I was cleaning out my scrapbook room the other day and I came across a paper that was given out at a baby shower when I was pregnant with my first baby. I had to laugh because I remember the first time I read it I was honestly a little offended because I didn't think I would EVER resort to treating my third child any different than my first (which would be like royalty, of course)... But live and learn. Sorry, Abby...
1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB confirms that you are pregnant.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your regular clothes ARE your maternity 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 great aunt Mavis, right? It may 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 regularly.
2nd baby: You don't bother practicing because you remember the last time. Breathing didn't do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in the 8th month.
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 your baby.
2nd baby: You pick up the baby when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby: You teach your 3 year old how to wind the mechanical swing.
1st baby: You take your baby to baby gymnastics, baby swing and baby story hour.
2nd baby: You take your baby to baby gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your baby to the supermarket and the dry cleaners.
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 you only if she sees blood.
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.
I think the funniest part of this is that I actually came across it while I was hiding from my kids... "Crap, they found me!"