When you have your first child, you are usually
And speaking of leaving the house with your first baby...you can generally still look acceptable. You can put on some makeup and you have the time to do your hair so it looks at least like you at least took a comb to it.
With each passing day, you learn more and more and become more confident.
Then, things start to go so smoothly that some people decide to have another child. This could be relatively soon...or it might even be years after the first. Whatever the case may be, along comes another baby.
You quickly realize that this is a whole different ball game...
You are pretty much already prepared for the second baby. After all, you have the crib and many people just keep the nursery as is and put the new baby in there. At first, you are lucky to get a few hours of sleep at night, and then napping the next day while the baby sleeps...that is
The baby might get a few new gifts, but most likely, it is hand me down city. Especially if you have children that are the same sex (I have 3 girls, I am quite familiar with that). You and your spouse are usually the ones that handle getting odds and ends that are needed with baby #2...no baby shower this time:(
You will still have visitors, but maybe not as many and I can tell you now...the babysitting offers will dwindle.
Then, after much practice and experience, you learn to handle 2 children quite nicely. It is man on man defense, one child for each parent. You get into a routine and all is well.
It is at some point after this that some people decide to take the plunge and have yet another baby. Hey, what's the difference? You already have 2... 3 can't be that bad. And to be honest, I mostly agree.
And then there are 3...
However, things with the 3rd are even more different. It is definitely hand me downs for this little one (especially in my case with the 3rd girl). They might get a few new things, mainly because the others have been discarded due to wear and tear.
I can also tell you that with three, the babysitting offers are most likely
There is definitely a progression from being a new parent to having 2 or more children...and it changes you as a person and your outlook on life. Each child is unique and amazing. And with each baby I have had, the day that they were born was a complete miracle. Although you get more accustomed to having a baby and what it entails, in my opinion, it never gets old and you are always learning something new!