As I tell the tales of living with my particular 4 year old I get comments from people that she reminds them of their own children, that she’s funny (which is true), and I also get comments occasionally that she sounds like a future lawyer or a lobbyist. Kid knows how to argue her case. She’s not afraid to change tactics to see if it elicits a different response. She’s smooth.
Sometimes she asks me if I’m thinking about having a baby brother or baby sister for her. Sometimes she asks when I’m going to have a baby. Sometimes she gives me an actual date by which she would like her baby brother or sister to be born.
She’s relentless. Sometimes she’ll let it go for a few days and then bombard me again. Once she came in and handed me a book and told me she was leaving it with me to remind me that she wants a baby sister.
The fact is, I don’t know what to tell her. I don’t have an answer for her and sometimes I’m absolutely positive the answer will be no, she can’t have a baby brother or sister. It’s really hard to feel like something you’re child thinks she wants so much might be the wrong thing. It’s hard to explain to her that babies are hard, not just cute. It’s hard to explain that it would totally change her life and she might not actually like it as much as she thinks.