Friday, May 22, 2009

Ice Ice Baby

It was all going well at the pool today until Bentley dumped a bottle of ice cold water all over sleeping Ivy.

The longer Ivy is with us the more amazing I think it is that youngest children can survive in such a hostile environment. Seriously, I know people (particularly people who are the oldest children in their family) who think that youngest children are spoiled, I beg to differ.

I don't think anyone has ever dumped a bottle of ice water on Gwen. All of Gwen's toys had batteries. No one else, particularly no dogs, ever sucked on Gwen's pacifier. Gwen was snuggly tucked in bed for every nap. When Gwen was Bentley's age she went to toddler classes at the community center...Ben just eats rocks and runs around half naked (on good days, usually it is stark naked). Gwen's hair was properly combed, usually with bows and some fancy 'do. Poor poor Ben, and poorer little Ivy.

First children are spoiled. That's all there is to it.


Blaine said...

I love it!

Great post, interesting theory, and well defended. I'll have to think about how much I really believe it as the oldest kid's an interesting idea anyway.

Gretchen said...

Hmmmm... I don't know how much I have spoiled Claire. I mean, when people saw the way we treated our FIRST child, they told us they feared for our second child. I guess Kate is doomed?

Jan said...

Ha Ha Ha, try telling your older siblings that ok?

Robin said...

I would have to agree and disagree. While he was quite spoiled as a baby, I was already demanding more out of my older child by age 2 when his sister showed up than was reasonably appropriate. That hasn't changed much since. He has been so forgiving, though, and so I always see a need to go back to spoiling him when I can. Older children have to put up with a lot from those younger siblings as well as the stress heaped upon their parents as more little ones join the family.