or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Mom › Parenting › Is the 3rd child really the hardest?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Is the 3rd child really the hardest? - Page 3

post #41 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by mbhf View Post
#3 was very difficult for me. I felt like a super-mom of 2 but having a third child was very humbling and difficult. And it's not that he was a particularly difficult child, either.
So far, I'm having a similar experience. But transitioning to 2 was also extremely difficult for me. I don't handle the EXTREME neediness of children in their first year as well as I'd like. I get stressed out easily. So when you add to that the demands and needs of other children, ugh. And the dynamics change with every addition and it's impossible to predict the changes to your other children (mostly negative changes in my experience...)

Quote:
Originally Posted by lovemybubus View Post
This made me laugh "quiet little girl"
Me too...hahaha...in my experience, girls are MORE, just more talking, more emotion....


But anyway, meeting the needs of children is hard work. One child is the easiest because there's no competition. With every addition past one, the changes in dynamic/competition become hard. Temperaments don't always mesh, jealousy intensifies...parents don't get as much of a break, which doesn't help.
post #42 of 50
I'm having my third this summer. My second has been MUCH harder than my first at every age, from the day he was born. He'll be 4.5 when this babe is born and my oldest will be 7.5.
There is honestly no way this child could talk more than my 4yo, girl or boy. He literally talks from the second his eyes open until they FINALLY close at night. My mom had girls and always said "At least boys don't talk as much as girls," but she's since retracted that statement. He is an exhausting person to be around, always going. Both my boys are very emotional as well but at least my oldest will just go cry or mope in his room, whereas my second will scream and tantrum.
Honestly after going from 1 to 2, with the kid my #2 is, I'm positive it'll be easier to add a third. Especially since my kids are both older than my first son was when my second was born. They're weaned, sleep in their own beds (without needing me to lay there or nurse them), take showers without my help, brush their own teeth, can fix themselves breakfast, lunch, and snacks. "Going back" to taking care of a baby will be a shock at first but I'm sure we'll adjust quickly.
post #43 of 50
#5 was the hardest here. Yes, harder than having two infants at the same time.
Because #5 came when I had a 17 yo., a 7 yo. and two 2 yos. A newborn on top there was a challenge. But it turned out fine!
post #44 of 50
Thread Starter 
I think there's a lot of truth to the notion that it really depends on the kids - which is funny, because that wasn't what I was thinking about when I posed the question. I was looking more at the family dynamic (for instance, is the 3rd hardest because there are still two younger ones who aren't all that independent, but from the 4th onward they older ones are more able to help?), but, clearly, even there there are no cut and dry answers. But we knew that, didn't we?

My 3rd we thought would be the easiest, and in some ways, he has been. We were more relaxed about the pregnancy and his arrival than with the others, much because of experience, etc. We'd not only already had a baby, we'd already had a home birth/VBAC, and so there wasn't much new. He started out as such an easy, happy baby! I said it was wonderful that the 3rd would be the easy one, since I surely needed it by then! I was pretty wasted by the pregnancy - long-time health issues flared badly, basically, so I was mostly worthless for anything that needed to be done - and getting over that with a sweet baby was a pretty good thing!

Then he started moving. He was rolling at 3 months, crawling at 5 months, standing at 9, and walking at 10. He is NON-STOP, even now at 2.25yo. Super curious, active, happy, intense, and INTO EVERYTHING. He's the first one we ever bought baby gates for!! So, it's been a whole different experience from the first two, and definitely a challenge for all of us. Mostly, it's just the stress of having so much going on - noise, chaos, destruction, play, singing, dancing, etc., etc. It's not all bad, but it CAN be all a bit maddening when you're already maxed sensorily. (And I think both DH and I tend to be overstimulated by sensory input.)

