• meg

    I don’t have kids, but I still find your posts about your children so fascinating, Heather. And I was TOTALLY a “Leta” as a kid ;-) Bookworms unite!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.dearing Robin Dearing

    I keep singing Marlo’s alphabet in my head and it keeps making sense.

  • Mariel

    I take all these posts to heart and love reading them. We have a Leta now. 3 years old. I’m pregnant with #2 and I keep bracing myself for the unknown, a Marlo. My husband thinks our next child will be exactly the same as the first. I thinks I’ll be right, as usual.

  • issascrazyworld

    I always wondered what my third would be like. I have two complete opposites so how in the world could he be different. Yeah, he found ways. Ha.

  • Tina Beveridge

    My brother and I have a significant age difference, but even if we had been born closer together I still don’t think we’d have been more likely to have things in common (I’m a musician, he’s a rocket scientist, and no I am not exaggerating).

  • Anna B.

    Thank you. I needed this. Potty training an almost 3 year old who is taking WAY longer than her older sister. It is amazing how they can be so different…

  • Keri

    My kids are also complete opposites. I am fascinated by birth order, since for most of my friends/family, the second kid is the wild, independent one. I wonder what it’s like in larger families, some of the kids must have traits in common, right?

  • http://twitter.com/MyBottlesUp nic

    :) heh.

  • Heather

    I find this fascinating as well…. especially when it comes to parenting “techniques.” I have friends who swore by the books “On becoming Babywise,” or “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby” or a million other various ones. I, too, became THAT mom, dishing out advice that I thought was golden and believed that my perfect first born was all a product of these techniques. Then I had twins who are polar opposite from each other and from their older brother. What worked for my oldest, doesn’t begin to work for either of them. Good thing we are all beautifully different… otherwise I might be a sane, relaxed mom with all kinds of time on her hands and who wants that?

  • http://smithshack71.blogspot.com/ SmithShack71

    My two are total opposite, too.
    That IS how it is to be 8 months pregnant.

  • Lisa

    It’s as if they are two different people!

  • http://www.facebook.com/greenduckiesgirl Dana Marie Vittum

    I also do not have kids and yet, your posts about your kids just draw me in. Sometimes I wish that I could have kids just so I could pass on my love of reading but then I remember that small children scare me and cannot be trained to use a litter box. Or, you know, if they could, I’m pretty sure CPS would frown on it.

  • Crystin

    Amen, sister!

  • Crystin

    Yes, there is a special place in life for those know-it-all “first time” moms — behind their books where they can’t hurt anyone. I know, because like you, I was one, too. The first child is always the perfect, angelic, well-behaved. My dad calls my second child our normalization factor.

  • cbg

    Ah yes, I like to call the first child – “the trick baby” as in he or she tricks you into thinking you’re the perfect parent.

  • boga dhami

    this is simply fantastic post

  • Sheila

    “What your name be” sounds like Middle English to me. Sophisticated. However, I can’t spin Marlo’s alphabet. That just sounds like being three.

  • .ivy

    “Apparently, you can take the woman out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of her children.” thanks. reading that just made my day!

  • Jen Wilson

    My middle child is a five-year-old Marlo. My youngest cries any time someone talks to him. I think if every one of our children were the same, we’d be bored. (Although sometimes I LONG FOR BOREDOM.)

  • Bookworm9798

    Wait, I’m not the perfect parent? (yes, you may guffaw)

  • acm

    and/or can survive having more….

  • kk158462

    Can “What Your Name Be?” be in the masthead next month? I spit Diet Coke all over my keyboard.

  • IowaMama

    OMG! I’m 8 1/2 months pregnant and was just at our library. I tried to get up to chase after my 3 1/2 year old and almost fell over. And I can’t stop wondering what baby boy no. 2 will be like? Such a fitting post. :)