My husband and I are very excited to be expecting our third child but I have to admit I have been surprised and hurt by the negative comments directed towards me. I have a three year old boy and a five year old boy. My brother-in-law said "Congratulations, I guess." Our next door neighbor got really quiet, did not congratulate us and instead told me she felt sorry for me for having three children in under six years. When I told a mother at my son's school I was pregnant she said "Wow, was this planned?" My cousin said "Oh my God." (As if I told her someone had died.)
Then there are the rumors that keep on getting back to me. Apparently a couple of family members think my husband needs to control himself and I need to "get my tubes tied" after this one. Now, we aren't well off financially but we make enough to own a modest home, drive our children around in a newer safe vehicle, and have plenty of healthy food and decent clothing. I guess I am shocked that how many children we have is something people feel they have to right to comment on. Has anyone else experienced this? What have you done? Are there places in the U.S. that are more welcoming of larger families?