to all you Mother's out there. I know Mother's Day was in March in Britain, but over here in Canada and the States its in May.
We went to dd's on Saturday night and had a roast beef dinner that she made. It was yummy; and I made strawberry rhubarb crisp with vanilla icecream for dessert. Ds was also there which was good, as I haven't seen him in a while.
The kids got me a fancy tin to put bird seed in. A pair of deluxe gardening gloves. Some gardening themed paper napkins. A fancy dancy palm vegetable peeler make sure you click on the link as that company has some really neat products. Also a nylon shopping bag that folds up so you can carry it in your handbag. We're not too bad where we live, but in Toronto you have to pay for all your plastic bags in the stores, so having a bag in your purse is handy.
Dd did take a photo for me as she wrapped it all up just lovely, but she hasn't emailed it to me yet.
The Evolution of Mom
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:
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.
The Baby's Name -
1st baby: You pore over baby-name books and practice pronouncing and writing combinations of all your favorites.
2nd baby: Someone has to name their kid after your great-aunt Mavis, right? It might as well be you.
3rd baby: You open a name book, close your eyes, and see where your 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 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 prewash your newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them, and 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 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.
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 every day 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.
Sorry this post was late coming out and is a short one. I have to still write my column for the Eden Valley Messenger and am not too sure what I am going to write about at this time!! So I had better get on with that.
Even if its not Mother's Day where you live, have a wonderful Sunday!