Parenthood Changes Everything

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Ways you change with each successive baby

Yes, parenthood changes everything. But parenthood also changes with each baby. Here are some of the ways having a second and third child differs from having your first:

Your Clothes
  • 1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.
  • 2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
  • 3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.
The Baby’s Name
  • 1st baby: You pour over baby-name books and practice pronouncing and writing combinations of all your favorites.
  • 2nd baby: Someone has to name his or her kid after your great-aunt Mavis, right? It might as well be you.
  • 3rd baby: You open a name book, close your eyes, and see where your finger points.
Preparing for the Birth
  • 1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.
  • 2nd baby: You don’t bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing didn’t do a thing.
  • 3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your 8th month.
The Layette
  • 1st baby: You pre-wash your newborn’s clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby’s little bureau.
  • 2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
  • 3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can’t they?
Worries
  • 1st baby: At the first sign of distress—a whimper, a frown—you pick up the baby.
  • 2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
  • 3rd baby: You teach your 3-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.
Pacifier
  • 1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
  • 2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby’s bottle.
  • 3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.
Sleeping
  • 1st baby: Sleeps in your bedroom for the first six – eight weeks
  • 2nd baby: Sleeps in your bedroom for the first two weeks
  • 3rd baby: Goes right from the hospital nursery into their own room
Baby Book
  • 1st baby: You religiously make entries every day, carefully noting the number of spit-ups and bowel movements for the first year.
  • 2nd baby: You enter a few facts each week but stop after 6 months.
  • 3rd baby: You buy the book but enter the child’s name, birth weight, and length on the first page.
Diapering
  • 1st baby: You change your baby’s diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.
  • 2nd baby: You change their diaper every 2 to 3 hours, if needed.
  • 3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.
Activities
  • 1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
  • 2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
  • 3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.
Going Out
  • 1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home 5 times.
  • 2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
  • 3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.
At Home
  • 1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
  • 2nd baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
  • 3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.
Swallowing a coin
  • 1st child: When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
  • 2nd child: When 2nd child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for coin to pass.
  • 3rd child: When 3rd child swallows a coin you deduct it from his allowance!!