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On The Benefits Of Being The Second-Born

By Naomi Odes |

baby eating lollipop

Which kind of bad mom am I?

Fuzz is now parading towards sixteen months, and his vocabulary is expanding daily. Of note, he (adorably) says “All Gone,” when he finishes his food and “Back Pack” when he wants to put on his brother’s.

Then there’s this: “AaaaDAT!”

Or to you and me: “I want that. Right now. Not tomorrow. Not later. RIGHT. NOW.”

This may often be followed by ear-piercing shrieks if his requests are dismissed or ignored. So, when his brother gets stuff, he wants it, too.

Our neighbors were over and we were having a special dinner, followed by a treat. So lollipops were passed out to the big kids.


Fuzz is now at an age where he notices that his stuff is often a little different than his brother’s stuff, and it’s not flyin’ anymore.


So, do I deny him the lollipop because I think he shouldn’t have sugar and then, in turn, also deny him the pleasure of doing what the big kids do? I’m just not sure what kind of bad mom I should be in this instance.

You can see from the picture which route I chose.

Does your young toddler know what he’s missing?

What would you do?

FYI, not that this makes it any better, but they’re “organic lollipops” with cane sugar.



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Naomi Odes Aytur is a blogger who's contributed on the parenting channel of Babble. She chronicles her experiences of being a new mom on her personal website, I Am Still Awake. Read bio and latest posts → Read Naomi's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “On The Benefits Of Being The Second-Born

  1. Danielle says:

    I am impressed with Fuzz’ language skills. Phrases! That’s awesome. Abby is not quite at the phrase level yet.

  2. Kerrie says:

    Nice to see you back Naomi

  3. Naomi says:

    @Danielle- well, “All gone” sounds like this: “Ah goh” and “back pack” sounds like “Ba pa” so it’s not like he’s exactly enunciating, but yeah it’s really cool, especially since we thought he was talking much later than his brother. Apparently single syllable words are just not for this little dude.

  4. Karen says:

    and now you know why Av got french fries at such a young age. sometimes it is just NOT worth an argument.

  5. Maggie says:

    Organic lollipops with cane sugar are health food in my book :)

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