Truthiness Day 28: Ankle Biter

Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?

Well, if I got someone pregnant, that would just be freaking weird.  I guess I’d try to sell my story to the highest bidder.

If I were pregnant, I’d feel irritated at the waste of taking birth control pills.  I’d also be a little bit surprised that I had conceived unintentionally despite the combination of the pill and my wonky reproductive system.  I would also not be too surprised because I’m uber-paranoid about this type of thing.  I pretty much test weekly and have a stash of 50 pregnancy tests under the sink that I bought from Amazon in bulk…hey, I think this is the responsible thing to do when you’re a regular wine drinker and take other medications that aren’t so great for pregnancy.  Okay, fine.  I’m also slightly neurotic.

Other than that, I’d be both cautiously happy and freaking out.  Having a second child in this house is far from ideal due to a lack of space and the constantly barking dogs who live upstairs that would totally drive me mad when they wake up my newborn.  We’ve already decided that it would be better if Jack didn’t have to share a room with a sibling because he will be going back and forth between our house and his dad’s – he needs a space that is strictly his own.  We aren’t ready to move out of this house right now because the rent is dirt cheap for the area and Jack’s daycare is half a mile away.  The other rentals in our area are both more expensive and smaller and we don’t have a dime for a down payment on a house right now.

Idealistic thoughts aside, we’d totally make it work.  We’re good at planning, arranging, and we generally come out on top.  We want another child but unless it happens by accident we will probably end up planning the crap out of it and so who the hell knows when it will actually happen (although I’m aiming for before I turn 40).

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A Toddler and a Baby

We got a chance last night to see what it would be like to have two young children.  Joe and I babysat our 5 month old niece for a few hours while her parents got out for their first post-baby date night.  It was an interesting experiment, for sure.

The night started off with the little chica getting upset when her mama handed her over to me.  None of my baby soothing skills were working to assuage the separation anxiety, so my SIL took over the calming effort and rocked her daughter to sleep.  SIL and BIL left soon after, but the nap only lasted about 20 minutes and then there was a bit more squawking.  Joe flexed his baby whispering skills and the little one settled into a nap in his arms (I never realized how sexy it is to watch a handsome man calming a crying infant, let me tell ya!); the second nap lasted 1.5 hours!  During this time, I kept Jack busy (and tried to keep him quiet) while also preparing dinner.  Once the little one awoke, we tag teamed feeding time and then it was back to Uncle Joe because Aunt Crystal is apparently not the cool one.  I did get a few smiles as long as I was not holding her or making any sudden movements.

Jack did really well sharing us.  He tried to help by providing bottle, pacifier, or calming pats to his cousin’s head.  It was quite adorable, as were the many kisses he showered upon her and us.  The less-fun things involved him squealing loudly during naptime and insisting on doing whatever the baby was doing (nursing while she received a bottle, being held lots).  It felt like Joe and I were two single parents on a play date in an unfamiliar setting.

It was a really interesting experience and while we enjoyed caring for our niece and giving our family members a little break, we also realized that we definitely aren’t ready for two kids full time.  We’d like more time to enjoy the little freedoms we’ve gotten accustomed to with our toddler before adding to the mix.

We were thanked profusely for babysitting our niece.  This afternoon while lunching with my BIL, I expressed to him my appreciation for providing the motivation to (after 21 months of hemming and hawing on my part) start that pack of birth control pills sitting neglected in the medicine cabinet.  Many, many thanks, J&S!  🙂

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