Lean, Green & Mean

June 28th, 2011 · 44 comments

“I was the third child,” says Kathy in Colorado, “so my mom didn’t have time to take nearly as many notes about my development as she did for my brother and sister.”

And speaking of developmental milestones…Kathy’s older sister was just 42 years old when she finally fessed up to adding this note of her own to one of the few non-blank pages of Kathy’s baby book.

walking on her own 9/19 (12 1/2 mo.) so what I can walk on my own too!

related: S is for Sibling Rivalry

FILED UNDER: kids · siblings

44 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Adriana

    I’m glad I’m an only child.

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   aaa bang


      Jun 29, 2011 at 12:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Nunavut Gut

      As far as you know.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 6:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   Clumber

      Cleopatra was an only child too… after a bit of scheming and poison, that is.

      Watch your asp!

      Jun 29, 2011 at 7:46 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   Adriana

      @Nunavut: That’s true. My mother is a known slut.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Nunavut Gut

      I suppose a request for a phone number is completely out of the question.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.6   Nunavut Guy

      Dam!!!!.I’ve named myself Nunavut Gut……..oh the ignominy.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   snee

    making PANs at such a young age. surely a prodigy!

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   AuntyBron

    I am #7 of 8. I came home from the hospital on Christmas Eve with a red bow in my ha… on my head. Do you think anyone bothered to take a picture? Oh, hell no! I have found 1 picture of my from before school – tons of pix of my oldest sibs. No wonder I’m a crabby old lady.

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Sam

      I feel this. Every time I go through the picture box, I get all butthurt because I see twice, thrice, maybe four-times as many pictures of my older siblings. And they say the youngest is the favorite. Pfft.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 1:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   Sean Jungian

      These kinds of stories always sort of tickle me, but not in a schadenfreude way.

      My TA in college was the 14th and last child in her family. She told us this story: for her birthday one year the parents loaded up everyone to go out for ice cream (I think she was possibly 5 or 6 at the time). Later, at home, the family figured out one of the brood was missing; sure enough, they had left the birthday girl at the ice cream shop.

      I just always found that oddly endearing.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 8:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   Rattus

      I am the oldest of two and there are far more pictures of my sister than of me. In all fairness, though, both parents did let me know that they had never loved me (my mom when I was 14, my dad twenty years later to the month ,when I was 34), so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   Dallas_Gal

      You’re joking, right? Please? No? Oh gosh, that’s horrible! What’s your favorite booze? I’ll buy you a bottle (jk).

      Jun 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   First Born

      Be glad you didn’t have to pose 1289723407983413487 times. Growing up I perfected the “Another picture? You’ve got to be kidding me.” look.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.6   TippingCows

      The youngest isn’t the favorite – they just get babied to most and for the longest. Not really a good thing, so if you got out unscathed good for you!

      Jun 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Pam

    lol…my brother, who is the third child, probably has his baby book filled out as much as ours, but we have way fewer pictures of him as a baby than the first two. ‘we didn’t have as much money for film and developing then, i guess,’ said our mom. oops, sorry about that. ;-]

    Jun 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   strangelove bang

    As daughter #4, I totally relate! My Baby Book was very half-assed, mostly blank (not at all so for #1 & 2, who’s first farts were commented on). Couldn’t find a baby pic of myself for a school project, so I brought in a sister’s. Like anyone would know the difference. 42 tho until she fessed up? Very funny!

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:00 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   bec

    Aunty Bron, I feel your pain, I am a middle child of only three kids, yet I have so few photos of my childhood I was certain I was adopted.

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   strangelove bang

      Right on! My older sisters DID tell me I was adopted (actually, just found & brought home). And that the family was complete & done, but then I was a “surprise.” Older siblings can be so … helpful & educational. There’s some PA for ya, hah!

      Jun 29, 2011 at 12:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   The Elf

      Oh there’s nothing like sibling rivalry to produce some fine PAN.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 7:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Erin

    Twelve and a half months?! Someone is a slow learner!

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   dissipatedfog bang

      The average age for walking is around 12 months. Some kids are as early as 8 or 9 months but some not until 16 or 17 months. So 12 1/2 months is pretty normal.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 12:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   EmKitteh

      I was slow learning to walk on my own because my brother kept pushing me over

      Jun 29, 2011 at 12:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   VerityBrown bang

      I had a boyfriend in college who was a twin. His mom said that he didn’t learn to walk until his twin sister could walk faster than he could crawl.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 1:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   Dallas_Gal

      I didn’t walk until I was 25 mos. Now I’m a ballroom dancer.

