Motherhood and a Smile

From a old e-mail I received years ago:

The Evolution of Mothers

Being a parent changes everything, but being a parent also changes with each baby.  Here are some of the ways having a second and third (and fourth, and fifth…) child is different from having your first:
Your Clothes
1st baby:  you begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby:  you wear regular clothes for as long as possible
3rd baby:  your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes
The Baby’s Name
1st baby: you pour over books and practice pronouncing and writing combinations of all your favorites.
2nd baby: someone has to name their kid after your great-aunt Mavis…it might as well be you.
3rd baby:  you open a baby name book, close your eyes, and see where your finger points.
Preparing for the Birth
1st baby:  you practice breathing religiously.
2nd baby:  you don’t bother practicing because you remember last time, breathing didn’t do a thing.
3rd baby:  you ask for an epidural in the 8th month.
The Layette
1st baby:  you pre-wash your newborn’s clothes, color-coordinate then, 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?
Worries
1st baby:  at first sign of distress–a whimper, a frown–you pick up the baby.
2nd baby:  you pick up the baby when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby:  you teach your 3-yr old how to rewind the mechanical swing.
Pacifier
1st baby:  when the pacifier fall on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and boil it.
2nd baby:  when the pacifier falls on the floor, you stick it in a glass of water to rinse it off
3rd baby:  when the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it right back in baby’s mouth.
I wonder what happens after the 8th baby?  I’ll let you know in a few months.  We’re expecting in October!…which explains why my posts have been few and far between.  If all goes as it usually does, my morning sickness should subside in about a month.  Thanks for checking in!
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