Everyday Life

My afternoon laugh

Today I spent some time checking my facebook and e-mail. I have been out of town for the last week and I do my best to stay as unconnected and unreachable as possible while I'm away...so this afternoon I spent some time catching up on things...and a friend had sent this to me on facebook. It made me chuckle outloud for a minute...until I was interrupted by my #1 and #2 kiddos who I thought were fast asleep...so much for my "hiding" time today! Even if you don't have children yet...I am sure you have seen this progression take place in the lives of those mommies around you who have multiple kiddos who are close in age!


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.


Preparing for the Birth:

1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.

2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time, breathing didn't do a thing.

3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.


The Layette:

1st baby: You pre-wash 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 firstborn.

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



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.



1st baby: You change your baby's diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.

2nd baby: You change their diaper every two to three 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.



1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, Baby Zoo, Baby Movies 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 cleaners.


Going Out:

1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five 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 there is uncontrolled bleeding.


At Home:

1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.

just thougth this photo of my boys at halloween illustrated this point exactly!

3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children


Swallowing Coins (a favorite):

1st child: When first child swallows a coin (and believe me they will seeing as how by the time they are crawling, you are laid out on the couch with morning sickness from your pregnancy with #2), you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays

2nd child: When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.

3rd child: When third child swallows a coin you deduct it from his allowance!


Michael, Nina, Emma & Elliot said...

i thoroughly enjoyed these- thanks for sharing!

Jordan and Sue said...

This is hilarious, and I still only have 1!!! :) - Sue

cadovius said...

I said, "that's the truth" to all of these! that was funny!

Bethany said...

Very funny, Annie - I too laughed out loud despite no children - oh, the things to come!!

akhughes said...

LOL - I can totally see this being true!

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