Nic was feeling a bit under the weather on Saturday afternoon. Some sniffles and a few sneezes, but he was completely better on Sunday. He doesn’t have a lot of direct interaction with baby Z yet, so I didn’t think too much of it.
But in the wee hours of the morning today, I heard the congestion, followed by tiny, sad sneezes in my poor little newborn. Only 12 days old, and already he has a cold!
Natali said something similar happened with Ava and Miles when Ava was only two weeks old, and she mentioned how much these poor second-borns have to deal with. They get no peace and quiet, get lugged around so much more, and of course, get big brother or sister’s germs.
I know there’s data that says first-borns are more likely to be CEOs, but I think that subsequent kids should get a little more credit. I have a new respect for second (and third, and fourth) children—they have to be so much more resilient than their older siblings.