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I thought i would start a thread to discuss the great things and challenges about being a large family.<br>
Maybe families with four or more children?<br><br>
I will start by introducing myself:<br>
I am 27 DH is 36. We have 5 beautiful children. We live in SUnny and fabulous Las Vegas!<br>
THey are:<br>
Olivia 9<br>
Veda 8<br>
Franky 3<br>
Wendy 18 months<br>
JoHannah 5 weeks!<br><br>
YES! We have 4 girls and 1 boy stuck in the middle.<br>
I love having a big family and would love to have more. (if my poor body can take it)<br>
There are many challenges though. I work from home and DH is a stay at home dad. The laundry never seems done and the dishes are disappearing into some black hole or something. And we are always shopping to get food and misc. stuff.<br>
SO how bout you guys????<br>
Any other biggies out there?
 

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So, what do you do that you can work from home and afford to be the only one with an income in your family? I work from home doing daycare, but it wouldn't pay all of our bills.<br><br>
I have three kids; Patrick is six, Delilah is three and James is 20 months. Baby #4 is due at the end of July.
 

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I work as a manager for my fathers landscaping company here in VEgas. We run the office out of my home. We are the 3rd largest in the valley. I am very grateful for my situation.<br>
DH has not had to work in 5 years!<br>
It is great to hear form other large families. I sometimes feel like I am the only one! Especially with AP/NFL.
 

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I bumped the other thread for large families and there's also a quiverful tribe (which we are not)<br><br>
anyway, I'm 27, DH is 28 and we live in Denver and just had our 4th baby. We have a DD who is 6, a DS who is 4 another DS who is 2 and a brand new DS who is 4 weeks.<br><br>
I am a SAHM and DH works in printing/online ordering and plays in a band. Not sure if our family is complete, maybe in a few years we will have another but at this point 4 is wearing me out!
 

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Hi ladies! I'm 30, dh is 33 and we have 5 children but would like more. I work from home but he works full time. I'm in Central Co Springs.<br><br>
We get by, but we've put the brakes on more children for a bit.
 

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Hi - I'm 33, DP is 35 and we have 4 children, boys of 8 and 4.5 and girls of just 2 and 6wks. We're of the 'poor but happy' tradition, and neither or us is working at the moment. Not sure about having more, but no.4 was definitely not planned!
 

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Forgot to tell you that my boys are 9, 5 and 3 and my girls are 8 and 15months.<br><br>
Bad luck or choice out of work Sol?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> It happens to us all one time or another.
 

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I never thought I would fit in with this tribe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But here we are expecting #4 in July. I was a little surprised early on, but am looking forward to meeting this little one. Our other children are ds (6), ds (3), and dd (2). I SAH and dh is a student.
 

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Dh made me laugh the other day. I was reading <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Raising a Large Family</span> and he looked at it and went "We don't have a large family."<br><br>
I wonder what he thinks a large family is?
 

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I dont have a large family (yet) but I am from one! I have 6 siblings, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. I am still so close to them, and I thank my parents as often as I can for giving me such a wonderful blessing. Your children are so lucky.
 

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We have 4 girls: 6, 4, 22 months, and 2 1/2 weeks.<br><br>
I work. DH is a SAH.<br><br>
How do you keep the kids all organized? Their stuff, their school work, their clothes (the ones they wear, the ones you are storing for the next one)?<br><br>
What do you do for sleeping?<br><br>
Right now the baby sleeps in our room. dd3 has her own room with the crib. She still gets up 1-2 times a night due to allergy/food issues. The other 2 share a room with each having their own twin bed. We aren't sure what we'll do when dd4 needs a crib. We'll either make 3 and 4 share or possibly make 1,2,and 3 share. We're leaning towards that with a trundle bed rather than bunk beds.<br><br>
DH wants 5. I'm overwhelmed at 4, but he says that's because I'm not used to being home with them like I am now on maternity leave.<br><br>
What are your kids' favorite meals? (bonus points if they are actually healthy!)
 

