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post #101 of 228
This might be a dumb question, but it really bugs me - we don't have that large a family, but finding a toothbrush holder to hold all our toothbrushes is impossible, apparently. Do any of you know of where to get a toothbrush holder that holds 6-8 toothbrushes - besides a cup style one? Or have you figured out a system for storing them that works well for you?

This time next year we'll have another toothbrush involved, for a total of 7 - and even if we have two bathrooms by then, I'm pretty sure all brushing will happen in just one of them. So this is something that is going to bug me for the next few years! LOL
post #102 of 228
Hmmm... a daycare supply catalog maybe?

Each kid has their own little caddy with their own toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc in it here.
post #103 of 228
Congratulations on the babes, Sam!

Kat
post #104 of 228
Congrats! How exciting!
post #105 of 228
Yay for new babies! Congrats, Sam!
post #106 of 228
So all these babies have me thinking.... and I should start by saying I've always wanted 13 kids.

K, here's my question for everyone: Are you a baby person? Do you love babies, or toddlers, or teenagers?

I have always had a special place in my heart for middle school kids. I like babies, but I'm not a fan of toddlers. Preschoolers are pretty special, I'll admit... but I get excited at opportunities to work with middle schoolers.

So.... Do you have a big family because you want a big family? Because you like babies? Because you happily take the blessings given to you?
post #107 of 228
I'm a huge baby person. I hate being pregnant though. I don't know how I'll be with middle school kids. When I was teaching, I always said I never wanted them once they were older than 8. My oldest is now 10.

I always said I wanted a dozen. I don't think that's going to happen, but I just love the joy a big family brings. And, to be really frank, I had an absolutely craptastic childhood. I see mothering as a chance to sort of even the scales. There's something very redemptive for me in loving my children. I can look at them at their absolute worst and know with certainty in my heart that even when they're being little terrors, they still wouldn't deserve the stuff that was done to me. And in some small way, that helps me realize that what was done to me as a child wasn't because I was inherantly unlovable or defective. Is that too weird?
post #108 of 228
AM, not too weird at all.
I understand your feelings, I had a terrible, horrible childhood.

I love babies though, I love being pregnant, I even love giving birth when it's not traumatic and dramatic and life and death matters involved.
And I love babies.
I love all ages! Every one has it's own awesomeness.

There's nothing like snuggling an infant, holding a newborn and just staring in awe at them as they sleep, carrying them in a wrap all day and being so close to this little, new life. Getting to know them and their personalities as they grow.
And then there's the toddler age where they are discovering the world more and more, seeing things through their eyes, which continues into pre-school and even school age. The good conversations, their amazement at things we grown-ups "forget". Them running toward you yelling "mommy!" with sparks in their eyes because you went to the store alone and came back.
The awesome discussions with the older ones, and teaching them stuff, playing games, reading to each other.
And then the teens, where they are discovering who they are more, and all the hard choices they have to make. Watching them make the right ones, and helping them if they make the wrong and "crash". Them coming to you with problems. And the heart-to-heart conversations. Getting hugs from them even in front of friends. Watching them grow up and start their own, independent, grown-up life.

And it's of course a lot more than you could ramble on about like this, but it's awesome, the whole way from newborn to young adults.

And I love seing the kids together, the siblings have so much love and care for each other, it's so good and touching to see.
I love having a bunch, my own little gang.
I wanted 5, when I was little. Hah, I have more now. And I'm not done. We're not done. We want more.
post #109 of 228
Congrats on the babies Sam!

Babies are awfully needy, early toddlers make me nervous, preschoolers are so much fun on their own (without a baby in tow), school age is a relief, even homeschooling. Nine to something is taxing. I must be tired.
post #110 of 228
I love babies and breastfeeding & the snuggling & how magical a time it is when they are tiny. But do dread the sleepless nights & inability to get away for any length of time by myself.

I guess I can think of something amazing and something hateful about each stage. I especially find toddlers trying. YK, that age where they are old enough to run away from you but not quite old enough to listen to WHY they shouldn't run into the street? Trying.

