Thursday, February 5, 2009

Preparing Paige

How do you explain to a 2 year-old that she is going to have a baby brother soon? I think we can talk about it all we want, but it won't truly be understood until that baby brother is here.
Then, how do you prepare a 2 year-old for a baby brother who is going to spend the first few weeks of his life in the hospital? AND totally change your world as you know it? We have always communicated with Paige about her surroundings. We talk to her constantly about things around her. Baby Eli is no different.
Ever since we found out about Eli, we've made Paige a part of the process we've been going through. We pray every night with her for Jesus to make Eli's heart better. She understands (as much as she possibly can) that Eli has owies on his heart, and that the doctors need to make it better.
Just the other day she decided to bring out her doctor play kit and help Eli herself. This simple pretend toy has been so helpful in Paige's understanding of what might happen over the course of the next few weeks.
Here are a few pictures of her making Eli better. Now mind you, she thinks Eli is in my belly button. She talks to him through it. She thinks he's going to come out of it. She gives him shots through it. It's pretty cute!
Please pray with us that Paige transitions well into big sisterhood. She has to make many more adjustments than most new big sisters.


Bonnie said...

Dear sweet Paige - how precious to see her desire to help her little brother Eli be made whole.

You have been honest with her and have prepared her for what may come. I Cor. 2:9-11 tells us that the Spirit reveals the deep things of God, even the understanding Paige will need in the coming weeks and months.

I love the following quote:
Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.

Thank you for gently sharing with Paige the hard realities of life, as well as the beautiful truths of a God who comes to us in the form of our needs.

Loving all FOUR of you!

Anonymous said...

The future Dr. Paige Wedehase already has a great bedside-manner! :)

Auntie Sarah