Blog of the Week: Third Man

Blog_of_the_week_badgeWell it’s Wednesday again – so that means it’s Blog of the Week time here on Netmums. This time it’s the turn of Office Mum who admits that parenting her child third time around is just a little different to the first and even second. 

Sound familiar to anyone?!


My third child is discovering nursery rhymes. For the first time ever, I sang Baa Baa Black Sheep for him this week – he will be two years old soon, so this is not something to boast about.

I also showed him Round and Round the Garden for the first time – he loves it. And I’m teaching him animal sounds – so far he is mixing them up completely so that lions sound like birds and “woof woof” is his answer to almost everything else.

At the same age, his two big sisters knew their animal sounds, their nursery rhymes, and could do Round and Round the Garden blindfolded (I never blindfolded them, just for the record).

My third child is wearing a top today that I bought a year ago – it still fits, though it’s a little snug. He gets new clothes when he really, really needs them. His sisters got new clothes every time a season changed or they moved into the next age-range as prescribed by Mothercare.

runs just as well as a blue trike

runs just as well as a blue trike

My third child has a pink tricycle. He loves it. He doesn’t seem worried that his boy-buddies might laugh and point at his girlie trike. Anyway it goes well with the pink pyjamas that he wears when his parents lose control of the laundry mountains again.

He eats food that has dropped on the floor, and we don’t wrestle it from his mouth. He slides down the stairs on his belly and we laugh. He tips his uneaten dinner onto the table because he has been raiding tomatoes and cheese from the fridge all afternoon, and the world doesn’t end.

He has no daytime routine to speak of and he ends up in our bed most nights. He’s addicted to Mickey Mouse and he loves cake. His big sisters hardly knew either existed at the same age.

Our standards have well and truly slipped. In fact they’re on the floor, along with his food.

Yogurt rubbed into hair, nice

Yogurt rubbed into hair, nice

But this third child is the centre of our family, the centre of our universe. He smiles all day, he keeps us smiling. His sisters forgive him every slight, over and over; broken dolls and torn books notwithstanding. His dad melts when he hears the familiar, delighted greeting on his return from work – “daddy! daddy!”. And all of us would do anything for a hug from this cuddly, fun-loving bundle of charm.

He is snuggled and hugged and held and carried, he is showered with love and attention and kisses. We forgot about nursery rhymes this time around, but I think we’ve finally worked out what’s important.

Daddy's boy, everyone's boy

Daddy’s boy, everyone’s boy


Did you lavish much more attention on your first child? Did you take more photos of him/her and also did you worry more as it was your first baby?

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6 Responses to Blog of the Week: Third Man

  1. Katherine says:

    I love this post. With my second I’m so much more relaxed, and almost wonder why I worried so much about everything first time around. Partly, I just don’t have time to worry this time 🙂 brilliant post, very lovely. Xx

  2. vicky says:

    I love this blog. I’m just about to have my third child and hope we have as much fun as this lovely family do. I’m having a girl and having 2 older brothers she’ll be dressed mostly in blue and I hope she likes trains and trucks!

  3. Jodie Mathew says:

    What a fantastic blog really made me chuckle 🙂

    What a lucky boy he is to have a family that dotes on him, and give him the space he needs to grow and be free surrounded by love 😀

  4. Madeleine says:

    My first child was 20years ago and my second was 7years ago. We have been so much more chilled with Ellie even though we celebrated our 40th three months after she was born. What we realised is how quickly the time goes but how wonderful it is! Our sons prom 5
    years ago was magical especially when he took time to sit for photos with his little sister,who dressed in her favourite fairy dress as she thought it was the only suitable thing to wear when she saw him in his tuxedo! What subsequent children miss in nursery rhymes etc they more than make up for in elder sibling advice support and much more relaxed mums and dads. Where Ellie is going to gain is not only is dad checking out the first boyfriend but so is big bro!!

  5. Em says:

    Yes, this is lovely – although I never knew what it was like to have 2 chidlren, going from1 to 3 (very quickly as it happens, 3 kids within 17 months!).

    When I was a mum of 1, I remember trying and failing to kindle the friendship of a mum of 3 whose 3rd boy was the same age as my first. She just seemd to,well, disparage me – and of course, she was already doing the school run with her first one or two, so she had a structure to her day, and a fulness of family, that lonely me, with my endless hours to fill in endless days blurring into nights blurring into days could only wistfully half-imagine.

    And quickly, with my twins hard-on-the-heels of first baby, I became that half-angry, disparaging- to-first-time-mums, mum of three. Take or leave the clubs (mostly leave). Can’t bear to hear a discussion about weaning. And don’t be so precious about – everything!

  6. Elizabeth MacDonnell says:

    Fantastic post, I sat and nodded as I read, our youngest (no 4) is being reared in a very familiar manner and he’s LOVING it, he’s chilled and funny and utterly adored (as are all our children!!) and gets away with MURDER. It’s great to realise what really is important….it only took us four children to figure it out!!!!

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