My life is already chaotic and kid-centric. I've already mourned all of my old indulgences and hedonistic time-sucking activities the first time I became a mommy. I already only eat at restaurants that have a fenced patio area. Whats the difference between having to pack snacks and toys to leave the house for one kid vs. two kids? Not much I imagine. It already takes like an hour to get out the door.
I already know he or she will eventually latch properly/stop sleeping in the carseat/take normal naps/poop the correct color/fill in the blank with your own parental woe. I'm hoping my relaxed 'tude about this baby will somehow transfer like osmosis into the amniotic fluid and create a nice peaceful, easy-going kid who doesn't give me any trouble and loves to sleep. It could happen!??
|um this kid is hilarious.|
As my house is already stocked with oodles of, blankets, toys, Jenny Jump-ups, Nursing pillows, and enough baby clothes to line up and surround the Earth, I've put together the dream registry for the SECOND-TIME mom. An ode to the wisened and weary veteran parent who doesn't give a rat's ass whether her crib-sheet matches her bumper--She knows what's really up.
1. YOGA CLASS PACKAGE. She had a kid. The kid sucked all of her energy and reshaped her body and she's spent the last few years de-prioritizing her own needs so that she could focus on keeping them alive and well. Then she had another kid and got older in the process. She needs some yoga right now--to center her mind, to remind her to breathe, to strengthen her core, and to get her out of the house for an hour if nothing else. Bonus points for offering to babysit and throwing in some yoga pants.
|Wow, this image dates me|
|Spritz that skank right out of your hair|
|Healthiest Take-out foods|
8. OFFERS TO BABYSIT. Genuine ones and follow up with dates.
|These guys can handle it|
10. GIFTS FOR BIG SIBLING. It's a hard time for them too! Suddenly they are not the center of the universe and have to wait for mom's attention. Bonus points for gifts that keep them busy for 20 minutes or more.