I’m reading left and right about preparing a 4-yr-old for the coming of a baby brother. Marguerite shows interest and sweetness for the baby in my belly, but I’m not sure how she’ll react when the baby comes out. He’ll have demands and be the center of attention, of course. There will be a lot of adjusting to do and some trouble to expect, I’m sure. I happen to know Marguerite doesn’t have much patience for younger kids. She loves babies, but is usually very suspicious of toddlers who don’t know how to “play right”. She thinks they spoil her fun. She definitely has to learn patience and tolerance. I’m getting her a couple of books about becoming a big sister. We’re also doing some “taking care of baby” games. I know it might backfire and I am feeling guilty about the concession, but we’re also bribing her with some things (although I’m trying hard not to think of it that way), like buying those books. I’m making her a doll sling and maybe throwing a small becoming a big sister party for her. She’ll also get a few T shirts that have a big sister theme. She’ll probably see through it, but we’ll try to keep things positive. The other thing is that we have to transition her to her own bed now months before the baby gets here, so it would be about being a big girl and she wouldn’t connect the halt of co-sleeping with the coming of the baby. Tricky time.