Originally Posted by frogleymom
I probably won't be in maternity clothes until late July. I'm pretty tiny, but I just don't show that much until month 6, then everything jumps out.
Also, I grew up in a large family (oldest of seven), so I kind of think it's funny to think of three kids as a lot to take care of. I was babysitting four of my younger siblings at the same time from the age of 9. (Of course being a mother is totally different, and I never had to take them shopping or anything, but I did have to help manage everyone when my mom took us all shopping.)
I know my family is not even close to complete. I feel like I'm just getting started here with #3. I've always felt I wanted at least 6, but after my wonderful birthing experiences, I'm leaning closer to 8. We'll just have to see how it goes. I don't want to be having babies into my late 30s and early 40s... by then DD#1 could be having babies, and I'd rather focus on being a grandmother at that point. But I started young (DD#1 was born two months after my 22nd birthday), and I'm only 24 now, so at my current rate, I could easily have 8 kids before I turn 35.
I'm totally crazy aren't I.
No, not crazy. I always wanted a large family and would have four or five kids if it were up to me (when I say I always wanted a large family I mean dh and I agreed on having EIGHT kids
But I always wanted at least five). But, dh is so done having kids, he was done after one. Changed his mind after seeing the cost of parenting. Anyway, I envy you
Got a couple more questions for you!How is everyone going to prepare the older sibs?
My oldest was just a baby when I got pg with youngest, all I did to prepare then was make sure he knew how to play alone. I didn't really teach any "gentle with the baby" or make sure there wouldn't be jealousy b/c he was only a little over a year when the baby was born and was pretty oblivious to him for awhile. This time I'll have older kids (they'll be 4 and 3) and I'm not sure what to do. I know I've got to emphasize the gentle thing b/c these boys are very rough.Anyone told the older sibs yet? If not now, when?
I did tell my kids that mama has a baby in her tummy but they forgot within five minutes. My oldest didn't believe me but my youngest (2) started patting my belly and then started playing peek-a-boo with it. It was so sweet
Then I asked in a few minutes where the baby was and they both pointed to the kitten
So I just agreed and left it alone.
I probably won't bring it up again until after we've heard a heartbeat.