Your Clothes 

1st baby: 
You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your
pregnancy. 

2nd baby: 
You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible. 

3rd baby: 
Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes. 

Preparing for the Birth 

1st baby: 
You practice your breathing religiously. 

2nd baby: 
You don't bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing
didn't do a thing. 

3rd baby: 
You ask for an epidural in your 8th month. 

The Layette 

1st baby: 
You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them, & fold them neatly in
the baby's little bureau. 

2nd baby: 
You check to make sure that the clothes are clean &discard only the ones
with the darkest stains. 

3rd baby: 
Boys can wear pink, can't they? 

Worries 

1st baby: 
At the first sign of distress-a whimper, a frown-you pick up the baby. 

2nd baby: 
You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn. 

3rd baby: 
You teach your 3-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing. 

Pacifier 

1st baby: 
If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home
and wash and boil it. 

2nd baby: 
When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from
the baby's bottle. 

3rd baby: 
You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it! back in .. 

Diapering 

1st baby: 
You change your baby's diapers every hour, whether they need it or not. 

2nd baby: 
You change their diaper every 2 to 3 hours, if needed. 

3rd baby: 
You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the
smell or you see it sagging to their knees. 

Activities 

1st baby: 
You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour. 

2nd baby: 
You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics. 

3rd baby: 
You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner. 

Going Out 

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 only if she sees blood. 

At Home 

1st baby: 
You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby. 

2nd baby: 
You spend a bit of everyday 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. 

Swallowing Coins 

1st child: 
When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and
demand x-rays. 

2nd child: 
When 2nd child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for coin to pass. 

3rd child: 
When 3rd child swallows a coin you deduct it from his allowance!! 


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