Do as I Say, Not as I Do

By way of introducing our subject--providing for the material needs of a baby--a caveat: Whatever it is, you don't need it.

In other words, do as I say, not as I've done. It is permissible, I believe, to shop like a mad dog for your first child and, when Daughter No. 1 arrived nearly two years ago, I did. But when my auxiliary daughter appeared on the scene last month, I learned not one lesson from the mistakes of previous rampages.
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