June 10, 2011

Final Countdown Second Time Around

Almost exactly six years ago, I was about to become a father for the first time. With twins. I was scared of the unknown and how being a parent would affect my life. Would I be a good father? Was I ready to do this? How do you know how to take care of a baby – or in our case, two babies?! I can’t speak for my wife but I think we both felt a little of that and by keeping busy preparing for two little ones’ arrival, may have helped us keep the fear to a manageable level.

As I type this, my beautiful wife is in the beginning stages of labor. I’m sure she’s going to do great because she generally does great at anything that matters. I’m also struck by how calm I feel. It’s like being recalled to the Majors vs. being promoted for the first time. I’ve been there before. I know what to expect. And one baby? Please. Piece of cake.

I can already tell how the second child (in our case, third child) turns out so differently, many times, from the first. As parents we do things differently. First, we have older kids that need attention too. Second, we know that certain death does not lurk around every dropped binky or every dust bunny. We relax a little bit and, many times, the child ends up a bit more relaxed as well.

It will be interesting to see how this little one turns out. Will she be the same well-mannered child that Swee’Pea and TheMonk have been so far? Or will she be hell on wheels? Will she be more sweet and more spicy? Will she forever alter our lives in ways that we hadn’t imagined? Will that be a good thing? A bad thing?

Damn. Now I’m scared again.

Stay tuned…

13 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to hear the news!

    Comment by Busy Mom — June 10, 2011 @ 11:25 am

  2. Hooray! So exciting, I hope everything goes perfectly smoothly and Baby3 will soon be getting smooches from the whole family. It was a long time coming, but our sweet #3 is home and getting covered in kisses every day, and we’re just tickled. You’re all going to ADORE this new little one.

    Comment by Goddess in Progress — June 10, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  3. I’m so excited for your family!!!! Will be constantly checking my timeline for updates!!!!
    <3 @mcsmilemaker

    Comment by Patty — June 10, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

  4. I’m waiting……

    Comment by Aunt Raina — June 10, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

  5. WOO-HOO!!!

    Comment by Deanna — June 10, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

  6. How exciting/nerve-wracking:)

    Comment by thepsychobabble — June 10, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

  7. Good luck to you and your family!

    Comment by beta dad — June 10, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

  8. Good luck to the Mrs. and to you and the twins too! Woot! It’s time!!! :)

    Comment by Val — June 11, 2011 @ 8:02 am

  9. Hey, almost-congratulations! Hopefully by the time you read this, the game-changer will be out there.)

    Comment by BloggerFather — June 11, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

  10. Congratulations to the whole family! Can’t wait to see the new arrival, what a joyous time for all of you.

    Comment by Laurie — June 11, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

  11. Congratulations and good luck to all! Here’s to a good, quick birth and good health for all!

    Comment by Somewhere in the Midwest — June 12, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

  12. Good luck! Can’t wait! I also can’t believe all 3 of your kids will have birthdays so close!

    Comment by Sonya — June 12, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

  13. Congrats and good luck! My wife is expecting twins (our 1st & 2nd kids) so I’ve been enjoying reading about your experiences.

    Comment by mark — June 13, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

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