I love big family fiction. But it is really hard to find any. Most, if they include family, are of small families that fit the "norm". I have never read "Cheaper by the Dozen" or "Bells on Their Toes", but I have seen the movies (the originals) and I really loved them.
I also really like "Your, Mine, and Ours" the original, not the remake. I did not like the open rebellion in the remake or the way the mom and dad were so . . . oh, I can't even think of an appropriate word. They just never seemed to really know the other or care about what the other did. In a large family, there is a lot of give and take (I guess that is true in any family, but it seems more pronounced in a large family), and if there is no understanding of the other, things can fall apart fast, as stress levels rise and nerves become short.
OOPS, off on a rabbit trail.
: I can be very opinionated about movies and books.
On the other topic. I would love to wait until after I had the baby to tell people I was expecting, but my Mom, who always seems to live near by is one of those people that if you want the world to know, you only have to tell her. With my Gideon, I actually got away with her not knowing until 34 weeks. But hey, I could only hide it for so long.