Being pregnant at the same time means that we are regularly talking about our pregnancies. What we hope relatives will do to lend a hand. How we hope to keep up with meal preparation and clean up. What baby items we still need to purchase. And whether our babies are letting us sleep and eat normally.
Most of the time our other kids are off playing and seem to have no interest in these conversations. But, I'm sure they are still picking up on just how often we are talking about baby.
Rather than cut down on the baby talk, I've decided to pay close attention to what excites our kids about baby's arrival and make sure to talk with them about those things.
At first, our kids enjoyed hearing how big baby was compared to different fruits and vegetables. Later they enjoyed looking at scrapbooks filled with their own baby photos. And going through baby clothes when I took them out of storage.
I recently invited friends over for dinner to celebrate that our little ones would be arriving soon. I didn't expect our kids to get excited about the dinner, but we had a lot of fun turning it into a "birthday party" for baby - we bought Finding Dory party decorations, baked a chocolate cake, blew up balloons and gave out party favors. I had such a great time that we may need to have a second birthday party with all three kids after baby arrives.