Friday, April 04, 2008

The THIRD child

Dear third child of mine,

I am so sorry. Really, I am. Two entire hours of watching your sibling's gymnastics classes proved to be exhausting. You passed out in the car. Again. I placed you asleep on the floor, in your jacket and shoes, because I did not want you to nap for long. It was just too close to bed time and I didn't want to jeopardize our night time ritual.

We all walked around you, not very quietly, hoping you would wake up amidst the chaos. Lola and I prepared dinner and Jay built legos beside you. And you slept. And slept. Oblivious to it all.

Not in my wildest dreams would I have left my first born on the floor, in his shoes, surrounded by filth (I was able to photoshop the crumbs) asleep for a nap. But you, my third child, looked so incredibly peaceful.


I just hope that the old saying, "What doesn't break you, makes you stronger" holds true to you, my sweet Fifi.


Love,
Mama

86classy comments:

janethesane said...

Must. Eat. Fifi. Cheeks.

She's so darn cute :) I do let my firstborn sleep on the sometimes not sparkling (heh) clean floor. I wonder what kind of treatment my third child might get? Left outside with the dogs? Hmm...maybe I should only have one.

Mr Lady said...

I love it. *this* much.

Kash said...

OMG, these pictures are priceless. She is just way to cute. You are lucky she can sleep through anything.

Kristen said...

Oh my goodness, that is just the cutest picture of Fifi!

Sounds like she is a great baby who is easy going and obviously able to sleep anywhere.

What a lucky Mommy you are!!

Huckdoll said...

Cutest thing ever. A living doll.

Mama DB said...

Ah, to be able to sack out just about anywhere. When do we loose that ability? I mean, sure you can get there imbibing mass quantities of alcohol but that is generally frowned upon.

Mama DB said...

Oh and your Fifi, adorable!

TheVasquez3 said...

those CHEEEEEKS...so cute!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

So it is true the 3rd can sleep through anything? She looks so angelic. And, kudos on your Photoshop skillz.

Beth said...

Looking at this picture makes me wish I was pregnant again.

Where's my husband....

THopgood said...

Amazing the things we do with our third that we wouldn't have been caught dead doing with our first.

Half-Past Kissin' Time said...

Oh, to be a kid again....I'd love to have been able to do that on my classroom floor yesterday.

Sweetness.

Stella said...

She just looks so cute!
I love the belly!!!

Beyond A Mommy said...

Haha, too cute. Don't you love that when you want them to be awake they sleep peacefully on the floor with their coats and shoes and chaos all around BUT when you put them to bed at night in their cozy jammmies and the house is silent they just don't want to sleep? I also use the line "what doesn't break you makes you stronger" but I am usually referencing myself, lol.

Irene said...

Oh my, that is so SWEET!!!!!

But isn't it true - when you want them to wake, they won't, when you want them to sleep, they won't.

Stephanie said...

Priceless. I love that photo. I want your camera too. I can see the difference big time!

It's amazing they can sleep anywhere isn't it? It still amazes me...

Hopefully she still kept her nighttime schedule!!

Krystyn said...

Soooo cute!!

I could only wish that my first born would sleep anywhere but a crib!

Shoot, I wish I could sleep like that. Fifi looks like an angel!

Happy Days said...

I just love sleeping baby pictures! She is precious!!!

imbeingheldhostage said...

This is precious! You must have some great photo albums for your kids.

Wendi said...

Those pictures are too cute! You are such a smart OHmommy for taking them while she was in such a sweet slumber.
I know EXACTLY what you mean about the difference in the first born and the third.
You are a lucky OHMommy. None of my sweet children napped and when they did they were startled by the slightest sound. Count your blessings!!!

Flea said...

How in earth was that a bad thing? What an adorable child!!!

Kimber said...

Aww she looks so happy and peaceful. Isn't it funny how our "standards" slide a bit by number three. No harm done there...she looks as happy as can be.

Kathryn said...

Aww. What a good (and tired) little girl. So sweet. I'm sure she didn't mind. It was probably comforting to her to hear everyone's voices around her as she slept.
Great photos!

Steph said...

So Peaceful, I have several pictures of my first born like this. Hope that doesn't make me a bad mom :)

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

That is TOTALLY a third child story! Too cute.

