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When I was a young girl I decided I wanted to be married to my prince charming when I was only 21 and have 3 kids before turning the ripe old age of 30. In my mind I was also going to have 3 boys. I almost hit them all right on the money. I’m not going to lie, the idea of having a little girl intimidates me BIG time, but not as much as the fact that I will soon be caring for 3 little people instead of only 2. Fears range from less time for naps to the possibility of infant Colic (Thank goodness for the New Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief at Target!). Maybe you can help me out here, or maybe you can add to my list of Why Baby 3 Terrifies Me.
I will have more kids than hands
Today I had one of those days when both kids are being naughty in public and you just want to drag them outside by the ears. Don’t worry, I didn’t, but I thought about it. I also thought to myself, what am I going to do in 10 short weeks when I have 3 children to deal with in public? What happens when my boys are lacking sleep again and can’t behave themselves when I’m carrying their little sis? This is a mystery I’m not looking forward to figuring out.
I will have excessive amounts of laundry and dirty dishes
I’m a full time working momma so I spend most my evenings when the kids go to bed doing dishes and folding laundry. Is it just me, or are these two things never ending? I already have nightmares about suffocating in huge piles of laundry and dishes towering above the sink. Soon I’ll have less time and more dirty laundry and dishes to do. I’m saying my prayers now that my husband develops a new found love for cleaning before baby girl comes…ha.
I’ll never get to take a nap again
Anyone who knows me fairly well knows I like to nap. Who doesn’t? Now I don’t get to do it very often (weekends and summers), but it really is my favorite thing. Right now it’s fairly simple because I tell my boys we’re taking a nap and they just do it. Let’s cross our fingers that when on maternity leave I can get the baby on a decent schedule that allows for a family nap at some point in the day. Is that too much to ask?
This will be my fussy baby
This is my fear with every baby, but especially now because my first two were such great babies. I keep thinking I’ve been too lucky and I’m bound to be one of those parents I know who tell me horror stories about being up all night with a fussy baby who just won’t sleep. When my last child, Archer, was a baby I remember one of the first few nights upon returning home from the hospital when he kept fussing in the night. I was so exhausted I sat there and cried praying that he would just go back to sleep so I could do the same. Luckily it was just a matter of getting him on the right schedule and didn’t last more than a few days.
Twelve weeks later when I returned to work after my maternity leave I had to start supplementing with a little formula because I wasn’t pumping enough milk for him during the day. My sitter informed me that he was suffering from a little bit Colic during the day so she asked me to bring some Gripe Water. At that time I had no idea what she was talking about nor what the heck Gripe Water was but said I would definitely look into it. I hated to think my baby was not happy nor that the sitter was having trouble so I quickly did some research and went to Target to pick some up. The very next day my sitter basically said I told ya so and all was well.
My little sister recently had her first little girl, Lexi, on Mother’s Day. Now this adorable little girl makes me excited to have a girl and my boys just love her.
My older sister and I decided for her shower we would get her a super cute diaper bag and fill it with everything she could possibly need for the first few months. As soon as Target had a baby sale I packed up all my coupons, had my cartwheel app ready (yes I’m a Target coupon fanatic!) and headed over to the BABY aisle!
First on my list: Little Remedies® (This page houses video content, as well as free samples and even a chance for a few lucky moms to win an in person rescue from the Little Remedies® Rescue Team)
FYI deal lovers like me! Target currently has a Cartwheel Offer for 20% off Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief Drops (NEW Product!) through 10/17. Also, beginning 9/27 – 10/17 you can get a $5 gift card when you purchase 2 products: Gripe Water or Gas Drops.
I will continually be interrupted when trying to nurse
I am a firm believer in nursing and do my best to nurse as long as possible for the benefit of my babies health and my weightloss. With that said, I also believe it’s extremely difficult with some children and not an easy task. I still find myself thinking back on all the hours I spent nursing my first born. For whatever reason, he was a VERY slow nurser (40-60 mins). Most days I felt like as soon as he finished nursing we could be back at it in only an hour or so. With that said, he was my only child at the time and what I didn’t realize then was that I had all the time in the world to sit and watch Netflix while nursing. My second baby was a much faster nurser (20-30 min) so when my toddler needed help it wasn’t too big of a deal. My fear is baby 3 will possibly be a slow nurser and my kids will need me to get up of the couch every 2 minutes to get them a drink or wipe their bum. I know you know what I’m talking about…
One child will always feel left out
My mom always told me that my ideal number of 3 kids was not a good idea because of this exact reason. Honestly, I think she may be right. Will my second born feel neglected? Will one child feel bad when we have to separate on the rides at Disneyland? Will my little girl feel all alone because she is the only girl? I find it hard to believe this will be the case but you never know.
