Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Great Baby Debate

We are all lying around the living room stretching our extended bellies after dinner when Joey looks over at me and says, "So, you think we are gonna have another baby?"

"Well, I don't know. Why do you ask?" I answer back.

Joey shrugs and says, "I don't know."

"Would you like another baby?" I ask him.

"Uh-huh! I want a baby girl!" Joey says without hesitation.

Tommy picks up on the conversation, and of course he has an opinion too.

"I don't want another baby! I like OUR baby!" he says with a worried look on his face.

I had to stifle my laughter but assured him, "Honey, we would DEFINITELY keep our baby. But we would have another one too. We would KEEP you, and Joey, and Benny, but then have another one too."

"Well, then I want a boy baby." Tommy says.

"I want a girl baby." Joey butts in.

"Why do you want a girl baby?" Tommy asks Joey.

"Cuz we don't have one of those." Joey wisely answers back and then asks, "Why do you want a baby boy?"

"Because we have nice boys." Tommy says.

"Would the baby sleep in Benny's crib with him?" Joey wonders out loud.

"No, Ben would probably move into your room and you and Tommy and Ben would all share. The baby would sleep in the baby's room in the crib." I correct him.

"Would Ben sleep in my bed? With me?" Joey continues his interrogation.

"No. Ben would have his own bed. We would have to move your dresser around and then try to squeeze the bed in where the dresser is."

"Oh just forget it then. I don't want another baby." Joey says, clearly exhausted at the idea of all the work that would go into having another baby.

Yep, Joey. Babies are work. But they are so worth it.

54 comments:

Chrissy said...

Your kids are so funny. Moving the furniture is only the tip of the iceberg.

MamaGeek said...

Somehow, I follow that logic. NOW GO HAVE A BABY. Your blog audience awaits it. :)

Kelly said...

We have that conversation a lot. My oldest has tried to convince me that we could fit 10 kids in our house. I don't know how he figures that!! I try to explain that 3 is our magic number and that is all we are having. (hubby had the ole snip snip!) LOL

Cassie said...

How funny! I bet that would be the most overprotected and spoiled little girl on the planet with such sweet older brothers!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

I am so digging your boys! They certainly do think it all the way through...I'm thinking the lawyer personality Todd provided is alive and well in those two!

And, Tommy loving so much on Ben is simply adorable. He's afraid of losing his baby!

Today I told mine his best friend got a new baby brother. "Do you want a new baby brother?" "No. I just want a new sticker." Umm. Huh?

lime said...

a word of advice...if they come to you with tears, begging for a baby and you are not quite ready for another one, DO NOT tell them to talk to God about it. (i did this after repeatedly explaining that SOME day mommy and daddy MIGHT have another baby...when this did not comfort the child i advised prayer..thinking of comfort not request making ...wound up pregnant the next month...from the child's mouth to god's ears...i'm telling ya)

Kristen said...

Do you have an announcement for your eagerly awaiting audience???

How cute are your little boys? Praying for another baby for your sweet family whether it be boy or girl! :)

CC said...

So cute!!

My kids don't ask for any more babies. However, my son has announced he will one day adopt 1000 kids. Have fun with that! Oh, and 1000 dogs too. Yep, fine. AFTER you leave my house!

krissy said...

Do I have a vote in this????

"I want a baby girl in your brood. I couldn't imagine the beauty she would be!"

You should tell your very wise boys that the work wouldn't be too hard, because that's why you have a daddy!!!! LOL!

Hmmmm.....I'm starting to wonder if you really aren't going to have another baby soon. I won't ask, I don't want to be nosey, but if you would like to tell me that you have plans for another munchkin I would be okay with that!

Thanks for your sweet words to me. I find strength in you. Truly, I do. You are just such a joy and so strong. I need some of that myself.

Hugs!

just jamie said...

Are you trying to tell us something? :)

Sweet, sweet boys you have.

Rachel said...

Sooo... is this leading up to a big announcement? or just more practice at home?

Too cute.

Missy said...

Yes! Have more babies! Since I am not currently pregnant, I love reading other blogs who ARE. :) Makes for good blogging, and babies are so fun. I would have 12 if my husband wouold allow it.

Golightly said...

How cute are they!? I agree, go have a baby girl, since I can't so that I can live vicariously! As my 3-year-old would say, "Yeah, that's a GREAT idea!"

Either way, you are blessed by God.

Splaneyo said...

So Cute.

Our 4 year old was worried that his little sister was going somewhere when we told him we were having another. I think he finally gets it and he will definitely get it (whether he wants to or not) in a couple of months.

Heather

Mom24 said...

My DD (5) wanted another baby until she figured out I would have to go to the hospital to have it. Now--no way. She got a bit traumatized when hubby and I went away for a 2nd honeymoon (first for us!) this January. I wish we could have another one. At 42 though, and with 4 healthy children, I think we're done. Go for it for me!

Brittany said...

awww that is REALLY cute! :)

We want a girl baby, too!!

Elaine A. said...

Like it's really up to them, right? HA! I love how they have different perspectives on the gender. So cute!

Kelley said...