Amy said...

HAHA!! Guess what I do with the fourth!
She's precious, even sleeping on the floor.

Kelly said...

Being able to nap amidst noise and chaos is an important skill for FiFi to have when she goes away to college. Nice work, Ohmommy.

Don Mills Diva said...

Don't be so hard on yourself - she couldn't be happier!

Or cuter.

Beth said...

Too Cute. Yep, my second competes for attention with the others I watch - and my oldest son. Somedays I feel so bad for him~

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

She is so sweet, look at that little sleepy face! Being born third means she will be the toughest one of the bunch, but that's a good thing! :o) Keeping up with an older brother and sister is hard work, and I'm sure she is up to the challange!

Lizzy

Ashlee said...

Such a cutie. Amazing she slept throught everything. My daughter would have been up and running not wanting to miss out on that Lego action! :0)

MamaWise said...

So sweet! So, how did she end up sleeping at bedtime after that late nap?

P said...

Oh, those pictures made me miss having a baby around. Those sweet cheeks, that belly, those tiny feet and hands. Oh, now I'm going to have to go borrow one of my neighbors' babies for an hour or so. They never seem to mind when I come to get my baby love.

Kelly said...

That sweet,sweet girl. She is so precious!! I have to agree with that whole 3rd child thing. I do things a lot differently the third time around!!

Jeni said...

I really had to chuckle over this post. I really need to make sure my older daughter sees it too since she is constantly carping at me that I didn't raise her little sister the same way as I did her and her brother -who is the "monkey" in the middle child, ya know. It is really amazing the things we would never have allowed with the first child are by the time a third one comes along, no big deal at all.
As for Fifi, I rather think she will grow up fine and dandy and these experiences will definitely make her stronger in the long run of things too!

The MomBabe said...

he-he-he! She is such a cutie!

and man oh man, she looks exhausted!

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

I adore that second picture. It is a beautiful picture!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Melissa said...

She doesn't look like she's hurting at all! It's hard to believe they little people turn into grown ups, huh?

Stephanie said...

How adorable! I wish my kiddos slept like that! I've been blessed with TWO light sleepers. Just feet on the carpet wake them up! Enjoy! I'm jealous.

Stephanie said...

How adorable! I wish my kiddos slept like that! I've been blessed with TWO light sleepers. Just feet on the carpet wake them up! Enjoy! I'm jealous.

April said...

Fifi couldn't look more content!

Tara R. said...

She does look very comfortable, just lying there. Fifi is just too adorable.

greyst said...

Awwww, this pictures are so stinkin' cute!

Christy said...

It sure is amazing what they can sleep through when they are tired!

Traceytreasure said...

Oh, she's sleeping like a BABY!! She is absolutely adorable!! My kids would fight naps as if they were the enemy. It looks like she likes her naps!! Have a great weekend!! Hugs!

Lacey said...

Aww...she looks so sweet!

Sue said...

She's so cute! If she wasn't happy there she would have woken up, so I wouldn't worry about it. I just want to kiss her tummy!

Lisa said...

Love that belly ;)

April said...

what a sweetie!!!

LaskiGal said...

Oh, she is sweet. I just love these pics. Adorably priceless . . . crumbs or not.

mamatulip said...

*happy sigh*

I am so happy I found your blog.

Pink Lemonade Liz said...

Those have to be some of the sweetest pictures!! There's an awesome scrapbook page just waiting for them somewhere.

What's the old saying.... Your firstborn drops the pacifier and you pick it up and sanitize it before you give it back. Your second born drops the pacifier and you rinse it off and give it back. Your third child drops the pacifier and you wipe it on your shirt and give it back....

Don't worry, mine have fallen asleep on the floor too - they must be comfy or they wouldn't stay asleep.

Lisa said...

She's just too precious. I would have left her sleeping right there like a happy little clam too!

Jennifer said...

LOL! I SWEAR THIS IS SO TRUE WITH SECOND AND THIRD CHILDREN!!
SHE IS SO FREAKIN' ADORABLE!! MAN!!
AND SHE LOOKS PRETTY PEACEFUL AND COMFY, I THINK WHEN YOU ARE LITTLE IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU NAP SOMETIMES, AS LONG AS YOU GET TO NAP. :)
NOW IF YOU HAD WANTED HER TO SLEEP FORGET ABOUT IT! AT LEAST THAT IS HOW IT IS HERE!!

