How did I not know (until now) that taking care of (only one) infant is a breeze? Just one little baby - he sleeps most of the time, and when he's awake you can carry him in a sling, and when he needs to eat you get to lie down and read a magazine - how lovely can life get?
My friend Christina gave me a lovely new baby gift when Thomas was born - she volunteered to take Jonathan for the day. So today he's enjoying playing with Nathaniel and Brendan, and I'm enjoying being responsible for only one little infant - which means that the house is cleaner than it has been since before he was born, and I'm caught up on writing thank you notes, and have cleared my desk, and done some research I needed to do on medical ethics, and caught up on laundry, and taken a nap, and read a magazine, and I still have two more hours!
Yet when I had Jonathan (just one baby!) I felt like I would never catch up on chores, desk work, laundry, or sleep.
To be fair to myself, Thomas is a much easier baby than Jonathan was. When he sleeps, I can lay him down and he keeps sleeping (Jonathan didn't, usually). And he doesn't wake up at the slightest noise, which is a good thing since he has an older brother who makes lots of noise! Also, when Jonathan was an infant he woke up to nurse every two hours in the night, making for a very tired mom. Thomas only wakes up once or twice in the night (such a blessing!) which means that I'm really not feeling that newborn fog. So to be fair, the baby experience really does seem pretty different this time around.
But I can't help but wonder if perhaps, when the day comes that I have three kids, I'll wonder why I didn't appreciate how easy it was with only two. :)