You know you've had too many children when...

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LynetteScavo Fri 26-Aug-11 18:15:26

You nearly have a heart attack paying for their new school uniform, then struggle to carry it all home.

Hassled Fri 26-Aug-11 18:16:29

I have so many children I've forgotten who's who. DS3 is often called by the cat's name. I figure I only have to start worrying when he answers to the cat's name.

fruitshootsandheaves Fri 26-Aug-11 18:16:56

You drive away with a car full and realise there's one still standing on the drive blush

Three of them have gone to the Reading festival and the house is too quiet, too tidy and you can't imagine how anyone can find one child hard work!

I have never been alone with just one before and it's just really weird for me!!!!!

Chummybud1 Fri 26-Aug-11 19:49:40

When your house is as chaotic as mine,

queenmaeve Fri 26-Aug-11 19:56:09
mumatron Fri 26-Aug-11 20:00:14

queenmaeve that blog post is lovely. you have beautiful dc.

<hides blog from dp who would love 5dc>

queenmaeve Fri 26-Aug-11 20:05:56

thanks mumatron smile Send your dp round here for an afternoon and it will soon put him off!

mumatron Fri 26-Aug-11 20:10:16

i think it would only encourage him!

picnicbasketcase Fri 26-Aug-11 20:14:08

Erm... They just fall out rather than giving birth to them?

queenmaeve Fri 26-Aug-11 20:17:34

grin at picnicbasket!

queenmaeve Fri 26-Aug-11 21:53:00

Hassled, I used to laugh at my mum saying a load of names before she got the right one, now Im as bad blush

deemented Fri 26-Aug-11 21:54:51

Oh i do that too!! blush

NickNacks Fri 26-Aug-11 22:24:18

queenmaeve I've just got hugely distracted and spent two hours looking at your blog! <not a stalker>

I have a scaled down version of your brood...with the little girl to tie things up. smile Always wanted lots of boys you lucky lady!

You know you've had too many children:

-when you shout out random names and the child you mean responds
-your car is bigger than the local school bus (well, almost)
-you go through 24 pts of milk/wk - at least
-nobody is saying to you 'when are you having another one?' anymore grin
-the futility room contains more pairs of shoes than the local Clarks shop
-you have run out of hands
-you have run out of gin
-your older children are desperate for a bit of mummy attention blushsad
-your washing machine is about to go to the European Court to sue you for inhumane treatment

I'm one of 8, sometimes Ma could forget why she was yelling at you by the time she got to the right name grin

queenmaeve Fri 26-Aug-11 22:47:29

nicknacks feel free to look away!

Loshad Fri 26-Aug-11 22:50:40

when you mainly addres them by their ranking in the family (ie ds1,2 etc ) as opposed to their name, and they don't turn a hair blush

grin @pacific

But I do still have some wine!

Fuctifano Fri 26-Aug-11 23:08:39

Junior Dr's are introduced to you as "a frequent flier" so have a feel of an experienced fundus...
Loshad, with you on chronological order, never thought it was odd, other people (with 2DCs) do.
The school uniform stockist says how sweet you are are picking stuff up for friends.
The staff in Clarkes wince and don't try to flog you gym shoes.
The teachers at the primary school mix their names up as badly as you do.
Clean socks make their way to feet via the clothes horse, tumble drier or sock box but never drawers.

CardyMow Sat 27-Aug-11 00:47:31

With you on the socks there Fuctifano. (love the name btw). I raise you the same with underwear. blush.

- If you consider it a miracle to be up and out of the house within an hour and a half.

- If you have taken to buying different colour socks for the same-sex dc so they don't get mixed up. And also different styles of underwear (i.e. pants for one, boxers for another).

- If you just call 'boys' and 'girls' down to dinner. blush.

- In the summer holidays you find your house has turned into the neighbourhood childcare facility, with what seems like every child in the world between the ages of 5 and 15 in your house eating all your food...

- If your handbag always cotains at least one stone, a used baby wipe, a hairband or 3, a dummy, an odd sock, and some random grotty sticky stuff that you couldn't identify if you wanted to that has seemingly covered everything else in your bag.

Chummybud1 Sat 27-Aug-11 08:41:54

When your kids friends are round you just think it's another one of your own.

electra Sat 27-Aug-11 08:46:08

You're driving along and suddenly realise you're not sure which of your children are in the car.

FellatioNelson Sat 27-Aug-11 08:47:58

You are still dripping bath water 20 minutes after getting out of the bath.

FellatioNelson Sat 27-Aug-11 08:48:47

And I don't mean because you haven't had the time to get dry. wink

ragged Sat 27-Aug-11 09:03:59

I have done that driving thing, Electra blush. Loads

You've forgotten what it ever meant to have parenting ideals.
The kids call you by the wrong name, too.
You no longer have any faith in your parenting ability, because 2 of them turned out lovely, one is iffy and one is a little horror -- and you have no idea what you did different with any of them.

Oh, ragged, here too, and mine are still wee...

You have every intention of giving your kid's clothes to a friend in need, then realise that by the time DS4 has grown out of things (being the 4th to have worn them) they really don't look box fresh anymore blush.

queenmaeve Sat 27-Aug-11 09:53:40

When your dh rings on the way home from work and you dont even bother with conversation and just say 'bread and milk'

LOL@ queenmaeve... that is so true!

queenmaeve Sat 27-Aug-11 19:09:09

pacific after clothes have been passed down through 4 boys there is very little that could get a 5th outing!

queenmaeve Sat 27-Aug-11 19:10:06

I mean that from my own experience too by the way! grin

thefirstMrsDeVere Sat 27-Aug-11 19:17:25

...even though you are on permabrood you march your OH off to get the snip.

Because you know you would go for a few more given the tiniest excuse.

5inthebed Sat 27-Aug-11 19:20:02

The nursery teacher at the DC primary school say "oh another 5inthebed starting school"!

queenmaeve Sat 27-Aug-11 19:46:10

mrsdevere my dh had his snip appointment booked before I'd left hosital with dc 5, as he knew I'd quickly forget all the 'never again' talk! grin

queenmaeve grin. Even though I tried to resist (because I knew anyone organised enough to keep a blog will make me feel bad...), I looked at your blog: your DCs are gorgeous and all your projects... envy - just lovely.

You know you've had too many children when you have no more time/brain space/patience for any projects sad - I used to love making stuff.

5inthebed, my lot are keeping the local nursery and primary school going for years grin.

