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Unread 01-08-2012, 12:44 AM
Re: Surgery soon - What to tell my 2 year old

Also -- please remember that 2-3 year olds, no matter how verbal, don't process too deeply. When I was pregnant with our second child, our daughter was 2 yrs old. Her pediatrician told me not to bother about trying to explain about what "pregnant" meant, that a baby was coming, etc. (and she was EXTREMELY talkative from 16 months on, including telling me what I could say when we were playing together! lol). I went into labor at 4:30 AM (we were living temporarily with my parents), so I went upstairs and gave her a kiss, and when she woke up 5 hrs later, she was a big sister. Came with my folks to see the new baby, looked at him, turned around and walked out! My Dad had to chase her down the maternity hall.

Best bet: Be as relaxed as you can be, and give him hugs, then let him know that Mommy's tummy has owwies/boo-boos/whatever your term is used in your home. Your doctor has special medicine in the hospital, and that you have to go there, but he can come visit. Buy a special gift for him and have it in your room when he comes up.

Best wishes to you --- they are inquisitive, but they also forget quickly -- he'll do just fine.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 11:09 AM
Re: Surgery soon - What to tell my 2 year old

My kids are 5 and 6. I am 4 weeks post op. in aug I had knee surgery and had no intention of telling them as it was just day surgery, my stepmother in law accidentally said something about dropping me off at the hospital and my 6 year old burst into tears, which is what I was avoiding...explaining to him would just worry him. So this time I just went and they came to see me in the hospital and then I explained about the surgery and that I had to sleep at the hospital till it felt a little better. My son was still emotional (mamas boy lol) but for him it was better to miss me than worry about surgery. Although I think my dog was the worst lol my husband told me to hurry up and come home because she was whining all night long for the two nights I was gone.
Unread 01-09-2012, 08:41 AM
Re: Surgery soon - What to tell my 2 year old

I had my surgery on Dec 8, and can't remember what I told my 3 1/2 year old twins. However, when I got home (24 hrs) later, they wanted to see the boo-boos! They still ask to see them, and they were just little slits-four. Not much to see now, but still sore inside. They do not understand that, so I really have to point out the boo-boos. Then they run off and play.

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