Monday, August 15, 2011

To James, With Love

The bassinet is ready, the hospital bag is packed, countless lists have been made... everything's all set and ready for our little baby girl's arrival!

One final preparation was this gift to James from his new sister. I read that it's a good idea to get an older sibling a special gift from the new one - I suppose so they get off on the right foot. :) Ha!

I was inspired by this idea from Ms. Martha Stewart to put together a little package of goodies. In one of my handmade gift bags I included some of James' favorite things: a disposable camera (he loves taking pictures and I thought it'd be cute for him to take some of his new sister), a mini homemade notebook with a tiny pencil (he's really into writing "notes" lately), some fun bugs, a small container of gummy bears, a wrapped gift (dollar store binoculars), and a special homemade card.

I'm bringing the gift to the hospital with me and we'll give it to James when he meets his sister. I can't wait to see my two loves together for the first time!

~Thank you for your comments!~

26 comments:

Olives and Pickles said...

How lovely!!
Wish you happiness and lots of peace.
Patty

Ash said...

Brilliant and thoughtful idea. I wish we would have thought of this when our second was born. My older son did go and pick out a special stuffy for his baby brother, right before he was born, and he brought it to the hospital for him.

Leptir (NataĊĦa) said...

Mari-Ann, this is sooooo sweet :-)

jellybings said...

Aww! James is going to such an awesome big bro!

Naomi said...

That is such a wonderful idea!! Wish I would have thought of that when I had my second!! Wonderful!!

Lindsay said...

cute things you put together! He will love it.. but not as much as his new kid sister!

Pip said...

we did the same thing and gave my eldest a gift from his new baby brother. I think its a really sweet idea. Looking forward to your birth announcement post!!

Mara said...

great present! he will be thrilled!

jess_hak said...

I am so excited for you! :) Seeing siblings meet for the first time is just such a precious moment. AND this is such a sweet idea!!

Kayla said...

thats really wonderful!

www.theevolvinghomemaker.com said...

cute. what a great idea! and good luck with your almost here arrival!

:)
jen

City Sister said...

My daughter "brought" her big brother a little (since she was little) etch a sketch...he still carries it around and talks about the store in mommy's belly or how C. brought it from Heaven.

Neha@ All things beautiful said...

Such a great idea about the gift!
Wish you all the very best!

Dinah said...

Brilliant idea! You really are super mommy.

Jessie (Montessori teacher and mama) said...

what a great idea and congrats on the new baby!

Joey said...

So nice to have all these special little details all ready for the big day! Wishing you an gentle birth and quick recovery! Please post a photo of your little angel when she arrives, we're all waiting to meet her!
hugs to your whole family!
~ joey ~

Susie said...

We did the same thing, and also had Maggie pick out a gift for her baby brother.

In addition, visitors at the hospital brought gifts for both kids, and Maggie got to open them all! She was pretty impressed.

Josh & Teddie said...

Its a really good idea! We did this with my second child and the older child was able to pick something out for her too ( I think it was a blanket she was wrapped in when he came to visit) Good luck!

Mercedes said...

I did that with my son and also had one waiting at home. I also took Hunter with me before the baby was born for him to pick out a gift for her. Surprisingly he really liked the picking out part and giving it to her part as well. I am really glad I took the time to do this. It really helped his insecurity in a major life changing time for him.

Sound Schooling said...

This is really lovely. It's part of Turkish culture too for the baby to bring a gift to the older siblings.

Vicky said...

What a sweet idea! Good luck with everything!


Vicky @ http://messforless.blogspot.com

Vanessa said...

Love it!!!! Emma "brought" Jeremy a new train when she was born in an effort to appease Big Brother. I think it worked. In any case, it momentarily distracted him from the fact that Mommy was in the hospital. :-) I love the personalization of James' gift though. You insanely rock!!

My Captivating Images said...

Awwww.....that is an awesome idea!

Friday Moments said...

...what I sweet idea! ..I especially love the camera in the bag. Very curious what his pics will look like :-)

Jo said...

Good luck with everything. We just had a little boy in July and he "brought" his big brother a present too. It went very well. The bunch of his favorite things sounds really nice too.

Joanna said...

Wow, I totally wish I had seen this before our baby was born at the end of August! Congratulations on your new baby :-)

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