My husband and I have five kids. It honestly doesn’t feel like that many to me. Growing up, I always wanted to have a dozen! Honestly, I still do. Sadly, neither pregnancy nor delivery has come easy to me though. I’ve had five miscarriages along the way and four of our five kiddos were born via c-section. The one VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) I managed did not go well and we almost lost our baby as well as me. But with that said, it’s ironic how family size is viewed.
While I don’t typically feel like five children is that many, and we even had up to eight kids at a time when we were fostering a couple years ago; many people do think we are a large family. From time to time, though, I do have to agree. So I’ve compiled a list of the times either I (or another mama of a ‘large’ family) didn’t realize we had large families until something was brought to our attention…
I Didn’t Realize I Had A Large Family Until……
- It’s lunch time and I have to cook ‘party-sized’ entrees when buying frozen lasagna AND there aren’t leftovers.
- I see a photo of a ‘large family’ and then count and realize they have either less or the same amount of kids as me!
- When I buy bread and the cashier thinks I’m hoarding as I purchase 5+ loaves at a time.
- During a pandemic when I’m buying 2 large packs of toilet paper. We are NOT hoarding…..there’s just a lot of butts in the house!
- We try to fit around someone else’s dining room table and realize our 10 foot table at home isn’t normal.
- I’m at the grocery during 2020 and someone accuses me of “stocking up”……. but I have to reply “no I just have like a lot of kids and this is only about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks worth of food for us.
- We go to church and because they rearranged rows to fit government limitations, we have to split into two rows as they only have 6 chairs together and we need 7.
- I walk past someone who stopped for me in the grocery store and it feels like we’re in their way forever.
- When I try to book a hotel room and we can’t stay in one regular room anymore and have to upgrade to a multi-room suite or 2 individual rooms.
- Our family can’t ride together in a car. We had to buy a big van to travel together.
- Someone says “look at that lady with all the kids!” And i look around but they are talking about me.
- I go to the playground and it’s packed with kids. Then I realize all but 2 are mine.
- We order fast food and the worker keeps asking me if that’s all after only the third persons food and continues to ask after every addition. How about if I just let you know when we’re done……?
- When we polish off a 9×13 casserole dish meal with a pound of green beans.
- We realize how many birthday cakes we make each year.
- Until I take the kids to a buffet, where children aren’t allowed to serve their own plates, so I have to make 5+ trips to the buffet before I even get to sit down.
- We are walking along, minding our business and I see some random stranger pointing and counting as we pass.
- We’re walking in a parking lot and someone says “Are they all yours?” with amazement. Then even more shock when I say we ‘ONLY’ have 5.
And how about some more examples!?
- When we cap out of the family membership because we have more kids than allowed to use with the family pass.
- I spend $60+ at McDonald’s for one family meal. (Also why we have pretty much stopped eating fast food unless it’s an emergency.)
- When we don’t get invited to a party because we have ‘too many kids’.
- I over hear people debating whether they will eat a whole bag of XYZ before they go bad and I need two bags of XYZ to make it through the week.
- We can’t all sit at the same table at a restaurant during covid restrictions.
- When filling out paperwork. There’s never enough spaces for all the kids!
- It’s time to pack for a vacation or overnight trip and there are SO many suitcases.
- We buy tickets to an attraction and look at what the group rate policy is first. Also, when they don’t have a season pass that fits your family size.
- It’s time to go to the dentist and we fill every room.
- We go on a bike ride and people comment on ‘what a big group we have biking together’ but it’s only our family.
- I make eggs and it takes an entire dozen to feed everyone!
- I realize we can’t live without 2 refrigerators, 4 freezers, and 2 ovens.
- We have to do multiple loads of laundry every single day, seven days a week just to keep caught up.
- I need 2 carts at the grocery store.
- When I see another family with a ton of kids pile out of a vehicle like they drive a clown car or something. They just keep coming!; But then I realize they have the same number of kids that we do.
One thing is certain, life with children is never dull. Even with all the funny things that happen and strange looks, I wouldn’t have it any other way! Plus, be sure to check out this 20+ Big Family Tips, Tricks, and Hacks to help make life in a big (or small) family easier!
Tell me, what number of kids does a family need to have before you consider them to be a ‘big’ family?
I’m a city girl turned country by my awesome husband and we have three busy boys and two darling daughters. I love spending time with my family, reading Karen Kingsbury novels, and catching up with friends while our kiddos have play dates. I’m blessed beyond measure and can’t wait to see what God has in store.
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