I must say that we are thrilled to death to be welcoming our girl baby in about 6 weeks. My three boys are so excited for her to get here, though we've had quite a bit of explaining to do about where babies come from without going too deeply into the nitty-gritty. :)

You've got such cute boys that I'm sure you'd make a cute girl, too. :)

Kelley said...

Hopefully your pregnancy would go better than this one has for me; it's been rougher on me than all three of the others combined. Hopefully you'd sail through yours.

girlymom said...

I am with everyone else...is this an announcement? Hmmm

Having three boys, do you constantly get the comments about trying for a girl? We get it all the time for a boy, then when the fourth was another girl everyone kinda figured we were done and bummed. Now I have fun surprising them all when I tell them we would love to have more! The girls all agree, but are split and undecisive about boy/girl/boy/girl/twin?? Huh??

Lisa said...

What sweet boys. You must definitely made another baby...they're just too cute :)

Anne said...

Decision making is so easy for kids. I'm jealous.

Kenna said...

haha! "just forget it then" that sounds like me. ever impatient. :)

Sandy C. said...

You do have "nice boys" :) So funny how the sleeping/living arrangements was the deal breaker ;)

Ashley said...

So freakin' sweet!

Cara said...

That is so sweet that Joey wanted a girl cause you didn't have one. It even funnier that the thought of moving around furniture nixed the whole thing for them. If only another baby was as easy as moving furniture around. :)

Scylla said...

That is a fantastic baby debate. Surprisingly, we are in a baby debate too.... so it may be more than two after all.

Nap Warden said...

So cute! I have the baby debate in my head all the time:)

Kellan said...

What a darling conversation!!

Hope you are doing well Kathryn - nice to see you - take care - Kellan

david mcmahon said...

Wonderful.

Dawn said...

I love reading your boy's conversations. They are so cute!

Beck said...

ANNNND? ARE YOU?

Jewelgirl said...

Hon I know you want a girl!
You need some female hormones
in that house! Yeah! AND the pink dresses,barbie dolls,sparkly shoes,lip gloss and mama drama! Thanks for stopping by my blogs!

maggie's mind said...

Aw, now that's super cute.

Jeni said...

When my older grandson was a toddler, my daughter would ask him if he wanted a brother or a sister and he and his dad (now, her ex-husband) would answer in unison, "NO!" Now, that grandson is 10 years old and it is obvious he would love to have a brother or sister now but it appears the endometriosis has won out over that happening. Younger daughter's husband went the "snip-snip" route a little over a year ago because they have two and he already had three others when they married so finances pretty much dictate. My son, it would appear is my only salvation as to acquiring more grandchildren -which I would dearly love -but he doesn't seem to be in a marrying mode any time soon.

If you do have an announcement forthcoming, then congratulations and I'm sure the boys will adjust fine and dandy to whatever comes their way. Little girls do present a whole different set of "issues" though. Just felt the need to warn you of that. LOL

And if this was just a philosophical discussion, it was still a great post to hear your boys thoughts on these things. Love the logic that kids employ.

Tonya said...

That was so sweet! Thanks for sharing that conversation. I love the way kids think, too funny. I will say I liked each of their reason for wanting either a boy or girl baby.

Jenni said...

Well, whatever they think, I'm sending massive amounts of baby girl dust in your direction!

wright said...

Ooooh, a girl. She'd be a great addition. And she'd have three big brothers to watch out for her.

imbeingheldhostage said...

I have some great girl clothes to pass on to you!!!

4 Little Men & Twins said...

That's so cute about the girl/boy debate... our boys have had that one. I love the way little ones think.

So.... are there more babies coming? Ha!

Brittany

Natalie said...

So cute! My daughter kept praying for a pink baby, lol, but God gave her a blue one... :-)

Bren said...

Cute. I love Joey's "just forget it then."

cyndy said...

So...ARE you gonna have another baby? ;o)
Very cute!

Maggie May said...

That's all sorted then!
Came over from David's.
Nice post. Nice blog!

Hilary said...

Too sweet. I love kidlet chat. David was his usual wise self in making this his post of the day. :)

painted maypole said...

so sweet!

Craver Vii said...

Children are a gift from God. Of course, when a couple of mine were teenagers, I started looking for that gift receipt to see if I could make an exchange! ;-) Handle with prayer.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

If only they knew the real story! I think you're very brave. And very loving.

CJ xx

quilly said...

Precious -- I don't want another baby. I like the baby we have!

People in the Sun said...

Our guy is only five months old, but we're already thinking. My people are talking to her people. And the little guy is too young to object.

Daryl said...

Great post.

I remember my parents asking me if I wanted a new baby. I said yes. After my sister was born I asked when she was going back. My mother used to say I asked for a sister. Dad said I didnt ask, I WAS asked and it sounded good, like a new toy so of course I said yes.

David sent me.

:-Daryl

scrap chair potato said...

So cute!
We have three boys, 7, 4, and almost 2. We have had this very conversation lately!
Your boys are adorable!
Found you through David.

Laura McIntyre said...

I love it, yes its only the furniture that make the babies such hard work.

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