11 Step Program for Those Thinking of Having Kids

I ran across this on Facebook and had to share it. It made me honestly laugh out loud!   I’m also posting this at Tot School this week, even though it not the “normal” post.  I just thought you other moms of tots would enjoy it.  I have everything ready to go for this week of Tot School though and now that the holidays are over and I am almost through the first trimester exhaustion, I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.  So, without any further delay…..  11 Step Program for Those Thinking of Having Kids ;-)  Enjoy!

Lesson 1

  1. Go to the grocery store.
  2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
  3. Go home.
  4. Pick up the paper.
  5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2

Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...

  1. Methods of discipline.
  2. Lack of patience.
  3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
  4. Allowing their children to run wild.
  5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.

Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.


Lesson 3

A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...

  1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)
  2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
  3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
  4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
  5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
  6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
  7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
  8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
  9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.


Lesson 4

Can you stand the mess children make? To find out...

  1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.
  2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
  3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
  4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
  5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
  6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Lesson 5

Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.

  1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
  2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.

Time allowed for this - all morning.


Lesson 6

Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.

  1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
  2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
  3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
  4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.


Lesson 7

Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.


Lesson 8

  1. Hollow out a melon.
  2. Make a small hole in the side.
  3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
  4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
  5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
  6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.

You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.


Lesson 9

Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you're thinking What's 'Noggin'?) Exactly the point.

Lesson 10

Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying 'mommy' repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each 'mommy'; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 11

Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the 'mommy' tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

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The Exciting News You’ve Been Waiting For . . .

Ultrasound Baby 3 7 weeks

Yup . . Baby # 3 is on the way!!  We are extremely excited and I’m still insanely exhausted ;-)  This ultrasound was taken at 7 1/2 weeks and I am now 11 weeks! (I seriously think the time does go faster with each one.  Must have something to do with running around after 2 little ones!)  I am finally past the point of being in shock and disbelief, even though we were ready for number three.  The exhaustion, lack of appetite, horrible gag reflex and clothes that don’t fit anymore help with bringing you to reality ;-) 

So the official due date is July 25th which is 2 days after Miriam’s 2nd birthday!  I mentioned to Aaron that Miriam is now 17 months, which is the age Isaac was when she was born.  He about dropped on the floor saying, Could you imagine if this one was being born now!?!  So we are glad we spaced these two a little farther apart ;-)  Yea, it would have been insane.

But mom and baby are doing great. . and so are daddy and brother and sister :)


Back From the Holidays

Well, I took what you might call an unintentional break from blogging during the Holidays.  ;-)  But I’m  back.  So here’s what I’m working on today that should show up in the next week or so…..

  • December in Review – so the last post I made was about our Thanksgiving and now we are after New Year’s!  I am currently downloading the MANY pictures off my camera as I type this.  We have been so busy I had already forgotten half of what we’ve been up to! 
  • Exciting News – but I’ll tell you all about that soon   ;-)
  • Christmas with Family! – Originally we were going to stay home for the Christmas season, but due to my dear Uncle Charlie passing away, we were with my family for the funeral up close to Christmas time.  It was a hard time but yet a great time getting to see some of my family again. 

So I will leave you with my favorite pic of the season (there are MANY more to come, I promise!)

Here are my ever cute kiddos with my Grandma :)


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