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post #61 of 419
magentamomma, Congratulations on your future arrival!

When we were having four, we got a lot of the same "it'll be your last" stuff too, but after three more, we no longer get that! Now we just get, "Not Again!"
post #62 of 419
Greetings mamas, I'm Angie, a mom to 9 kidlets. Yes, I was an only child for about 11years. Some days it is really hard doing the things that I need to do, like the laundry. But for the most part, I love being the mommy of such great kids. Dh is the nutter that wants more, I'm not so sure. I hope that we can keep this thread alive or at least have one started on a regular basis. Oh, BTW, I still don't drive. Hoping to start again soon.

angie
post #63 of 419
Hello everyone! I saw the title of this thread and thought,"Ok, that sounds like where I would fit in!"

We have 10 kids and #11 is due next month. It will be 7 girls and 4 boys then!

My dh grew up in a large family but with me it was just myself and an older sister so having lots of kids was an adjustment for me. It just keeps getting better and better, though!

I'm loving this thread. It is soo nice to hear of other large families!
post #64 of 419

Just curious...

How old was everyone when they had their first child (or children in my case)?

I was 24 when I had my twins. I'm 33 now.
post #65 of 419
I don't fit into the big famiy yet but we will soon! I am pg with our third and we are working on adoption of a sib group so we could have 5-6 in the next year!

I just wanted to respond to the car issue. We just bought a limo! It sounds crazy but it is so much fun. It holds 9 total and all sholder belts, gets 18-20mpg. It has dark tinted windows (no sun in the eyes) and the front and back have seperate AC, heat, and sterios, but I have master controls, and it is so comfortable to drive! Best of all limos are cheap to buy because once they are a few years old noone wants them! When we out-grow this one we will just get a 12-17 person!

We might be crazy but we travel in style!!!
post #66 of 419
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Originally Posted by veggijessie
We might be crazy but we travel in style!!!
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About my age. I was 19 when I gave birth to my first, I was 35 when I had my last one (not my "last" baby, I hope).
post #67 of 419
VeggiJessie -- how cool to drive a limo!! You must get some looks!

About my age -- I was 28 when my first was born and 37 when we had the last so far

Having 5 children sounds like a small family on this thread
post #68 of 419
I was 18 when I had my first and I just turned 32 a little over a week ago.

COOL a LIMO!! I have never riden in a limo before!
post #69 of 419
We only have three kids of our own. We also have a roommate with two kids where the mom is rarely home (she seems to always take jobs that are a two hour bus ride away, so she has a 12 hour workday). And I do childcare here.
post #70 of 419
Hi all, We are a family of 6. DH and I and 4 kids. 3 boys : and finally a girl DH and I are both only children, so it was really important for us to have a big family. (not big by the standards on this thread but big for us onlys) I couldn't imagine life with out my kids. We are having issues with cars too. We have a station wagon, and a cherokee, but they only seat 5 so we never go anywhere all toghther But on the bright side my father is an automotive recycler and he is getting us hooked up with a recycled minivan. I am so excited I actually got really lucky, since the van is a luxury edition, with a tv and heated seats and all the things a family of 6 just can't normally afford on a only one paycheck. On the downside I have been waiting for it for 7 months.

I was 19 when I had my first, and am now 26.

I also get "Are they all yours?" " On the other hand, we also get nicer comments like " OH so many helpers, aren't you lucky." Definatly subbin to this one.

Later yall, Kaara
post #71 of 419
I was 16 when I had my 1st and 21 when I had my 4th! I love being young and having the energy and craziness to have loads of fun with my kids! Also, I can remember my childhood so well it helps me to view things from my kids' perspective. It's totally cool! (except for the nasty comments. Oh well.) We drive a Ford Windstar and have room for one more. I love the limo idea! Maybe I can talk dh into it!
post #72 of 419

Speaking of loads of fun...

What are some fun things you all do with your kids? Especially the older ones.

My mom didn't do a lot of fun stuff with us growing up so I don't have her example to draw from. She was a single mom so I'm sure that had something to do with it. Part of it was her personality. She was very serious. And got more and more so as we got older. Trying to keep us in line, I guess. Although we did do some fun activities occasionally.

