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Monday, April 01, 2013

Toby making conversation

Before I had a baby, I loved reading posts by mothers about the cute things their children would say. I daydreamed about the day when I'd hear cute things coming from my own child's mouth. Well, now that Toby is almost three (!), he's been talking up a storm and I love it so much. For example...

* He likes to start up conversations, but doesn’t always get it quite right. He'll say, “Mama?” I'll answer, “Yeah?” “Um.....remember Daddy?” "Yeah, totally! That guy from this morning? He was awesome."

* The other day, I walked into the living room and asked what he was doing. He answered, "Just chillin'." Another day, he answered, "Doing my thing." Oh. Okay.

* When I sing songs and put him to bed, I'll say, "Good night, sweetie," right before I walk about the door. And recently, he'll whisper, “Thank you so much." The sweetness breaks my heart.

* When he had his first bad dream and woke up crying, I asked him what he was scared of, he said ominously, "The restaurant." He wouldn't elaborate.

* The other night, I was putting Toby to bed, and we were lying in the dark talking about the new baby. Toby told me that the baby could sleep in his room and that he would help feed it. And I said, “What would you feed the new baby? Milk maybe?” And he paused, thought about it seriously, and said, “Pain au chocolat maybe?”

Oh, Toby, you're so awesome. P.S. Mamas, this might be a dumb question, but how can you love another baby as much as your first child?! My heart is already filled to the brim.

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wonderchris said...

He melts my heart. :)

ALG1269 said...

I wonder the same thing and have asked many people. I am 17 weeks pregnant and I am filled to the brim with love for my sweet boy. Oh, how I love children!

Claire Star said...

"That guy from this morning" and "Pan au chocolat" - he is so funny! I wish I lived in NYC and knew you all personally, it would be so much fun to babysit Toby. :)

Katie Brown said...

My husband and I wondered the same thing before we had baby #2. But, it was like this instant moment when he was born where our hearts just doubled in size. Now, it pains me to think what life would be like without both of them. I'm 22 wks with baby #3 and now by biggest worry is how do I give each one equal attention and focus on their needs! We will see how it goes soon....ha!

I too love the language of little ones. I bought a "line a day" journal that I use to write down those "unforgettable" phrases.

Martha said...

It isn't a stupid question, I asked my friend with two kids the same thing when I was pregnant with my second. She said "you just do!" Now I have a three year old and a five month old, and they are both my favorite people. I think what was hard for me was to see my beloved first baby be hurtful to the new baby, which will happen. When my daughter was a few days old my son threw a tennis ball at her head, and it made her cry, and that made ME cry! I feel the pain of both of my children now.

Chloe Moon said...

Aww! I wonder what the restaurant is...maybe he's a secret Seinfeld fan?!? =P

Erin said...

Your love just grows bigger and it's a magical & wonderful thing! And when you hear your children having little conversations just the two of them, you will pass out from the cuteness!

Sydney said...

I used to think the same thing and then the baby was born and they were loved equally as much as the one before. It's amazing to me how a baby will be born and after a short time you can't imagine life without them. Love is a wonderful thing! Toby is so adorable, I just love the stories about him. Take care!

igotsapoodle said...

Awwww! All of these statements are the sweetest (and funny)! It's good you write them down. And he can say 'pain au chocolat'?! Now there's a kid with some sophistication :)

Chung Nguyen said...

What a sweet boy! "The restaurant" cracks me up so much. Hilarious!

Mindy said...

OMG your post made me all teary eyed...not a nice thing to do to a pregnant lady, you should know! :) Anyway, he is so sweet. I wonder the same, I am 28 weeks pregnant with baby #2. It's so nice that you can talk with him about the new baby. My son is only 20 months and I don't think he knows we are about to have an addition to the family. It is SO sweet how Toby thanks you sometimes before you walk out the door. SO sweet. I can hardly stand it.

Millie Wamsted said...

I have to say that I still loved my first one more when my second was a newborn. I just knew the first better and she was at such a sweet stage. BUT as my second grew older and I began to know him like my first... well, obviously I fell just as in love with him. I now have 3 and love them all! But I'll admit that it didn't happen instantly for me.

Amy Lauree said...

Ahhh so sweet! Yes my daughter is 3.5 and she will come into a room and say "I have a question." and ill ask what her question is. "Da question is....let's go to da library!" So funny.
It's hard to imagine, but when your next one comes it will be like your love just doubles. I love cuddling and rocking my 11 month old girl, and I love ticking and wrestling my 3 yr old girl. I love them each in different ways!

anne taylor said...

OH my goodness, what a sweetie.

cozbi hultz said...

I adored reading this! And, very reasonable question you asked at the end... I have no kids but that really had me wondering how indeed you can love the second child as much.

Vanessa said...

The bad dream about the restaurant made me laugh out loud in the subway station.

Joanna Goddard said...

amy lauree, that is hilarious. your daughter sounds so cute. yesterday toby said, "i have a question..." when i asked what his question was, he answered: "california."

becca said...

Your love multiplies, not divides.

Kasia said...

OMG he is adorbz!! I nanny and love watching the little ones learn how to talk. The 20-month-old recently said "I love you" but it sounded more like "i lo-lu". so cute!!

Janelle @ Two Cups Of Happy said...

