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post #81 of 419
Checking in again now that we are six! Our fouth little person arrived on the
2nd September so we don't fit in our car altogether anymore but we are all so happy to have her here with us on the outside now.

I was 19 when I had my first and I'm 33 now. I've almost had 2 in my twenties and two in my thirties. Dh would like another and I might do too but ask me in another couple of years! My pregnancies are getting more complicated and my births more difficult and we are getting poorer not richer since dh started his own business!

Dh and I have one sibling each and aren't close to either of them. Dh had an older brother who died as ababy and he wonders if things would have been different in his family had there been three children not just him and his sister. We hope that our children will be able to feel close to one or other of their siblings at any point in time and will be able to have fun together.

My older boys are 13 and 9 and boy do they eat: Babies are virtually free for the first year or so don't you find? If only I could feed the whole family on breastmilk
post #82 of 419

New here

I really do not know how to get around this board but this one caught my eye. I am a mom of 5 and another on the way and a stepdaughter that does not live with us. So a total of 7! I was 21 with my first who is now 16.5 and my youngers is 20 months and hte baby is due March of 2007. WE use to have 2 cars and a van but we just have the van now. We need to find a 8-9 passenger van/suv,etc. I just do not know what to get and what is beston SPACE and GAs. Any suggestions? I did come across w website with snappy combacks to people making comments about large families. At my church where the usual comment is don't you know what causes that? I respond with.. I finally found something I am really good at and you want me to STOP! It normally leaves them laughing uncomfortablly. My fustration right now is dealing with different age groups..teens, preteens, toddlers, and infants. I feel like I am the only one doing any of the work arond here! Any other websites for families like ours and any on homeorganization, etc?

Michelle
post #83 of 419

Anybody out there with info?

Please read my previous post need websites, books, etc.

Thank You
Michelle
post #84 of 419
Here are few websites I came up with:

MOMYS I don't know if you've heard of it but it stands for Mothers of Many Young Siblings.

Large Family Logistics This is geared toward homeschooling families but it can still help you even if you don't homeschool.

Get Organized Now! Love this one! It has a lot of great suggestions about organizing your home and family.

Hope this helps!
post #85 of 419

Wow! You all have to read this!

This woman in Connecticut just gave birth to her fifth child and he is HUGE! Here's the article. At this rate, the next one might just walk out!
post #86 of 419
queenofhercastle.. thanks for the great wesbite's you posted. That is just what I needed, feeling a little unorganized and overwhelmed today!
post #87 of 419
Subbing too!

We have 3 with one in the making. Since the beginning we knew we would at least have 4 though dh has always said 6. I have always told everyone 6 so they can just stop asking if we were planning on having more. Of course they still ask! When I was making the round of phone calls after #2 was born my grandmother told me I should stop now. This woman a mother of 5 herself. We always get the comments but it doesn't bother me a bit. One little old lady came up to me at the grocery store and told me I needed to keep on having kids because there were so many ugly babies in the world! I'll just take that as she thinks big families are nice

I come from a family with 4 children and dh from a family of 6. Unfortunately dh doesn't talk to a single sibling and I live 2000 miles from my sisters so it doesn't feel like we have a huge extended family but I want that for my children when they are older. There is nothing like family. You just can't replace them!

Glad to have found this thread!
post #88 of 419
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Originally Posted by lanielayne View Post
There is nothing like family. You just can't replace them!
Amen
post #89 of 419
wow, I killed this thread.


What is the best tip out there for you to keep everyone/thing organized?
post #90 of 419
Hi, I'm new! I'm due with baby #7 (a boy!) in February!
post #91 of 419
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Originally Posted by mclisa View Post
What is the best tip out there for you to keep everyone/thing organized?
don't even bother?


for me, everyone is color coded.
post #92 of 419
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Originally Posted by mclisa View Post
wow, I killed this thread.
No, I am the one that usually kills a thread!

