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Old 08-05-2012, 09:08 PM   #11
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I'm pregnant with #6, and I agree that going from 2-3 was much tougher on us than any other transition. Plus #2 and #3 were only 13 months apart so that was really exciting. Then we waited a while for #4 and it was super easy, and #5 was as well.

I also work full time out of the home, but all the kids go with me so that helps a lot. We are out of the house all day so it's easier to keep it clean :-). And now that the older kids help with chores and do their own laundry, I actually have some free time!

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Old 08-07-2012, 05:15 AM   #12
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This is the hardest time now, you are in the trenches. It gets easier as they get a bit older and you teach them to help. HSing can be hard too, but w/ time it gets easier as littles get older and can manage their schooling w/ direction from you.
I agree! This hard time shall pass
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Re: I WANT a big family, but...

Trust God. Cling to Him. He is strong. Recognize that you CAN'T do it (and neither can I or any one else). But Jesus CAN! He is strong and we are weak!
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:26 PM   #14
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Re: I WANT a big family, but...

We had 7 in 7 years, with no multiples. My oldest is 7 and my youngest is just 5 months. There is nothing wrong with taking a break, or spacing the kids out farther, if you need some extra time. For ME, I wanted to get it all done at once, so once we were done with bottles and diapers and cribs...we were done. I do look forward to when they are all older, and we can move to the next stage of life, but I am enjoying the baby stages for now.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:04 PM   #15
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I'm pregnant with our 4th and I've been pregnant and/or nursing for the past 6 years. My body is tired but I can't get over the blessing of motherhood. Our oldest is 5 and he is really helpful and our 3yo is really starting to help out as well. I think this one will come into our lives a little less dramatically as far as the changes go. The babies are excited about this one and that makes it even more exciting for us. I also realize that I will have some little people to play with the baby, entertain the baby, snuggle the baby. That makes my heart swell to think of all of the extra love this baby will have.
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Thank you so much, Mamas! Honestly, I don't get tired of hearing about other Mamas stories, and I appreciate all the encouragement! I'm feeling a little happier this week because DD has gone to the crib in her own room and the majority of sleep training is over. She's sleep pretty well, thank God! It's so nice to have my bedroom back.

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Old 08-12-2012, 09:12 AM   #17
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Re: I WANT a big family, but...

Having number 3 was a huge adjustment for me. I had an almost 5 year old, 2.5 year old and a newborn. It was exhausting! When #3 was 6 we had #4 and then #5 was born 16 months later. So I have a 12.5 year span between #1 and #5. After #3 it was fairly easy.
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@hollyecat yup, I could have written this myself. I'm pregnant with #3 and I always wanted a large family but not necessarily birthing all of them (actually having bio kids was never in my plans). Some days are harder than others but for the last 2 yrs I've been miserable and its affected my parenting and quality of life. First I was sick every 2 weeks for a little over a year then earlier last year miscarried twins (pregnancy undetected until after I was miscarrying twin #2). The recovery was brutal and I'm still dealing with the loss as at first I was relieved it wasn't cancer but later mourned the loss.

I found I was pregnant in June of 2012 and I was not happy as I was still traumatized from the year before but quickly sucked it up because losing the pregnancy would devastate me. WELL, this pregnancy came with a kicker, hyperemesis, it feels like non stop food poisoning and I'm miserable, miserable, miserable. In the first two months I lost 18lbs and thankfully that has stopped.

Still my performance as a parent has been less than stellar as I'm just miserable. I was the one pushing for baby #1 and when he came I got, "WELL its hard but deal with it since you were begging and asking for one." Then with baby #2 I was depressed during the pregnancy and dealt with some severe PPD afterward so no one made a comment and jumped in to help. A few days ago I was sniffling because I was fighting tears, screaming at my kids because they weren't listening and someone sitting in my living room said, "an YOU want to adopt?!" I screamed in anger YES! and turned away. I was already feeling like a crappy parent and now I felt judged as if my adoption worthiness was based on an emergency medical condition I couldn't help!

So yeah I want a big family, but...
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:29 AM   #19
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Re: I WANT a big family, but...

@hollyecat yup, I could have written this myself. I'm pregnant with #3 and I always wanted a large family but not necessarily birthing all of them (actually having bio kids was never in my plans). Some days are harder than others but for the last 2 yrs I've been miserable and its affected my parenting and quality of life. First I was sick every 2 weeks for a little over a year then earlier last year miscarried twins (pregnancy undetected until after I was miscarrying twin #2). The recovery was brutal and I'm still dealing with the loss as at first I was relieved it wasn't cancer but later mourned the loss.

I found I was pregnant in June of 2012 and I was not happy as I was still traumatized from the year before but quickly sucked it up because losing the pregnancy would devastate me. WELL, this pregnancy came with a kicker, hyperemesis, it feels like non stop food poisoning and I'm miserable, miserable, miserable. In the first two months I lost 18lbs and thankfully that has stopped.

Still my performance as a parent has been less than stellar as I'm just miserable. I was the one pushing for baby #1 and when he came I got, "WELL its hard but deal with it since you were begging and asking for one." Then with baby #2 I was depressed during the pregnancy and dealt with some severe PPD afterward so no one made a comment and jumped in to help. A few days ago I was sniffling because I was fighting tears, screaming at my kids because they weren't listening and someone sitting in my living room said, "an YOU want to adopt?!" I screamed in anger YES! and turned away. I was already feeling like a crappy parent and now I felt judged as if my adoption worthiness was based on an emergency medical condition I couldn't help!

So yeah I want a big family, but...
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:11 AM   #20
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Re: I WANT a big family, but...

I was honestly SHOCKED at how hard going from 2 to 3 was...and i have a good gap, 5,3 and 3 months. I always wanted a large family, but i am exhausted just thinking about it now. I am relieved to hear it does get easier. We homeschool too and it scares me to think of educating more than 1 with a newborn!
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