It appears that at some point behind my back, someone has signed Evalyn up for a “Big Sister 101” class and she seems to be acing it. Because lately, girlfriend has sparked a serious interest and desire to show me just how good she is at taking care of babies.
Honestly, it seems that I won’t need any help when baby #2 enters the world as long as my little Evalyn sticks close to my side.
Mostly, she loves to change their diapers. She walks around the house declaring that the babies are “poopies”, “doo-te” (dirty), need “cheen” (changed), and need to be “keen”. She empties the drawer of cloth diapers and cloth diaper liners and gets to work. I’ve even seen her go so far as to lay a blanket on the floor as a change pad to contain the mess. She wipes them up, and wraps a new diaper on them. We’re working on learning that the disposable wipes are not to be played with, although there have been a number of times when I hear “wipe, wipe, wipe” and go into her room to discover an explosion of baby wipes.
She also likes to get her babies dressed. You know, a baby often needs a coat and sometimes needs clean peej (PJs).
The babies get fed. They get bottles. They get milk. They get drinks. They get cookies. They get poons and spowks (spoon and fork).
The babies get their hands, feet and faces wiped. I’ve just learned to be careful if I hear her saying that the baby needs “wash”. Because, you know, she might possibly be washing a doll in the toilet. The babies get put down for naps in bed. The babies get strapped into the high chair, bouncy seat and car seat (at our friend’s house) ensuring the highest level of safety. A few days ago, we even watched her walk around our friend’s house, gently bouncing, patting her baby over her shoulder, saying “Shh, shh, shh” mimicking exactly what she saw her Auntie C doing with Baby Will. They get sung to. Read to. Danced with. Played with. Walked.
She is the sweetest little Mama and all in all, looks to me like she is going to be quite successful at this Big Sister gig.