No snip here, but also no nookie which I hear is quite a good method of contraception - too many kids, you know wink (I only have 4 btw, but my, have I ever reached capacity <<drinks cooking sherry>>)

cheesesarnie Sat 27-Aug-11 21:07:55

queenmaeve - i think you are my new hero!wow-your blog,your dc,your crafty bits-i want to be your stalker,you dont mind do you?

when trying to remember what everyone likes/dislikes/is intolerant/allergic too means you just live off pasta

when you buy just black(or one colour)socks to make 'the sock game' easier

thefirstMrsDeVere Sat 27-Aug-11 21:16:11

Yeah but what if all the socks are different sizes but to the male brain look exactly the same?

You end up with OH with size 13 feet moaning that an infant size 6 doesnt fit hmm

Socks are a major feature of any large family arnt they?

4madboys Sat 27-Aug-11 21:18:42

yes to all of these, i have five, the fourmadboys and one 8mth old dd, even dd gets called the wrong name blush

socks live in a two old pampers boxes and every now and then i pay the boys 2p a pair for every pair they match up, odd ones go in the bin periodically and i just buy new ones.

i only had 3 earlier this summer and life was a BREEZE, the house was soo tidy and quiet, i didnt know what to do with myself!

goes off to look at queenmaeves blog...

AlwaysbeOpralFruitstome Sat 27-Aug-11 21:30:36

You have to spend a thirty seconds 'working it out', when someone ask you the birthdate of one of your DC's (often with much finger counting and gurning involved).

queenmaeve - your children are gorgeous and your craft work is lovely. I am slightly agog that you find the time, with 5 kids. Kudos.

AlwaysbeOpralFruitstome Sat 27-Aug-11 21:33:34

Where did that sneaky 'a' come from?

4madboys Sat 27-Aug-11 21:37:08

FANTASTIC blog! have added it to faves and may pinch a few ideas, if i ever get the time! love the table with the map!

and alwaysbeopralfruitsome, i can remember the day and the month of each childs birthday but always work the year out on my fingers blush a receptionist at the gp surgery was aghast at this recently and i said, 'give me a break i have 5!'

oh you know you have too many kids when you register at a sure start centre and the form only has space for 4, so you have to ask for an extra sheet for the 5th!

Annunziata Sat 27-Aug-11 21:43:26

You have to count them all when you go anywhere.

Other people's houses seem so quiet and well organized!

So glad I'm not the only one who can't remember their names. Worse, the boys all are identical to DH and his father, so it's like having various stages of the same man scattered around the living room!

Four4me Sat 27-Aug-11 22:06:27

When you get invited for Sunday lunch (tomorrow) and they say that because they can't get you all around the table that you will all have to sit in the garden to eat!

She is even putting up a gazebo as the forecast is awful!

tallulah Sat 27-Aug-11 22:09:36

You go to collect DC5 from nursery and announce yourself as <DC1's name>'s father when DC1 is 25 and hasn't been to nursery for many many years.

(Oddly enough they let him in!)

MrsvWoolf Sat 27-Aug-11 22:15:04

I often get their names mixed up too, getting through two or more if I'm particularly flustered.

Supermarket delivery drivers occasionally comment on delivery "Stocking up?" Me: "No this is the week's delivery."

misdee Sat 27-Aug-11 22:16:04

lol @ all of these

we count heads when we go out,

the socks are never in drawers.

the clothes ened sorting out every few weeks due to various children having growth spurts at different times

i have run out of space bags to store outgrown clothes

When people comment 'they cant be all yours, surely'

my blog the power of five

misdee Sat 27-Aug-11 22:19:15

the last four times we have had the grocery shopping delivery, the driver has commented that ours is his biggest drop. blush

Four4me Sat 27-Aug-11 22:23:30

Loving the blogs and weirdly this thread is making me broody arrrrrrrrrrrr!

midlandsmumof4 Sat 27-Aug-11 22:33:01

They've all have left home,you have spare rooms and it's just me, OH and the dogs and the house sudenly seems very empty.........sad.

CardyMow Sat 27-Aug-11 23:05:26

ROAR at the grocery delivery - the Tescos bloke asked me last night if I was catering for a party - when I looked confused he said, well, there's a lot of shopping there. I twigged and admitted I'd got a whole weeks worth delivered instead of half a week. blush.

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 00:23:39

Thank you all for your lovely comments.
I swear to you all the only reason I have time to make stuff is I have very misplaced priorities. My kitchen floor is sticky with dirt at the minute and there is a pile of washing on the landing floor higher than the toddler, but I have sat all evening crocheting blush

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 00:26:46

Tallulah, my dad rang the school once to tell them to tell me to get the bus home as he couldnt pick me up. The principal informed him I'd left the school the year before!

cheesesarnie Sun 28-Aug-11 00:29:21

im still going to have to stalk you,dirty floor or no dirty floor.thats what i do,tidy garage studio,ignore house.

queenmaeve, yours are good priorities smile.

I too had only 2 for a couple of weeks during the school holidays (thank you, Mum and Dad, from the bottom of my heart!) and it was bliss!. Even better were the 2 nights and 2 days I had alone with DS4 - considering that DS1 almost finished my off (demanding PFB), I could not believe how easy and fun it was to only have one to look after.

You know you have too many children when random almost-strangers, like the woman at the end of the road, comment when you are out and about without any of them grin.

BikeRunSki Sun 28-Aug-11 08:13:46

You lot are nuts! smile

Anyone on here ever had hyperemisis then?

Debs75 Sun 28-Aug-11 08:19:11

I go through every name to get to the right dc, I tend to use the pets name as well, tis a family trait dating back from great granny and her brood of 11

Shouting 'girls, tea' is a favourite of mine. I have always wanted a gaggle of girls/boys

You need to keep replacing the car for one with bigger seats. We have 7 but when we replace it next year I am looking at a 9 seater, just in case

Too many children share your bedroom

A family mealtime means 2 tables and 2 packs of family sized chips/beans/sausages

Your weekly shop looks like your neighbours monthly shop

Coming back from having dc4 was like stepping onto the Sound of Music set

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 08:35:13

hyperemeis gravidium ewveytime

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 08:36:57

for most of the last two weeks, some of my children have been missing on sleepovers, camps etc. its so quiet with just one gone. one night my friend took the three big girls, it was bliss just having the babies,.

nagynolonger Sun 28-Aug-11 08:40:34

When you've done A level results day 4 times and GCSE results day 5 times and you've still got more to come.

I was lucky Bikerunski I was never sick with any of my 5 boys and only 2/3 times with DD.

Only 3 teens at home now but I still mix their names up and we always need more milk.