We've looked seriously at a new house where the boys will have more freedom to do all their boy things - like make lots of noise - in an environment where it won't be so hard on DH and me. But, for right now, we're trying to stay put and just fix things as best we can here. And, I think if we make the changes we're planning on (DH working at an out-of-home office most of the time), that it will be easier on him to deal with the kids the rest of the time. And, then, maybe we'll be okay to handle a fourth. Maybe?
post #45 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by HeatherB View Post
Then he started moving. He was rolling at 3 months, crawling at 5 months, standing at 9, and walking at 10. He is NON-STOP, even now at 2.25yo. Super curious, active, happy, intense, and INTO EVERYTHING. He's the first one we ever bought baby gates for!! So, it's been a whole different experience from the first two, and definitely a challenge for all of us. Mostly, it's just the stress of having so much going on - noise, chaos, destruction, play, singing, dancing, etc., etc. It's not all bad, but it CAN be all a bit maddening when you're already maxed sensorily. (And I think both DH and I tend to be overstimulated by sensory input.)
Third dd is starting out like your 3rd son...same developmental timeline...and boy is she curious. I thought my middle dd was intense and busy! The difference with my girls is still obvious in their overall agreeableness. Middle dd is NOT very agreeable whereas younger dd is much more so...which makes younger dd's intensity slightly more manageable. My son is very gentle and sweet natured and sensitive (which is a BIG problem because middle dd LOVES to agitate him and toy with his feelings...UGH). Is that just a girl thing?

Anyway, I'm an introvert and the noise level has been HARD!!!!!!!!! Why oh why did I have such a strong need to reproduce, .
post #46 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by scifimama View Post
i know that my 2 boys can be very loud and wild. the loud volume is what really stresses me out but when the two boys fight, it seems to really stress out DH. we don't know what we're having yet but if it's a quiet little girl, i might not know what to do with her lol. i'm sure this baby will really change things either way.

but i want 6 someday, so i'd love to know if after 3, it doesn't get too much more difficult.
I can't comment on more than three, since I just have three myself, but I want to point out that girls are not necessarily quieter than boys! I have a 7-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl, and a 1-year-old boy, and the girl is by far the loudest and wildest. She's a daredevil and every time I've had to call 911 or poison control it's been because of her. I took her ice-skating with friends today and they had those little walkers for teaching little kids to skate. It was her first time skating, and she had one, and she and one of her friends (a boy in this case) started ramming their walkers into each other head-on and falling on their butts and giggling. My big guy would never have thought to do that, and my little guy just watches and laughs at everything.

So it may be that you'll have two wild boys and a wilder girl!

Nealy
mama to T (12/02), L (2/06), and O (12/08)
post #47 of 50
I agree with it depending on the kids. I have 12, 10 and 7 months and I would trade the 12 year old (girl) for another 7 month old in a second :P
post #48 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by lilyka View Post
#3 was my easiest. a lot of this was her personality. she is an easy child. even her birth was easy. and I have all girls. I mean there was the normal stuff that having a baby and toddler in the house entails but for the most part Ava was the bomb. I was confident in my parenting. #2 was finally coming out of her evil baby phase (she was not an easy baby......really, tripplets would have been easy after her) and everything just sorta clicked into place.
I had to laugh, evil baby phase. I used to be a live-in nanny for infant twins, and OMG, those two boys were so much easier then my single DD1. I always say that I don't know who cried more her first year of life, me or her. She is 7 now and still THAT child, I have finally decided that the only way our family can stay sane is to run her into the ground every single day so she has a crazy schedule of school, and after school activities. The child was up snowboarding until 7:30pm tonight when we finally dragged her off the mountain, but she is finally as happy as I think she can be and so are the rest of us.
post #49 of 50
I found the third to be the easiest. For me it was number two that really knocked me on my @ss! Going from 2 to 3 was easy because I was already used to multi-tasking and watching more than one child on my own. We are done for various reasons but I wouldn't really be worried about going to 4 if that is what we chose. I think once you have a little herd of kids following after you everywhere adding one more to the mix isn't that hard!
post #50 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by Swandira View Post

So it may be that you'll have two wild boys and a wilder girl!

Nealy
mama to T (12/02), L (2/06), and O (12/08)
if #3 ends up wilder than #2, i may lose my mind.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Parenting
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Mom › Parenting › Is the 3rd child really the hardest?