What a sweetheart he is!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

mindy, congratulations! interestingly, my friend told me the other day that her sister decided NOT to tell her older child about the new baby at all because she didn't want the child to worry ahead of time. and it was totally fine and seamless when she brought the baby home from the hospital. the older child has adjusted beautifully. so i think that way works too!

Joanna Goddard said...

kasia, oh my goodness, that is so so sweet!

Joanna Goddard said...

becca, that's a lovely sentiment:)

Melanie said...

I think we all ask that as the second one comes along. You will love them just as much but you will love them so differently

Hanh said...

This is so sweet, it makes me want to have a child.

Emily said...

Such sweetness! This is one thing I'll definitely look forward to when we grow our family. :)

Emily | Sparkle Meets Pop

Anna said...

My wonderful Granny, now in her 90s, always tells the story that when she was expecting her second baby she confided this worry to a neighbour. Her neighbour's assurance was that 'babies bring the love with them'. I'm also expecting our second child and find this wonderfully reassuring.

Lais said...

haahha "remember dad?" was the sweestest thing I´ve heard! He is adorable Joanna!

amber said...

your heart gets bigger with every baby so you just when you think you're filled to brim, you're heart doubles to make room for the more love.

at least that's what my mom told when i said i didn't want a brother some 21 years ago.

Moonlight said...

Love is not shared, it's multiplied! :) I don't have babies, but that's what my mother says. She had a first child which had problems since birth, and died at 10. I was 6 then, and I never feld not being loved, and neither did my sister who was 3 then. And up until this day, I admire her for loving us equally in the way we individually need to be loved.
I'm sure you will know what all this means once you hold your baby baby in your arms!
All the best mama^2!

emmakesherown said...

So, so sweet! "Um... remember Daddy?" had me giggling uncontrollably at my desk. There's something so pure and sweet about kids and how they see the world. Thanks so much for sharing.

Wylie said...

I think your heart just grows in size with each child. I felt the same way when I was pregnant with my second, and discovered that the love just seems to swell and encompass all your babies. And the second baby will be showered with extra love from Toby, too!

lisa golightly said...

I asked the same thing when expecting my 2nd. Now there's 3 and the youngest graduates ( hs ! ) next yr.

Can't explain it ~ but you will. In spades

Love the sweetness of your post.

casey ann said...

love this! hehe :)

Kelly Agnew-Barajas said...

My son will be 3 in July and I am nine weeks along with #2. The other night I asked my son what he will do when the baby comes. He said, "Sing songs...change diapers...read book." Then he said, "I will be a big brother to her." Of course we don't know the sex yet, but I am wondering if he knows something we don't!

Katie Rose said...

I love these kinds of posts too! I don't have a baby yet (well, I do have Lily, but she's a dog), so I love hearing the cute stuff kid say. Toby is precious (and I teared up at his "Thank you very much").

Katie \\ the rose record.

sian said...

turns out the mama love is infinite. three year olds are like beat poets. i write down the funny stuff o-o says in my sketchbook, a little drawing of him with a speech bubble. when he sees the drawings asks me to read out what he's saying! i sometimes put the drawings on my blog, here's one; http://sianuska.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/shes-coming-to-tea.html
x x x x

sian said...

sweet! o-o was insistent that his sibling-in-utero was a girl. kept saying throughout the pregnancy, 'it's a sister, definite'. i started to think it might be some kind of toddler premonition. in the end though, his predictions were all off, he is now a very proud older brother to wee baby j (a boy).

ADRI'S WORLD said...

That's sooo cute! The restaurant!! haha

Adri
adrisworld.com

kati said...

oh my heart !

my little apartment said...

!!!!!!!!!!!

I totally giggled out loud at the "Just doin' my thing". What a little love!!

Tina from A Few Pretty Things said...

When I was pregnant with my second baby I didn't get to sleep because I wondered if I would love him as much as the first one. You guess the answer. I think the second pregrancy is a more concious and touching experience because you know exactly what this little baby will soon mean to you.

13bees said...

obvs not to be repeated here, but I start laughing out of nowhere remembering your impression of toby mimicking your frustration at the dvd player....

Heather Patton said...

While the new baby may not appreciate pan au chocolat right NOW, he/she will hopefully appreciate Toby's good taste later on in life.

Great, now I want a pretzel AND some pan au chocolat. I gotta stop reading this blog today or I'm going to go crazy! :-)

collette said...

Little secrets between you & I: I would fall over if one of my kids whispered thank you so much at the end of a long day. And, while my first tries my patience, my second fills my heart with love. That is why, among MANY other reasons, I will not have a third.

Gina said...

Joanna, this is so precious and made me laugh out loud! "The restaurant." I think all my co-workers heard me laugh. Thanks for this. :)

Alisha said...

This is so sweet and adorable. I read the story of his bad dream and thought about my hilarious nephew - he had a recurring nightmare that Swiper from Dora the Explorer chased him into a 'prickly shrub' and he couldn't get up. Amazing how little minds work!

Anke said...

My parents had a little book in which they noted down all the fun things their three kids said over the years. They even glued some of the first notes we wrote to them in there. It's probably our most treasured posession!

McKenzie said...

Aw, Toby is such a cutie! ahah I love the "Doing my thing" ! haha x

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Mary said...

Soooo sweet. I wish I had captured more of their adorable quotes along the way. They're only 3 and 6 so I still can - it's hard, though, because there is so much cuteness every day!

