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Second Child Syndrome

Referring to the difference between how the first child is treated vs the second child (see: benign neglect), as well as what happens to bloggers after their second child is born (see: fall off face of earth).


Thomas Richard Pawlowski, born 2 months ago, after 3 days of labor and arriving to much joy and happiness. However, as he is the second child, there was no live tweeting of the event, nor a guest blog post by Eric announcing his arrival.

Or a blog post about his arrival, at all.

His labor and delivery are no longer fresh in my mind… rather I am immersed in the daily juggle of toddler and infant, the dance of naps and meals, the constant stream of diapers. It is wonderful, and it is all consuming.


Thomas is a sweetheart. He is full of bright smiles and contentment. He’s recently taken to waking only once at night. (EJ still wakes up once or twice himself, and it took almost 2 years to get that good.) I am smitten.

And busy.

Slowly I am eking out Metro (from the fall twistcollective), which I see as a good nursing sweater – a cardigan with no buttons. It awaits sleeves and a neck, but I feel confident I will eventually finish and wear it.

There are many other things happening, but right now it’s all busy-ness and overcommitment… not worth the time to type about it.

I miss you, my friends in the computer. But right now my eyes are on the rugrats, not on the screen.

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. congratulations, dude!!! :)

    November 15, 2010
  2. lykkefanten #

    He’s adorable! And EJ looks like he’s a wonderful big brother!
    Congratulations on the enlargement of the family, and don’t worry, we’ll still be here when you have time/energy to blog ;)

    November 15, 2010
  3. I’ve been thinking about you and guessing that you are pretty overwhelmed with things these days. I’m glad to hear that you are doing so well. I miss you, though! You guys sure do make beautiful babies!

    November 15, 2010
  4. Congrats! I just had my first and it’s crazy how busy life suddenly gets!

    November 15, 2010
  5. joy! Congrats to you. I’ve been thinking of you lately, wondering what that transition to two is like. Sounds crazy! Enjoy the ride. :)

    November 15, 2010
  6. Kathode Ray Tube #

    Congratulations! Your boys are beautiful. Take care of them and yourself!

    November 15, 2010
  7. Manise #

    Congratulations and Welcome Thomas! What beauties both of them. I’ve been thinking about you a lot this fall and wondering how the adjustment was going. It certainly is different after the 2nd. Sounds like you’ve got it well under control and so glad #2 is easier going. We miss you too! No worries, we’ll still be here. Your eyes are in the right place.

    November 15, 2010
  8. Congrats! I remember those days fondly. Three in diapers, though! They are wonderful and happy times. Enjoy the days when all you have to do to make a child happy is to hold him ALL DAY LONG! lol

    If you’re in town, I’ve got 4 to entertain your two. And future babysitters!

    knit on,

    November 15, 2010
  9. Congratulations Jackie and Eric!! Those are two beautiful babies!

    November 17, 2010
  10. Congratulations, Jackie! Your two boys are adorable. :)

    November 17, 2010
  11. Congrats!

    November 19, 2010
  12. sulafaye #

    Congratulations! So good to hear from you and to know that all is great. They are precious. Thomas looks like he’s already got things figured out!

    And a sleeper, the second time around? If I could be guaranteed of those results maybe I’d think about #2.

    November 19, 2010

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