Is A Large Family Right For You?

Is A Large Family Right For You?


One of the questions that I am often asked is:

“How did you decide to have this many kids?!
I want a big family, but I am worried because... {insert a reason}.
How did you find the reassurance that it’s going to be ok?”

I didn’t.

Well, I do now, but not 15 years ago.

I was always under the impression that I belong to a category “one-and-done” or “two are a BIG company."

My husband talked about a large family, and I absolutely supported his wishes. For as long as he was the one carrying, birthing and breastfeeding the babies. But in my mind I shifted to a possibility of three kids: two close together, right now, and one - later, when we are older, established, somewhere in my mid/late 30s.

Long story short, Yeva was born a lot sooner than late 30s, and changed my world of perception. I saw completely different dynamics, and the aura of love and indescribable energy became a part of my daily life. New life. Life I never new existed. Life I could never imagine until then.
Three had their own challenge, but in many ways it has become easier.

Fast-forward to today, with Elisey being 7th. I can’t imagine my life without either one of them. That said, there was never a “number” to reach. Ever. We were just as happy with 3 as we were with 5, and now with 7. We took a “one at a time” approach, IF and when the time felt right.

There is no one answer to “how do you know the time is right”. You just do. Some of it is logic and planning. Some - the inner gut, if you will, that makes no sense at times, but looking back you see how perfectly perfect was the timing of your choice.

I also know one thing: no matter how perfect the timing was, and how planned-planned the baby was, every time I saw a very wanted + on the test, my heart skipped and I had a “omg! am I ready?!” moment for a second.
Even the 7th time around.

How did you decide to have a baby? Did you feel ready?



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