And yes, I think we all do wonder how we could possibly love #2 as much as our first baby. Somehow our hearts expand to allow for even more love and awesomeness. It's amazing.

Samantha said...

I love that you keep these written down -- it will be so fun for him to hear someday! My brother and I are 13 years apart and I remember that he was just too funny! there's something about that innocence.

I remember on his 5th birthday he opened up a gift of animal teeth flossers and asked "are these body parts?"

Loreto said...

I was making cupcakes with a friend and her 2 year old son. He saw the decorations and wanted to eat them. "Sweets!" he screamed over and over. His mom did not wanted him to eat anything before dinner, but he was insisting us so much!
His mom then said: "OK!, if I give you a cookie will you stop bodering us?!"
He just said: "no", with the sweetest voice...
I just laughed, for like 5 minutes.
We gave him the cookie anyway.

Sarah said...

I think your heart just grows bigger for the second baby and anymore after that. Love both my girls with all of my heart, along with their father and our family dog.

Carol said...

Oh, Joanna, you're Toby is such a sweetheart.I have a 1 1/2 year old and we're due our son in 4 weeks.I'm nervous I'm not going to love him as much because my daughter has ALWAYS just been such an easy going, fun, social, likeable child.I feel like he'll have a lot to live up to and what if he is colicky, or wants to nurse all the time, or only takes 10 minute naps!?! I almost feel more nervous this time round than I did with my daughter!

Jesse said...

we're only day dreaming of baby #2 and i already have these worries. glad to know i'm not alone:)

e024b39e-59a7-11e2-9397-000bcdcb2996 said...

This is so very sweet. My baby boy is 11 months, and it's hard to imagine loving another as much as him. Thank you for publishing these posts. They are so near and dear to us too!!

Loreto said...

o, and another friend... her son (4) says to her :" i love you mom, you are the most beautifull mom ever and...the skinniest"
lol
I need to teach my daughter to say that!!!!

H said...

This post just made my day!! The fact that he whispers "Thank you" after you read to him at night makes my heart just break into a million pieces! That is the most precious thing ever. It sounds like you have a smart, sweet little boy on your hands!

Alexa said...

He is darling!

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness - whispering "thank you so much" breaks my heart too! so sweet!
-sarah @ two tarts

Megan F said...

"Thank you so much" made me tear up! Gah. I can't wait to hear what this little one wriggling around inside my belly will have to tell us some day.

Parent 2 said...

I truly didn't believe it possible to love a child as much as I loved my first. I secretly thought I would love it just a tiny bit less, but never tell! The truth was, babies are so needy that my "mommy instinct" kicked in even harder for the baby, and my love was not greater but maybe fiercer for a little while with the second. What I still have trouble with is remembering that although my fist little guy is older he is still NOT OLD. He was 2 and a half when his brother was born and her seemed SO old relatively. I feel like I rushed his babyhood a bit. He seems to have gotten over it!

Kati said...

This makes me so excited for my own little son to come into the world! Two more weeks!!

Ashley@MarriedLane said...

I'm about to have my 3rd, and as far as loving more than one, I can tell you that your heart just keeps growing to accommodate them!

When people tell me I have my hands full, I like to smile and say "You should see my heart!" :)

Sally said...

When I was expecting our second child and had these same feelings of anxiety about being able to love another child equally, my aunt told me this: "Your first baby just teaches you how to love." I have remembered those words over and over during the past 12 years of having child #2. She was so right--I instantly loved my son as much as I had his older sister. Our hearts have the capacity for so much love, it's really amazing.

Heather said...
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Stephanie Arnold said...

Its amazing the love you can feel. I was so worried about that when pregnant with #2 but now I have three kids and can tell you - it just overflow and keeps on flowing. It's the best and the things they say get even better. Take videos! Even if its just a snippet here and there - the voices change and that sweet little 2 year olds voice is something you want to remember forever!

Anna Hamill said...

I love how sweet he is, yet has a couple of gangsta replies in there too. "Chillin' with ma homies, yo!"
I have a niece, she has recently began speaking but not in sentences yet. Cannot wait.
I think it would be awesome to make little books for my future children of all the funny things they say.

Silvia said...

This is adorable! It's moms like you that make me so excited to be a momma one day! :)

Taryn Louise said...

Oh Joanna--- "the restaurant" and "pan au chocolaut" made me laugh! Thanks for sharing. I CAN'T WAIT for my little guy to start talking and telling me about him doin' his thang!

Michele said...

Awwwww, what a cutie. I love talking little ones. I always linger at my 2.5 year old son's daycare when I pick him up, just to talk to all his friends and hear about their day. My favorite thing that my own little boy does is talk to not only all of his toys and stuffed animals, but all inanimate objects. I overhear him having long conversations with everything from his stuffed animals to the laundry basket. Sometimes he wants them to talk back, and he'll say "Mommy, make him talk-a-me!" and point at whatever he wants to talk to. Then I have to do a funny voice for it. Actually, he'll sometimes listen to an inanimate object when he won't listen to ME.

Cute little ones.

popcosmo said...

Aw how absolutely adorable!
xox
chloe
http://www.popcosmo.com

nearandfar said...