I love the color coding thing. I had done that for a while, but when my numbers increased, the different colors became harder to find.

After that, I went into designated items. Such as each child had two towels (each distinct), one complete set of dishes (including glass, plate, bowl, and saucer; each distinct), and so on. This worked for us for years. I always knew who had left their dishes out, who left their towel on the floor, and so on. However since our "shake up" about five years ago, we have fallen away. At this moment I am beginning to implament a MOTH schedule. I am praying that it works wonders on our disorganized lives.
post #93 of 419
hi all, it took me a while to find this buried thread...

for now we have 8 kids.. the older 2 were adpoted from family last spring(they may be going to a diff family member soon, long story with dd 8)
my triplets are 6 mos old and im pgnt again... i always wanted a huge family... we dont all fit my Honda Odyssey anymore ;(

we have a grocery budget of about 2k month (for everything)
i think costco was developed just for us..

i have a 4 seater stroller i love LOVE that thing

howver i have not done laundry since thursday night and NOW IM SCARED>..
post #94 of 419
Hi 1growingsprout,

Thanks for resurrecting this thread!

We have 4 kids with #5 on the way next month. I love having a large family. There's a whole lot of love in this house!

Wow - a 4 seater stroller? I've never seen one those before. Makes you the center of attention everywhere you go I'm sure.

Congrats on the new pregnancy. How far along are you?
post #95 of 419

quad stroller

http://www.shop.com/op/~Foundations_...7?sourceid=298

this is the one we have... its GREAT....

i commands great attention let me tell you but it also makes life possible..

fyi im 7 wks pgnt...

this is my new favorite website

http://www.daycarefurnituredirect.com

we also broke down and got one of these tables
http://www.daycarefurnituredirect.co...860/670237.htm

and it does come in handy... mainly outside now that is nice here and we picnic and bbq lots... no more hauling of the highchairs and it can be hosed off...

i think reality set in for DH and we are just going to buy 'day care' stregnth stuff.... little tikes is great for stuff too


**any thougths on my every growing laundry mountain
post #96 of 419
Wow, those kids are riding around in style! I like that stroller. I used to work in day care and I remember those tables. They definitely help when you have a lot of little ones to feed. Good idea. I'll have to check out that website some more.

I understand about the growing laundry mountain. If nothing else, make sure everyone has clean underwear LOL. Then I would suggest that you wash and then get your older ones to fold and put away. Even better would be to get the older ones to do their own laundry - I'm working on this with my older ones. That's all my thoughts for now...


I have a question that I posted a couple of months ago but I only got one answer. I need some more ideas so I copied it below. I'm open to any and all suggestions.


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 #97 of 419
Baby #4 has been here for two weeks now :

Thanks for bumping the thread
post #98 of 419
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Originally Posted by queenofhercastle View Post
Wow, those kids are riding around in style! I like that stroller. I used to work in day care and I remember those tables. They definitely help when you have a lot of little ones to feed. Good idea. I'll have to check out that website some more.

I understand about the growing laundry mountain. If nothing else, make sure everyone has clean underwear LOL. Then I would suggest that you wash and then get your older ones to fold and put away. Even better would be to get the older ones to do their own laundry - I'm working on this with my older ones. That's all my thoughts for now...


I have a question that I posted a couple of months ago but I only got one answer. I need some more ideas so I copied it below. I'm open to any and all suggestions.


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?


how about the board games for the older ones... crafts... invlove them in helpign with the little ones...get outside for a walk with JUST them... spend the walk looking for something (all the pink flowers.. how many diff types are there?)
post #99 of 419
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Originally Posted by AngelBee View Post
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.
Yes, yes, yes - my thoughts exactly.

I'd love to join you all. I'm a mama to 5, 4 of my own little ones and also raising my nephew who is now 18. Not much time to post, but will bbl.
post #100 of 419
Looking for advice from mamas with many...

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...28#post6693028
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