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Life here is so quiet I'm almost- almost, please note- not aware that I have children. This is partly because one is asleep, one is outside playing and the third is upstairs playing on the computer, of course, and is a complete contrast to the spectacle we presented in ASDA this morning. Still, who am I to complain? Hostilities will probably resume at 3pm, or whenever the little one wakes up.

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I'm here!

Today I have a very SMALL family! I ONLY have THREE! My oldest is in Mexico on a mission trip, and my two other daughters are with Grandma. So that leaves me with my three boys. And boy! My house seems so empty!

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I'm here and still agitated by the chaos and noise levels.

We went to visit a friend that had moved yesterday. She also has 4 children and everyone gets along though they are all different ages. Other than wanting to see her my main motivation was the car ride during which everyone would be safely and securely restrained in individual seats. I am not sure how it will work when I have 3 across the back of the van very shortly here.

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Today was my first outing with all four kids. I was very grouchy this morning and little things were bugging the crap out of me. When I realized I was about to lose it over ice cream bowls from yesterday being left outside, I decided we needed to leave the house (it's harder to yell at them in public). We went to the weekly AP playgroup. I hadn't been planning to go anywhere yet, but we had to get out, for their sakes.

We got home around one and I put on The Wizard of Oz. So the big two are watching that, the baby is sleeping and ds2 is walking around the house.

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Subbing. I was not very active in last month's thread, but I tried to follow along when I could. I hope to join you all more this round.

I was talking to an older woman (grandmotherly) at the beach yesterday. She was asking about my 4 kids, then she told me she had 7 kids. I responded w/"You had 7 kids?! That is so great." And we went on to talk some more about the joys of big families. Later it hit me that this was the first time I had ever had a really positive discussion w/anyone IRL about big families. Most people respond to my four w/the better you than me type comments. How sad is that? I am glad we have these threads to chat & support each other.

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I've been on MDC for some time, but haven't been posting at all regularly. But I belong on this thread!

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Hello all! I am teh mama of 4 boys plus 6 days a week I babysit full time for an infant and a three year old. The controlled chaos I don't mind. The more teh merrier and i love it......USUALLY. The last few nights have been hell with my youngest going through what appears to be colic. Being a single mum on practically NO sleep (7 hours in the past three days combined) really makes my outlook poor. Been feeling pretty frazzled and down on myself and my own capabilities to pull this off. Don't we all have days like that, though?
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Tonia, I think your bad day has transferred itself over here. We've all (except dh) been up since 5am, and I have another 11 hours before bedtime tonight. (Kids bedtime, not mine.) Hopefully, I can get a nap at some point :

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Giving birth to #8 in the next few weeks.

We have been very busy all summer. Today I am taking the three youngest to the hospital for the sibling baby care class. Then we are going shopping at ToysRUs so they can buy their new brother a present. They are excited about it.

My oldest is 27, then 17, 15, 14, 10 year old twins and a four year old.
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Helen, hope you got that nap!!!!
Best of luck to you momuveight2b! Thats so cool your younger ones are so active in preperations of the newest arrival!
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Hey all! I saw the thread last month but never got around to posting to it...I'll try better this month!

I guess I'll do an intro although you can pretty much see it all in my sig, lol. I'm Cari, 28, SAHM to Alex 12, Emily 8, Cailyn *almost* 4, and Matthew 10 months. Some days I feel like I've got a "big" family, some days I don't, lol. I myself come from a fam of 4 kids (I've got 3 brothers) and my Mom was one of 10 so "big" families run...well, in the family, I guess, lol. My dh is only one of 2 so he thinks 4 is a HUGE family.

Anyway, looking forward to getting to know all of you and your families!
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Thanks for the link to GD
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Giving birth to #8 in the next few weeks.
How wonderful! Congrats!

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Momuveight2B, Congratulations on number eight! That is a lovely number!



Welcome to all the new faces here. This is getting to be a really good tribe!


I am having a birthday today for my number 5! He is SEVEN today! :

It is almost as bad as when my oldest turned 17 a few months ago! (But not quite!) Of course, her getting her permit recently also made me nuts! Where does the time go with them? :

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Anyone else having fun on the new Duggar thread?

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OK - DH took DS1 and one of the boy triplets with him to visit his brother this weekend. I have been home alone with the 2 other triplets -- it has been like a vacation!

I can't believe how easy it is with just 2. My kids play nicely - much less fighting, crying - my house stays clean - they nap longer - everything is so much more mellow . . . . yesterday I - get this - laid on the couch and watched a movie while they napped? I didn't have to run around cleaning the whole time, or cooking dinner - it was all done!

We miss DH and the others . . . . but this weekend has been a good battery recharge!

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There's a new Duggar thread? I don't keep up with them much...

I didn't get my nap, but it's good practice for me. I'd forgotten how -erm, much fun- non-sleeping toddlers could be

Welcome to momuv82be (sp?) and caricandothis!

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I am having a birthday today for my number 5! He is SEVEN today!
My baby turned 6 on Saturday! I cannot believe it. But there's another baby baking to take the "baby" slot.

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I wouldn't know where to look for the new Duggar thread...

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I wouldn't know where to look for the new Duggar thread...
Well, I am guessing this is the one, as I don't know of any other. But beware! It is ONLY 17 PAGES long and ONLY has over 500 posts!

Michelle Duggar has 17th Child

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I wouldn't bother, ladies. Page one has lots of dizzy smileys, page 33 (the last one as of the time of my post) is about racism at BJU or somewhere :

Which does, however, raise an interesting question. I was told by a mother of nine (big age gaps- there's twenty-odd years between the oldest and youngest) that she tries to actively discourage her toddler from visiting and playing with his older siblings when they come home after school because they've been working hard all day and she doesn't want them to feel responsible for him. Am I out of line for not actively directing Skye more at this time? Generally, she does what she feels like doing just like she does the rest of the day : Sometimes it's with me, sometimes it's with her brothers or grandad, sometimes it's by herself. Problem?

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Flapjack, I don't see it as a problem at all. My "little ones" miss the "big ones" when they are at school. They all seem happy to see each other when they come home. I wouldn't put the older kids in charge of the little ones, or anything like that, but I think it is nice if they want to play together, talk about their day, share a snack, etc. My kids are all close in age though - 7,6,3, and 1 so perhaps that makes a difference.

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Generally, she does what she feels like doing just like she does the rest of the day : Sometimes it's with me, sometimes it's with her brothers or grandad, sometimes it's by herself. Problem?
My four year old does what she wants most of the day. I am so bad I don't even make her clean up after herself. I used to be a lot better about this but as I have gotten older I guess I am lazy. She does have minor chores like feeding the fish and I do try to get some homeschool and reading in with her each day but it is not really scheduled. She is a super easy child though who can stay busy for hours playing games that she has made up. She likes to play with her sibs too or go places with other kids. She just seems to do fine without a lot of structure. Some of my other kids couldn't have done this at her age.
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I wanted to join all of you. I subbed to the last thread but never posted. Baby #5 just joined our family 2 weeks ago. Everyone seems to be adjusting quite well. My dds are just smitten with their new little sister. My boys are more into making sure that *I* am taken care of(they are big mama's boys : )

I sure can't complain!
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I wanted to join all of you. I subbed to the last thread but never posted. Baby #5 just joined our family 2 weeks ago. Everyone seems to be adjusting quite well. My dds are just smitten with their new little sister. My boys are more into making sure that *I* am taken care of(they are big mama's boys : )

I sure can't complain!
Congratulations on your newest baby! Take a big whiff for me! They smell SO SWEET at that age. Nothing else seems to smell so sweet. :

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