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post #221 of 419
Erghhh, nothing burns me up more than people thinking they know what women should be doing with their uterus or body! Reproductive freedom is your birthright, and you have the right to have or not have children as you see fit!

I get some looks when I go places with all the kids. I only have 6, but I see the looks and I look right back at them. My kids are very well behaved (in public ).
post #222 of 419
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Originally Posted by mama in the forest View Post
I need some large pots! Where does everyone buy their industrial size cooking pots? I'm not seeing them at the regular stores. I've been using two large stock pots for every meal & I really want just one big one.
If you have an international farmers market in your area you can buy them there.
post #223 of 419
Thanks ~ I'm not sure if there are any of those around. I live rurally so there's nothing like that here, but maybe in a surrounding city.
post #224 of 419
Hi all.I don't feel like we have a big family, I am expecting my fourth. I guess that's because many of my close friends and neighbors have 6-12.
post #225 of 419
Well, hello, hello. I feel small since we only have four girls, but they certainly keep us busy. I LOVE it! I came from a family of seven and dh had five in his. My four are all close together, my first two, eleven months apart and then 20 and then 22. You would not believe the nasty looks and comments I got when I was prego with my fourth. People can be so rude. GRRR.

We probably would have more, but my poor body just about gave out on me with me last one. I have a small frame and between carrying little ones and back probs I was just in major pain, most of the time. Anyway, but hey, love being a family of six!!

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post #226 of 419
I haven't been posting for a while, but I wanted to pop in and say we had our 9th baby on April 30th. There were a few scary moments (I need to post my story soon...it's almost done), but we are both doing fine.
Our little girl's name is Kyra Brynn, and she was 10lb 7oz at birth, and last Monday at 4 weeks she was about 12 1/2 lb. Very healthy, with lots of blond hair.

So, does anyone ever find themselves saying things like "Remember when we *only* had 5 kids (or however many!)", and getting incredulous looks from friends? I find it hillarious!
post #227 of 419
Congratulations wildthing! Hope you're enjoying your babymoon!

My baby (#5) is 4½ months old. He's a lot of fun and the older kids love him to death.
post #228 of 419
What a beautiful name! Congrats on the new baby!
post #229 of 419
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but I wanted to pop in and say we had our 9th baby on April 30th
Congratulations mama! :
post #230 of 419
Congratulations Wildthing on number 9!
post #231 of 419
Whee! I just found this tribe (I rarely come to this part of the forums)!

We've 5 littles, 4 boys, 1 girl with definite plans to have more (we'll know when we're finished ).

We have a flexible schedule of breakfast before 10am, lunch between 11:30 and 2 and dinner whenever I get it finished usually before 8.

My DH and I work from home running two businesses, he does the internet side (building our websites, doing product sourcing, etc.) I do the creation side (sewing, building, painting, etc.). We quit our out-of-home jobs a little over 2 years ago so that we could spend more time together as a family, homeschool the kids and actually make more money. We're currently working on fixing our credit so we can buy some land with a house and become even more self-sustainable.

Gotta run, baby needs me!
post #232 of 419
Maeveypoo,

Welcome to the tribe!
post #233 of 419
Jeni - how do you know when you are done?
post #234 of 419
Well, I can't answer that right now, since neither of us feel done (we're pretty sure at least 2 more). We just know that we will know
post #235 of 419
That's exactly how DH and I feel. We'll know when we're done, but it's definitely not yet. Baby #4 is about to turn 4 months and I'm already thinking about the next one.
post #236 of 419
Not a large family yet here (#4 on the way), but I always imagined I would have 5 or 6 kids. Now I hope I just manage once I get #4!!

Ds #3 will just turn two when #4 is born so I'm going to have to figure out how to cram us all into a queen and deal with tandem nursing (when I tandem nursed my daughter and son, there was a much bigger age difference, so it's almost like that experience doesn't count because I could just tell her not now, later, and she totally understood.) Also, I'll have two school aged kids to homeschool for the first time (dd ready for kindergarten), so I just keep imagining this fall is going to be completely nerve-wracking. As much as I love my kiddies, I am not good (emotionally) with the sleep-deprived infant stage, although homebirthing my last made a big difference (for the positive).

Reading about all the mamas here has really improved my state of mind, as well as made me a bit jealous, (as in, I want more!)

We are also not so great with the finances - (I dream about being able to afford fancy homeschool curriculum!) - my husband went to truck driving school a couple of years ago and that particular career has made a huge difference for us. The food bill still scares me, but at least we can afford it every week (unlike a few years back, when ramen noodles and WIC cheese were our main staples). How do you guys with the really big families do it? I always feel like we are big pigs or something, the way we go through food, and our kids are still little - no bottomless pit teenagers in site. I can't wait until we have our own house so I can garden.

