Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Found this gem at The Chaos of Mystery blog:

Taking Care of Children - By Birth Order

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.

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, 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 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 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 everyday 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 Coins:

1st child: When first child swallows a coin, 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.

As I'm reading it, I'm saying to myself Yes, yes, double triple yes! When Luna was a newborn, I was so particular about everything, especially germs. Everything was washed religiously- if something fell on the floor and touched an (invisible) piece of dust, it went in the hamper. Now things go back into the dresser unwashed if there are no visible stains or wetness. The pacifiers permanent home is on the floor- I stick it in my mouth to clean it. I also didn't leave Luna alone with even my mother until she was 3 months old. Now, with Dakota, I wish wet nurses still existed because I would gladly hire one.

Does this make me a worse mother than I was? No, just a mother who is a little more experienced and realistic.


  1. YES! YES! YES! So true and hilarious. In public when I pick up the pacifier off the floor I pretend to put it in my pocket and then a few aisles away I stick it in my mouth to clean too and plop it back in the kid. AT HOME baby #2 is so my life right now. Funny. Thx for sharing.

  2. Lol...they forgot about the baby book...baby 1 you are meticulous documenting every moment - baby 2 you fill in some of the milestones and don't take quite as many photos..baby 3 what baby book - you know you have photos somewhere but they are probably in a box in the closet.


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