she felt there was even more love to go around when they had their second. More because he had the love of his younger brother now as well. They say a mother's love grows and grows with each additional child but I hadn't thought of the love you and your sister will have for each other.
I hope the feelings of abandonement and loneliness are shortlived. I hope you step into the special role of 'big sister' naturally. I hope you are a good example and show her respect as she will be looking up to you. You sure are lucky little girls.