What to Expect When You Become a Little Sibling
Welcome to the world, Little Brother/Sister!
Upon your arrival at home, you may have noticed that in addition to Mommy and Daddy, there are some other people running around the house, drawing on the floor and peeing in their beds. They're not quite as big as Mommy and Daddy, but they're not tiny like you, and also unlike you, they seemed to have gained full control over their limbs, which they use to beat the crap out of each other. Who are they, you ask? Why, they are your Big Brother and Big Sister.Let's meet them!
Big Sister: Will love you to pieces and is super excited that you are finally here. (Of course, she will replace, "WHEN will the baby get here?" with "WHEN will he be able to play with me?") She will cover you in kisses and her hair will get in your face. Get used to it. Tip: Keep your eyes closed. And remember that she will do anything and everything for you. (At least while you're small and mushy and cute.)
Big Brother: Will alternately love and ignore you. No worries about the hair in your face, though, so that's a plus. Excels at shoving toys at you for you to play with, then groaning that once again, you failed to grab it. He loves you to pieces too, he just hides it better.
Here are some more tips on living with them, so you can know what to expect:
1. Your big siblings loooove to pick you up. They really love to pick you up and walk around with you, because that’s how Mommy does it. This will make you and Mommy the weensiest bit nervous. You may feel like you are about to fall, but don’t worry, Mommy is there making sure nothing happens. Worst case, your siblings are probably still kinda short, so the drop is minimal. Tip: Don't squirm. Staying very still is your best chance of survival.
2. You are a toy! Your siblings will play with you until they are bored, and then they will pick up and go somewhere else. Don't be too insulted. Just go back to sucking on the thing that flies by your mouth every so often. (It's your hand, by the way.)
3. Get ready to cry! Due to the axiom of the littler you are, the more likely you are to forget trauma, if Mommy has to choose between a crying baby and a crying 4-year-old, she will take care of the 4-year-old first. But it’s okay. Because truly, you won’t remember the five minutes you spent crying in your crib. Also, on the upside, if Mommy has to choose between taking care of you or taking care of the 32-year old that lives in the house, you totally win every time.
5. Dirty clothes! If you have a big sibling of the same gender as you (and even if you don't....not that there's anything wrong with that), get ready for hand-me-downs! Your inherited clothes will be stained with all sorts of infantile bodily fluids. Mommy has washed the clothes, but let's face, baby stains don't really ever come out. (Especially "roop.") Also, all the cute sayings on the baby clothes will have been half rubbed out from washings, so instead of "Mommy's Little All-Star" it will say "ommy Lit ll-S r" and "Kiss Me, I'm Cute" will become " iss Me ut."
Readers, Loyal and otherwise, we at aliyahbyaccident would love to hear your younger-sibling-survival tips. Leave us a comment, and if we use your tip in our upcoming book, we will personally send a big sibling over to your house to give you a noogie!