To parents who are planning to have more than one child: You will have an easy child. Unfortunately, this also means that you will have children that are more difficult because really, when you have an easy child, there’s no such thing as an easier child. They just don’t exist.
My easy child is Elizabeth.
She slept through the night at two weeks old. Her colic phase lasted maybe two weeks. She hit every milestone on time (except jumping with both feet leaving the ground, she was a month late according to her pediatrician). She had two accidents two months before turning two, and that was enough for her, she’s been potty trained ever since.
Through her toddler years she was very vocal but she was a reasonable vocal. We could have intelligent conversations that resulted in a logical outcome. I may have forgotten a time that I took her out of a store kicking and screaming but I don’t think I am. I’m 99.9% sure it never happened.
In her school years every teacher has told me what a perfect student she is. Well rounded, learns quickly, struggles with a few things that are easily fixed. Honestly, the only complaint I’ve ever received (but I have received from EVERY SINGLE TEACHER) is that she wears her heart on her sleeve and the smallest perceived injustice will reduce this sweet girl to tears in about half a second. That’s not a surprise though really. I stopped counting how many times I cry in a day. It’s just too many.
All that to say that Elizabeth is truly my easy child. She has been extraordinarily independent from a young age, bathing herself, dressing herself, preparing simple meals, etc. She is not the child I worry about. She is definitely not the child that keeps me up at night.
I can’t say the same for the youngest two.
Conner has the potential of being as easy as Elizabeth but today, he walked out of the house with no jacket after I explicitly told all four children to grab jackets and backpacks before we walked out. Therefore, Elizabeth holds the easiest child title.
I sincerely worry if my kindies are going to repeat this grade again next year though.
Independence is like a foreign language.
You want me to use Johnson & Johnson TEAR FREE soap to wash my body and hair?!?!? Impossible! I can’t force my hands to do such a task! Surely I will drown!!!
Sound out the word Jump? Ummm, J…. l… t…
Make a sandwich?! Isn’t that child labor?? Aren’t you suppose to personally perform each step to ensure that I’m raised as a person that can’t do anything for myself???
“Ma, can I have a snack?”
“Yes” Thirty minutes later…
“Ma, can I have a snack?”
“Didn’t you already get one?”
“I don’t know”
“Well, now you can wait until dinner”
“But I’m STARVING!!!!”
So, parents and parents to be. I warn you now before you embark on the exciting journey of having more than one child.
You will have an easy child. And you will have the NOT EASY child(ren).
Prepare yourselves appropriately.