Meeting Big Sister

After Chris helped me and Khoren get all set up in our hospital room (and after he gave me a much-needed nap/rest), he left to pick Lily up and bring her to meet her new baby brother.

We were really nervous about this first meeting. Up to this point, if I held another baby for even the briefest amount of time, Lily would melt down into a full scream session. We’d been reading her books about babies and being a big sister and she had a doll to baby herself but none of it seemed to be sinking in. We had stuffed animals ready to go as gifts (/peace offerings) between the two of them (a bunny from Khoren to Lily and a cow lovey that Lily picked out for Khoren herself). On the way to the hospital, Chris repeated what was going to happen over and over to her (“Baby brother is here! We are going to the hospital to meet him. His name is Khoren. Mommy will be holding Khoren. It’s ok that mommy holds Khoren. You love Khoren. It’s happy that mommy is holding Khoren! Khoren is very little. Khoren wants to meet big sister Lily! It’s ok that mommy is holding Khoren.” etc) Thankfully, it seemed to work!

While I wouldn’t say that Lily was excited by the new situation, she was at least cautiously intrigued by her new baby brother and there were no meltdowns over mommy holding him! She was curious about him and liked seeing his little fingers and nose. She seemed pretty pleased that she got to give him the cow she had picked out just for him, even if she was a little hesitant to actually let it go.

First photo as a family of four!

That first night in the hospital was the first night I’ve ever slept away from Lily. It was a bit tough to see her go knowing that my first little baby was so grown up already. That, plus the post-birth hormones and everything that goes with it, made me cry a bit. Our whole family dynamic had just changed and as I hugged Lily I already missed the special time we had together just the three of us these past 2 years. But the change is definitely for the better, because look at this cute little dude who will surely fit into our family like the perfect puzzle piece he is:

And, since the first meeting went MUCH better than expected, I’m excited to see Lily and Khoren’s sibling relationship grow over the years to come. I think Lily will blossom into a loving big sister before we know it.

 

She insisted on helping push Khoren’s bassinet everywhere we went, so I think that’s at least the start of good things to come :)

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