Does it bother anyone else when they get accused of treating their child a certain way because they are “the first child”? For example if you don’t want dogs licking all over your newborn child, you are clearly exhibiting “first child” behavior. Of if you don’t want your child at two and a half months old to chew on red licorice (black would be fine of course) you have obviously come down with a case of “first child”.
I recognize that there are many things that I probably do which could appropriately be categorized as “first child syndrome”. Maybe co-sleeping, maybe excessive blankets and hats for outings, and maybe even Aaron’s request for hand sanitizer for our house (what? the sink is like two feet away) fit this description. But there are many things I insist upon which do not.
I mean, I can only imagine that with successive children many things happen. First, you have less time, so you can’t stop dogs from licking or licorice from being shoved in the mouth. This of course doesn’t mean that you want these things to happen, but as you produce more and more offspring, it becomes inevitable because you don’t have 100 hands. Or the willpower. You many children parents have your wills broken because you just can’t keep your child from eating the cheerio covered in hair and dirt which has been hiding under the stove because you are too busy trying to take care of the others. Or even one child parents, you probably aren’t as fast as your kid, and can’t stop it either. But that does not mean you like it, and I would venture that you would stop it had you the option.
The good news is, this is my child. I grew him for 9 1/2 long months. I pushed him out, and I reserve the right to screw him up as I see fit. For now I will luxuriate in the amount of time I have to dedicate to saving him from all the horrible dangers like the rain and dogs and unwashed hands. To all my future children: I hope you survive. Especially when the rain turns to acid and the dogs rabid and the hands to monster claws.