If I had to start all over again and I knew I was having 5 sons I would have installed a urinal in the bathroom.

Nope, no hyperemesis here, but all sorts of other pregnancy related crap - I have no rational explanation for why I had the number of children I had hmmblush - all planned and wanted, but why?? Dunno...

Too many children as this allows for infinite combinations of fighting with each other <<sigh>>

nagynolonger Sun 28-Aug-11 08:49:56

LOL at queenmaeve's dad.

I've managed to talk to school about the 'wrong' DS and confuse everyone. But they were all pupils at the same time.

TinyWeeTeethGreatBigBite Sun 28-Aug-11 09:05:49

I only have 3 (all girls) and now this thread has reminded me that I really want more (girls)

Hats off to you all, for the marvelous job you do - I do the socks thing to, and as I said I only have 3 blush

BikeRunSki Sun 28-Aug-11 09:11:05

Big respect to*Misdee*.
HG twice in two pg, total of 15 weeks in hospital on drip. 32 weeks pg with DC2, and in 2 months time I swear, my childbearing days are OVER!

(Love the child rearing bit though).

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 09:17:01

nagynolonger YES with the urinal thing, i only have the four boys, but i am forever wiping wee of the loo seat, the tiles by the toilet, the floor surrouding the toilet etc etc, drives me mad. i LONG for the day when i can have a seperate bathroom to the boys!

i am always amused when i am at toddler group and if someone new comes and you have the hi i am madboys convo and then inevitibly they ask if dd is my only one (if ds4 is at pre-school) or how the rather rude and dull how nice a boy and girl 'perfect pair' when i have the younger two with me and then i point out that i actually have 5!! another 3 boys as well and the look of mild horror and shock and 'omg how do you cope' umm quite easily most of the time, you just get on with it and we CHOSE to have a large family, its what we wanted. it may be busy, noisy, chaotic, means endless cooking, wahsing up, laundry etc but i wouldnt change it for the world.

it was lovely last night when the house was all quiet and reasonably tidy (ok i didnt mop the floor as i couldnt be arsed but i did sweep it) and i went round and looked in on them all as the slept, and i just get this amazing feeling that they I grew all these lovely children, four amazing boys and our bonus little girl, they are just great and i feel honoured to be their mum and have the job of watching them grow. ok that all sounds very puke worthy... blush but despite all the work involved it really is fab to have a large brood smile

esp now my eldest (just turned 12) can make cups of tea for me in the morning, and can also cook, which he LOVES to go, makes a dam good cheesecake!

even tho i know i am done at 5, part of me actually feels very sad that thats it no more babies, no pregnant bump and teeny tiny (well mine werent teeny) squidgy newborn. i just have to wait for my sister to have her first (and only) in the new year.

however at 32 i wont rule one more out, if we win the lottery, can afford a bigger house/car etc then i would def think about one more!

CardyMow Sun 28-Aug-11 09:35:06

Yep, HG every time here. DD not so bad, cleared by 28 weeks, at which point pre-eclampsia kicked in. Absolutely awful HG with DS1, spent 19 weeks out of 40 in hospital on a drip, swore never again, no more dc, then had DS2 19 months later! With HG yet again. I spent about 11 weeks in hospitaal with him. With DS3, though my HG was just as bad, with the other dc being older, I couldn't stay in hospital, just had to take metaclopramide, and spend the entire pregnancy running ot the loo to throw up. Every time I say NO MORE! because of the HG. This time, I mean it!

nagynolonger Sun 28-Aug-11 09:38:40

Their aim does get better 4madboys. Although my DS3 is now 18 and went to the pub with his team mates last night. I heard him come in and do a pinball machine along the hall and up the stairs. He also manages to spray the bathroom flour.

thefirstMrsDeVere Sun 28-Aug-11 10:15:05

So how many had a sudden crisis when your oldest whent through teen hell and you realised you were going to have to do it 4 more times?

<puts hand up>

jeee Sun 28-Aug-11 10:18:17 need to do a head count every time you leave a shop. (Yes, it was me that left that 4 year old in the book shop three days agoblush)

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 10:21:54

nagynolong, i actually find its my eldest who is the WORST!! if i have to tell him ONE more sodding time to LIFT the toilet seat UP!!! i may go mad, he seems to stand off to one side when he wees. wheras ds4 who is only 3 is very good!

the middle two are variable and if they decide to have a 'wee fight' ie both wee at the same time trying to wee on each others wee........ thats one game i do not like!

mrsdevere, my eldest is just 12, and has been at high school a year now, the change is scary, the grumpy, sullen grunting and non existent answers etc. it IS scary, i can cope with babies, toddlers, pre schoolers and up to high school age and now it feels like we are entering a whole new world with ds!

tbf tho he is a good kid, never in trouble etc, works hard at school, and with a bit of promting with his homework etc, very sensible, too mature for his years (always has been)

its ds2 who is a bit of a livewire that i worry about becoming a teen, he can be bad enough now....

sticks head back in the sand la la la la

Debs75 Sun 28-Aug-11 10:22:47

DD1 has just done her GCSE's and the panic at exam time then the panic at result day was so stressful. Unfortunately we won't have that with ds and for the little girls it is 12 long years away.

When I was pregnant with dd3 we realised that I have been pregnant sometime in the last 3 decades, 1996, 1999, 2008 and 2010. can any of you beat that

gorionine Sun 28-Aug-11 10:28:09

- When you cannot remember their names

- When you watch "Malcolm in the middle" and can identifie very strongly to how tired the mother feelsblush

- you developpe an ability to ignore any noise under 1000db

- You say "come on troups" when you gather your children

- People keep asking you (very sarcastically) "are you going to have any more?"[anger]

gorionine Sun 28-Aug-11 10:29:41

OOPs missed 2 pages and thread moved onblush

can I just add you know you have too many children when you cannot keep up with a 3 pages long MN thread.blush

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 10:34:27

i had ds1 in 1999 (got preg in 1998) ds2 in 2001, then ds3 in 2003, ds4 in 2007 and dd in 2010, so two decades not three, but 5 kids in just over 10 years isnt bad going grin

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 10:35:35

and right now i am debating taking all 5 into town, so i can get school bags and t-shirts and some new clothes for dd, 5 kids in town on a bank holiday wkend, on my own, the toddler is just out of the double buggy, so will have baby in the single but will take a sling in case i need to restrain ds4, that would be madness wouldnt it.......

thefirstMrsDeVere Sun 28-Aug-11 10:42:25

4mad my DS1 was cheeky but easy going - then he turned 15 shock OMG (as the young people say)

DD was wonderful but she was very ill from 12 and we lost her at 14 so she didnt have normal teenage life. She did have a few moments though and could hold her own if a Dr rubbed her up the wrong way smile

I had mine yeaaaaaars apart.

