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Friday January 04, 2002
12:29 PM

Second kid

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A word of advice about children: One is fun, but beware of the second.

Everyone always says that the second child is easier. And, if our baby group is anything to go by, this is often true. But even so, the simple fact that you now have TWO children to look after is enough to push sane people over the edge. You no longer have time to rest--when one's quiet, the other's loud. You'll be lucky to have a half-hour to yourself all day.

I honestly feel like the only way to survive two kids and still retain some semblance of a life and sanity is to have daycare or a nanny. We don't have daycare or a nanny, but I sometimes wish we did so that Jenine could get peace during the day when I work.


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  • Yes, the second child is a significant difference.

    The first changes your life drastically as you learn to deal with the responsibilities. But eventually you get to a point where you can manage things pretty well. While there are regular interruptions to other parts of your life, you can work around them easily enough.

    The second one doesn't require the learning experience, but doubles the number of interruptions. And for a number of years, the difference in ages means that the nature and timing of int
    • It's good to know that the rewards:work ratio grows in favour of rewards. That'll keep me going through more housebound days. Thanks.

      I love that bumpersticker. I think my parents will love it too.

      (we also have no desire to duplicate the large families of our grandparents--we are weaker than they were, and fear to be outnumbered by the Little People)