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND... AND IF YOU GET A CHANCE STOP OVER, I JUST DID MY FIRST POST OF FRIENDSHIP FRIDAYS!!
XOXOX'S JENN

amanda said...

omg...sooo flippin cute!!

i remember one of my students mom's telling me about child #3 -"totally a different ballgame she said, poor kid" :)

she truly is precious!!

Jenelle said...

So sweet!!! My boy sleeps like that during the day too...night not so much. :)

Keri said...

As a third child... i wouldn't want to be ANY PLACE ELSE in the birthing order...
talk about freedom, carefree, happy, imaginative, creative...
that's what you get out of being the third child
oh... and the ability to sleep anywhere including a rock concert ;>

beth said...

So, so cute. Makes me think having another might not be a bad idea...

carrie said...

And you can do that, now that there is not a puppy around to pounce on her!

One of my favorite pictures is of my 2nd, asleep on his bedroom floor curled up in a ball. I just put a blanket on him and left him there -- of course, that was pre-puppy also and the cat was nowhere in sight!

Cute photo!

Rhea said...

I want one of those! Can you fedex her to my house? She's adorable!!!!

I feel like she looks right now. It's been a loooong day. I wish I could just sleep on the floor...those days are long over.

Funny post, loved it!

The Immoral Matriarch said...

Oh my gosh. That is just too cute.

Kimmylyn said...

This is such a great "true" post. Love the shots!!

workinthatpreppy said...

precious. i have a third child too and i can totally relate!

CC said...

poor poor fifi. Us oldest children have no idea how good we had it! :)

jennie said...

she is so sweet. and a little dirt is good for 'em (although i certainly didn't see any)

Nap Warden said...

OMG! That is the cutest thing I've seen all week!

Jules said...

Your little one is SOOOO SWEET!

Jenny said...

hehe those are cute photos. funny to. xD children sleep in the oddest positions.

THopgood said...

Came back to tell you that yes the picture is newly posted but no it was not newly taken. That picture is from Aug. 2005. Unfortunately that's the last "nice" picture I could find of only the two of us...sad, sad, sad.....

secret agent mama said...

Davey needs those shoes (well not Fifi's shoes but shoes like those)!

xxoo

Maria said...

That's a really sweet picture. I hope you're putting it in a frame!

Amanda said...

She is such a doll!

kimmy said...

Fifi is adorable. I love how kids can sleep through just about anything! How do they do that anyway?

Have a great weekend!

Kimmy

HRH said...

Your third and my third can split the cost of therapy together someday. Although my boy would have eaten those crumbs up before he fell asleep saving you some photoshop time.

LunaNik said...

OMG...too effing cute for words! I just want to scoop her up off of the floor and smother her with kisses!

Shally said...

Oh, I laughed outloud!

I don't know how many times I have done the same thing with my 4th...

She is very independent though! The kid needs no one to keep her entertained... poor baby.

Amy said...

My little brother, the third and final child in my family, can sleep anywhere and through anything. It's hilarious!

Rhea said...

I keep coming back to this post to adore your precious little one! She's just way too cute. I miss that age!

the dragonfly said...

Oh!!! She is absolutely adorable!!

And seriously, I'm pretty sure she'll be fine. :)

Laura said...

Oh - I totally can relate to this post...what a cutie you have!

Angie said...

Think of the immunities our second and on children will have built up due to our new styles of parenting when life beckons.

KEEP BELIEVING

Eagles' Wings said...

She is so absolutely cute. This is a great photo.

Grandy said...

Oh...the saying is true! It's my mantra! Great pics, Classy lady!! ;)

MommyTime said...

She is gorgeous. And although the phrase is technically "let sleeping dogs lie," I actually think that "let sleeping toddlers lie" is more apt. There is NO REASON on earth, except impending fire, flood or tornado, to awaken a sleeping little one. :)

Good & Crazy said...

My third has ditto moments.

And what the heck is the MEME graveyard. I just wrote a (sort of) bash on MEMEs and your picture is KILLING me!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

She makes me want to lay down on the floor with her and go to sleep. So sweet.

 

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