DD 1992
DS1 1994

DS2 2003

DS3 2007
DS4 2010

DS2 is adopted so I had a 15 year gap between pregnancies shock

Then I had two close together (dec 07 - april 10) and I was terrified at the thought of going into labour because I remembered it all so clearly!

tallulah Sun 28-Aug-11 10:43:14

queenmaeve grin

4madboys - we get the "is she your first/ only" and have to admit that no, she's the fifth. I like to describe her as the last of many. (we have a biiiiig gap - 25, 23, 21, 19 and 4)

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 10:48:28

mine were 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and dd should have been 2010 but arrived early in 2009! (I've been married 10 years time for a rest now)

4madboys I don't know about you but I find dd is a bit mad with having 4 older brothers. We cannot take our eys of her. She is 19months and can climb over the stair gate. Is your wee girl the same?

mrsdevere I dread the teen years.

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 10:49:28

oh and I could punch people when they say 'oh did you keep going till you got a girl?' eh no!!!!!!!

thefirstMrsDeVere Sun 28-Aug-11 10:50:07

I get that a lot too tallulah

Unfortunately it means I have to make the choice of a. denying my DD existed or b. telling a stranger my DD died and dealing with their reaction.

Its not the stranger's fault. As soon as you say 'no my fifth' they want to know all about your big family -ages, sexes etc.

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 10:50:35

tallulah, that is a lovely gap though, I bet she is doted on by the big ones.

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 10:58:02

mrsdevere, so sorry about your dd sad ihave seen you post about her on other threads i think, i hope you enjoy your years with her despite her illness xxx

queenmaeve, dd is only 8mths but almost crawling and already prefers the boys toys over her baby ones, she ADORES the boys they get the biggest smiles and laughs etc, she has them wrapped around her little finger already, esp ds1 as he was at her birth and cut the cord (its given them a really special bond) smile

i can forsee her being a little terror when she is older! but she is adorable and it is lovely having a girl, purely from the clothes pov!! i am having so much fun dressing her in funky tights and dresses, she has a black tutu with silver tights and sequined converse blush not much pink as i dont like it, but anything stripey and bright i love, i have to remind myself she isnt a doll blush

i do get HUGELY irritated by people that assume we kept going until we got a girl hmm and all the 'thank goodness you got a girl this time' comments and 'poor you four boys' etc,

we were thrilled with each of our boys when they arrived and went into preg no 5 TOTALLY assuming we would get another boy, we werent going to find out the sex, but the sonographer said she had a clear view (i took that to mean boy) so when she said girl i nearly fainted and told her she must be wrong, poor woman, checked a hundred times and when i still insisted she was wrong she said 'i am not allowed to say i am 100% sure but i am 100% sure this baby is a girl' i still didnt believe her, paid for a private scan at 28wk and then when dd was born i said 'is it really a girl' blush

ultimately all we wanted, like anyone, was a healthy baby,having a girl has just added a different dynamic, or at least i assume it will as she gets older, at the moment other than nappies and clothes its not any different, she loves toy cars etc and i cant see her being a girly girl being surrounded by the boys and i am not girly either, but we will see, i am sure like the boys she will put her own stamp on the family, they are all hugely different, despite looking very alike.......... yes wierdes comment ever by random woman in shop.....'ooh how nice to see that all your kids have the same father and you arent one of those young mums that sleeps around' shock

i didnt know what to say, but what i should have said (as they all have blonde hair and blue eyes) is 'NO i just only like to sleep with aryan men' ! grin

thefirstMrsDeVere Sun 28-Aug-11 11:05:30

I get asked the 'same father' thing all the time!

My kids are mixed race so obviously I have several baby daddies hmm

Nothing so exciting as that I am afraid.

Sometimes if the asker is very rude I will say 'no and one has a different mother as well' and watch them try and work it out. grin

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 11:27:07

i would love to see their faces when you say that mrsdevere grin

i have more,

when you have to buy bigger saucepans so you can cook enough pasta/potatoes etc for one meal.

when you use a whole loaf of bread just for lunch.

when you use a 500g pack of pasta for one dinner.

and when a 9kg washing machine still isnt big enough to be able to do only one load a day....... and you wash the bedsheets on a rota as there is NO way you could wash all of them in one day, let alone get them dry and remake beds!

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 11:32:03

am in shock over the same father comments! Here in Ireland big families are pretty common, although not as much as in years gone by. But in th dc school and amongst their friends there are lots of families with 4 and 5, no one would really pass any remarks.
4madboys, my dh says I have become a raging feminist since dd was born as I am going out of my way to buy toys that are not girly for her. I had to get her a firewoman Penny and a Wendy to play with her brothers grin.
I do love the dresses and tights and hair clips though!

Mrsdeveere I remeber seeing a picture of your dd, I think it was on your profile? She was just beautiful.

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 11:35:17

yes my dd doesnt have any girly toys yet and i have been very adament about the no pink and i still refer to her a big strong girl etc and not just pretty and she is treated the same as the boys, i wont have her pandered to, but i suspect the boys will do! and i have just started with hair clips, tho she doesnt really have enough hair.....

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 11:36:31

oh as i am just experiencing, when you have to invoke various 'naughty steps' so the fighting children can all be seperated and sat for time out, ihave on at the bottom of the stairs, one sat behind me and another in the dining rm............arghhhhhhhhh

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 11:36:34

When you would never consider buying any less than a half 100 weight of spuds!
When you're writing a card and just write & family.
When it is impossible to book a bloody hotel room online, computer says no! You always have to ring up and explain there are 7 of you.
When it takes you till 3 am on Christmas morning to put out all the toys and fill stockings.

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 11:39:39

oh yes the hotel rooms and ditto for holidays, infact most things for online booking go into meltdown if you have more than 3 kids.......

and when the new shoes bill makes you weep, the boys all have wide feet wtih a high instep so no clarks etc have to get european shoes from an independent retailer, generally £40-£50 pounds a pair, thank god for a generous grandma! grin

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 11:40:56

yes our boys are the same! We go to a play park and instead of playing they all walk round after her incase she falls grinDh is far worse, he has her ruined. Although dd was 8 weeks early and in neo natal for 3 weeks so I suppose we were all a bit more protective of her anyway.
That is lovely your ds1 being at the birth, he'll always remember that day!

