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post #141 of 419
It's been a couple of days since I was here. Hope everyone is well. All is well for us. My oldest daughter just came back for a trip to visit her friend across the country, and my oldest son is recovering from a broken toe, but seems to be mending well. Our routine is still on the fritz, but we are working on it. I am taking all the children to the circus tomorrow! They are really looking forward to that.

Guess that is all for now. Later.
post #142 of 419
Can anyone suggest books about big families. I'm looking for stories, tips, suggestions, etc in book format.

Currently we have 2 dd's, but hope to add 1 or 2 ds's by the end of the year via adoption. (Although dd1 thinks we should add a dd, too.)
post #143 of 419
Routines : I am still trying to set one in place! I actually am the worst at following it.
post #144 of 419
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Can anyone suggest books about big families. I'm looking for stories, tips, suggestions, etc in book format.
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post #145 of 419
Not sure about books, as I prefer to read fiction. But I would be interested in some if anyone had a title to recommend. I am great at finding books, and love to read.
post #146 of 419
HI everyone,

I just found this thread and wanted to say Hi. I have five, ds6 3/4, ds 5 1/2, dd 2 3/4, ds 1, and new baby due in June. I've been enjoying this thread.
As for the cars, I was ecstatic when we finally bought an old GMC safari with 8 seats. One of the biggest benefits to me is that when I am pregnant (and I am tall) I get to step up and step down out of the driver's seat instead of trying to crunch myself down into and haul myself out as I do in regular cars! That's besides having enough seats for the kids and all. I used to think my next car would be a 15 passenger. I like the idea of having enough seats for friends and family. However, I REALLY liked those little mini-bus type things that the hotels use to cart people around. They are sooo roomy, with even more seats and don't look all that much bigger than a 15 passenger anyway. I wonder what the gas mileage is? On the other hand, I read that post about having a limo and that has piqued my curiosity enough that I will DEFINITELY look into that. It would be rather ironic to me if that is what we got. My Dad, before I was old enough to drive, always said to look around at the cars I saw and think about what kind I would like to have someday (as a way of dream-building). It didn't take me long to settle on the limos. Then, I just figured that as a big performing star I would be chauffered places. So i jokingly started pointing at every limo I saw saying, "Hey, that's MY car!" Wouldn't it be hysterical if I ended up with one... to cart all of my children around -- a much greater blessing than my original reason for wanting one! he he

My husband and I pretty much are split into the traditional roles of the family, but he does help out a lot in the house whenever I need him, and often without my asking. And DEFINITELY with the kids. I think it is amazing how he has grown from when we had only one or two to now. When my 1yo was only 6 months or so he loaded all of our four kids in the car PLUS my very active niece and took them out shopping and other things.... and it wasn't MY idea! It was HIS! When we had only two he didn't seem capapble of watching them for more than half an hour without enlisting his mother's aid!!! Now he takes them all out regularly for me. WOW.

I definitely need help with playing with the kids. I have always been such a bookworm and so much in my head. I can sit around and talk for hours or read books, but when it comes to getting down and playing or doing crafts, they sound nice, but I feel like I don't know where to start. That's one of the things I LOVE my husband for, he does this wonderfully. At least he's makingup somewhat where I am deficient, but I am working on this and hope that I will get better with time and effort.

Love hearing about all your wonderful families!
M.
post #147 of 419
Hi guys, I'm just subbing for now - you can find lots more out about me from my posts on 5 or more kids, quiverfull, and intro threads.

I'll read some of these posts next week!

Just one thing to post - I got a lot of flack for 4 - 7 kids, but after that I think they just wrote me off as a whacko. Now I get more "are you pregnant yet" type of comments - almost like they like to brag about me or something, and maybe not always in a good light ("my sister is so weird, did you know she has 24 kids! or something like that!!! )

And I think it was this thread - we drive a 12 passenger van for church and family outings, but since I have built in baby sitters, I usually drive our Buick, that is when I don't send my 16 YO DD to do the errands for me!

Talk to you later!
post #148 of 419
Hi all: I hope its okay to join this forum and the one on 5 plus kids. I have seven delightful darlings and while it just feels average to me, its considered large in NZ where I come from.

I'm beyond people asking me if I'm nuts anymore, they just ask if I'm pregnant again, lol.

Hope you dont mind if I join you.
post #149 of 419
Snork & Motherhubbard, welcome to this tribe too! I know, how many tribes can you be in because of the size of your family? Well, I think I am in four or five, maybe, but I forget. Anyways, each tribe is a little different and that makes for different members. I really like each one, too.

