The Big Brother Promotion
Written By Renee Arbia
Xavier has been excited to be a big brother since the moment we told him I was pregnant, which ended up being earlier than expected. He ended up over hearing us talking about having a baby one day and he asked us about it, to which we answered truthfully. However, I forgot to add to our talk that we do not tell anyone right away. He ended up telling everyone anywhere he went that he was going to be a big brother.
We had prepared Xavier not to know what he was getting as we intended not to find out the gender of the baby. However, when we got the news that our baby had Turners Syndrome and it was a girl. (Read, Imogen’s Birth Story) It was a very hard time for us. We have never informed Xavier that Imogen has Turners Syndrome as we do not think it is necessary at this time for him to know. However, when we found out his sibling would be a girl we told him. He actually had wanted a baby sister. I think it is because all the shows and books about being a big brother usually had the older brother and little sister, so it is possible he just assumed. However, he has always been consistent that he wanted a baby sister. He lit up with joy the moment we informed him that it was a baby sister.
We try very hard to involve Xavier in as much as we can. He has gone to many of the doctor’s appointments with us and he is a tremendous help around the house and with Imogen. Xavier always helps with the laundry and dishes, likes to pick out clothes for Imogen to wear, always gets us blankets or burp cloths when needed, and even will hold Imogen for 5-10 minutes which is just long enough to throw a load of laundry in or run the dishwasher.
He is constantly kissing Imogen. Every time she is awake he is smiling, kissing, talking or even singing to her. It is adorable to watch. Yesterday I took out the play floor mat for Imogen to try. He was so excited there was a toy they could share. He lay right down on the floor next to her and they played. It was the sweetest and cutest thing they have done yet.
Imogen loves Xavier and always is watching him. Xavier was the first one Imogen smiled at. It is amazing to watch your little one fall in love with their sibling. I hope they will always love each other as much as they do right now.
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