It tears my heart to pieces to say it—but with three kids the MIDDLE does get lost in the midst.
And this is a MIDDLE child speaking!
I swore I would NEVER forget the middle…Until I had the older one in school and one million activities that required much attention. Don’t forget the fact that she goes to school fully submersed in a foreign language (a language some declare the MOST difficult language in the world—others rank it in the Top 7 most difficult languages in the world)—POLISH! Don’t forget that I make her do oodles of English work at home. Don’t forget she is gifted. She reads a ton. She can sit and write a book in one day and would like for me to then plop myself down and illustrate it for her. Don’t forget SHE WAS an only child for 6 and 1/2 years.
The Middle…Break my heart for my middle.
My Baby—my little Max in the Middle was only 11 months old when I got pregnant with Belly Josephine! I immediately started spotting. Cramping. And then bleeding. Which meant that Max in the Middle got put down, tossed crackers for lunch, and left behind.
I could hardly function—much less take care of a wee toddler.
Then the pregnancy, Belly Josephine, got really bad. Like she decided at 30 weeks my belly was not 5 Star and she wanted out of there. Which really put me on my back. Feet up. Staying still.
The Middle. Break my heart for my middle.
Of course we made it to the end—HALLELUJAH! But that meant the new baby was here.
Oldest has to have attention. She has school, and assignments, and sports.
Baby has to have attention. She needs extreme protection and sleep and food.
The MIDDLE can live off of crackers and Elmo.
And still seems to…
Ah the middle. You would have thought that because my middle is the one that has had to fight the hardest in life to live that I would pay MOST attention to him.
But I seem to be the very stereotypical Momma. I realize that the oldest achieve much because of the attention that they have always garnered from the start…
I see that the youngest get so much loving because we don’t want the baby phase to ever end…
And I see my middle on his favorite chair watching Elmo.
Over and over and over again.
Then I wonder why he throws a fit when I turn off the TV.
Now I better understand Me!