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Death of her excitement May 3, 2010

Posted by Erin F. Wasinger in Being a mama.

The excitement over having a baby sister died Sunday. It was four days old.

It was born to Alice over the course of months of careful grooming, asking “Where’s the baby?” and then, later, “Come give the baby a kiss.” Inspired by the birth but through no fault of the second born, communication has reverted back to whines, leg-clinging pleas to be held (impossible) and over-zealous helpfulness when asked. Alice will acknowledge the miniature version of herself by still running to her and saying “HI BABY, HOW DO YA?” but her begging to be picked up leads to nothing but resentment when she sees me holding Violet.

I tried to squeeze in some Mama and Alice time after dinner, holding her on the floor in my lap. Her enormous body didn’t fit on my lap (what with my new mom belly and the fact she’s HUGE, have you seen? She’s like a real child, not a baby) but she curled over and leaned her head on my shoulder. “Do you love Mama?” “Love Mama.” “Mama loves Alice.” “Love Mama.”

The aforementioned excitement was preceded in death by my waistline, my confidence in raising two children while my husband works second shift and the dog’s will to live. No services will be held. Donations can be made in care of the “Never having another child fund.”



1. Will Sullivan - May 4, 2010

HEY. Seriously please stop using the word “death” in any sort of blog post about your family. You just gave me like 3 mini heart attacks. Congrats, btw.

2. mymomgenes - May 6, 2010


I can pretty much guarantee you that she will again be a fan – like such a big fan that you’ll have to tear her off Violet as she tries to communicate extreme love, kid-style.

Good luck as you make the adjustment. A year from now, you won’t believe it’s already been a year.

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