Anyone who has had more than one child can vouch for how differently their approach is to the second child versus the first. Every first time parent admits to being a perfectionist and perhaps just a little uptight when it came to their new baby’s food, clothes, room, and so on. But by the time a second child comes along who really cares…just kidding. But parents have definitely learned a thing or two from the first time around and what is important, so often times the second child is approached with a slightly different, little less uptight attitude! Comedian Jason Good sums it up perfectly with a funny, exaggerated list featured in his book “This is Ridiculous, This is Amazing”.
“Raising Your First vs. Raising Your Second Child”
By Jason Good, Father of two
First child: All homemade in special baby-food processor. Quinoa! Spinach! Sweet potatoes!
Second kid: Crackers.
First kid: Crib that Daddy put together himself while Mommy yelled at him.
Second kid: Mommy’s bed. Daddy now has his own room with a mattress on the floor surrounded by dirty socks.
First kid: One hundred percent organic cotton. Some even made of bamboo?
Second kid: His brother’s old clothes.
First kid: In our backyard with a piñata hanging from the Japanese maple.
Second kid: Pizza on the floor.
First kid: Every night in a special bathtub that’s just the right size. Hand-washed with a soft or silky sponge.
Second kid: Twice a week. Swimming pools count.
6. Nighttime routine
First kid: Swaddled in a Miracle Blanket. “Baby Beluga” sung to him. Asleep by 7:30pm.
Second kid: Falls asleep on the sofa with mom’s breast in his mouth at 10:30pm.
First kid: Playgroups, mommy and baby get-togethers in the park!
Second kid: His brother’s friends.
First kid: All handmade out of wood. Mostly Swedish.
Second kid: The boxes his brother’s toys came out of.
First kid: Something European with an umlaut in its name.
Second kid: Old muddy shoes with faded umlaut and missing sole insert.
10. Potty training
First kid: Diapers, then some kind of training underwear, then underwear.
Second kid: Might wear a diaper till college.
First kid: A wonderful woman named Sarah, whom he loves and will cherish for the rest of his life.
Second kid: Doesn’t have one. We never go out.