Like many of you, I didn't know what having a second child would mean for my first child; how would he react? I tried to keep his routine as much the same as I could, I tried to have the grandparents give him extra attention and love so that he wouldn't feel like a second-class citizen, but when there is a newborn in the house, obviously the baby will need a lot of attention and care that cannot be put off or avoided.
It has now been a month since bringing home Cambridge, and I have noticed some regression in my son Leighton's behaviors and interests. Leighton has been 100% potty trained since two-and-a-half (around Christmas), but since bringing home the baby, he has started frequently wetting the bed at nap time and overnight. He has also started showing interest in baby toys, and he has been spitting in his hand and wiping it all over his face because his brother spits up and gets his face wiped. When I put a blanket on Cambridge, Leighton wants me to put a blanket on him.
I understand that he is equating certain behaviors of his brother's to getting attention from mommy, but I guess I didn't realize that these sorts of things would happen. The biggest issue I anticipated having was jealousy, which we seem not to be having an issue with (thank goodness!). Leighton seems to love his new baby brother; he wants to kiss him and "help" with diaper changes, etc. which is nice to see.
Hopefully things will get back to normal with Leighton soon, and he will start going forward instead of backwards. When we're all heading in the right direction, I think we will all be a little happier.
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