Posts Tagged ‘big sister’

Sibling Halloween Costume Ideas

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Sibling Halloween Costume Ideas I never had a sibling to plan my costume with since I was an only child, so I try to coordinate my children’s costumes each year. Elsa and Olaf was a big disaster last year. My 14 month old did not want anything to do with the Olaf head, which made the costume. He spent most of the time crying, so we just went with the bodysuit. And, oh, don’t get me started on how much he loved the hands!

Sibling Halloween Costume Ideas




Here are some fun sibling costume ideas for siblings:

Sports Fans

This one is a fall classic. If you like football, you could easily do this with a new baby and older brother. A simple football jersey for big brother and a football brown onesie for baby. You could add more details if you want, like maybe go for your favorite team. You could also do this with baseball if you’re more into the World Series this time of year.

Fairytale Friends

This is similar to what we tried to do last year. If you have an older sister and younger brother duo, try for a fairytale theme.  You could do any princess and prince, or try Red Riding Hood with the Wolf. Just remember kids don’t always love those hooded animal costumes. I am not crafty, but this could probably be a costume you put together if you are.

Sibling Halloween Costume IdeasMoms of Multiples

If you have twins or even triplets, Halloween can be so fun!  Try doing Thing 1 and Thing 2 or Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. This is by far my favorite, however–The Three Blind Mice. How adorable is this!  Find one costume and get 3 and add some sunglasses, which my kids would love. I would even be tempted to join in on the fun and dress up with my kids with these themed costumes.

Video Gamers Unite

If you have a husband or kids who like video games, try Mario and Luigi. Have another sibling? Add some characters! Add the Princess or anyone you like. Find some fake mustaches, turtlenecks, and easy outfits. These are adorable and even cuter the smaller your little ones are.

Sibling Halloween Costume IdeasLarger Families Can Still Have Fun

If you have several small children, go with a bigger theme. The Wizard of Oz characters seem to be popular. Dress up a Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow. These costumes could be made at home or bought online. You can always do another movie theme if this isn’t up your alley. Maybe have a family costume of Minions? Get creative!

You can always check out Pinterest if none of these ideas are what you or your kids want. I am leaning towards a cheerleader, football player, and football. Why not? I say dress your kids together as long as they will let you. You never know when they will want to be their own thing, and that can be a good thing, too.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of 2, almost 3, in Arkansas where she now wants to go shop online for costumes for her littles.

Becoming Big Brother or Big Sister

Monday, April 11th, 2016

big brother or big sisterWhen my daughter was three days shy of her second birthday, she became a big sister. I had always wanted to have my children relatively close together, so when she weaned at 13 months, I was determined to get pregnant. And two months later, we found out Levi was on his way. While I am no expert on how to make this transition into big brother or big sister any easier, here are some things I have learned on this journey almost two years later.

Proceed with Caution

My daughter has always been a curious thing. Having a baby around was a very interesting thing for her as a young toddler. When I wasn’t in the room, she would do silly things. I caught her sitting on him once. She viewed him as baby doll at one stage. Then when Levi could move around and take her toys, he became the enemy. Currently, Levi is 18 months old, and he has transitioned into the best friend. Just remember that a new baby is a gentle, little thing. Make sure to keep your baby safe. Kids are curious, just make sure you are protecting your littles.

Prepare to be Emotional

When my son became a part of our family, the first 9 months or so were hard. We had to move twice. It was a horrible cold, snowy winter here in Indiana. My 2-year-old started acting out. No more being potty trained for that girl. She began hitting. She would take his toys. All of this set me into a tail-spin. I was convinced in my hormonal state that I had somehow ruined her little life by giving her this amazing gift. Just be ready to cry- a lot. It is beautiful to see my kids now. They truly love each other and can’t survive the day without each other. While Levi is napping, Johanna wants to know where he is. But, this wasn’t always the case. It’s okay for them to go through phases, all siblings do. Lean on your spouse, friends, or family for support. Giving birth causes women to get a little hormone crazy anyways, so make sure to take care of yourself. I eventually stopped crying over “Frozen” and a friend reminded me that I had given Johanna the best gift I could give her when I gave her a brother.

Keep Things Special for Each Child

When my son was born, we brought Johanna a special big sister gift to the hospital. Friends who brought meals to my family included her by bringing her goodies. Remember kids are going to be jealous. I used to have to pull Johanna out of the baby swing, bouncer, and high chair. She’s a little older now, so the high chair has lost its appeal. A new baby is so exciting, and the new role of big brother or big sister can be, too. My husband and I still regularly take Johanna on personal dates. We like to go to Starbucks and Dollar Tree. I remember to play Barbies during Levi’s nap, so she gets one-on-one attention.

Becoming a big brother or big sister is so exciting. Make it fun. Read the cute books, buy the cute t-shirts, but most importantly help your child by being ready for some ups and downs. Someday you will laugh at the stories– someday.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Indiana where her kids love each other so much these days, and she will take it. 

When Big Brother or Sister Goes Off to School

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

When Big Brother or Sister Goes off to SchoolThis summer, my soon-to-be kindergartener went to summer school to get ready for the big K. It was only two hours a day, but I was curious to see how my other kids would react to having her gone. We have all been home together for most of my kids’ lives, so I anticipated a big change.

I did see some big changes, but they weren’t what I expected.

