A Tutorial

How to Spot a 2nd Born Child
The Early Years Edition
  • Hair is messy...or not even brushed for school
  • Socks do not match their outfit... hell the kid is lucky if the socks match each other
  • Wears church/party dresses to playground/school... on a regular basis
  • Cannot tie shoes... because Mary Janes are for school and flip flops are for everything else
  • Loves big kid rides... owns special tall flip flops to wear to amusement parks
  • Subsists on a diet of bread and butter... by choice
  • First word is Target and can identify the sign... and knows they sell Icees
  • Knows where the free cookies are in every store... and is often eating one well before 10am
  • Thinks a trip to do errands is an outing... or possibly a mommy and me class
  • Isn't sure who Barney is... but can sing every word to the Drake and Josh theme song
  • Knows what a concert is... and has been to more than one
  • Knows the baby pictures in the big frame on the wall are all of that other child... has never even heard of a baby book
  • Deems new pink educational Leapster boring... it does not play same games as sibling's Gameboy
  • Still thinks LMNOP is one letter... but can play Gameboy games on their own pretty pink Gameboy*

Well that's how it is at our house anyway. How do you roll?

*Yes, I sold the almost new Leapster on ebay and bought a hawt little Gameboy for my then 4 year old. Hey, she could share her sister's games. And have you seen the price of those damned "educational" games?


I am a youngest. Nobody paid me any attention, and I liked it that way, and I still can't comb my hair!

October 15, 2008 at 8:23 AM  

Oh my. If you only could have been a fly on the wall in my house this morning. Lil'Gal, the second born, melting down because I wouldn't let her wear her broken down Cinderella shoes to school.

And, I actually wanted to brush her hair and pull it back in a pretty barrett. For shame on me. She prefers it wild, unruly, and in her face.


Happy Hump-Diggity Day!

October 15, 2008 at 9:55 AM  

Very cute...Very true.
We can add that the first one has hours of video footage for the first few MONTHS of life...the second one has hours of video footage of the first few YEARS of life.

October 15, 2008 at 11:15 AM  

Just last night, dh was explaining to all (boys ages 9,12,16,17) that the oldest one got to learn the cool stuff like how to start a fire and put up and put away tents when camping (he sees it as doing all the work) and the youngest has to beg to go camping but daddy has to work all the time on house & yard upkeep. (When young and poor, we didn't have a big house & yard)
I'm not sure if they bought it or not.

October 15, 2008 at 12:05 PM  

Are you talking about MY kid? LOL. I just now started figuring out how to do her hair, poor thing… the 1st kid is a boy, how hard is it to have The Man shave his head? I finally gave in, she’ll be getting her hair DONE from now on. I’m giving up.

October 15, 2008 at 12:25 PM  

It's a good thing I had a brother :)

The sprog is thankfully an only child forever more.

October 15, 2008 at 12:43 PM  

This sounds like a glorious combination of me and my child. I am a second born, and she is just like me in so many ways.

I was stunned the other day when she started singing along to Drake & Josh. She doesn't even like to watch the show, but can sing the theme song? WTH?

October 15, 2008 at 1:33 PM  

So with the third - no socks, hell - he often doesn't wear clothes; Target is the one-on-one time with Mommy; He knows how to order my coffee at Starbucks; hair is never combed; all his clothes are stained because he is at least the third owner; I don't even know what he eats; baby book who?

October 15, 2008 at 3:21 PM  

I never did get an Icee at Target...
Some of those were definitely true for my childhood, though... yikes.

October 15, 2008 at 6:45 PM  

Wait until you get to number 4!

October 15, 2008 at 10:33 PM  

this is hilarious...thanks for posting!

October 18, 2008 at 9:22 PM  

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