We’re about to have another baby.
OK, the due date is December 1, so there’s still some time left in my life, I guess. But once that little one comes out into the world, well, that’s it. From what I’ve seen of other families with two or more children, things appear to get a lot more hectic. No more time for dishes or laundry or cleaning the house or having some quiet time to read. Not a chance.
And the reason I’m scared is, well, it seems busy to me NOW! With just one! What a sweet daughter she is, our Madeleine Sue. How can life get any busier? I’m tired NOW at the end of the day. I’m barely organized NOW. And you mean to tell me it’s going to get worse? But I have all these house projects to finish. I was going to write a book, as soon as I figured out how to get up early in the morning.
Amidst all the feedback I was getting about growing family size, there was one comment that stood out to me. Someone had mentioned that parenting two kids was MORE THAN TWICE as hard as parenting one. Like a logarithmic scale, I suggested. Er, sure, whatever. It’s just a hell of a lot of work.
But I felt I was onto something…
So I researched the amount of work one does (denoted in kiloJoules) as related to the number of children one has and found that the relationship closely resembles the logarithmic scale (see the green line in graph above).
And now I could see light at the end of the tunnel. My fears started to ease, like magic, and I knew what I had to do.
It’s simple, really. You’ll notice by looking at the chart that the amount of work you do starts to taper off the more children you have. It comes to a plateau. In other words, there is a maximum level you reach, and then you can do no more.
See honey…all we have to do is have ten kids!