Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Evolution of Mom

We all know that second time mothers are much more slack...I mean, relaxed. We've been there, done that. We know what won't happen if we don't do something.

Recently, Adrian seems to have had a change of heart towards food. Where there was once a baby that ate everything in sight, there now is a baby that shakes his head vigorously and bats my incoming spoon away. Its been a week now and I haven't been able to get him to eat much solids at all. Am I worried? Nah! He'll come around. I think so little of it that I forgot to pack lunch for him when we went out today. And when he refused the first spoonful at dinner time, I ate up all his food. (Very tasty stuff!)

I remembered this funny comparison that I got emailed some time ago and dug it up to share here today.

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 pore over baby-name books and practice pronouncing
and writing combinations of all your favorites.
2nd baby: Someone has to name their 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 falls. Bimaldo? Perfect!

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 prewash 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?

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
3rd baby: You teach your 3-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.

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.

Parenthood is definitely a journey of self discovery isn't it?


Mike said...

Don't forget about when the pacifier falls on the floor routine -
1st - boil pacifier.
2nd - wipe pacifier off.
3rd - pull pacifier out of dogs mouth and stick back in kids.

Scott and Elaine said...

Haha.. so true. Not had a third, but i'd imagine that it would be that.