Lord, Have Mercy!!! Your little boy is so sweet and funny. That he said " Thank you so much" and "Pain au chocolat" yet again confirms that God is real. What an funny little angel you have. I predict that he's going to fall in love with a French woman and they'll have babies and he'll give them pain au chocolat for an afternoon snack. I live in Paris now and this was the cherry on top of my great day. Merci Toby!

Felicia, This Time Now (the blog)

Brigette Olmos-Arreola said...

He's getting so big! Too, too cute!

Glitter and Pearls said...

Pan au chocolat? That's pretty awesome!

chand said...

God gives you more room in your heart.

Nicole @ GF Shoestring said...

I have 3 children, and they're all very close in age. When I was pregnant with my second, I was racked with guilt, and felt disloyal that I would even dream of having another. Then a wise woman with 3 already grown children told me that, although you may not have as much time to spend with each child as you would if you had only one, siblings give each other something that no one else in the world (including you as the mother) can give them. I never forgot that - and my oldest is nearly 11.

Nicole

Mom on a Mission said...

That is so freakin adorable! I especially love that he said, "Thank you so much," after you put him to bed. Melts your heart. My little one is only 15 months, but she is already picking up words like crazy. No actual sentences yet, but she does say please, thank you, and lately even turtle! Toddlers are so sweet. :)

Mami said...

This is the sweetest post ever. And a great glimpse into the person he's becoming through you and his world! Precious.

tales of the golden state said...

this is really precious!

Josephine said...

As a mother of two, I like to think that each child comes with a new heart! Don't panic, all will be well.

Ivana said...

These are some sweetest words...what a precious boy.

I used to talk about this with my husband before we had our second boy. We felt exactly the same as you - our first boy was beyond wonderful and we could not imagine loving someone else that much (I actually feared it). But then, our second one was born and from the first second our hearts filled up once again. Their soul just takes your breath (and heart) away and then you are a parent of two.

Trish said...

I had the same experience as Nicole. When pregnant with my 2nd & 3rd, I felt like I was "cheating", but miraculously, your heart grows to love each and every one tremendously.

I enjoyed the made up words, which are still used in the family. Butcept - a combo of but and except. And, "Mommy, he's not being have!" (long a, as in behaving.)

Bea B said...

That is just too cute! I have similar conversations with my nieces and nephews and always think I should write them down so I never forget. My baby niece just loves my Dad (her "Papa") and literally every time she sees him, even if he's he's only been out of sight for a minute, she'll say "Ohhhh Papa" in such an adoring lilt. Cracks my heart every time.

http://thegoogleyear.blogspot.com.au/

Jen said...

Oh my gosh, I thought the same thing. I was petrified to have my second little lady because I didn't understand how it could be possible to love another creature as much as I love my first.

Well lady #2 just turned two and I have to tell you, you really do have room. I love my little bean just as much as the first, as impossible as it seemed!

SinoSoul said...
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SinoSoul said...

And on the flip side, I can think of twice the number of wickedly evil things the kid did/said just this weekend.

Why do moms always report more on the "good" than the "bad"? Is it because everyone wants to somehow forget the pain of being kicked in the head? Or how she throw a spoon full of rice at the dog? Or how he tried to kill the chinchilla with a chopstick (is that just me)? Or how you had to pick up that errant wad of doo-doo with bare hand?

Mine, on St. Patrick's, asked for "bier", (not "beer", obviously, because of the super cute accents), when he ran out of juice and water. Cute, right? Shortly after, he decided to disperse (cream-top, organic, Straus) milk all over the leather of the AMG. That was a $140 load of cuteness. I will love the second one as much as the first one -- which is to say, with a keen memory, and many grains of salt.

ms. vino said...

Thank you Sino Soul for your honesty. I agree that sometimes it's good to talk about some of the bad stuff too. I have a 2 year old and I love her to bits but she also drives me nuts! Like this morning when she decided to wake up at 4:30 am. I am expecting baby number two in the fall and i'm more worried about how I am going to survive the exhaustion of two little kids than I am about making sure I love them equally.

Emily said...

Oh my heart! I am due with my second child in just 5 days and wonder constantly how I can possibly love another as much as I do my first, who is 22 months. He's also starting to become quite funny, though I can't wait until he starts talking and having funny conversations with us!

tali said...

when my cousin was pregnant, she secretly told me she couldn't imagine loving a baby as much as she loved their cat. somehow...it all worked out :) loved your posts today!! thanks so much for sharing these sweet moments. "thank you so much" blew my mind. my nephew is 4, and the other day, he introduced me to his "son," a stuffed bear named barbalo. when i asked if barbalo had brothers or sisters, he said "of course. my other children" and proceded to introduce me to his other stuffed animals. one was named ariel, and he made sure to clarify that this ariel is a doggy, while the other one, his sister, is a baby.

Clio said...

Tali that is the sweetest story ever, I just laughed out loud on my own. I love how serious little children are sometimes.

traviam said...

I haven't gotten to the point of even considering a second child (my son turns one on Friday), but I worry the same thing. I can't wait until he starts talking so that I can hear what's going on in that mind of his. Yay!!

janzi said...

What a delightful and happy post you shared with us, thank you so much for that sharing.. I had five children, three straight after each other, then a seven year gap before the last two... and I can honestly say that I never worried about having enough love, it just seems to grow and grow, and its eternal... all my kids still feel my love even though they are all grown up and living their own lives.. Love is amazing, and when it comes with babies, an absolutely fantastic time... it helps you forget the sleepless nights and the zombie feelings after trying to get back to sleep.. How I wish I could do it all over again... Hope you have a nice, quick and almost painfree delivery... we are all waiting to hear about your baby's safe arrival - hugs from across the pond janzi

Manda said...

