So, it's begun. The unsolicited advice portion of pregnancy. That part where strangers as well as people who know me start to give me input on what it's like to have three kids. This crap infuriates me. Don't get me wrong; I've often referred to this pregnancy as the "b*&%h-on-wheels" one. So, the fact that people giving me opinions and sharing stories about their 3rd, 4th, 5th, kids is annoying, is not that surprising. Here's the thing, I don't want to hear it unless I ASK you. Often in pregnancy books there are whole sections about "strangers touching your belly." This is not the problem I have. People must know not to mess with me. But, in the last week I've heard "Good luck!" (insert sarcastic tone), "That 3rd one really threw our family off balance" as well as "I don't even remember what that last one weighed/said/ate/drank/etc." The thought there being that one is too busy with the older children to really care about that last one.
I am opposed to this idea. I do not, for one second, believe that this baby's upbringing will be exactly like either of my other two. But to know me is to know that I document everything and that I'm very present with my children. I know their birth weights (lbs. AND oz.s), I know their first words, I know the age at which they moved into "big girl beds," and I know when they got potty trained! I don't forget or act flippant simply because I've done it before...
For example, both girls went to Gymboree once a week with me (starting at 6-9 months) and guess what?...that's the plan again. Both girls spent the entire first 2 years of their lives at home with me...again, still the plan. Both girls became fabulous sleepers because of a book I read in every pregnancy and follow almost to a tee...still going to happen.
I do understand that I'm not in control of everything. If God has another plan, then I will follow it. But I refuse to think that because I've done the baby/toddler/kid thing before, this time laziness will be sufficient. It's just not me.