Andi Eigenmann Remembers Lilo’s first gift to Ellie

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There’s this parenting tip that made its rounds on the internet and eventually caught Andi Eigenmann and partner Philmar Alipayo’s attention.

It was simple. Before introducing the new baby, one of the parents will bring the older child to the mall or a toy store to let he or she pick out any toy they want. They would then tell their child that the toy was a gift from his or her new sibling. It was supposed to give their relationship a headstart, so that the older child would instantly have positive feelings about the coming baby.

 

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In the latest Happy Islanders vlog, Andi shares the outcome of when they did this to Ellie before meeting Lilo. She was still confined in the hospital when Philmar brought Ellie to the local mall, but to their surprise – she didn’t choose any toy.

Ellie meets her little sister Lilo
Ellie meets her little sister Lilo

“We ended up not getting anything. And it turns out, the gift for her, the reward for her was to have the baby sister, and to be there and experience her birth and first few days with us in the hospital,” Andi narrates fondly.

It looks like the mother of two (soon going three, with Baby #3 on the way) raised her children with really good values. It didn’t take any toy or present – and yet the two have been best friends ever since.

 

 

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Just making the most of what we’ve got. How ironic it is that just when our new home is ready and we’ve fully adjusted to the idea of settling on the island, we can’t get there.😔 taking this as an opportunity to teach my kids these realities in life. As I mentioned in our upcoming vlog (stay tuned this weekend!), I want to raise them to be aware that sometimes things just don’t go our way, and that everything happens for a reason. And while its okay to feel sad sometimes, it also doesn’t hurt to find the silver lining in all of this. We’re just so grateful to all be healthy and safe. And when the time comes that we do get to go back and all be together again, as Ellie says, it will be wonderful!

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