SO, welcome!
post #150 of 419
Forgot to add. I, too, am past the stage of people giving me grief about the amount of children I have. I have reached the point of "are you pg yet?"

I guess it is a good place to be, where they just assume that I am going to be pg again. At least I don't worry too much about comments anymore, not that I really ever "worried" about what they thought.
post #151 of 419
I think that by this time, we are beyond all hope of their influencing out lifestyle, so they are now just curious as to when the next one will be "in the oven"!

LOL!!

It is a much nicer place to be!
post #152 of 419
It really is a nice place to be. It is just sad that I had to get to number 7 before I got there.
post #153 of 419
Welcome new mamas
post #154 of 419
Hey y'all, haven't posted here in awhile. LOL, I feel like I have to change my screen name since 6 isn't many to a few of you. I'm kinda jealous you guys can have such a big family. DH says we're done, and I'm really sad about that.
post #155 of 419
Oh! I'm so glad I found this!

I've got 3 girls (8, 6, & 3) and a 1yo boy. We've kept saying we were done having babies after 2, but the more I have, the more I seem to want. *sigh*

My biggest issue right now is that we live in a smallish house (according to other people its tiny). The lack of personal space gets to me at times.

Happy to be here anyways!

Lisa
post #156 of 419
HI everyone. It's been a while since I've posted on MDC. We just found out this weekend that we're pregnant with #4! Im very "nervous" about telling my family. I told my bestfriend & our 3 boyz, then a cpl hours after we found out my MIL called. She started talking about someone else in the fam having another kid, & are we thinking of having anymore? She was talking to DH & he said "uuhhhhhhh" & she said "Is she pregnant??" & he said again "uuuhhhhhhhhhhhh" So she knows. We told that we were't going to tell everyone until I've been to see a midwife. She said she can keep a secret for 2 mos, after that she's not sure. My MIL is great, so I wasn't afraid to tell her. My mom & dad tho.........OH BOY : & my brother. When he found out I was pregnant with # 3 he thought I was joking. Then he was all like "don't you want better for your kids than we had?"

So how long did you all wait to tell certain ppl you knew were gonna give you a hard time about it? I'm due sometime in Nov.....my Mom & her DH are moving out here in Oct.....so Im thinking that will be a good time to tell them huh? I just don't want to deal with the cr*p this time. I know they're going to bring up the fact that we should've waited til we bought a house & settled in (which we're house hunting for our first home). & then of course waited til we are a little more financially stable (like that's gonna happen anytime soon). The old saying "Im not getting any younger here" pops into my head.

It's so great that so many ppl are willing to share their lives with others. Thank you all.

Mom to 3 Boyz : & pregnant with # 4!
post #157 of 419
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We just found out this weekend that we're pregnant with #4!
Congratulations! I think a new life is always reason to celebrate!
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So how long did you all wait to tell certain ppl you knew were gonna give you a hard time about it?
I am really bad about waiting. I have waited as long as 34 weeks to tell anyone. :
At number three, I got tired of all the remarks, and it has become a game for me...'how long can I hide it?' I am REALLY good, too!

I usually wait until about four months to tell close family, and sometimes longer. Friends or neighbors will depend on our relationship, and how often we see each other, how close we are, and what type of relationship we have (business, acquaintance, and so forth).
post #158 of 419
Congrats pooh_tiggermom
post #159 of 419
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Can anyone suggest books about big families. I'm looking for stories, tips, suggestions, etc in book format.

Currently we have 2 dd's, but hope to add 1 or 2 ds's by the end of the year via adoption. (Although dd1 thinks we should add a dd, too.)
Cheaper By the Dozen, and Belles on Their Toes: two books about the Gilbraith family, 1920's time frame, 11 kids. Very funny, much better than the movie.

Several Ann M. Martin (woman who wrote the Babysitter's Club series) feature large familes-- am I showing my age/ generation, here? Specifically, Ten Kids, No Pets and Eleven Kids, One Summer. I remember liking these as a kid, but really don't know if they are actually good.

And while they are only peripheral to the main story, the Weasleys of the Harry Potter series (6 boys and a girl) are my favorite literary big family-- or does that show, too?
post #160 of 419
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Not sure about books, as I prefer to read fiction. But I would be interested in some if anyone had a title to recommend. I am great at finding books, and love to read.
Heck, I'd like fiction books where they have a large family.
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