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Only 2 of my kids are in school right now. So keeping their school things organized is easy. They hang thier backbacks by the door.<br>
Laundry is always on our dining room table for a few days until it gets put away. I HATE laundry! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I think we are pretty organized for such a large family but we could do better in some areas, like laundry and the food pantry.<br><br>
Right now I am working after a short maternity leave and it is hard to breastfeed and work. Luckily i wor at home, but i am finding it hard to get much work done.<br><br>
Anyone cloth diapering more than 1 right now? We are CD'ing my 18 month old and the new baby. It is tough, but getting easier.
 

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Hi everyone! We have 6 kids; 3 boys and 3 girls!! Boys are 13, 11 (almost 12), & 7; girls are 5, 3, & 4 mos. old.<br><br>
I'm FAR from being organized <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: . Everything is in plastic bags stacked in their closets. I need LOTS of help with that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: .<br><br>
Our oldest has his own room, the next 2 boys share a room, the older 2 girls share a room, and the baby is in with us (well, so are the other 2 girls & the youngest boy sometimes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ).<br><br>
They love homemade stews & soups, along with homemade bread (in a machine of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: ). And salads too, especially when we have meals "buffet-style". Another favorite is Breakfast Pizza, made for suppers as well. You just learn to be creative <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> .
 

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My 9 year old and 8 year old have their own rooms. My 3 yr old and my 18 month old share a room. And the newbie is in bed with us.<br>
We have 6 bedrooms, but only 4 are being used. And one is an office. We have one room left for the girls to share when they get older.<br>
I like having little ones in my room though and my 3 yrold and 18 month old usually end up on the couch in my room.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Bad luck or choice out of work Sol?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> It happens to us all one time or another.</div>
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My organisational philosophy is keep it simple - we don't have a big place, so the kids don't have any more clothes/things than they need. And I'm ruthless about getting rid of stuff. None of them go to school so I don't have that to worry about.<br><br>
Sleeping - baby sleeps with us, DD has her own room (for now) and the boys share a room.<br><br>
Meals - they all love dahl, anything with pasta, baked potatoes, homemade pizzas. They all eat pretty much anything really!
 

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I'm just trying to get them to eat some vegetables. I'm hoping with getting them into the garden this summer, they might try some new things.
 

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I am not very organized but am really trying to get better about it. What is making it somewhat easier is that we moved 2 months ago and the majority of our stuff is still in storage and we have been slowly getting rid of stuff and bringing more stuff here. Still, we just have way too much stuff.<br><br>
For sleeping, my oldest has her own room and my 2nd has his as well. #3 sleeps in a side-cared crib in our room and the new baby in our bed. I'm hoping to transition #3 to his bro's room soon but he still wakes up at least once a night to nurse so it's easier this way.<br><br>
I am cloth diapering two. Hoping my 26 month old starts using the toilet in the near future though.<br><br>
We are homeschooling and technically only my oldest is of school-age. I am trying to organize summer sports and activies for the two bigger kids and am finding it difficult to schedule their classes so they are on the same day but not the same time. I can only imagine how hectic that will be when all 4 are big enough to take dance, soccer, etc.<br><br>
luckily they eat pretty much whatever we are having. They aren't too picky. I'm not the best cook though and we have a bad habit of eating out and ordering in way too often.
 

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We're doing our best to join the ranks of the large families. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/run.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="run"> We just found out we're expecting #3. We really want a large family (though I want more than DH). I grew up in a large family (oldest of seven) and absolutely loved it. I'm also a total minimalist. I don't understand people who have entire closets full of clothes... how could you possibly need that many clothes? I don't think I've ever owned more than ten shirts at a time. Of course, while I was in high school I had three younger sisters to share clothes with. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My mom is EXTREMELY organized, she's a total neat freak, but she made us do all the housework. She spent most of her time delegating tasks.<br><br>
Emily
 

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I think I belong here. I mean, technically I have only 3 children now, but we are planning #4 in the very near future and thinking maybe 6 total?? It's still up in the air right now.<br>
Anyway, I've had a hard time finding a group where I fit: I'm into big families and I'm a Christian, but I'm not necessarily "quiverful", I definitely don't follow so-called Christian dicipline techniques. I'm thrilled to find a tribe with big AP/NFL families!
 

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Just saying HI.. i think my sig says it all...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 
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