Thursday, February 11, 2010

The difference between my first child and my fourth (and God help me, my last) child

My, how things change once you have more than one child:

1. Sleeping arrangements:
Child 1: Must be in the same room - in the same bed - with me at all times. No questions asked.
Child 2: Must be in the same room - after a few months - then off to her room. Monitor on, door open, video surveillance in use. 
Child 3: In her own room from the start, monitor on, door open.
Child 4: In her own room, but lets shut the door. And who needs a monitor? 

2. Crying responses:
Child 1: Oh my! What's wrong? Hold her, baby her, bounce with her, sing to her, stand on your head to make her happy.
Child 2: What's wrong? Don't cry, you're, let me hold you.
Child 3: Where's the binky? 
Child 4: She's fine...she'll stop soon...don't worry about it.

3. Growing stats:
Child 1: "MMMMMYYY child is in the 50%th percentile for both. She is perfect."
Child 2: "MMMMMYYY child was in the 50th percentile the last time she was in...I think."
Child 3: "When is my doctor's appointment?"
Child 4: If she isn't sick, she isn't going to the doctor. 

4. Who's holding who?
Child 1: Eyes on the child at all times...who is holding her and how?
Child 2: Eyes still on her, but a little less concerned with how...
Child 3: Don't drop the baby.
Child 4: Hmmm, does anyone know where the baby is? 

5. Clothing the baby:
Child 1: $100 spent on a top. $100 spent on a skirt.
Child 2: $50 spent on a top. $50 spent on a skirt.
Child 3: Use your hand-me-downs, and occasionally dish out some $$ for a top and bottom combo (a cheap one)
Child 4: Hmmm, sure, Ill take anyone elses' leftovers. Who cares if they are for a boy?

6. Babysitters
Child 1: Grandparents ONLY
Child 2: Grandparents and aunts/uncles only
Child 3: Occasional professional, MAYBE a college student
Child 4: Older siblings (only if they are older than 9) and anyone else who will bravely sit for 4 kids

7. The binky: 
Child 1: "NOT MY CHILD!"
Child 2: "She only uses it occasionally."
Child 3: "Where is that damn thing?"
Child 4: 12am...we have lost the binky...I am on the way to the store to get the ONLY thing that will keep her quiet!

8. Keeping the binky clean:
Child 1: Sterilize every time it drops.
Child 2: Rinse off every time it drops.
Child 3: Wipe (maybe) when it drops.
Child 4: Who cares? Its only pet hair!

9. Loving the child:
Child 1: Unconditionally
Child 2: Unconditionally
Child 3: Unconditionally
Child 4: Unconditionally

(Well, hey, come on, some things never change!) :)

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
My Sister's Keeper
Nineteen Minutes
The Pact
The Tenth Circle
Change of Heart
Keeping Faith
Handle with Care
House Rules
More Than It Hurts You
Amy and Isabelle
A Prayer for Owen Meany
A Widow for One Year
The 158-Pound Marriage
To the Lighthouse
Between the Acts
A Room of One's Own, and Three Guineas
The Help

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