The following appeared in the February 1998 issue of Parenting. Yes, parenthood changes everything. But parenthood also changes with each baby. Here, some of the ways having a second and third child differs from having your first:
1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your
confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes are your regular clothes.
The Baby's Name
1st baby: You pore over baby-name books and practice
writing combinations of all your
2nd baby: Someone has to name their kid after your great-aunt
right? It might as well be you.
3rd baby: You open a name book, close your eyes, and see where
finger falls. Bimaldo? Perfect!
Preparing for the Birth
1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby: You don't bother practicing because you remember
time, breathing didn't do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your 8th month.
1st baby: You pre-wash your newborn's clothes, color-coordinate
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
up the baby.
2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake
3rd baby: You teach your 3-year-old how to rewind the
1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing,
Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry
1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you
home 5 times.
2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to
number where you can be reached.
3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she
1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the
2nd baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your
child isn't squeezing, poking or hitting the baby.
3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the