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 11:42:08

and when the staff at the local a&e department give you a weary look and welcome you by your first name as you are there AGAIN, four boys means lots of trips to a&e, dislocated elbow, broken foot, swallowed magnets, numerous head bumps etc etc

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 11:43:56

he will indeed queenmaeve, i am hoping that now he KNOWS what having unprotected sex results in he will be careful when his time comes!....

omg imagine 20 odd years time and they all have their own kids, HOW many grandchildren..........

When you come on holiday with a full car having left a couple at home.

When there is never any roast chicken left over to make a second meal.

When out with your oldest son and youngest daughter you can see people's minds whirring trying to work out the family dynamics grin

When friends refer to them as your tribe rather than children.

When quite often meals are served in sittings rather than en masse.

When you buy toys that were in vogue the first time and again when there is a revival for a different child.

Much as I would have welcomed a girl in this family (I feel a bit outnumbered at times grin) I was postively relieved when DC4 was a DS4 as nobody could ever assume that 'we just kept going until we got a girl' - so rude!
I did however get 'condolences' at the arrival of healthy, much wanted DS3 by some old crone - I was so speechless I said nothing and regret that to this day....

MrsD, I love the 'different mothers too' bit - I bet that stops people in their tracks while their cogs turn to figure it out grin.

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 11:52:25

leftoevers, WHAT are they........?!

i think you get more relaxed as well with each child, for instance ds4 whalloped his head recently, OMG the lump on his head, me i picked him up, gave him a cuddle and found a cereal bar in my bag, food alway stops the screaming grin the other parents and a teacher were in a right flap running around, getting ice packs and asking if i was going to take him to hospital!!

i did take him to my gp' surgery purely because it was cut and i needed someone to hold him down so i could clean it (dp at work) it had gravel in so needed to be cleaned and i got the nurse to help with some saline solution, again when i turned up at the surgery, they were 'you again' and the nurse squeezed us in between patients!

and when they have tantrums and you just pick them up, sling them under your arm and get on with your shopping etc as you know its just a phase and will passed.

my relaxed parenting is probably viewed as child abuse by some.........infact i have just been accused of such on another thread as i have stood my boys outside on the back step mid tantrum in rain and heaven forbid snow and they werent 'appropriately dressed' ie coat etc hmm quick shoot me now..

somethingwillturnup Sun 28-Aug-11 11:53:29

When any time you go for shopping from October onwards, the checkout operator asks, "Starting to stock up for Christmas?". Eh, no, this is my normal weekly (but won't last over the weekend) shop.

When you just shout "Guys, tea time".

Yes to the every kid in the street at your house during summer hols.

And how rude can some people be? I've also had the "all the same dad?" question. You can tell just by looking at them.....

On the flip side, I have been told a lot that I don't look like I'm a mother of 6 - although I'm not sure what a mother of 6 should look like........

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 11:53:43

pacific i got condolonses on the birth of ds3 and ds4 and one FAMILY member had the nerve to tell me she was disappointed when i phoned to announce his arrival, had i been in the same room i would have slapped her!

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 11:55:56

oh and when you dont buy ice creams individually as it costs a fortune, you just get the multi packs at the supermarket, my kids rarely get ice creams from the ice cream van!

6! well done somethingwillturnup smile

i get told i dont look like a mother of 5, or i dont look old enough... i look like me and yes i got pregnant with my first at shock horror 19, still with the same man and very happy, he works, i sah, we have a mortgage and arent on benefits shock hmm

'Tis outrageous, isn't it, 4madboys angry.

Oh, and I ment to say as well, I too refer to my lot at 'my troops' or 'the Merry Men'.

My DS3 (4 year age gap to his next older brother) calls the 2 older ones 'guys' in exactly the same tone of voice I use blush

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 12:01:19

yes, hugely irritating, no 'how lovely to have another healthy baby and a birth that went smoothly etc,' just 'oh another boy...' FUCK OFF you insensitive cow! angry

somethingwillturnup Sun 28-Aug-11 12:03:07

Only my oldest two know the joy of ice cream van cones grin

And I secretly feel pleased when people go "6?!!! Really?" and my youngest is 7, so not really newly 6 iyswim

I've also had "Which ones are yours?" when we've all been out together. Um, all of them. "Oh, thought maybe the kids had brought some of their pals along".

And (this is my favourite) when I used to pick up oldest from secondary school, one of her friends asked if her 'big sister' (me!) picked her up every day. And how much older was I? winkAhem. Oldest was mortified grin

4madboys Sun 28-Aug-11 12:10:39

thats fab somethingwillturnup grin your poor eldest!

talking of RUDENESS, i actually had people ask me, when we had dd, if i had done anything 'differently' this time ie sex wise to try and ensure we had a girl!!! shock umm no, we just stopped contraception and ACTUALLY had sex when we werent too tired, not very often, luckily i got preg first month of trying each time! ds1 was infact a one off!

but seriously WHY would you ask someone if they had tried any 'special sexual technique' to get a girl.......

CardyMow Sun 28-Aug-11 12:17:04

I am only just 30 - but I have had dc in the last 3 decades! DD - 1998, DS1 - 2002, DS2 - 2003, DS3 - 2011!

Oh YYY to the ice creams - I went to buy my dc and their 3 friends cones from the van the other week - and it cost me almost £8 for 6 cones! shock

babbi Sun 28-Aug-11 12:39:05

Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed reading this. Your lives sound amazing, chaotic but lots of love in there. I have 1 DD and she will regrettably remain an only, I always dreamt of 6 children. However every day I count my blessings that I am mummy to this lovely child.
Good luck to you all. I am off to put my feet up because I can!

Jux Sun 28-Aug-11 12:56:13

My aunt has 10. She would use the 'evening up' response to rude people who would ask if she was stopping now, or whatever. "6 boys and 4 girls" she'd say, "I've got to have at least a couple more to get the numbers right".

grin at some of the questions you've been asked. Somebody did say to me 'You'll be too old for more now, won't you?' - she is not wrong, but shock.

I now think I should have replied to the offer of condolences somthing along the lines of "Well, after 4 MCs and one critically ill preemie, a normal pregnancy ending in a lovely VBAC and with a healthy baby in my arms, I am quite happy with my lot, you douche you.

I have also often had to confirm that yes, we have television AND central heating <<yawn>> - and I don't even consider 4 children that big a family (much as it enough for me).

babbi, enjoy your rest and thanks for your post smile. Sometimes I do need reminding how lucky I am to in the end have the family I hoped for. Enjoy your DD.