I was just gushing to a Friend today about how amazing conversations with the little kids I nanny for are.

Today's was something like this.

"Mommy can I open this?" (An Easter present for baby Sister)
"Well, I'm not sure what it is...maybe we could give it to someone who would appreciate it more?"- Replied his Mom.
J then grabs the package, hands it to me and sweetly says, "Maybe you preciate it MiMi??"

:)

Love,
Manda from Eat Cake

Margaret said...

Every mom wonders it as she's having her second, and then you sit there staring at your totally different second baby wondering how you ever thought you wouldn't have enough love. You're maybe a little more tired and exhausted, but you still want to pump the air with joy when they giggle with their older sib and take their first steps. It's every bit as awesome!

Lisette said...

I love the "doing my thing" comment.

I have always heard how love just grows, it needn't be divided.

Mercedes Jaimes said...

That is not a silly question!!!! Actually that is "THE" question before baby #2 arrives. I also coudn't imagine how in the earth my heart was going to expand more if it was FULL of love already. I tortured my mom asking a million times ( we are 5 siblings ) and she answered every time that your heart grows and makes more room for the next one... I could't believe it until the second I saw Olivia ( my second child) for the first time and at that right moment I understood 100% what she meant...

You look great!!!! and Toby is seriously the most adorable thing

Mercedes

Erika Rocio said...

LOVED this post!

Also: how fancy is Toby?! "pain au chocolat"

Ceciel T said...

Your question is literally 100% exactly what I asked when I was pregnant with my 2nd. And somehow, mysteriously and magically your heart welcomes and adores your second too. In a completely different way at times. I'm so so excited for you.

Lolipop said...

I just found out today that I am pregnant with #2! And as I was putting my 3 year old boy to bed I was wondering the exact same thing ...

b8bca662-9b08-11e1-82d4-000bcdcb5194 said...

Those eyelashes! Beautiful child.

I do wish you'd do a post, though, on whether you ever wonder about whether you're exposing him too much. Do you ever wonder whether when he's older he'll feel embarrassed or feel his privacy was violated by any of the pictures or posts? I think it would be a fascinating and honest post, especially given that it must be something all bloggers like you have to consider.

Deborah Flanagan said...

I cried the whole way to the hospital to deliver my second wondering the same thing. Don't worry, your heart is big enough for all the children you may have. Each is precious and you will love them all the same...but there is a special bond with number one. (and mine is now 35!)

Amber G said...

I don't have any children of my own, but my brother has two very young children and I LOVE listening to them talk. My niece is just past her first birthday and she mimics a lot of sounds and emulates the tones and prosody of adult conversation. I'm fascinated. My Bachelor degree at university was in Linguistics and I used to joke to my friends that I'd have children one day for the pure joy of observing their speech acquisition process. Your snippets of Toby's conversations light up my heart (and my silly Linguist brain). Thank you so much for sharing. Also, he's spot on about pain au chocolat!

Kara Workman said...

this is adorable, thanks so much for sharing! I love that toby know what pan au chocolate is at age 3... also, he has got to have the sweetest baby face!

xx, kara

Ana said...

J is finally starting to talk and its amazing. I even bought a little journal called "my quotable kid" so I can record all the amazing things he's about to say. So far we're only on two or three word sentences and they're usually dictating a specific requirement.

Jane said...

Oh the first conversation just totally cracked me up and making my Monday end on a really good note :)

Elizabeth Jessica Freeman said...

Thanks Toby. I needed a good laugh! You should make this a regular thing!

Nicole Carrington said...

Thank you for being honest, Millie. There are tons of people that feel this exact way but won't admit it out of guilt. It's really refreshing to know it's "normal" to feel things at first that aren't as conventional as others.

jm said...

These pictures are heartbreakingly cute! And Toby's conversations make me laugh out loud!

Raquel (NY) said...

He's so irresistibly cute. Looks so much like you, right? Please tell him I am ready to be his little sister and get fed some pain au chocolat.

Lynden Laundry said...

Those were too funny. I literally laughed out loud reading them. I felt the same way with my three boys, how could you love another as much as you do your sweet little one/s. Believe it or not, you can. It's sort of like your heart just grows twice as big in the blink of an eye. That's love!

Lynden
LyndenLaundry.blogspot.com

the lil bee said...

Absolutely precious. I love this so much and can SO relate to the sweetness that just breaks your heart. As for the ability to love your second baby as much as your first, I really think your heart just keeps growing, because I love Devon even more now, too. Watching them interact as siblings is pretty amazing.

madeyedlinblog.com said...

Just read these to my mom (mother of 6), we died of laughter :) Love it! Way to be Toby

Sue Erneta said...

You just DO. I promise. And Toby will love having a sibling so don't feel bad about sharing yourself like I did!

Cathi Marcoly said...

I thought the same everyone and said you must want a boy this pregnancy, and I was honest (All I know is my amazing daughter). Another girl would be amazing but then along came our Joey and James! OMG I never knew the deep love I had inside of me.
You will see, trust me you will see.......................

