|I could go into all the reasons why I don't feel that we have enough space to add one more small person because I'm sure you would tell me that I could do x, y or z or that you manage just fine etc etc so I'll just leave it that I know it *can* be done - we just don't want to do it.
Not to pick on you at all, but this just made me think of something. My neighbor was actually born in the house I live in. She is in her seventies now. Apparently she spent her whole childhood in this house, though when she lived here it was much smaller (not that it is big, around 1000 sq ft). Since her family owned it there has been a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom added on as well as a partial basement dug out. It was essentially a one bedroom shack. They had 5 kids. That really made me think, she grew up in a house with 5 kids and 2 parents in a much smaller version of my house. Suddenly it doesn't feel so small with the 6 of us. That is just how it was done. People didn't move. If anything they may have added on, but more likely they would just move everyone over and squeeze another kid in the bed
What a contrast to the families I know who are "outgrowing" their homes. All of them have 2 kids and 3-4 bedrooms
I understand there are many reasons to get a new home, and if you want to and have the means to do it then go for it. But the idea that it is a "need" for each kid to have their own bedroom, plus a tv room, computer room, play room, family room, etc. is kind of silly. It may be a want (and that is totally fair of course), but it certainly isn't a need. We love our small home. We may tear it down and rebuild on this lot one day as the house is 100 yrs old and has seen better days. But I don't want anything bigger than this, maybe just laid out a little better!