Hey, mamas! I'm just hanging tight here, waiting to have babies. Right now, I REALLY appreciate being a MoM because my older two have been such a huge help and blessing through this whole pregnancy. The two oldest are only 11 and 9, but they have stepped up in ways I never would have dreamed. I will say that I think after the babies are born, I would like to be done. But I'm 38 and we don't use artificial birth control, and I have a feeling there might end up being one more. It couldn't possibly be as difficult as this pregnancy. Then again, with my luck I would end up with quads or something.
My blood pressure is up, and I'm on meds three times a day for that. They make me kind of loopy. I also have to go in to L&D 2 or 3 times a week for NSTs. The babies are doing great; they're just kind of sucking the life out of me. My iron is low, as is my potassium and B12. I am 37 weeks tomorrow. I am so hoping to last through the end of the week so I can take the older two to see Deathly Hallows. After that, the babies can come whenever they please. My goal all along was to make it to at least 38 weeks.
RE: Having time for each child. I haven't felt like it's been a huge issue so far, but my large family is "only" 4 and my kids are all still rather young. I do find that I have to be intentional. For a while, DH and I would take turns and every other month we would do something little with each child, even if it was just running errands tomorrow, With me being practically on bedrest, there's been lots of one on one time for cuddling and snuggling on the bed. I try to have a special thing I do with each kid-- with Katie Grace, we watch the Duggars every Tuesday night. Daniel and I have a nightly date to read nursery rhymes. Stuff like that. I have a schedule in the kitchen (not that I have cooked in months :rolleyes) that guarantees each child has some one on one time with me once a week, even though they might not like helping in the kitchen very much, LOL!
RE: Simplicity Parenting. I've just started it, but I definitely see it more as a guidebook than a formula, if you know what I mean. You take what will work for you and use the rest. I don't think a large family can ever be truly simple, because there's just too much going on. Even if each child just does one thing, it adds up.