Going from one kid to two is easy. It’s fun and exciting. Especially if you end up having a boy and a girl. Going from two to three kids is insane. Everything changes. The dynamic is thrown off. The numbers are odd. What does this do for the way of life? Moms with more than 2 kids are sure to experience these things.
#1. You say “No” more than any other word.
No hitting. No looking at each other. No pooping on the floor. No do NOT jump off that chair. It’s a pretty small word in comparison to how much it gets used. And they still manage to misinterpret it a lot. With two kids, you do say no a lot don’t get me wrong. But the third child will want to do EVERYTHING their older siblings do, so the use of NO becomes that much more important.
#2. Balancing becomes a key way of life.
Balancing your time with all of them. Making sure you get quality alone time with each. Making sure they have a fair share of time spent with others. Making sure you make time with your husband. Making sure you have time for friends. Making sure you get some alone time. Making sure you can still do all of those things while managing the million loads of laundry you will do in a week. It really jumps up your game when you add more children to the mix.
#3. Nothing surprises you.
You will have seen probably everything you can think of by the time you have a third or fourth baby. Poop smeared on the wall? Seen it. Kid eating cat food? Seen it. Picking a dirt covered lollipop up after dropping it on the carpet and putting it in their mouth. Yep. Seen that too. The difference between the first and third child is that you would have a minor heart attack when the first child would do that. We would probably rush them to the hospital in fear of them catching some rare and terrible disease. The third child. Eh, they’ll be fine. We all eat a pound of dirt in our lifetime anyways right? It’ll just help their immune system.
#4. And still EVERYTHING surprises you.
Hearing I love you Mommy from the third child. It will hit you like a freight train. Sitting back and watching your older two love on the baby. It’s perfection. Watching the third baby take his/her first steps. I don’t know, it will still just surprise you. To think, you made every single one of those beautiful beings. How is that possible?
#5. You can manage ANYTHING.
Taking care of three kids is a challenge. You no longer have enough hands to hold all of them. You no longer have a lap big enough for all of them. But you will find room. Fitting all kids into the car with clothes that match and shoes on both feet will be a great accomplishment. You start to realize that super heroes are an understatement. We moms ARE superheroes.