Remember the other month when I wrote about how Em thought we were selling her sister after we broached the topic of how would she like a new brother or sister?
When we found out the baby was a boy she seemed fine with it-at first. We broke the news when we picked her and her sister up at their grandmother's house after my ultrasound.
I whispered the news in her ear. She tried saying it aloud almost as though she was testing out the words.
"I havin' baby brother. Yay! Mommy, I havin' baby brother." She held my face in her hands as she chatted away excitedly.
I should have left well enough alone. I had to go on to say, "Your going to have a baby brother just like S, (her one little friend from playgroup), who has C as a little brother."
Later that night she asked when C coming to live with us.
You know because he was going to be her new baby brother.
Explaining that one took some quick thinking, some fancy footwork, and lots of praying that we would explain it in a way she could understand and that would not again lead to tears.
We explained (my husband wasn't getting off the hook even though I was the one who managed to create this debacle and anyway I needed back-up) that C was going to stay S's baby brother and that Emily was going to get a new baby brother. Her new baby brother didn't have a name yet. My husband asked her if she had any idea what she wanted to call him since he was going to be her and Madison's new baby brother?
Her ideas included "princess" (no), "sofia" (no), and "Ariel" (no). Then, my husband explained that the baby needed a boy's name. He asked her what some of the boys' names were in her playgroup. She rattled off three boys' names.
"Daddy, can we name him C?" she asked excitedly.
Bob explained that we need a new boys' name for the baby preferably a name that none of her little friend's shared.
I started listing some of the boy's names we had discussed when I was pregnant with Emily and we hadn't found out what we were having. We had went to the hospital with a boy's name and a girl's name in mind.
Emily looked at me strangly. "No, Mommy, those aren't good names."
Here we go again...
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