Nancy Cavillones said...

I think the most shocking thing about having another baby is how much older your first suddenly seems! My daughter was 21 months old when my youngest was born but she seemed to triple in size overnight. Here I am with my third of the way, my youngest is almost 3 and I still think of her as my baby. Lately, she has been on an I Love You kick, just saying I Love You at random moments & giving me kisses. Kills me!!!

Amanda said...

I thought the same thing, that I could never love my next child(ren) anywhere near as much as love my first. But, once your second child is born, you have that same feeling all over again. It's like your heart just multiplies itself. And you love your second child automatically and overwhelmingly, but you have still known your first for 2 or 3 years longer (or however old they are), so it takes a bit of time for your love to grow. But your first child always holds a special place in your heart, since he/she is the one that originally made you a mama. But (I have three babies now :)), it is amazing how you don't think you could possibly love anyone anymore, but you just do. So cliche, but each one is so different and so special in their own ways, and your heart just naturally grows to embrace each of them. :)

Robyn said...

Toby is gorgeous. "Thank you so much"

vivian said...

My mama had my older sister 7 years before my twin and I were born. She told me when she found out she was having twins she cried and cried because she though she loved my older sister so much there couldn't possibly be enough love inside of her for two more babies. But don't worry lots more love will come :)

Catherine said...

Pan au chocolat! Wonderful! :)
As for your question, you just do. Your heart just expands. We're here contemplating number 4... I never thought I'd want more than one!

megan said...

Oh I love this so much. By the way, I've been compiling all the wonderful things my four-year old says and putting them into a moleskin - I plan on giving it to him on the day he graduates. I won't tell him about it until then . . .

Unknown said...

I asked the same question and you just grow so you're able to love them!

writer.elh@gmail.com said...

Your heart just gets bigger.

Elizabeth said...

At that age mine used to say "I love you Daddy, I love your hair." No idea.

Catherine Masi said...

This shifted my mood completely.
(so very very awesome)

E. and Baby P. said...

your boy is so adorable. t
he latest from my 2 year old, "mmmm, let's see...."
and yes, you will.

Raphaelle Robert said...

this nearly made me cry....
I had to repost it... thanks Jo!!

Rachel @ Existation said...

Bahaha, so cute...the things kids say, man. I don't have any kids of my own yet, but I am a nanny to a preschooler and a kindergartner, and not a day goes by where I don't just want to squeeze them with happiness at the wonderful things that come out of their mouths. Kids are the best.

Rita said...

Your heart expands. Trust me.

Shagun said...

Cute beyond words!:)

Anna {fields-of-sage} said...

Oh my goodness, my heart breaks! This is too adorable x

cleartheway said...

ADORABLE. "Doing my thing." hahaha

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Priscilla said...

My heart! He is too precious! :) he is truly going to be a handsome one growing up!

Melissa@Julias Bookbag said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh the love!

Kimmy H. said...

Haha, I also LOVE reading posts by mothers about the cute things their children would say. :) Toby is adorable and quite classy for little guy! Now, I'm really excited for the day when I get to hear my child say the cutest things.

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wanderlynn said...

Our 2-ish year old had reached new heights of awesomeness just before his brother was born. One night as he was singing "twinkle twinkle little handsome" to himself, my heart exploded with the realization that more of it was on the way. We feel so complete now!

Mairéad said...

That is exactly what is terrifying me at the moment! I have 4 weeks to go before baby two and I'm scared that I won't love it as much - there can't be space for more love - will I have to split the love I feel for my beautiful little boy? And as much as i've wanted the second baby (and even think about a third) I really don't want to divide my time and attention any more than my love. It breaks my heart to think i will have less time for my son or that he might feel less loved... but also that the second child will feel like - the second child!!

He does say the funniest things - he is only two so has few words.
When I say 'We have no plans today'
He says 'need plan'
Me: 'What will we do?"
Him: 'Take o woorld!" (take over the world)!!

Love him!!

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Mairéad said...

That has strangely reassured me!

Mairéad said...

That's such a nice idea!

megan said...

I was once a nanny for four children and I found out that their mother kept a journal for each of them. She wrote stories about them, kept track of their achievements, funny things they said, her hopes and dreams for them. They were all still too young to receive their book, but it showed how she took the time to treasure each of them individually and what a keepsake for them when they're older. I vowed to do something similar, otherwise it all probably flies by too quickly (and with four she said you would start to mix up their stories!).

Lynford Rozario said...

Omg i smiled as soon as i saw the pictures of your child..he's dancing so cutely...
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@distract_me said...

Laughing so much about 'the restaurant'! xx

jessica wilson. said...

I just had a good giggle at this. Oh Toby.

Maria Lee said...

oh my your little Toby is a cute and sweet boy :) I don't have any children yet, but I can imagine your heart will open up to love even more. Having two will mean having double the cute talk. I can't wait to hear your recollections of you hearing your two bubbas having liddle conversations with each other :) Congratulations again Jo (and hubby)!

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Lilli said...

Love is the only thing that grows if you share it, so don't worry.
You'll have enough love for all of your children.

