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How to connect with expecting sister over 700 miles away?

Hey all,

My sister is expecting in October and I really have no clue how to be encouraging, supportive and much help when we live over 700 miles apart. We've both become distant since I moved from my hometown and I want to be able to show her I support her even though we don't 'click' like we used to. Any practical ideas on how to stay in touch without acting clingy? :-P 

Note: we are really tight on minutes and don't have a home phone so long phone calls are out of the question until we figure out that issue. Also I am recently unemployed so anything that involves much spending isn't great. 

 Thanks!

Re: How to connect with expecting sister over 700 miles away?

  • skype is the easy answer.

    a card in the mail always cheers me up.

    I agree with everything that muddled said. You should listen to her. -ESDReturns
  • Skype.com is free and you can even use it at the library.

    Stamps are 44 cents. A nice letter with the occassional photo is wonderful. Nothing will make her feel more special or connected to her sister than a real letter in her mailbox.

    Sign-up for babyCenter.com and get weekly emails on the fetal growth of your neice/nephew. My grandmother friend did it and loved knowing how the baby was growing and had something fun to talk with her daughter about. I did it when PG and loved it, too.

    My darling daughter just turned 4 years old.
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    skype is the easy answer.

    a card in the mail always cheers me up.

    both of these. Easy, cheap, and quick! 

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  • As her for pictures of her baby belly, as her about hoew she's feeling, send her mommy to be books.
  • Skype is the way to go!
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  • Ditto to Skype.

    Pick up some 99cent cards and some stamps. When you have a moment just send her a 'thinking of you' card. It will mean the world to her. My sister dropped of the radar when my son was born. Not even a call at the hospital. I sent her photos for the 1st year but after of little/no contact from her I've stopped. So do what you can to keep in touch - it really will mean so much to her!

  • Thanks so much ladies. Apparently my sister isn't a fan of Skype because she has to sit still at the computer. :-P She's addicted to getting stuff done! But Google Voice might be an option since I can call her cell or home phone number without using up minutes on my cell plan.

    I love the 99 cent card idea, I'll have to make sure I pick up a few. There's nothing like 'real' mail instead of bills and ads when you get the mail! ^_^

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    Skype.com is free and you can even use it at the library.

    Stamps are 44 cents. A nice letter with the occassional photo is wonderful. Nothing will make her feel more special or connected to her sister than a real letter in her mailbox.

    Sign-up for babyCenter.com and get weekly emails on the fetal growth of your neice/nephew. My grandmother friend did it and loved knowing how the baby was growing and had something fun to talk with her daughter about. I did it when PG and loved it, too.

    Love the Baby Center idea! I signed up and it's really nice to be able to ask her about certain things in her pregnancy and know that I'm not way off base in timing. Thanks!

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