I'm Jenny. I have five kids, expecting my sixth around Christmas. I have one daughter, who is 12, and four boys who are 14, 9, 6 and almost 3. For financial and practical purposes we'd decided we were not going to have any more kids after the 5th...I sold/gave away all of our baby things just about 8 months ago. All of our kids were planned but this one wasn't and it's been a very different pregnancy so far, like I'm still in shock to even be pregnant! I've had dreams that I miscarried and have been very worried about it despite not having any reason to worry. It's like it's not sunk in that it's real yet. I'm a big planner and control freak so to have something just dropped in my lap like this is bound to be a little hard for me. I'm really excited though because I was sad to be "done." So I'm not sure why I'm not happier! I know when baby starts to move I will feel differently. It probably doesn't help that other people are voicing concerns about our finances (we just barely get by, and sometimes we don't), my health (which is great actually), the size of our house, stress, etc.
I work teaching preschool in my home three mornings a week so there's been a lot of stress around taking time off in the middle of the school year...but really it's all working out okay, except I won't be getting paid for 6 weeks!! Looking forward to the fun stuff- getting big, feeling kicks, organizing clothes, and then finally holding a BABY!
Our kids go to a public outdoor education and arts charter school- it's awesome, and K-8 so they're mostly together. My oldest goes to high school this year so that's new for all of us!! We garden, eat mostly organic, cloth diaper, don't mess with our kids (vaccinations, circumcision), and have our babies at home (the last two unassisted, planning same this time around).
I love my kids...they are all very big personalities so the noise of their passion and the chaos of sheer numbers can get to me! I wish I never yelled, but I do sometimes. I'm glad we keep having the little ones because it softens everybody to have a baby or toddler around. But this will be our last, for sure.
Nice to meet all of you!