I've always really looked forward to having a houseful of teenagers. It seemed to me it would be fun to have a group old enough to really talk to and have unique interests and interesting opinions and so excited about life and about to strike out on their own. I do look forward to that.

What was the original question? Oh! We have a 'big' family because we really like sex and really don't like birth control.

Kat
post #111 of 228
I love love love babies!! My youngest is a two year old now, and I am enjoying her so darn much. She ia a riot, and I love hearing the things she is thinking now that she is talking. I love the childhood ages too.

Now my 12yo.....not loving that stage very much at all at the moment. Recently I have just had to send her off to her room because I can't deal with her at all. My pregnant hormones can't take it. I have had to let dh talk with her because I can't do it sanely. Today at the store she threw a pity party for herself complaining about how all of her friends live in such nice houses and have this and that. I am just livid at how ungrateful she can be. This child would have made a perfect only child because she thinks the sun rises and sets on her.

I am just beside myself because I think my kids are spoiled rotten. We may not have the nicest or biggest house on the street, but we have a computer in almost every room, giant TV, multiple gaming systems etc. The girl just got her very own IPOD for Christmas. She wears name brand clothes. I honestly think they have too much since she obviously doesn't appreciate what she has!

So, I'm not liking the teen ages so far. I am praying that this will be a short lived stage and she will straighten up......something tells me I'm in for a bumpy road though.
post #112 of 228
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
I always said I wanted a dozen. I don't think that's going to happen, but I just love the joy a big family brings.
Whisper: And definately not wierd.

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Originally Posted by pixiekisses View Post
And I love seing the kids together, the siblings have so much love and care for each other, it's so good and touching to see.
I love having a bunch, my own little gang.
I wanted 5, when I was little. Hah, I have more now. And I'm not done. We're not done. We want more.
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What was the original question? Oh! We have a 'big' family because we really like sex and really don't like birth control.

Kat
Hahahaha!! Died laughing... Only cuz we feel the same way.
post #113 of 228
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Originally Posted by rajahkat View Post

What was the original question? Oh! We have a 'big' family because we really like sex and really don't like birth control.

Kat
That's us too-- horny and forgetful.
post #114 of 228
And to the rest: Isn't it interesting how we all feel differently about different stages? And I can see how there is certainly something beautiful and something trying about all of them.
post #115 of 228
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the well wishes

Our babes are still nameless, we are including the whole family in the decision and no one can agree


Bronte is refusing to have anything to do with her new siblings
post #116 of 228
Sam- and congratulations. Alex ignored Isaac for Isaac's first week of life- and me too. He came around.

I'm starting to wonder if I've made the most awful mistake imaginable. Sam is a typical newborn. Needs a lot of time in arms, cuddles, cluster feeds, etc. etc. There is a degree of screaming going on, and he's kept me continually awake from 4 onwards the last few nights. Problem is that River is a typical almost 2yo, is obviously pretty annoyed at the fact that there's someone else in HIS cuddle spot, is hitting, kicking, biting, throwing and occasionally turning waste paper baskets upside down in the middle of the living room and painting the hallway with navy acrylic paint. Plus we have Skye- who is being intensely 4- Isaac- who is being intensely irrational- and Alex, who is doing what he thinks a teenager should do, instead of what he thinks HE should do, and they're all driving me mad. Please, please, reassure me. Lie if necessary.
post #117 of 228
Hmmm, It will get better? The love will win, you will feel better and grow accustomed to the new normal.
post #118 of 228
Ah, Helen, it will get better. Really. I always turn to the "This too, shall pass" mantra in those situations. s
post #119 of 228
Helen, . Those first few weeks are so, so difficult. I agree that it's somewhat just a matter of time until things sort themselves out. Meanwhile, is there anyone who can come and help you? Hormones after birth can be really hard, and when you couple that with a screamy baby things can start getting sad-making pretty quickly.
post #120 of 228
You just have to get through those first couple of weeks and it does all settle out.

We're snowed in again. And they want the computer and lunch.
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