  • Some kids may not notice. My toddler just isn’t old enough to express any changes she noticed in our day, and really, not much changed. We still went to the park, she still took naps, we still ate lunch together.
  • Some kids may ask about them. My three year old definitely missed older sister. She wasn’t upset by the change, but she did ask where Maisie was several times a day. It was so fun to see her run to greet Maisie when the bus came, but I had to be very careful about pick up and not letting little sister get too close to the bus lest she think she could hitch a ride with sister.
  • Some things will be easier without your oldest around. The younger kids don’t realize that they can ask for snacks, drinks, to go places and do other things. They are more used to just coming along for the ride and doing what they’re told. So I found I was more easily able to set them up with an activity and get things started, and then step away to get things done around the house or work on the computer for a bit without being interrupted. Of course, we’re talking about 10 minutes at a time or so, but I’ll take it.
  • Some things are actually much harder without your oldest. I did think maybe the grocery store would be easier with fewer kids, but I was wrong. So wrong. I highly underestimated how much calming, negotiating and entertaining my oldest did on trips to the store. She often convinced the three year old to stay put and entertained her by singing songs or making up stories while I flew through the store as fast as humanly possible. Without the distraction of big sister, the store was much harder.
  • It brings new energy to your house. Having someone come home in the middle of the afternoon makes the day a little different. Sometimes big sister would come home bubbly and full of things to tell me and ideas to play and pretend, and sometimes she would come home completely pooped and drained of energy. I found an afterschool snack helped mitigate the ulcer hour-ness of this time. (We generally don’t snack because with three kids in the house, I’d be playing waiter ALL day long.) It also helped bring a little routine to this time when I didn’t know what to expect from the day at school.

Here’s how you can help a toddler who really misses big brother or sister or is upset by the new change in routine:

  • Include them in the big celebration. When big brother or sister goes back to school shopping, grab some items for little brother or sister, too. Coloring books, crayons, maybe even a “back to school” shirt that they can wear the first day of school to see off their older sibling. Kids hate feeling left out, no matter how young they are.
  • Keep a routine. Routines are so helpful for toddlers and preschoolers. Have a general order in which you do things each day, and including seeing off your older child in that routine. Whether it’s going by the park after pick-up or getting out the crayons after the bus comes, giving your little something to look forward to makes them feel happy rather than sad when big brother or sister leaves.
  • Listen. You don’t have to make everything better. If your little one is old enough to put their feelings into words, listen to them. Tell them that you miss your big kid too, but that you are so glad to have big-kid time alone with them! I know so many of us experience mama-guilt when we have baby number two because we don’t have as much time to devote just to them. This is that time! Find a way for both of you to make the most of it.

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mother of three who lives and writes in Queensbury, New York.   

Fan Photo Friday: Baby Bump

Friday, July 20th, 2012

I LOVED looking through all these beautiful bellies and I hope you do too!

Here’s Joy at 36 weeks with Baby #3.

Here’s that lovely bump again getting a smooch from Big Sister Sage (5) and Big Brother Thomas (3).

Here’s a cute bump from Mama Ashlee’s perspective…what a great shot! Love the belly freckles too!

Meet Kendra and her family of FIVE! That baby is getting some hands-on lovin’ from the whole family. 🙂

Here’s what Mama Jolene shared about this next photo: “Here I am w miracle number 3 at 27 weeks 3 days. I had severe Pre-eclampsia and signs of HELLP syndrome early on. At 23 weeks 1 day they insisted I deliver. As you see here I refused and kept my healthy happy baby growing inside to 36 weeks. I surprised and confused every Dr who heard of my case. I also had Gestational Diabetes and started insulin this very day. I gave birth to a healthy baby girl at 36 weeks weighing 7lbs 8oz and 19 inches long. She’s now a happy 7 month old Princess weighing in at 16lbs 2oz and 25.2 inches long.  We bet all the odds!” What a fantastic story Jolene…thanks for sharing!

This is Mama Copper’s Christmas photo from last year…too cute!! She said being pregnant was a magical time in her life that she really loved. Yep, you definitely look like you embraced your beautiful bump!

Here is Felicia’s favorite belly shot with baby getting some TLC from big sister!

Here are Holden’s (great name by the way!) parents when his mama was 8 months pregnant with him. I adore this family photo. <3

Here is Melissa only TWO days before she had baby Peyton who is now 10 weeks old. Congrats Melissa and weclome baby Peyton!

See that tan hand on this mama’s belly…that is MY hand. This was the very first time I felt my little nephew kick. Such a sweet memory and so glad my little sister took this photo.

And another from later that same day…I love this picture for so many reasons! My sisters, my newphew in utero, and baby Izzy in the sling kind of mimicking a little baby bump…all good stuff! 🙂

Here is a photo Diana took of herself at 40 weeks pregnant with baby #1. Little did she know she would be pregnant for TWO more weeks before her daughter made her appearance.

And I guess I will share one from each of my pregnancies….I admit I kind of miss being pregnant….

35 weeks with baby #1

28 weeks with baby #2. My hubby took this one at home while we were just goofing around with the camera.

28 weeks with baby #3. I was at a concert and taking a break to stretch from all the dancing!

A BIG thank you to everyone for sharing your baby bump photos with us! This week’s winner of 25 Milk Miles is…Kendra! Congrats Kendra. 🙂

Ready for next week’s Fan Photo Friday assignment? I was drawing a blank for a topic so I asked my 5 year old what readers should send me photos of. He suggested a “horse”. So using his suggestion as inspiration, next week’s Fan Photo Friday is Furbabies! After all our furbabies are important family members and often times are the first “babies” we care for. Please send a favorite photo of your furbaby to by midnight CST on Thursday, July 26. Please include any information you would like included with the photo such as pet’s name and signifigance of photo. I am curious what unique kinds of pets some of you might have…any snakes or ferrets among us? We shall see on Friday, July 27!