Greetings from Germany, Lilli

Jessica Quadra Andrews said...

this was the sweetest post EVER!!! so cute. i wonder the same thing about being able to love another child as much as your first. i've asked friends that before (i don't have kids yet) and they always admit they're worried about it (before the second one has arrived) and once it does arrive they say "you just do." but i secretly wonder if it's true! xo

Jessica Quadra Andrews said...

p.s. i recently saw a greeting card for a parent's birthday that says "i love how we don't have to say out loud that i'm your favorite." :)

Jennifer said...

My husband was genuinely worried about not being able to love our second child because his heart was so completely full already, but the second she was born, his fears vanished entirely. I do not know how it happens, but your heart just grows an entire new depth for that baby. It is truly incredible and unspeakably beautiful.

Jessica Quadra Andrews said...

what a beautiful way to think of it!

valerie said...

"Thank you so much." !!! What a sweet boy you have. I know you've had lots of responses to that last question (one that most of us have, I think) and I know most people probably (I haven't read all of the comments) said that you'll love your second child just as much right away, but I wanted to say that if your heart doesn't immediately double in size, you're not the Grinch :) My first is three and a half + and my very favorite human ever. The love I have for him grows every day, starting from before he was born and getting bigger and stronger. There was pretty much no possible way that I could love our sweet little daughter THAT much the second she was born (6 weeks ago!) and I think that's OK. I am falling more and more in love with her every day, just as I do with my son.

Myfanwy Hood said...

That's so cute and sooooo funny! Your son reminds me so much of my little half-brother :)

Caroline Perrin said...

I love this post. Hilarious ("remember dad?") and super sweet. I remember thinking the exact thing before my second child was born. I honestly could not understand how I could love her as much as my older daughter. But you totally do. A mother's -- or parent's heart -- doesn't have any boundaries. There is no sense that all my love is already used. It's just doubled.

JulesB said...

this just melted me, such a sweet post.

Michelle said...

Ahhh! Your Toby just melts my heart. Don't worry, the day your little one is born, your heart doubles in size.

SLF said...

I love this post!! Thank you for sharing this.

laurenfoode.com said...

This is aaaaadorable. "Remember Daddy?" really got me!

Shan said...

His response of "the restaurant" struck me as extra hilarious, and almost spit milk and cereal all over my computer screen from the sudden laughter! Great post!! xo

Alma said...

Oh my God!! This is beyond adorable.. I'm not sure about being a mom and everytime I read your posts about motherhood and Toby, it makes me want my own baby, like in this second! You're a very sweet mom and really hope that if I ever become one, be at least a little like you!

Alma
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jona said...

My 2 1/2 year old son told me yesterday as I was changing his diaper "My poopie turned into strawberries". This is such a cute stage.

Anyway, I wondered the same thing about having a second one. My daughter is now 4 months old and it seems like my love for each of them is almost independent of each other. I actually feel like I bonded with my daughter easier since she had less health issues in the beginning as my son. But now, I love them both more than I thought it was possible to love someone whose butt you wipe on a regular basis :p

altogethersmitten said...

I love hearing sweet things like this -- they are oh so clever and don't even know how much they tickle our souls. On Sunday at our annual Easter wiffle ball game, I asked my newly-3 year old brother if he wanted to sit with me and he quickly replied, "No I just want to win!"

Bekah Gant said...

I've been reading for a long time, but this one broke my comment fast. Oh. my. goodness. "Pain au chocolate!" Too cute! Thank you for sharing sweet glimpses.

TMW said...

Your heart just gets bigger. it's pretty amazing.

TMW said...

Your heart just gets bigger. it's pretty amazing.

Erin said...

LOVE. I laughed out loud at every one of these. What a beautiful wise boy! As to the question about baby #2, you'll be a few months ahead of me on this one, so please tell me. I'm so excited about the new baby, but still can't help feeling I'm cheating on my firstborn!

catarina tosellon said...

He is so adorable!

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Sanja said...

I wouldn't know from my own experience, but my mum always told me how scared she was of not being able to love her new child as much as me. Turned out, it wasn't a big deal once my little sister was born :) I guess equal distribution of love comes naturally :)

Hayley said...

thank you so much for sharing!
you had me in stitches with "um...remember daddy?" and it only got better from there.
so cute and so hilarious!

Amanda Storey said...

On loving another baby...I have the same worries (baby #2 due in 4 weeks), but I remember what my dad would always tell me when I was little (he was quoting from Big Bird on Sesame Street): "Love isn't like birdseed. There is ALWAYS enough to go around..."

Colby and Jessica said...

Oh my goodness, he is so funny! "Thank you so much" is my favorite. Pain au chocolat?? HAHA! How do they think of these things?

I often wondered how I would love my second baby since I love my first so incredibly much and I haven't read through all the comments so I may be different in telling you this, (or maybe someone has mentioned it) but I had to learn to love my second. With my first it came so naturally and just hit me like a bus but with my second, I had to get to know her and accept that she was a part of our family since I don't do well with change. That immense love did come, but it came differently than the first. Just thought I'd share that since it's not something that's widely discussed.

Dana said...

That is soo soo sweet. My son has just turned 4 and it is moments like these that I want to safeguard and cherish forever (like randomly saying "I love you mommy"). We are hoping to try for baby number 2 sometime next year and I always worry that I may not love him/her as much as I love my first cause as you mentioned your heart is already full to the brim and then some more. Thank you for sharing and will be looking forward to your accounts on relationship with baby #2 for inspiration

thehumblegourmet said...