When rarely seen relatives just give piles of colouring books rather than buy individual presents for each child. While DD1 is thrilled, DS1 has perfected his smile and nod at this. DD2 keeps trying to eat them grin. This happened across several relatives we visited over the summer, it was almost relief when one gave them sweeties instead!

I haven't been asked if they have the same father, but my husband has been asked if they are all his...while I and the kids were standing right someone asking for a charity donation. I was in shock - the man did not get a donation.

When you tell someone you're expecting, and their first response is "Why??" sad.

And I only have three! (though heavily pregnant with DC4). I did get a lot of 'perfect pair' comments after my second (eldest is boy, then girl) - had a post-natal midwife laugh at me when I said I nor my DH were getting 'fixed', but were happily open to having more!

Loshad Sun 28-Aug-11 13:51:15

the kids I teach often ask me if they all have the same dad on hearing i've 4 kids, they're only youngsters though so can be excused. No excuse for a mother I barely knew in the playground asking me when i was pg with DS4 if it was an accident!

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 14:41:11

''we were thrilled with each of our boys when they arrived and went into preg no 5 TOTALLY assuming we would get another boy, we werent going to find out the sex, but the sonographer said she had a clear view (i took that to mean boy) so when she said girl i nearly fainted and told her she must be wrong, poor woman, checked a hundred times and when i still insisted she was wrong she said 'i am not allowed to say i am 100% sure but i am 100% sure this baby is a girl' i still didnt believe her, paid for a private scan at 28wk and then when dd was born i said 'is it really a girl' ''

lol just put that in reverse for me. i didnt get rid of any girls stuff in case the scan was wrong about ds being a boy.

i have just been show shopping for the gils. only ended up kitting out 2 of them at over £100, so another 2 pairs of shoes and dd1 gym shoes to get. so no wine for me this week on the shopping wine

i took all the children and two of dd1's friends out with us for dd1's birthday earlier this year. so 7 in total. as i gathered them all up, i jokingly said to someone 'they arent all mine' she said' 'wouldnt matter if they were' so i replied 'ok only 2 arent mine, the rest are' oh the look on her face lol.

do you find that everyone looks on in amazement at your large family, yet to you it doesnt seem that many?

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 16:16:15

It is actually the opposite, here, its definitely an Irish thing, what more could any mother want but four fine sons! Especially the older generation my mil and older aunts just rave about that fact! Irish boys and their mammies and all that grin

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 16:39:01

people say thoughtless things after having ds after 4 wonderful dd's. winds me up something chronic.

"You will be their Queen forever" I often hear - if my boys don't worship the ground I walk on forever more and look after me in my dotage, I want my money back wink.

But I also get the opposite: "Oh, no girl to look after you when you are old" - Yeah, because any wish or desire for a particular gender depends on who you'd like to wipe your bum when you might need it?? WTveryF?
I never had children to ensure I'd be looked after later on, much as it would be very nice if they still wanted to talk to me grin.

You know you've had too many children when your friend with 1 DS visits and the poor child is totally overwhelmed by the level of madness noise in your house blush - as witnessed this afternoon.

I know I have too many children
because we are about to order a triple bunk bed for the girls.
I am pregnant with dc5 and the first thing most people have said is to ask if dh will get the snip now!
My maternity jeans were needed at 8 weeks pregnant ( sob)
When I take them out alone on the bus it is not uncommon for people to stare - getting worse now that I am pregnant.

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 16:57:11

i was this triple bunk

Misdee that's pretty much what we are ordering! . We are just hoping to free up some floor space in their room, they normal all sleep in one bed anyway (like puppies all piled up) but I would feel bad without them having even the option of their own bed!

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 17:06:52

we currently have a 'normal' triple with the double at the bottom. but maybe f we move house i'll get the one i linked to smile

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 17:06:59

misdee and pepsi, depsite having their own beds, mine have all camped in the one room all summer! They have 2 singles pushed together and they call it 'the ultimate bed'. I have to let dd in too and then take her out to put in the cot when she falls asleep!

misdde what ages are your girls, I might have husbands for them all if your stuck grin

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 17:08:20

lol mine have all been on a double airbed in dd1/ds room the last week. grin

dd's are 11, 9 this week, 6 and 2. ds is 8months old.

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 17:11:29
queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 17:12:55

no one for the 11 year old. but have husbands for the 9, 6 and 2 year old. they come from good healthy stock grin

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 17:15:25

as long as you dont expect me to be all tradiontal and fork out for the weddings, then your on!

love the second bed lol.

duchesse Sun 28-Aug-11 17:30:37

I started calling them by birth order- ie Number 1, Number 2, Number 3, Baby. So much easier than trying to remember their actual names, which I always mix up along with the dog's and any visiting niece/nephew/friend.

OriginalPoster Sun 28-Aug-11 17:41:09

When people say 'you're not having any more, now are you?'

TheOriginalFAB Sun 28-Aug-11 17:41:52

I only have 3 but that is too many for us sad.

Socks - I have a bag. Each day clean and dry socks go in the bag and then every couple of days I sit and pair them up. After a good couple of weeks with the same odd ones left in the bag, I throw them away and then find the other one when I clean the kids rooms hmm.

Names - DS2 gets DS1's name sometimes. All 3 get the wrong name, once I have called one of them by the cat's name but often I just say, Oh, whatever you are called!

Counting - I spend my life counting to three.

Behaviour - you know you have had too many when 2 are being nice and the other one is being a PITA.

But I wouldn't be without any of them, we just need a break.

RandomMess Sun 28-Aug-11 17:57:56

I have had to iron name labels into some of the pants - 4 dds and me and we all own the same style boxer knicks blush

Also with school socks I buy them 9 or so pairs each all different to the other styles (although biggest and smallest could be the same) and I get them to do their own clothes sorting so they can argue out what belongs to whom between them grin

angieb57 Sun 28-Aug-11 18:06:57

you refer to them by numbers instead of names

prettyfly1 Sun 28-Aug-11 18:10:32

The Daily Fail runs regular articles demonstrating your inability to control your brood at the airport, park, beach delete as appropriate

MrsvWoolf Sun 28-Aug-11 19:08:09

Ooh that's another one, you label everything. We have:

names in shoes and wellingtons (more for the twins who take the same size)
names on coat hooks
dressing gown hooks
personalised bags containing rain gear/waterproofs

and so on...

