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Evolution of a Mother

Written by Lou on November 11th, 2011.      0 comments

This is an oldie but a goodie - if you've had more than 1 child I bet you find yourself nodding along!


Your Clothes

1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as you confirm 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.

I think there should be one for photography too.  I know I took hundreds of pictures of baby number 1, baby number 2 is lucky to feature in the odd picture when I remember, poor thing!

Anyone got any more?


Belly Beyond Due Date Calculator

Written by Lou on May 2nd, 2011.      0 comments


Whether it's a total surprise or you've been charting for months, when you first find out you are pregnant we can almost guarantee that you'll eventually settle on the two big questions.


When am I due? and how far along does that make me?

The Belly Beyond calculator can answer these questions for you plus give you an idea when you conceived.

Remember though that these dates are only an estimate and to check with your LMC or health professional to be sure.

Due Date Calculator
First day of your last menstrual cycle
Normal length of your menstrual cycle
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