      Jun 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.5   farcical aquatic ceremony

      That’s so awesome!…um…unless you suffered permanent damage from being shoved a billion times, I guess…

      Jun 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.6   EmKitteh

      Nope, no permanent damage. At least not that I know of…

      Jun 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.7   Chesire cat

      Dissipatedfog is right. I had twins and one walked at 13 months and one walked at 16 months. The 3 months with one walker and one non walker were kinda hard. The walker wanted to run around at the playground but I still had a very heavy crawler. He would try to chase after his brother with his bizarre worm crawl and other mothers laughed at him. I can’t blame them. I laughed at him too, because it did look funny. He’s fine now but at the time I was freaking out over wanting him to walk already!

      Jun 30, 2011 at 5:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.8   Susan

      I started talking at 8 months (unusually early), but didn’t walk until 16 months (quite a bit later than most babies). My brother was just the reverse — he started talking late and walking early. For a while, my mom thought there was something physically wrong with me and mentally wrong with him. So much for that — we both ended up in the gifted class at school, and we’re both pretty good distance runners! There’s a pretty big range for what’s normal in a baby — being on the later end for walking/talking/whatever doesn’t necessarily mean anything at all. Judging from the kids I know, I think 12.5 months is pretty standard for a kid to start walking.

      Jul 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   jadefirefly

    I work in kids & family photography. I hear moms say ALL THE TIME that they took bundles of photos for their first, and nowhere near as many for the rest.
    Sometimes they make up for it by taking a shitload for the newest baby, which then leaves the middle kid(s) out. Can’t win!

    Jun 29, 2011 at 1:32 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Nunavut Gut

    Soon after this note was written Kathy crept into her youngest siblings’ room. Silently she unsheathed her fathers’ fillet knife.One quick slice across the Achilles tendon.

    The sibling rivalry ended that day.

    Jun 29, 2011 at 6:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Chesire cat

      LOL I wish this was just a joke. My uncle tried to bash in his baby brother’s head with a hammer when he was about 5. He knew what he was doing too. He wanted to kill him. His mother caught him as he had the hammer raised. He still hates his baby brother and is super jealous of him to this day. That is why pediatricians advise not leaving younger siblings alone with older siblings.

      Jun 30, 2011 at 5:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Nunavut Guy

      What size of a hammer?

      Jul 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Sensible Madness bang

    I kept it fair by half-assing the baby book on both of my kids.

    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Jimmy James

    Sure, ignoring the youngest is bad (and I’d know) but what really gets me is how for those first years, all they ask of you is to sleep a lot and eat all the food they put in front of you. Then you wake up one day, and their expectations are completely different. Now they’re waking you up to go to school, next thing you know you’re staying up late to study. Then your metabolism changes and they tell you to watch how much you eat.

    Why did it have to change? I was GREAT at that sleeping and eating stuff, and I still am!

    Jun 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Jimmy James


      Jun 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   orange dog

    Parental record-keeping rules

    First child: document everything
    Second child: document only the essentials
    Third child: he/she documents you

    Jun 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Monica

    You can tell this was written decades ago – not only was “too” used correctly, it was used correctly by a small child!

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   The Elf

      Yes, today it would have read “sowhat i cn wlk on own 2″

      Jun 30, 2011 at 7:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   Chesire cat

    Yeah I fail at this part of mothering. My twin boys baby books did not get filled out. At all. Too busy and I am too lazy. I for the most part remember everything right now, but I probably should write it all down before I forget. Matter of fact, I don’t think I even know where the darn baby books are. Whoops!

    Jun 30, 2011 at 5:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   TippingCows

      Kudos to you focusing on the real crap, rather than this show-and-tell “look how good a mom I am” busy work.

      Jun 30, 2011 at 10:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   The Elf

      Bullshit! How is she going to show up the other Moms at playdates, then? Get with the program Tipping! It’s all about what the other Mommies think about how you are raising your kids, not about actually raising your kids.

      Jun 30, 2011 at 11:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Sarah

    I’m 25 and the younger of 2 children. When I was 16, I found an album still in the store shrink wrap and asked my mother what it was; her response: “Your baby book.”
    This was right next to an entire roll of photos my older sister as a baby, sitting on a quilt and not moving.

    Jun 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   divaandwriter bang

    I was the oldest child in my family. My parents took all kinds of baby pictures of me. When my sister (the middle child) came along, they were busy and took very few of her, if any at all. In a fit of young child jealousy, my sister took one of my baby pictures and tore it down the middle! My parents repaired the picture with tape and kept it. It was a constant reminder of sibling rivalry!

    Jul 5, 2011 at 11:04 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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