RandomMess Sun 28-Aug-11 19:11:23

you can't split them up around the dining table to stop the squabbles confused

thefirstMrsDeVere Sun 28-Aug-11 19:16:02

You are either a

Super earth mother who manages to 'juggle' a busy working from home business with raising your 'brood' with a gentle but firm hand (and the obligitory smear of flour on your glowing cheek)


A feckless, under educated needy baby lover who 'pops' them out for something to love and loses interest when they get over 2yrs, you are also too thick to control your fertility or your children

What catagory you fall into has nothing to do with who you actually are but entirely depends on who people think you are.

<Gives pet peeve a quick polish before putting it back on the shelf>


alistron1 Sun 28-Aug-11 19:32:40

OMG, the sock thing, the different style of pant thing, the no leftovers, the calling 'em down en masse from dinner!!

I thought I was the only one grin

And my DP has worn kids socks to work and wondered why his socks had shrunk!!

BTW, Lois from Malcolm in the Middle is my role model wink

thefirstMrsDeVere Sun 28-Aug-11 19:46:14

I like Joy from My Name is Earl hahahaha!

I'm feeling very blush because I only have one and our socks rarely reach the drawers...

Boobicca Sun 28-Aug-11 20:03:58

Fab thread!

Four4me Sun 28-Aug-11 20:09:17

Thought of some more reasons when enjoying our yummy but cramped Sunday lunch!

-When your nearly 2 year old dd (no 3 of 4) knows how to use her big brothers ds lite better than she knows her animal noises! Much to the hilarity of the big boys she says that every animal quacks!

-When you have a strict admission criteria of what is allowed into the ironing pile. Dry, flap vigously, fold, drawers!

thefirstMrsDeVere Sun 28-Aug-11 20:15:05


I felt able to get away with less ironing when I had fewer kids.

Somehow I feel crumply clothes are more noticable when you have several wearing them grin

naturalbaby Sun 28-Aug-11 20:23:03

confused at the boys weeing on eachother's wee! i only had sisters but am expecting the worst with 3 boys.

i only have 3 but i'm thankful every morning we have a worktop stretching across the whole kitchen when i line up the bowls for breakfast. i reuse 'dirty' dishes at the next meal to save washing up blush

i tease dh all the time about evening up the numbers.

I have 3 of them standing around the toilet weeing at the same time which is cute and funny but also messy - when they start playing 'sword fights' (with wee swords, you understand) I have an instant sense of humour failure. Thank Pampers that DS4 is still in nappies!

I only ever throw sock out when they have holes blush. DS3 is very fond of mismatched pairs which he choses - why on earth I still bother to pair and fold his socks, I don't know confused.

grin at some of those beds -fab!

Ironing - I think the last thing I ironed personally was my posh table cloth in honour of MIL's 80th birthday which was held at our house. That was 2 years ago. DH looks after his work shirts (he is a very good and fast ironer or he brings them away to be ironed, either way, it is up to him to sort it out). Nothing else gets ironed. I have to say, it was much the same before I had children though... wink.

We go through unfeasibly large amounts of cereal - heaven help when they are all teenagers
There are days on which I cannot bake bread as fast as they eat it shock
My voice is hoarse from too many bedtime stories as they get one each - when did that stupid custom creep in??

If I was daft enough to want to 'even out the numbers', I'd have to have another 4, and that's assuming they'd all be girls grin! I did once work with a woman who had 7 sons and no daughters....

Four4me Sun 28-Aug-11 20:59:05

grin at wee sword fights! One hormonal afternoon late in preg with dc4 I had a mega wobbly with dh, ds1 and ds2 about wee on the floor. "someone has peed on the floor and it is not me or dd1" was met by three shocked faces as if to say "and so what exactly is the problem mum?"

She has never said anything to me but my mil is a knicker, t-towel and sock ironer, I'm sure i am a massive disappointment to her!

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 21:07:30

I heard one of the boys say to the other lets make the 'x factor'. When I popped my head round the bathroom door they were crossing streams grin

Another time I asked ds, 6 to bring ds,2 into the little loos at school when we were picking up one of the others. I looked in to see what was keeping them and ds2, who was just out of nappies hadn't mastered the peeing standing up. So ds,6 was very helpfuly holding his wee brother's willy for him while he peed. Brotherly love eh!

queenmaeve, that's phantastic grin - the mental image I have of it!!

We have a firm rule that in the bath 'you can play/pull/wash your own willy, but nobody elses' - and that goes for Daddy and his bits too grin.

aStarInStrangeways Sun 28-Aug-11 21:19:08

I am nominating this for Classics grin Fab thread, has made me laugh all day. On the other hand, the bits I read out to DH may have hardened his resolve that we are stopping at two.

I am an aunty to a large family db has 6 dc's. We're going for Christmas dinner this year. That's me, dp and dc's. Df will be going swell. I have no idea where we will all sit but my dsil is a fantastic cook and we will have a wonderful day.

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 21:39:33

When your dc accept as the norm to get hand-me-downs.

Example; DS, 7 said to me yesterday when is J (eldest) getting a new dressing gown? I said 'the next time I remember to buy it, why?'

' because he says I can have his football one and N wants my scooby doo one and then N can give his red one to R'.

RandomMess Sun 28-Aug-11 21:45:08

LOL queen you are so right. Older one gets some new clothing and younger one is already eyeing it up for the future grin

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 22:00:32

haha dd1 is trying to get my old ipod. dd2 is bugging dd1 for hers, and dd3 wants dd2 ipod shuffle.

DirtyDawg Sun 28-Aug-11 22:01:26

another one here that only has 1 DS, you lot are all bonkers grin

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 22:04:00

and we wouldnt have it any other way grin

I frequently think "What was I thinking?", so I would not disagree with that assessment, Dirty grin.

Possessions is like Musical Chairs, isn't it? You just hope you don't run out of the means for new dressing gowns/iPods/toys so the chain can keep going.

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 22:06:56

hand me downs even go through the neices and nephews as well.

my ds has some lovely pink INTG t-shirts.

RandomMess Sun 28-Aug-11 22:06:57

actually the craziest thing is the amount of shoes we seem to have, not helped by them all being girls me thinks. Those things just breed and breed it would seem.

DirtyDawg Sun 28-Aug-11 22:08:06

ha ha, your households sound like a lot of fun, even with the random sock thing, it's quite lonely here when DS has gone to bed at 7pm smile

misdee Sun 28-Aug-11 22:09:21

oh yes shoes. we find them everywhere. well except for the shoe cupboard where they should be.

