Adding a sibling to the family mix is a big jump that takes some preparation. Whether you've had a long wait between children, or you're barely out of bottles and diapers with your most recent baby, there are a few things every mom should do before her kid has a sibling. From stocking up on a few new baby things to hitting the playground with only one kid while you still can, these are the things you should try to squeeze in before you have another baby.
My family has been existing in perpetual waiting mode for a new sibling shortly after our daughter joined our family. Our adoption agency called when our daughter was just 5 weeks old, asking if we were interested in adopting again and so soon. We spent the following year waiting for a handful of siblings who, sadly, never materialized. Now we've started the process all over again with a new agency and are, you guessed it, again waiting for a new sibling for our beloved daughter. Because we're adopting we know that sibling could come any minute, so I (luckily) have the best excuse to soak up as much pre-new-baby tine as physically possible.
I will admit I'm still working on a few pre-sibling outings and to-do lists before our already-loved little one joins our family, but I have no problem saying it's a work in constant process. Until he or she is in my arms and being kissed by their older sister, I'll just be over here doing the following: