As soon as our little family reached our home after Hannah and I were discharged, we told Ethan his little sister Hannah had presents for him. Of course Ethan was very excited and kept asking for the presents, even before having his dinner!
A few weeks ago, I prepared the presents in mention, and wrapped them up into nice boxes with gift-wrapping paper bearing Ethan’s favorite balloon motifs. Everybody now knows that giving a present from the newborn baby to the older sibling is a good way to start off a (hopefully) jealous-free relationship. I didn’t want to just simply get something for the sake of getting it, so I made sure every item in the gift box would be something our boy would like.
So we (Hannah) got him a LullaBible board book, with lovingly illustrated A-Z promises from God, complete with an audio CD, a Mickey Mouse tumbler, three granola bars and the highlight: a Lego Duplo train set!
Ethan LOVES to open presents now, and he didn’t waste much time tearing the wrappers off.
Ironically, he chose the Lego box to open first and was SO happy when he saw what it was!
Then he tore open the wrapper of the other present and when he saw the goodies inside, he exclaimed, “WOW!!!” And then he began to eat the granola bars. LOL
It looks like the brother-sister relationship has gotten off to a great start!