Sunday, October 9, 2011

Preparing a Toddler for a Home Birth

I don't think I've said too much about our plans for Joseph with regard to the birth.  We have a doula coming whose job is to care for Joseph.  We're thinking that he'll probably want to be with us most of the time, but if not her job is to babysit. 

Besides that, Joseph and I have a few books we've been reading:

Hello Baby - by Jenni Overend.  This is a book about a homebirth with a midwife.  The author writes from the experience of the big brother.  He has 2 older sisters, too.  It's a pretty nice book and Joseph likes to read it a lot.

I'm a Big Brother - By Joanna Cole.  Joseph *loves* this book.  He has it memorized and goes around randomly talking about how "Daddy says babies cry to tell us something.  Let's see what's the matter".  And other things directly from the book.  It's really cute.

A story of coloring book pages that our midwife gave us - I put it into one of those plastic covers you used for writing "research papers" in 4th grade.  We've been reading it like a book and coloring the pages the last few weeks.  He loves that one, too.  It talks about the tools the midwife brings, and he loves to see the picture at the end with the Mommy, Daddy, Big Brother, Little Sister, and the Midwife.  Maybe I should add a couple of people to that page for our 2 doulas!

Besides books, Joseph and I have been watching some birth videos on youtube.  He's pretty interested in them, and he knows generally how the baby will come out.  Which leads to my funny story of the day:

Joseph: Grunting
T.J.: "Are you pooping?"
Joseph: "I push the baby out"
T.J. and me: Die with laughter

Note: he did not, in fact, push a baby out.  It was a poop.

Do you think he's ready?

5 comments:

Brandi October 11, 2011 at 10:47 AM  

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Jen October 11, 2011 at 12:45 PM  

thanks!

Nicole October 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM  

I follow your blog and I am also mom of a 2 year old son (27months). Joseph speaks well. What did you do to encourage him to learn words and use language? Any tips? My son talks but I would like him to help him along a little bit.

Jen October 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM  

Nicole, he doesn't really speak as well as what I write on the blog. Usually his sentences are nouns and verbs (sometimes) with "ah's" between. Like this one might have really been "push ah baby out" and I just translate it for the blog. :)

That said, I think all you can do is talk to him a lot and use proper english when you do. Don't scold if they get it wrong, just repeat what they said using correct language. For instance, when Joseph says "Thomas ah James ah crash!" I will say "Oh, did Thomas and James crash on the track?"

That's all I've got! I'm sure your son is doing great - they all develop differently, and Joseph is by no means ahead in any score, but he is a more quiet fellow, so his cognitive development generally seems to be more advanced than his physical development.

Nicole October 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM  

Thanks Jen!I think your right. My son developed super fast physically, but has been slower on the language. Wish you well on the birth of your new little one.

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