What Am I to Do? I Feel Like I'm Doing It All Wrong…

I probably shouldn't be encouraging her by taking pictures, should I?

Ok ladies, I need your advice…once again. I’m in uncharted territory here, and I’m not quite sure what I’m supposed to be doing…

With my little guy really due to arrive any day now, we have started to put his things out. If I were to go into labor this very moment, we could come home from the hospital in a few days, and his things would be out and ready to go. His swing is built and in our living room, his bouncer is sitting waiting for him, and I have washed all of his clothes and soft blankets and put them in his drawers. Here’s my problem: my daughter, Joleen, won’t leave his things alone!

Joleen keeps crawling into his swing and bouncer, and she keeps going to his drawer where all his soft blankets are and commandeering them. I can’t tell you how many of his blankets I have found inside her crib. Joleen is just shy of being 21-months-old, so she really doesn’t understand that I’m pregnant, or that she will soon have a new little brother. She has no idea what’s about to happen to her little world.

My question is, what do I do? If she’s too little to really understand, how do I teach her that not everything is hers? She is so used to all the ‘baby things’ automatically being for her. I don’t want her constantly trying to take things from him, and I’m worried she is going to break his baby swing before he even gets a chance to use it. Whenever I see her trying to crawl into his swing, or I see her pulling out one of his blankets, I stop her and try to explain to her that these things belong to her brother, Johnny, but it doesn’t seem to be working… she keeps going back. Do I start trying some time-outs? I hate to do that… I don’t want her to somehow associate time-outs with her new baby brother… she is going to have enough transitions to deal with in the next couple of weeks.

I’m in desperate need of advice!!! I can’t explain it, but it’s kind of breaking my heart. I know it’s probably just my hormones, but I’m just worried I’m doing something wrong, or I’m not making this a smooth transition for her…

This blanket was supposed to be for her baby brother, but she's now obsessed with it...

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