The Difference In Multiples

filed under: Miscellaneous on December 29, 2008

So I have noticed I'm changed.  Things are…different now that I have multiple children.  I can't help but think back at just how different I do things now…

FIRST BABY

Must take a shower.  Bundle baby up as tightly as possible to mimic womb.  Put in secure location, free from where anything can fall on baby or where baby could possibly roll over, even though baby is 2 weeks old. 

Make sure diaper is totally clean, baby is recently fed, and that the phone is turned off as to not startle baby.  Run, strip, jump into shower.  Two minutes into shower, hear baby start to whimper, (why would baby be crying?  something must be wrong!) finish washing hair (no conditioner, no time!) shaving, washing off and jump out of shower in time to see baby doing nothing.  Whew. Potential crisis adverted.

THIRD BABY

Put baby in middle of bed.  Get into shower.  About 5 minutes into shower, hope that baby starts to cry so you know everything is ok.  10 minutes into shower, hear baby crying and breath sigh of relief knowing baby is ok.  Let baby cry for 5 more minutes until done with shower.

FIRST BABY

Items on hand when baby comes home from hospital… all perfectly organized in babies immaculate room:

2 month supply of diapers.  Baby eventually grows out of this size after 3 weeks.

4 different kinds of formula just in case don't get breast milk in and baby doesn't like certain formulas.

10 varieties of nipples for bottles.

27 different varieties of nuks.

1,792 different outfits in sizes ranging from preemie to 2T.  Just in case.  All organized by size, season, color, and price.

THIRD BABY

Make sure get a few shirts (with hospital name on them) and  burp clothes and diapers and hats from hospital.

See if you have any leftover diapers from first kids that fit.

FIRST BABY

Must eat.  Make sure baby is dry, fed, and sleeping and start making myself sandwich.  Use lots of mayo as special treat.  Turkey, lettuce, fresh cut tomato, Monterey jack cheese, and even toast the bread for a moment.  Put sandwich on plate, get out some yummy, salty, greasy potato chips, a can of Pepsi, and sit down to enjoy first real lunch in a week.

Hear baby whimper…run to baby and proceed to cuddle him for 2 hours so you never have to hear that sad cry again.  Forget about food.  Sandwich goes bad.  Give it to husband for dinner.

THIRD BABY

Order pizza.  Hear baby start crying as eating 3rd slice of pizza.  Hurry up and eat 2 more slices then run and get baby.  Rock baby and eat one more slice of pizza.

FIRST BABY

Prepare yourself mentally for extended family to arrive.  They are all going to want to hold baby.  MY precious baby.  The baby that needs to bond to me and love me and be mine.  Put baby in cutest possible outfit and comb her 3 hairs and wipe her precious baby skin clean and then put baby lotion on it so she especially smells like a new baby.  Baby's ready for visitors.

Extended family arrive.  Let each greedy grandma hold baby for approximately 3.2 minutes each then snatch baby back and claim you have to nurse or that only you can sooth baby's whimpers.

THIRD BABY

Ask the nurse that brought you your dinner if she wants to hold baby while you eat your pudding.

Consider making same offer to FedEx delivery guy. 

FIRST BABY

You realize that you were not capable of this much love.  Your heart is bursting with affection and adoration and genuine love for this precious little bundle. 

THIRD BABY

You realize that you were right. 

And the love grows…right along with your family.

Many blessings!

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  • Janis Soule says:

    Oh Amanda…I’m so glad I know you! ๐Ÿ™‚ You make me laugh so much. While I wan’t that bad with Rebekah I am noticing that poor Elizabeth isn’t changed quite as often or held quite as much just cause and her closet and room aren’t done yet (at six weeks!). ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can’t believe you are up writing and commenting all ready! I’m so impressed! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can’t wait to meet your little one!
    Janis

  • Katie says:

    You are such a treasure! See with many children comes a sense of humor. GOD gifted me with mine with only one child knowing he gave me what I could handle. God bless you for your beautiful gifts. May HE continue his blessings throughout the New Year.
    Our love and blessings to you and yours always my friend,
    Katie and Hers

  • Ashley Griffin says:

    I FLIPPIN LURVED THIS!!! and it is absolutely sooo true!!! i loved the part about asking the nurse or fedex guy to hold the baby!! priceless!!
    the picture i chose for the portrait was the one of the kids with the blackout looking background.
    i live in south ga.
    was there anything else… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Becoming Me says:

    THis was funny and tender at the same time. I so wish we were neighbors so I could shower you all with meals and love

  • Michelle M. says:

    That is SO true!! It is incredible how differently we act with child #2. Enjoy that shower and the pizza! You deserve it.

  • stacy Ness says:

    You are to funny. That is so true. The things that I did for Kenny are so different then I do for Tommy. Hoe all is going well with little Audrey and can’t wait to see more pictures.

  • he & me +3 says:

    I was totally relating the whole time and laughing because my poor third baby. But gosh I love that guy just as much as my first born. Thank you for stopping by my blog.
    BTW…I love the way you write.

  • he & me +3 says:

    I was totally relating the whole time and laughing because my poor third baby. But gosh I love that guy just as much as my first born. Thank you for stopping by my blog.
    BTW…I love the way you write.

  • Liz says:

    Loved it!!! Made me laugh. And I can see that being soooo true. We are pregnant with our second, and I can already sense how these things will be different!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ElizaBeth says:

    You get showers?? LOL You are sooo funny thanks for the laughs. Glad you’re still making time for the rest of us with the business of 3 babies. Yep, I said 3. When your oldest is a teenager any child that can still crawl into bed with you is a sweet baby!
    Blessings!

  • Janie says:

    Yes, it is different with each child. lol Hope you have a blessed week. Love, Janie

  • Grace says:

    This is so funny and clever, Amanda. It could easily be an article for a magazine. Very cute.

  • Karen@Surviving Motherhood says:

    Can you hear me laughing? This is priceless!
    My favorite one is the holding issue. Ask the nurse and the FedEx guy? LOL!!!

  • Grace says:

    P.S. I can just hear your middle baby now, “And, naturally, as the middle kid, I get left out completely.” lol

  • Shannon says:

    I love this! I only have two but it’s so true.