Too cute. I love the "remember Daddy"? It's incredible how they develop the skill of conversation almost more so than just language itself.

izp said...

Ohh.... the "Thank you so much" just slayed me.

I had the same feeling - how could I love a 2nd child when my heart is so full already? And it's this miraculous thing - the second you see your baby #2, your heart grow so big you feel it might pop out of your chest. And that's how it works.

Blessings, Jo, and thanks!

fooditty said...

So cute! thanks for sharing this. :)

fooditty said...

So cute! thanks for sharing this. :)

Mojo Giorno said...

such a sweet kid, jo.. good job guys :)

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I chuckled at the "doing my thing" and "restaurants" comment by Toby. Melt my heart! I love toddler conversations! I love it when my son says "I love you" or "I like you" for no reason and then cups my face in his hands and gives me a huge kiss! As for loving another child as much as you love Toby, I am in the same boat b/c I love my son to pieces and am expecting another in July. People say we will have MORE than enough love for our second child. The love will be different and you'll always have a special connection to Toby, but you will LOVE that you've never loved before.

Brass Knuckles said...

This is so true! The love my two children have for each other is so special to me that it is almost like a 3rd child.

hellokk said...

I was the second child... I always felt like my mom loved her more and I still feel that. And that ended up making me pull away and be more independent from her. They have a really close relationship that I will never get. So try your best to make the second born feel special just the same! I know it's hard, I think about it now, all the exciting things you do for the first time with the first born, how can it be just as exciting....but try! makes me sad just writing this now and I'm in my late 20s! it really makes a huge difference!

Purdue NSSLHA said...

your 3 year old knows words i don't!! pain au chocolate? smart kids ;)

Nina said...

My cousin's precocious 2 year old is potty training. She ran up to her dad to say she had to pee. After a few unproductive minutes on the toilet her dad asked what was going on. She said, "its downloading."

Come on! Kids are the best.

Holly Hardy said...

Possibly the cutest thing I have ever read.

SwoozieQ75 said...

When I got preggers w my second and started to think about telling my first, I felt this horrible feeling like I was cheating on him. Truly I did. I felt like I was going to hurt him and like I was ruining something between us. And like so many mothers do, I wondered how I could love someone else as much as my first son. When the new baby came I fell madly in love with him and was ecstatic, and when my first came to visit in the hospital, he looked like an alien to me, like he had aged years in 24hrs and I felt like I was in the twilight zone. And I think it took a while to balance out. Now I tell Jackson (my first) that I love him more than anything else in the world, and I tell Dylan (#2) the same thing. And I do. I love them both more than anything and my relationship with each of them is different. Jackson is like my soul mate. Dylan is like a little love affair I am having (I don't mean than in the infidelity way ;) It's just different. But my god I love them both so much its crazy. :)

Adam, Belinda & Rondo said...

Oh JOanna, i know exactly how you feel. My second is due in July and i sometimes say little prayers that i will love the second as much as my first as he is the champion of the universe in my eyes.

Aya said...

This made me laugh and tear up simultaneously!

lia said...

The one about "the restaurant" made me laugh out loud! Love it!

emma summer said...

My 2 year old just started talking but she really likes to tell me her birth story:

http://www.your-fonder-heart.blogspot.com/2013/03/2-as-told-by-olive.html?m=1

Amy P said...

This is adorable. My daughter is nearly two, and her babbling is getting easier to understand but sentences are still to come :) Can't wait to hear some of these gems myself!

janelle said...

that kid is hilarious.

Ally said...

You'll be surprised Joanna! You'll find there isn't a space limit in your heart to fill with love!

{ f } said...

congrats on the coming baby! i'm so behind on your blog... but as we're expecting as well in 2 months (our first, a boy!), i'm looking forward to all the stories you'll share with your second :) toby is the cutest. you and alex make the most beautiful babies, really! ps. your baby registry list was SO handy. thanks for sharing!

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Mo said...

Lmbo! THAT is hilarious. One of those moments you wish you were recording.

L said...

Please tell me you showed him The Brave Little Toaster!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Brave_Little_Toaster_(film)

Mayoli Weidelich said...

oh my goodness jo!!! He sounds adorable. I got goosebumps reading those beautiful comments - especially the "thank you" !!. I cannot wait till I have a little guy (or girl!) that will make those beautiful comments!

Alana Vieira said...

Kids these days are so smart... My little brother is only 2 years old and one day he told me:

"I'm taking Tasha (a toy from Backyardigans) to São Paulo". I asked him why, since we live far away from São Paulo and nobody ever told him about it, he replied "because the food there is better".

Little Treasures said...

In a film I watched recently, a daughter asks her mother: "How can a mother love every child she has?". The Mom replied: "It's like you grow another heart with each child". Precious!

Rhett said...

Of course, pain au chocolat! What a cutie. Don't worry, you'll love the new baby just as much as Toby. I think the heart does grow with each child.

Elizabeth said...

I am not a mama, but I love things kids say. My five year old nephew woke my sis up one morning and announced he was going to make her breakfast. After about ten minutes of banging around the kitchen he returned to her bedroom clutching a loaf of bread and frustrated, said, "I found the toast but I have no idea where we keep the French!"
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BookWorm said...

I wondered the same thing when I was pregnant with my second child. But like any mama will tell you, u love your second child as much as your first. It's almost as if you grow a new heart for your second child. They are lovely!

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