I want to be more consisent with my kids, though. It's easier with the younger ones (3 and 5½) but I'm at a loss with my 8yo twins. You can only play so many card games.

Any ideas?
post #73 of 419
Iwas 22 when our twins were born and 29 now. For 2 1/2 years dh and I tried to get pregnant I had an every three years plan. After a year I thought we were infertal Finnally just when I had come to terms with no more babies we got pregnant with this one. I feel so blessed. I fantasize about six, but four is fine if that is all we ever get.
post #74 of 419
Welcome to all the new mamas

Now to answer some of the questions posed

Hubby & I both only have an older sister
I've always wanted a bigger family & hubby finally started
agreeing after #3 lol he says his limit is 6
I plan to listen to my body & intution on when I'm done.

I had my 1st when I was 18, turned 19 a few weeks later.
I was 23 for my 2nd
27 (5 days shy of 28) with my 3rd.
will be 32 when new one arrives =)

The biggest reason we don't have more already is because for whatever
reason we take awhile to conceive. My plan was to have my kids
2.5 years apart. Instead their all 4-5 years apart (including #3
& one on the way) lol
post #75 of 419
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Originally Posted by magentamomma
We arre pregnant with our fourth and already having some of our family and friends think we are crazy. They also assume this will/must be our last right!?! I am not dead or menapausal so I cannot guaruntee any thing LOL DH and I both want a big family but I do realize we are entering the place where it will be harder to get invitations to dinner or to be a house guest any where. Plus the car thing we only have one car so if my husband is working I have to rely on friends and it has gotten way to complicated to transport. Oh well My girls are alittle sad that we can't take their friends with us places.
Congrats!
post #76 of 419
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Originally Posted by queenofhercastle
How old was everyone when they had their first child (or children in my case)?

I was 24 when I had my twins. I'm 33 now.
I was 22 (that day actually) when I had Dominick
post #77 of 419
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Originally Posted by TwelveOaks
Hello everyone! I saw the title of this thread and thought,"Ok, that sounds like where I would fit in!"

We have 10 kids and #11 is due next month. It will be 7 girls and 4 boys then!

My dh grew up in a large family but with me it was just myself and an older sister so having lots of kids was an adjustment for me. It just keeps getting better and better, though!

I'm loving this thread. It is soo nice to hear of other large families!
You def fit in!
post #78 of 419
Honestly, I wish we had a large family forum here.

There are so many times I have questions that I would like to direct at mamas of many. In tribes they sometimes get lost plus are harder to search for later.
post #79 of 419
I was 16 when I had my first and 21 when I had my third.
post #80 of 419
Quote:
Originally Posted by queenofhercastle
What are some fun things you all do with your kids? Especially the older ones.
We are homeschooling so some of these things of course would be easier than if you have kids in school.

1. We go to the park, a lot. I can usually tell when the kids are restless and I will pack them up and go.

2. We have plays and shows. The kids prepare it all, including invitations, and all I have to do is show up. Easy for me, super fun for the kids. I usually make a huge deal over it, clapping and woo hooing, laughing at the funny parts, etc.

3. We play games like tag, red light green light, simon says, mother may I. I get in on ring around the rosies w/ the 3 little ones. My 2 yr old thinks it is a riot when I fall down too.

4. We have a membership to the local museum and we go there often. They have a fun kids section for the kids and this summer had an activity day w/ story time and crafts.

5. The art museum is free here on Thursdays and we go w/ paper in hand and try to recreate the art work we see there. The kids love this.

6. The older kids help me cook. They love to grate cheese, peel boiled eggs, crack the eggs in a bowl for scrambled eggs and chop veggies in my Tupperware spinning chopper thingy.

7. We read chapter books together. I try to make funny voices for the characters, but I am not too good at it. The kids think it is the funniest thing ever.

Those are a few things I can think of off the top of my head. Just enjoy them, pay attention to them. Find things in your everyday life that are fun.
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