Thursday, July 14, 2011

I’m Gonna Have Two Kids: A Panic Attack

I called my mom today to see how she was doing. The conversation went something like this:

Small talk.Talk about my son. Small talk.

My Mom: “Is it true what I saw on the cover of National Enquirer about John Travolta and his wife’s new baby…?”

Me: “Ma, you’re not seriously getting your news from a tabloid, are you?”

Small talk. More talk about my son.

My Mom: But, how’s the Mommy (meaning me) doing?

Share my day-to-day trials with her: can’t bend over, I smell, I’m gross, etc. Then I remark on how my new baby could feasibly be born in six weeks.

My Mom: Yes, that’s right!
Me: (not thinking) Wow. I’m gonna have two kids soon…

More small talk. I love you’s. Talk about my blog. More I love you’s. Good-bye’s.

When I hang up the phone, I sit on the couch, quietly, for a moment. And then it hits me all at once:
Crazy Looking Lady
Photo by SebeKe

I’m gonna have two kids.
I’m gonna have TWO kids.
I’m gonna have TWO KIDS?!

(Panic attack time! Squeeeeeee!)

My freak attack then goes into overdrive: What in the heck were you thinking, trying to have another kid? Didn't you just get good at having one? And sleep! You were just starting to enjoy sleeping regularly again! Why-oh-why did you let yourself fall under that Baby Magic spell? 

And so on and so forth.

Anyway, I’m better now. My mind completely shut down under the pressure of my panic attack. I’m in a very nice, numbed-out stupor. Like that feeling I get when I take medication that makes me feel drowsy: I put up a fake fight to stay awake, but I know I'm just gonna give up in the end...

In the meantime, any tips or suggestions from any parents out there with more than one child? ... Will I end up looking like this poor woman at some point?

1 comment:

Annette Piper said...

LOL, I ended up with twins at my second go at pregnancy. Try increasing from one to three in a day. Not good.

My biggest tip is make a routine and stick to it. Oh, and don't expect to be able to do things you used to do with one child that were remarkably civilised and similar to pre-baby life. You'll find yourself mixing with other parents of more than one as you find out how easy those with one child have it and that they just don't understand what its like to have more.

But of course, the joy of having another little bundle to love does cancel all that out for the first year or two!!

Keep smiling (no, don't grit your teeth like that!) :D


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