Thank you to everyone for your well wishes! We have, in fact, told the Bean the happy news. She’s too young to really understand. She knows “there’s a baby in mama’s tummy” and she will put stuffed animals under her shirt and tell us that they are growing, but that’s about the level of her understanding.
My earliest memory is of being just about Bean’s age now (a little over 2 years old), and seeing my mother, very pregnant with my younger brother, getting out of the shower. I remember being amazed at the size of her belly. “You’re fat” I told her. And she gently reminded me (for no doubt the 8,000th time) that there was a baby in her tummy. So yeah, I don’t have high expectations for Bean understanding the situation.
And to be fair, I didn’t really understand what it was to have a baby until Bean arrived. And though she sort of understands the concept of brothers or sisters, I don’t expect that she will really know what it means to be a big sister until the baby starts drooling on all her stuff.But, I hope Bean will get excited as the time nears. 7 months is a long time for her to work on “getting it”, and I’m sure the big sister books will help. For right now though, I’m happy to let her enjoy being an only child for a little bit longer.