What's it like being the oldest child? PDF Print E-mail
Written by OHmommy   
Monday, 26 September 2011 00:00

He got to stay up three hours later then his younger sisters. For three hours there was no need to wrestle for his father's attention or share his bag of peanuts with anyone. For three hours he was the only child at a baseball game with his dad.


"It kind of rocks to be the oldest child, doesn't it Mama?" Jay said as I tucked him into bed minutes before midnight.

"Yes. We have that in common. We are both the oldest." I admitted.

"Sometimes the middle child is too loud."


"And the baby always acts like a baby."


"I really like being the oldest child, Mama."

"What's it like being the oldest child?" I asked.


He curled into his pillow and cradled his beloved stuffed animals before he answered. A swarm of adjectives filled my mind based on my own experience as the oldest child; but, his answer broke my train of thought. I was not prepared. The last word I would use to describe life as an oldest child was the first word out of his mouth.






"Yes, Mama. It's so peaceful being me."


I never want to forget the night that I tucked my first born child into bed after he proclaimed that his life was "peaceful". It beats the "My Child is on the Honor Roll" bumper sticker any day.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2011 22:48


# Amy 2011-09-25 20:12
Yep peaceful beats them all. He is a good kid. A nice reflection of his parents. Hugs and love
# Jimaie 2011-09-25 21:15
This is exactly what I was thinking when I got done reading! You're doing your job oh so well Pauline :D
What a doll
# RookieMom Heather 2011-09-25 20:14
That's so sweet. Wonder what my oldest would say.
# RookieMom Heather 2011-09-25 20:15
So sweet! I wonder what my oldest would say.
# jo 2011-09-25 20:23
# Fitness Cheerleader 2011-09-25 20:25
What a great testament to your parenting - great job! I always wonder what my oldest would say? Her youngest sister is almost 11 mos and needs a lot of attention. I often feel guilty for how much independence she's had to acquire.
# Kelly 2011-09-25 20:29
He is such a great kid!
# Ryan_TheWovenMoments 2011-09-26 07:15
You get an A+ in parenting! What better wish can we have for our children than a peaceful existence? Good job, Mama!
# Cate 2011-09-26 08:04
Amazing! Brought tears to my eyes!
# Laurie 2011-09-26 09:00
Love it, love it, love it. These little moments. They mean the world!
# Marinka 2011-09-26 10:17
that is the best. Love your kids. Especially the peaceful ones. ;)
# VDog 2011-09-26 12:28
That is so so lovely.
# Jamie 2011-09-26 12:40
Pat yourself on the back. Getting a verbal recognition from your child that he is at peace and happy and content and all those wonderful things we hope for... wow, what a moment!
# Wendi 2011-09-26 14:06
# Sarah 2011-09-26 14:15
I, too, was the oldest...and peaceful is not the first word that comes in mind! :) This really shows how happy he is...where he is...in his life. I know you must be so proud!
# Scary Mommy 2011-09-27 09:36
I love this.
# Marta 2011-09-27 13:37
That put a giant smile on my face. I hope my son feels that way one day. =)
# Melissa 2011-09-27 13:52
Boy, does it - this firstborn loved reading this. Terrific photo of your boy, too.
# Lori 2011-09-28 07:25
That's precious.

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Pauline Karwowski.

Is a self proclaimed globe trotting, minivan driving, SAHM stiletto ho.

Happily married mother to 3 Cleveland natives: Jay the son, Lola the daughter, and Fifi the banshee.

Now in Chicago, IL.

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