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The Third One May Send You Over the Edge

Posted by Kristen on April 23, 2009 at 6:25 AM in KristenNew BabyRaising Boys
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mason0409.jpgEverything they told me is true. If I thought I was losing my mind with two boys, this third one has officially done me in. The preschool teacher, mother of four girls, asked me how I was doing. She said it was the third one that brought the chaos. She thought it would get crazier with her fourth, but she said that it was just the same. She said that she could have had 10 kids and it wouldn't have made a difference. That all sense of sanity was gone at three. Once gone, you can't lose any more.

To be fair, my third one is a dream. Look at that precious face. He isn't the one driving me crazy these days. It is just that I only have two arms and now I have three boys. There was an incident yesterday involving a window and a toddler and a preschooler. It ended okay. Dad nailed the windows shut and we are back to square one.

One foot in front of the other. One day at a time.


Nail writes...

Wow, good boy, nice article appreciate it.

Patience writes...

man...I know the feeling except it was the 4th for me. The work and chaos is a very real thing. and I'm tired, very tired. We will be rested someday, or at least that is what I keep telling myself...hang in there Kris!

Amber writes...

Oh dear. I hope that you make it through in one piece.

And suddenly my family of 2 kids feels all nice and complete. ;)

Sarah writes...

Oh no!!!! I have two boys, 4 and 2, and expecting #3 in August. My four year old will start preschool then as well....guess I'm in for a ride!

Kimberly writes...

Loved meeting this angel yesterday. My uterus has been talking to me ever since...*sigh*

The cuteness must balance out the insanity... right?

J T writes...

I love those eyes - how could you not?

I am glad you are making it through, hopefully it will become easier to manage them as they get older.

Holly writes...

I'm not sure who the author is for the following as it was forwarded to me, but thought the sentiment would be appreciated given the post.

"An older, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. He followed me into the house, down the hall, and fell asleep in a corner. An hour later, he went to the door and I let him out. The next day he was back, resumed his position in the hall, and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar. 'Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.' The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with ten children -- he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?"

Jess writes...

Nobody told me until I was pregnant with #3 that the third is the baby that makes the wheels fall off the bus. "Oh, that's where it hits the fan," quoth more than one mother-of-three to preggo me. "Surely not," I thought, "I have the mama zen, I can triumph over chaos."

Not so much. Three boys, a third of my previous sanity, if that. But I *have* learned to let chaos wash over me and shape me, and to appreciate its own fractal beauties.

The cosmic trade? We give up order. We gain humor. Welcome to life with three!

ed hardy writes...
bad breath writes...

Love the eyes... so big and cute... :)

foot fungus writes...

Lovely cheeks... that stare makes him such a darling... very lucky mother...

tax attorney writes...

oh my gosh! Now that is a cute baby!

lida writes...


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