It’s harder to pawn 3 kids off on the grandparents
I consider myself very lucky to have 2 sets of grandparents within 5 miles. When I’m in a bind or want to go on a date with my husband the first people we call are our parents. Obviously this is extremely convenient and the kids love to go visit grandma and papa. However, I would be lying if I said I don’t feel guilty dropping two kids off, let alone 3! I have a feeling the free babysitting days are soon coming to an end.
I know nothing about the world of girl!
I’ll be honest- When I found out my first child was a boy I cried on the way home from the doctor’s office. Why? I’m not sure. I had planned on having 3 boys after all but for some reason I thought I knew it was girl. Now when people tell me they knew what they were having from the beginning I have to roll my eyes in my mind because they are full of it. Fast forward to when that boy was only months old and I can’t even imagine it any other way. When my little sister did the ultra sound this time around and told me I was expecting a girl I was shocked. I thought great…Now I need to start making bows, buying excessive amounts of clothes, and collecting everything princess. Walking through the baby girl clothes at Target and the girl toy aisles honestly overwhelm me! I haven’t bought anything yet because I’m terrified! I know that I will soon say that I can’t imagine life without her but until then, it still makes me nervous!
Do you have three kids? Are you nervous thinking about having a third? I’d love to know that I’m not alone!
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So I have 5 boys-ages 17, 16, 11 yr old twins and a 5 month old. I would highly recommend baby wearing when taking all 3 kids out in public. This way you still have a hand for each boy! 🙂 I does seem daunting to go from 2 to 3 but just take it day by day. Number 5 has definitely been my ‘high maintenance’ baby compared to my other boys. You will have bad days but it does get better and it’s just awesome!
I will have to find a baby wrap I really like and start wearing my babies. Good call on that one! Thanks.
Oh hand in there Tracy!
I had the exact same fears! My first two kids are boys. And then came my daughter. I had so many of these fears. I mean, what do you do with a girl after 2 boys? But it slowly began to come naturally to me, and now I absolutely love having a girl. In fact we just brought home our 4th child, another girl! So now I have 2 of each!
My biggest tips would be to include your boys in all of it. Let them help pick out everything you need for their sister. Let them help pick out the clothes, and toys, etc. Let them claim ownership on their sister, so there won’t be any jealousy.
We did that, and honestly by the time the little girl came, they were so excited, they didn’t mind that Mommy had to share her time with 3 kids now instead of just two. We haven’t had to deal with anyone being left out or lacking in time. I still make time for each of the kids. But them being so involved in helping prepare and take care of their new sisters has really helped the older siblings be excited for her arrival instead of being upset and feeling left out.
And I love that diaper bag you put together for your sister. Just make sure you get one of those put together before your little one comes home! You are going to want those Advanced Colic relief drops on hand in case you do end up with a fussy baby! I’ve been using them this week with my newborn and they are such a life saver! #client
I found this blog today and already love it! I was looking at whole 30 stuff when I saw this post and instantly clicked on it. I wanted to say I completely understand the fear of three! After my second I was done. My hubby and I had both said we wanted four when we got married, but after two… I didn’t know how I was going to survive them, let alone a third! Now my youngest is turning two in a few weeks and the hubs has convinced me to try for a third. I struggle with this fear everyday and just wanted to let you know you’re not alone. It was really nice to see that I’m not either. I keep telling myself, everything has a learning curve. Even parenting/motherhood. Adding another little one to the mix is going to add another learning curve, but I’ll make it through. So will you! 🙂
I’m glad you found our site Crystal! After posting this a few days ago a lot of people have reassured me that 3 is better than 2 so I’m definitely feeling better about it. I still ask myself some days if I’m sure I’m ready but but I’m thinking each baby may just get easier. Heck, maybe we will try for a fourth in the feature! Haha.