I remember after finding out I was pregnant, I walked into the living room and looked at Foster and thought, he isn't my only baby anymore and HE WILL KNOW HE GOT JIPPED!!
The Lord and I wrestled through this a bit until I accepted the truth that he will never know anything else and he will love having a play mate for all of his life.
It still worried me that I couldn't really prepare Fos for it, so I thought he would want to "put that baby back." (That is quoted from, I believe, my nephew Fred in reference to my nephew Charlie.)
I had read that it was a good idea to not be holding the new baby when the older child is getting ready to meet him/her so that he would not feel replaced...So I thought that was pretty dang solid logic, and I went with that...and here is how it went down. My nurse was the best and decided that putting me in a wheelchair would be the least scary, so she "de-tubed" me, and covered me with blankets to make me look as normal as possible so it wouldn't scare my 14 months old, and then....
|Sweet Andrew carried him in.|
|Fos saw me and smiled!|
|"Come here baby"|
|I explained (For the BILLIONTH time) that he was a big brother and he has a baby brother, and that he is about to meet him!|
|Andrew picked up Keating|
|Me, still explaining.|
|The presentation. (Work your hardest to make it seem like the coolest thing in the world!)|
|"You can touch him"|
|"Oh look, your brother brought you a gift"...THANK GOD, KEATING DID NOT ACTUALLY BRING THAT WITH HIM!|
|Then it was his turn to hold his baby.|
|he found his nose right away.|
|almost love at first sight|
|Like, he really found his nose, and he was serious about it.|
|That was a lot for an hour old baby, so it was time to say goodbye for a few minutes.|
|our first family of 4 pic.|
|Foster kissing Keating goodbye.|
At this point in time, my heart figuratively exploded in my chest and I almost died from the warm fuzzies. The relief was palpable and this is the look I gave Kari, right before my eyes flooded with tears...as they still do when I see that pic.
And that is the story about how is wasn't so bad after all...
See you tomorrow...WHEN FOSTER TURNS 2!!!!