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My kids are five, three and three, and I found out today I'm pregnant again. The logistics of having four kids under the age of seven is already boggling my mind.


That's what I'm trying to tell myself, but it's still pretty nerve wracking!
I have four kids, and when I had #4, the oldest was eight. I swear, I was looking for a gas oven to stick my head into. I was a major breadwinner for our family, with no way to quit doing that, and contemplating the logistics scared me to death.

(It's complicated as to why I wasn't preventing better...simplest to say that, out of love for my second husband, who only had one child himself and wanted a houseful, I'd left the 'door open,' so to speak, on having a fourth. I did not fully understand my feelings about actually walking *through* that door until I actually suspected I was pregnant.)

It has been so expensive. All I want to do is travel places, and it's impossible when you multiply by six. It's noisy and complicated.

It's wonderful. Those kids are 21, 19, 16, and now almost 13, and I would not give up any one of them. They are delightful, and all in different ways. It's chaotic, but it's beautifully so.

The logistics crises and the momentary freak shows have faded into dim memory. All I have left is a bunch of kids I can't imagine not having.

And from a juggling standpoint, I have found it to be true: the third one is the major hurdle. Once you have cleared that, it really is, 'just one more.' Kinda.

Of course, I had my third at the same time as my second, so that;s a whole 'nother can of worms, huh? lol
congratulations! you will survive. :)

can i add you? I have a five year old and a two year old and am always looking for mom friends with similar aged kids.
Absolutely. I'm sunrisethrurain on AIM, if you're interested :)

Re: It'll be all right

I'm hoping not to go all Michelle Duggar and lean on Izzy to help me look after the little 'uns, but I do see what you're saying.
It is just the one exta isn't it?
As far as I know... D:
When my fourth was born the others were 7, 5 and 2 and a half, and I was scared, lol! But the transition to four was actually pretty easy, and the older kids helped by all being willing to just entertain the baby. You'll probably find that a single baby coming after twins will seem like a bit of a cakewalk anyway! Good luck!
Three sets of twins? I think you are the go-to Mom for logistics questions. :)

If it helps, I try to do respite for a friend as often as possible. It's tapered off recently, but I spent about a year with five under eight in my house a great deal of the time. Not that it's quite the same as having them *all* the time, obviously, but they don't all go away at the end!

Big families rock. I think you'll have a great time. :)