Dear Ellen: What was I thinking?

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can.

Dear Ellen,

With only a few weeks left to go before I give birth to my third child, I watch my kids interact with each other and have two recurring thoughts about what life is going to be like with baby number three.

This is going to be great!

I watched my three-year-old-girl carry her favorite baby doll around the house today. She held the doll in her arms, kissed it and then took it upstairs. A few minutes later, she returned with one of her diapers.

What was I thinking?

She tried for a couple of minutes to get the diaper onto her baby doll. When she failed, she got angry and threw her doll across the room.

This is going to be great!

My three year old decided it was time for her doll to take a nap. She placed the doll on a pillow at the bottom of our stairs and covered it with a wash cloth. It was so cute.

Photo by A. Marie Silver

What was I thinking?

My five-year-old son came along, saw the doll on the floor and bonked her on the head with his plastic hammer.

This is going to be great!

My daughter was playing with her doll by the coffee table. Her attention turned toward some plastic Easter eggs. There was one in particular she wanted to open.

What was I thinking?

She used her baby doll’s head to smash it open and raid its contents.

This is going to be great!

Today my daughter came across some old baby bottles I actually planned on giving to a friend of mine. She brought a bottle over to her baby doll and stuck the nipple into the doll’s mouth. The whole time she was “feeding” her doll, she was speaking softly to it saying, “What’s the matter baby? Don’t cry.”

What was I thinking?

My son came across another bottle and decided he wanted to “feed” the baby doll too. My daughter was in no mood to share this responsibility and covered the baby doll’s eyes, nose and mouth with her hand, preventing my son from doing anything with the bottle he was holding. My son got angry at his sister and shoved her away from the table. My daughter grabbed the baby doll by its foot and ran through the house, banging the poor doll’s head against everything that crossed her path.

Well, Ellen, one thing is for sure: having a third child is going to be a blessing. But, sometimes I wonder about the war zone I’m bringing this poor baby into.


A. Marie

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3 thoughts on “Dear Ellen: What was I thinking?

  1. Oh, 3 kiddos under the age is of 6 is just awesome. At times, they will get along and make the most precious memories for you. However, most of the time, they will bicker, argue and fight! Constantly. Who’s fastest. Who gets it first. Being the oldest, middle, youngest (insert kid’s name) sucks. And, you will be so tired that you will go through all of their names and constantly be saying, “Who ever you are…do what I said.”

    On the other hand, it is the best experience in the world!

    Congratulations on your newest edition!

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