Also... dishes and laundry. Just beyond me how you keep up! Srsly.
post #237 of 419
You can still garden if you're renting, just do containers! There are so many veggies that do great in containers.
post #238 of 419
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We are also not so great with the finances - (I dream about being able to afford fancy homeschool curriculum!) - my husband went to truck driving school a couple of years ago and that particular career has made a huge difference for us. The food bill still scares me, but at least we can afford it every week (unlike a few years back, when ramen noodles and WIC cheese were our main staples). How do you guys with the really big families do it? I always feel like we are big pigs or something, the way we go through food, and our kids are still little - no bottomless pit teenagers in site. I can't wait until we have our own house so I can garden.
Our finances are very limited right now, but my children LOVE to eat. I do get WIC, but on top of that, we go through at least a gallon of milk a DAY, not to mention everything else.

I just buy in large quantities and make my meals all include a "cheap" filler (potatoes, pasta, or rice). Those are fairly inexpensive and I can feed my ravenous army for under $700 a month. And if I am careful and find some good sales or the bent-n-dent place has some good values, I can do it on half that.

But we go through about 10 pounds of potatoes for a meal if everyone is hungry, or 8-10 cups of rice, or a pound of pasta. Even beans, I cook by the bag full (large bag, about 4 pounds at a time).

But I am also very good about making nothing into something delicious. So I end up spending about $650 each month on as much as I can get and then every few months, I can go almost all month long without having to buy much at all (spending less than $200), but at that time I am clearing out all the stuff that has been there for a while.
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Also... dishes and laundry. Just beyond me how you keep up! Srsly.
You mean dishes and laundry are supposed to be kept up on?

I have never been able to keep up on those... :
post #239 of 419


I just spent the last 2 hours reading this "thread" and I'm really surprised there isn't a separate forum for this yet.

Anyway, hi..My name is Katrina and I'm the mom of 5 wonderful children. 3 DD and 2 DS (Makayla 11, Megan 9, Stephen (~7), Shaleigh (4) and Patterson (1). I work fulltime and DH is the SAHD. We drive a 15 passenger van not because we need the room "yet" but because I hate to listen to "mom she/he's touching me". I drive a minivan for work and right now, we can also completely fit into it. We want probably 1 more but we'll see.

DH cooks during the week and I do the rest on the weekends. Right now, we can acutally do laundry on just 2 days a week and stay "kept up.". Dishes are a never ending battle. Usually only time the counter is dish free is at bedtime.

I also hate when people ask if we are done especially family. My mom is the worst though with 13 grandchildren (ages between 11 and 1), I can't blame her. We are getting it more from "townies" now since our children go to public school. Even though both DH and I are the most involved parents in both the school and scouting. It annoys me when during registration for either PTO or scouts, I get "I work fulltime and with 2 children there just isn't time"..One of these years I will reply with "okay, I work full time, have 5 children and currently lead 2 girl scout troop and assist with a cub scout troop and still find a few hours to help out at school." I can't wait to see that the expression.
post #240 of 419
Hi guys. I'm posting here for the 1st time mostly just because I'm so excited that I CAN!! Hee hee. I'm just 11 weeks along with my 4th. I imagine we'll have more shortlings, only time (& our level of exhaustion) will tell.

I've always followed the QF & big families threads just because they fascinate me. It is so silly how excited I am just to be able to technically call myself a "mom of many" now. LOL I am a dork.

So, along with all of you, I struggle with the grocery bill, the laundry & dishes most. The groceries are tough.... I WANT to shop at the farmers market & regularly buy delicious, expensive, raw, organic, homestead cheese , & spend chunks of money on things like hemp seed oil & almond butter! Every single week I struggle to shop for healthy, whole foods, as locally grown as I can afford, AND keeping the bill down. Thankfully there's a Winco nearby with an awesome bulk foods area (not that any of those foods are locally grown ).

I also need to learn more & more how to make meals from scratch. You know, I have NO idea what to do with dried beans. I can get 2 whole pounds of them for a buck! But have no idea what to do with them.

We have gardens this year! Our 1st year, & we've gone all out & put gardens anywhere they'd fit in our tiny yard. We also have newly laying hens. We're learning food preservation & seed saving. I haven't had to buy spinach in 2 months!

One day we plan to have some land. Having a milk goat will be helpful. And I'm going to delve into soap making...

We homeschool as well & sometimes I totally freak out over my disorganization and/or my inconsistency there. We have good days & bad. The bad stress me out. I SO WISH I was a structured & organized person by nature, but I am truly not! I battle with myself with that.

Anyway, I'll quit my novel. Thanks for letting me join & babble about my groceries & what not. I'm sure I haven't said anything that 20 other mamas of many haven't said already on these threads!
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