Originally Posted by nancymom
Hmm, what do you consider super-sized? :LOL In a few months I will have 3 kids all under 3. You have 4 under 4?
Congrats! Are you excited? Nervous? or Both?
Originally Posted by nancymom
You have 4 under 4?
I have 9 month BBG trips and a 3 year old. I should fix my signature to show the dates. I never would have chosen this many kids - especially so crammed together in age -- but I am lovin it! One of my favorite things is watching my older ds "entertain" the babies. The babes just started crawling - and he gets down on all fours and they follow him all over the kitchen in a little "baby train"! Its so cute!
So....we have children, five and under. Our first three were born 13.5 months apart. We were pretty when they were tiny, but are really enjoying them now....and our newer models!
Biggest challenge - NAPTIME and BEDTIME!!! Ds co-sleeps so needs to be in bed with me or me in bed with him. And dds need to nurse and rock to sleep in the glider in their room. It's hard to be in 2 places at once!!!
Biggest joy - Hmmmm there are lots of 'em. I really love and always have loved when I nurse the girls and ds joins in for cuddle time. Right now our fav position is me laying on back on floor. Each dd on each side of me nursing. And ds laying on his tummy on top of me with his head resting on my tummy. My body is pretty much covered with babes but I just love it!! I only wish an extra person was around to take a picture of us before my babies aren't babies anymore! When dh is home ds usually is getting daddy time and doesn't seem to "need" to lay on me while I nurse the girls.
I just had a little freak out the other day that I thought I may be preg AGAIN!! False alarm.
My biggest challenge is getting them all going in the same direction at the same time - it's like herding cats somedays.
Joys - they are so amazing together, so close and watching them play, tickle, wrestle, make-believe or all cuddle on the couch touching while my eldest reads a story makes my heart melt.
Advice - lol -never book a morning appointment for anything. Invest in a big bed, get good answers for the 'you have your hands full' comments, and find someone who has more than you so it looks like your life is a breeze - lol. One of my best friends has identical triplet girls and a 4th daughter less than 3 years younger. At one point she had 4 kids under 3 all in diapers. When I think I have it tough I think of her.
oh - and motherwort - lots and lots of motherwort.
Blessed partner to a great guy, and mama to 4 amazing kids. Unfortunate target of an irrationally angry IRL stalker.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Buddha
Originally Posted by Karenwith4
find someone who has more than you so it looks like your life is a breeze - lol.
My 3 year old FINALLY potty trained so now I only have 2 in diapers! I've had 3 in diapers twice. (for a while there 4 at night).
I agree - find someone with it "harder" and it'll seem better! Already some of you are making me feel like we have it easy.
single mama to 5 (12.5, 11, 10, and 8 year old twins)
Diapers don't bother me -- but washing and making bottles relentlessly for 3 babes - well, I'm ready to crack from it! Its the task that won't end. Every once in a while I have a moment where all 4 are down for a nap, the house is picked up, the laundry is done, I glance around thinking I can actually "SIT"?? And then I see a huge tupperware bucket full of dirty bottles to wash and make! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I love being a young mom I find I play with my kids more then older couples I know. I get tired and I feel older then my years at times but all in all I love my life. My children have made me realize how much in life we take on that we shouldn't. I have relaxed alot out of necessity. Having many kids close in age I find there is competition between them but I find they also get along very well on the flip side. They are learning so much from having chores, having to sharing, and needing compassion for their siblings. I can't imagine having just one child, mind you I started with two
I love the idea of finding others with more kids. We met a couple in their early 20's with 7 and their eldest is only 9, I feel so relaxed now.
I give you SEVEN bows for your soon to be super-sized Seven (Did I count right)!
Would love to know how you came to be "super-sized"? I mean did you always know you wanted a large family - or did it just work out that way?
As for me - I wanted 2 kids only -- but triplets on my second try changed all that. Now we are PSYCHED to BE SUPER!
yep at this moment we are going to be 7..i will be finding out for sure that there is only one in there tomorrow *crosses fingers*. *whispers*i have a feeling that it is isn't just one...don't tell my hubby but i have been having dreams about it. the other night i thought,out of the blue, "i should pee now, if i don't these babies will keep waking me up to potty"...same thing happened with my other multi's
as for if we always wanted a big family...weeeelllll... we wanted 4 children originaly during our very first discussions about having children. after we had Rose and Ivy-Jane we said "lets just keep going til it feels like we're done" and so far we aren't done! i would love to have an even number when we are finished...we shall see!
Keep us posted on your multiples/no multiples situation -- and if it turns out there are 3 in there - lemme know! That means you'd need 10 to end up on an "even number"!
10*05 i had dd ....last spring we adopted my neice and nephew who were 8/10 at the time... so we went from that brought my total from 2 to 5 now i just had trips so its now 8.... 1 yr ago i had 2 now i have 8... im still :
here is the layout
dd 10 mos
dd dd ds 3 wks...
im 32 dh is 33... things are crazy hectic and total chaos these days...
we still didnt get a vehicle we all fit in... i have a honda odyssey and dh has a sedan... we havent been anywhere all together yet.. i see a full size van in our future... i have six in carseats....2 in highchairs... 4 in diapers during the day 5 at night... 4 on bottles 1 on sippy cups...
laundry is continual as are dishes... NO WE ARE NOT getting a pet...
next week im headed out to do some major returning of baby presents and get some stuff situated... im pretty mainstream now... 5 yrs ago i was crunchy... now im all about convenience ;(
dd8 has some emotional issues and along w. ds 11 have multipule therapy appointments... dd 8 loves to iceskate ds 11 is in a chess club...
i homeschool... we just moved literally weeks before the babies arrived... this house is wonderful 2 washer/dryer sets.. one 3 level dishwasher... this home was a custom build for someone who was unable to finance the purchase so we got it for a steal and sold our other home in record time...
i so want one of those little kid daycare tables with the seats in them DH thinks im crazy...i probably am... im at home with EIGHT KIDS....
i love kids... i always wanted a huge family... dh thinks we should have more as ive only been pgnt 4 times... LOL... the baby making factory is closed... i will not have any more siblings w/in 9 mos of eachother.. there is nothing like going for your 6 week check up and hearing... YER PGNT AGAIN...
id love to PM or discussion with some of your mama's on your logistics and such... crunchy or mainstream....
I thought my house was crazy. I hate it when people say it to me, but I can't even imagine how shell shocked you must be now.
My oldest dd was 5.5 when the twins were born and bumped us up to 4 kids. They were born one week before she went to K. I've spent the past year getting my feet back underneath me and now I'm still trying to juggle. Its getting harder as the babies get bigger.
I wanted 3 babies. I was really stuck on that number, I figured three would be perfect. Apparently God had other plans for me, lol. He must have wanted me to have 4 because if I hadn't had twins there is no way I would have gone for another one. I am SO DONE having babies. I hated being pregnant, really. I spent the whole time being miserably uncomfortable and worrying constantly. But I'm so happy with my babies. Crazy and stressed out sometimes, but happy.
Three big girls (10) + (almost 9!);
One little boy (6) and a full on toddler (8/12) born with TAPVR (repaired at 6 days old).