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Any other large families here?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
This is #5 for us. Any other families with lots of kids? I'm already freaking out about carseat arrangements! We have a van with captains chairs in the second row, and 3 seats in the third row. We need to replace the van and are hoping we'll get enough with our tax return to do so (for various reasons, a car loan is not something either of us are willing to do ever again, so cash it is). We have 2 kids in belt-positioning boosters and two who are rearfacing. Right now the booster kids are in the third row and the rearfacing kids in the captain's chairs. DD3 will just be turning four by the time this baby is born. So while she will still be in weight limits to rearface, it is more likely that she will be turned forward unless we find an awesome vehicle that we can easily do 3 rearfacing kids in. Right now there are two options that I'm considering, with our current seating situation in mind. The first is keeping DS rearfacing in the captain's chair behind the driver, put 8yo in the captain's chair behind the passenger in her booster. Then in the back row have DD2 in the booster on the driver's side, baby in an infant seat in the middle (so we can leave the base in and snap them in easily), and DD3 in a nautilus on the passenger side. This would require buying a new infant seat, since we just used convertibles for DS from birth. The other would have DS and new baby in the rearfacing seats in the captain's chairs, and put a Radian in the middle of the back row for DD3. This would require the 8yo to buckle her in, but she's really good at that, and wouldn't be loosening the harness straps. I'm torn between the two. I think we may try each seating arrangement soon and see which we feel works best.
post #2 of 23
I'm one child of seven. Growing up there were six kids and we had a Volvo station wagon, so we had one more kid than seats. My dad infamously installed a poll in the "way back" and mounted my sisters car seat on it so we would all fit.
post #3 of 23

this is #4 for us. "large" by some standards - not for others :) but we will need a new car. Not very happy about that. We have 3 in a row which is not fun b/c the youngest is RF and needs to be in the middle spot. She gets bored and my 5 year old antagonizes her. I don't even know where to begin! We've never gotten a car loan, but it might be necessary. I browsed our local craigslist and the cheapest minivan listed that could be a consideration - was a 2003 Honda at 10k. 

on the bright side it isn't urgent to figure this out, but I would love to start benefiting from breaking my kids up ASAP :)

post #4 of 23

#10 for us here. :) Our kids are aged 11, 8, 8 (twins), 7, 5, 3, and 1, 1, 1 (triplets). :) 

post #5 of 23

This might not be classified as large, but we're on #4 :)

post #6 of 23
Gestating #5 here! Scored a Yukon Denali from DH smile.gif)
post #7 of 23
Gestating #5 here! Scored a Yukon Denali from DH smile.gif)
post #8 of 23
#5 here also. I'll put the littles in our captain's chairs, and move DS3 to the back with the bigger boys. I imagine he will have to forward face.
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
Glad I'm not the only one playing musical carseats! LOL I had a random memory of taking my girls to Goodwill just after I started this job (having money after so long without was such fun I went clothes shopping at Goodwill almost every pay period, lol). An older, likely either conservative or mennonite couple (the woman had long hair in a bun, long denim skirt, not a common look around here), was getting into a 12 passenger van next to us. My oldest, then 7, said "Wow mom, their van is bigger than ours!" I laughed as I was loading us all in and said "Yep, if we get blessed with anymore kids, we'll have a big van like that, too!" The woman just gave me the warmest smile ever and looked so happy and told me I had a beautiful family. <3 Memories like that make me feel better about expecting a very unexpected baby.
post #10 of 23
Just realizing I have to think about this in my van! Thinking the three year old gets back middle because it is only a lap belt & he is 5 pt. The older kids need the shoulder belts.
post #11 of 23
I have not checked the Yukon to see what it's got in middle center....
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by justamama View Post

Glad I'm not the only one playing musical carseats! LOL I had a random memory of taking my girls to Goodwill just after I started this job (having money after so long without was such fun I went clothes shopping at Goodwill almost every pay period, lol). An older, likely either conservative or mennonite couple (the woman had long hair in a bun, long denim skirt, not a common look around here), was getting into a 12 passenger van next to us. My oldest, then 7, said "Wow mom, their van is bigger than ours!" I laughed as I was loading us all in and said "Yep, if we get blessed with anymore kids, we'll have a big van like that, too!" The woman just gave me the warmest smile ever and looked so happy and told me I had a beautiful family.

That's really sweet. I love stories like this- they're a nice change from all the "You've got your hands full!" remarks.
post #13 of 23

We're expecting #4, but this is my 7th pregnancy, so feels like a lot at this point :)  I was raised the youngest of two, then when I turned 21 I met my bio family and found 5 younger siblings who welcomed me with open arms as the oldest of 6 so I can play the big family and small family card :)

 

Kate

post #14 of 23
We are on #4, hardly huge but it feels big to us. This will likely be our last.
People around here usually have two, and three is considered a lot. There are bigger blended families around, sometimes with a wider age span, but we don't know anyone else with 4 younger kids all from the same mom and dad.
I'm really happy though and feel like this will be the perfect balance to our family:)
post #15 of 23
This is #3 for me but we are a blended family now where this baby will make kiddo #8. We usually are rotating between 1-7 kids at a time at our house though, depending upon who is where.
post #16 of 23
This will be our 4th. I have 4 brothers & have a couple friends with 8 kids so this doesn't feel like a big family to me. With a minivan & four kids we are still ok with car seats, but the newborn won't have mommy sitting beside their car seat, which will take some getting used to. Dh thinks he's done. Guess we'll see. He's said that before. Lol.
post #17 of 23

This is number 5 for me! But it's different because my oldest 2 are 17 and 19 and don't live with me anymore. The next 2 are 9 and 7. Everyone will have a birthday before baby is born.:)

 

thank god i don't have to get a bigger vehicle! 

 

I have always gotten comments about having 4 kids so I just can't wait to be showing and have random people ask me.."Is this your first baby"? ... Um no...my fifth... :)  CAN'T WAIT!!!

post #18 of 23

This is #4 for us, which is HUGE for my husband (and his family- they all have just 2!). My other little ones are 2, 4, and 6! 

post #19 of 23

This is #4 for us as well.  We shocked the entire family because they all knew that DH had a vasectomy but hardly anyone knew he had it reversed.  We only know one family with more children than ours, so I guess we are considered a large family in our area.

post #20 of 23

Expecting number 4. I guess we're in between rather than large?

To big families we're not accepted as being a large family but to those 2 children and done families we are considered to have so many kids. (at least in my area these are the general reactions)

Personally I felt like a big family at kid number 2 (I was a sheltered only child)

Very excited and definitely not done breeding yet :love

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