Sticking With the Shower Theme

You may have heard that my lovely lady friends Mrs. Chicky, Her Bad Mother and Chicken and Cheese are all within moments of having their second children.

You know how this works by now, right? Mother Bumper and the ladies from Cool Mom Picks are throwing a virtual baby shower (with prizes!)

They have asked for my favorite ass/advice on having a second child.


As you may or may not know I had my second child a whopping two minutes after the first so I’m not very clear on what it would be like to just have one baby. Or toddler. Or crib or car seat or pack n’ play or… well you get the picture. But as a veteran parent of two children I can offer this: What works for one won’t necessarily work for the other one, don’t panic and just do whatever you can to comfort/discipline/potty train/get to sleep/feed each child as themselves.

Having two totally different children is one of the great parts about being a parent. I have learned a lot from these kids.

For example, I have completely reversed my opinion on nature versus nurture.

Quick aside: Last week I took the Goon Squad to South of the Border. For those of you that have never been it is like the crappiest gift shop imaginable all jacked up on steroids. I let each kid pick on thing to buy. Ian picked a squirt gun (after I nixed the sword and shield combo) and Claudia chose a princess tiara. Who would have guesses that two kids growing up with the exact same toys would end up such a girly girl and such a BOY?

Anyway, don’t listen to all the assvice about how things have to be done a certain way. While you may have gathered this information on the first go round just keep in mind this mantra: WHATEVER WORKS.

And yeah, the beginning will probably suck, and yes, they will fight at some point. Probably a lot. But they will also eventually play together giving you free time to do laundy or cook dinner or participate in virtual baby showers.

Now. Look at my babies.

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  1. Amen to that! I also have 3 1/2 year old boy/girl twins and a 20 month old. To tell you the truth, the little one is the biggest troublemaker. You would think twins would be tougher…

  2. Ooh, the little babies! I just want to smush them until their eyes pop out.

    Clearly I’m ready for a second one, eh? 😉

    Thanks for this, my friend.

  3. Can I just say first of all that’s the best header artwork on a blog I’ve ever seen?

    Secondly, second child stuff…all I can say is…never think the second one will be just like the first one. It’s my first boy’s 10th birthday today (he’s on his Wii…I may have to wrench him off soon before his skin grows over the controller) and after 5 years of trouble-free parenting I thought,

    “Let’s have another one, this parenting lark is a piece of piss, I don’t know what the fuss is about!”

    9 months later the Fuss arrived in the shape of Junior Misssy…

  4. I’ve got 5 year old identical twins and a five month old babe. The ass/advice I give everyone is “Have twins first. Then, one baby will seem like a a breeze.”

  5. Sooo gorgeous! Although the thought of possibly having 2 babies at once makes my uterus shrivel up. =P

  6. that picture makes me want to have another baby !!!

  7. Please tell me more about this “free time.”

  8. All I can say is that you should unlearn (I can make up words if I want to) all that you learned, because with the second one everything will be different. Only, you’re war-torn and battle-hard so you can handle it better. Oh wait, it’s just your nipples that are war-torn and battle-hard.

  9. I was going to say something but I can’t remember what it was… I’m still staring at the babies (sigh).

  10. “Poke you with my invisible ice-pick!”

    “Disintegrate you with my invisible Cyclops laser visor!”

  11. Ack! The cuteness! Thanks for the reminder of why I am doing this, and reminding me that this alien inside me has an adorable little face.

  12. That’s some great assvice.

    They were so teeny. For a second I thought one of them was giving me the finger.

  13. you know I love that mantra! : )

    It’s right up there with “If someone gives you unwanted or stupid advice,just say “Thank you” and walk away knowing you’re gonna do whatever it is you are going to do because it is YOUR kid and not their’s. Or in this case, your kids and not their kids. :)

  14. are those baby gang signs?

  15. oh … I just started even considering considering having a second baby and now here’s all these posts… scared I am.

  16. Ahh the second child in my house is the docile one. I’m not sure either of mine was ever as cute as those two though.

  17. LOOK AT UR BABEEZ indeed! Just seeing that picture makes this whole thing seem a lot more manageable because, oh, the prize at the end!


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