When my first-born daughter became a big sister, I worried (obsessively) that she would feel slighted by the birth of her sibling. Because from that moment on, Mommy would be sharing her affection with her new sister. And the last thing I wanted was for my sweet big girl to be left out, or end up getting sad and jealous. So I made sure to have a big sister gift waiting for her in the hospital when she came to visit us: a baby doll of her own to care for. We diapered and fed our new babies together, and, thankfully, everyone was happy.
Pink shared a photo of the sweet soiree on Instagram along with the caption, "Congrats Big Sis! #bigsisterparty." While the star mama holds Jameson, Willow looks on with huge grin on her face. And who wouldn't be smiling next to a giant chocolate cake? Especially this one, which is sweetly adorned with brightly-colored pink and blue birds and words mirroring Pink's Instagram caption. Meanwhile, pink and blue balloons bounce in the background.
Clearly the new big sister and her mama are as happy as can be celebrating Willow's new status as a big sister (Jameson appears to be snoozing). And I say good for them! Although some critics may say parents shouldn't indulge kids with too much attention and praise, I think we should do whatever we can to make an older child feel included and important after the birth of a new sibling. Because it's a big transition! And as one commenter to Pink's post says, "What a way to make sure your daughter knows she will ALWAYS be loved as equally as her younger brother... Hats off to you and Carey."
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.