But there are times she really surprises me.
She kissed my tummy without anyone asking her to. When I asked her what she was doing she said "kiss baby brother."
She likes putting lotion* on "mommy's tummy with baby inside." We do this most mornings when she comes into our room and grabs the lotion from my bedside table.
She treats my tummy as she does her doll when she's being "nurturing" towards it.
What a darling! :-)
I asked her yaya if they talk about the baby (well, since a few days ago, baby has become "baby brother") a lot. And yaya said she only tells Marion that I'm resting (which I was doing a lot of pretty much the entire August) because there's baby inside my tummy. I think that probably helped get Marion into the idea of me being pregnant.
We have some books that I think also help prepare Marion.
1) Daddy's Little Girl by Ronne Randall and Estelle Corke
I found a used copy at Booksale for Php85. It's about a busy little girl named Emily and her Daddy who's always there to help her. Daddy helps Emily eat and they do stuff together (read, play games, draw, bike, go to ballet class and school, etc.). I think this will help prepare Marion to spend more time with Rocky once I get too big (pregnant) or busy when the baby arrives. The book is around 24 pages long. "Mommy" and "baby brother" are each only mentioned twice. Mommy who is always shown with baby brother (feeding or carrying) is pictured five times (compared to Daddy with Emily who appear around 17 times). :D
I got our copy from Fully Booked. Marion's been sent to the corner a couple of times and I've "confiscated" her box of legos for a week or so for hitting me. This book is about things that are not okay (like hitting baby brother or drawing sister's notebook) and those that are okay (hitting pots and pans or drawing on artpad). I got this book after I lectured Marion about "no hitting" but Yaya says seeing a baby brother in this book also makes Marion remember that we're expecting one.
When I asked Marion what her baby brother's name is, she answered Tiki Rembo. That's for Tikitikitembonosarembocharibariruchipipperipembo which, according to the children's book means "the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world". I'd bought this book out of nostalgia. Our elementary school library had a copy, Achi borrowed it and memorized the name so of course I did the same also. ;p
* I've been using Bella B Tummy Honey Butter to prevent stretch marks. Marion says it smells good. Rocky hasn't said otherwise. Last time I used Palmer's which he said smelled like Yakult. ;p