RandomMess Sun 28-Aug-11 22:11:51

and actually the sheer amount of washing. You really need to do a load everyday to keep on top of it. On the plus side you don't need to own many clothes as they get washed so quickly. I do dark, white and then a pink/purple and more occasionally a green/blue wash on whatever I have the most of each day grin

I don't miss having 2 in washable nappies grin

queenmaeve Sun 28-Aug-11 22:12:49

Instead of sorting out clothes that they've grown out of in their wardrobes, I was thinking I could keep a certain age group in a wardrobe and move the children around instead! grin

sweetkitty Sun 28-Aug-11 22:17:44

Loving this thread, I have four 3DDs and one DS 5years 10 months from one to four.

I either get "is that you finished now you have your boy?" or "are you having another one?" so either I kept popping girls out until I got the prized boy or I'm some baby mad baby machine without a TV obviously.

I loved when the Tesco delivery man just brings you a shelf load of yoghurts still in the cardboard as you order so much.

You go through a tree full of bananas and apples a week.

You shake clothes and figure they will only get wrinkled if you don't iron them.

Pick shredded wheat off PJs so they will do another day, PFB used to get a BATH and clean PJs every day.

I'm lucky that DD2 is a completely tomboy as she and DD1 are the same size so it's easy to sort socks and pants, anything pink and girly DD1, anything with dinosaurs or cars on it DD2. DD2 does eye up some of DD1s clothes though.

You think you can still hear them in your head after they are all in bed as it's been so noisy all day your head is ringing.

Hanging the washing out is 10 minutes break from the bedlam.

Four4me Sun 28-Aug-11 22:26:25

sweetkitty my dh shouts "are you hiding in your office?" when I'm in the utility room!

If I had a pound for every "you have your hands full" comment I could afford a nanny!

Bourbonchops Sun 28-Aug-11 23:05:30

Haha, Sweetkitty. I'm with you on the PJ's thing. My PFB too had a clean set every night after her bath.
Now, the nightly baths are gone (partly due to mild eczema, partly I've figured young children just don't need daily baths) and they can forget clean PJ's every night with the amount of washing I have to do!

CardyMow Sun 28-Aug-11 23:22:30

Am MN'ing right now in an attempt to put off the inevitable - DS1 AND DS2 have grown, so I need to do the clothes-shuffle. DS1 probably needs some new clothes - and I found an old bag of 12-18mo clothes while cleaning the loft out that will do for DS3. They still look in pretty good nick, too. Considering they've done DS1 & DS2, then been in the loft for 6yrs!

PJ's? Only in the winter - my dc's are warm, like little radiators, and go to bed in just their pants for most of the year. They only seem to use PJ's if the temp is below zero. <<Shrugs>> Saves on washing, I suppose.

When your DS2 (7yo) sees the iron and calls it 'that hot thing you use on shirts when it's Christmas' blush....(Used to iron socks and knickers with PFB - now iron under duress when ABSOLUTELY necessary only)

thefirstMrsDeVere Mon 29-Aug-11 10:01:52

queen I have a hefty toddler and a slighter 3 year old. I am not bothering sorting out their clothes. They just share now grin

I have a lovely, lovely friend (I really mean that, she is a gem) but our views on what constitutes the minimum requirements for a happy childhood differ wildly.

I know she loves me but is discreetly concerned that I have three children in one room. She would see not having enough bedrooms per child as a reason not to have any more kids. This is fine because she wouldnt say that to me and I think its ok for her to feel like that.

DS2 will be going into his own room in the next few month because DS1 moved out sooner than we anticipated. It has to be done in stages due to his ASD. I am currently using the spare room as a dressing room blush.

I know it cant last but it is sooooooo nice to have somewhere to put my knickers in drawers instead of baskets. I know they are touted as 'clever storage solutions' but I am fed up of putting my underwear in clever storage solutions!

queenmaeve Mon 29-Aug-11 11:13:02

Our neighbours when we were growing up had 8. 5 boys in one room, 3 girls in one and the parents had their room. It was the house that everyone else congregated in as well, it was alsways packed but the happiest house on the road by far!

thefirstMrsDeVere Mon 29-Aug-11 11:22:46

OH was one of 12 shock

They had so many kids that when one of MIL mindees was just left there one day she stayed for ever and became my future SIL...

ragged Mon 29-Aug-11 12:20:56

DS1 wears boxers, but DS2 wears ordinary pants & I'm seriously trying to figure out what colour scheme to go with for DS2, so that I can consistently/easily sort DH from DS2's pants.


Debs75 Mon 29-Aug-11 12:28:36

I've been asked if they have the same father, with a 9 year gap between 2 and 3 they all assume I started again. If you look at them dd1 is exactly like dd2 and ds looks like dd3.

So we have a few with dc's born in 3 different decades, can anyone trump it and go for 4? I think it works out at a 22 year age gap if you had your first in 89.

I like the 'evening out' but I don't thin dp would let me try for 2 more boys

misdee Mon 29-Aug-11 12:57:22

i can do pregnancies in 3 decades. and i'm only in my 30's.

pregnant in 1999 with dd1, she was born in 2000,

dd2 02, dd3 05, dd4 08

ds 2011

duchesse Mon 29-Aug-11 13:27:09

I can do pregnancies in four decades, but live babies in only two (20s and 40s).

GeekLove Mon 29-Aug-11 13:46:07


Futility room sums it up particualy when it comes to sorting it out.

I get the names wrong and i only have 2!

queenmaeve Mon 29-Aug-11 14:03:29

sad duchesse

deemented Mon 29-Aug-11 14:39:01

I'm loving this thread!

Am currently pregnant with DC5, but we lost DS1 at birth, so only have the three. Though we have DSS regularly, whcih is fun. I'm the youngest of eight, and always imagined myself with a huge brood, but i'm pretty sure that this one will be the last but i said that last time too

duchesse Mon 29-Aug-11 14:45:24

Queenmaeve- only miscarriages, not stillbirths, but thank you. The 13 week one at age 39 was especially upsetting as had been ttc for 4 years by then.

teta Mon 29-Aug-11 15:15:26

When you call your youngest dc4 by the dogs name, and don't really care whether they are eating a proper lunch [rather than snacking] because you just want 5 minutes peace to read the sunday papers [on the monday]near the end of a long summer holiday without someone yelling 'mumee'.Getting cross with my youngest because he keeps on crying only to find out that he's hot and says he feels illblush.I just thought he was demanding attention [bad mummy]

Lexilicious Mon 29-Aug-11 15:33:29

I only have one but love all these stories. About the grocery deliveries though... my delivery drivers often comment on the amount of alcohol in a "having a party?" sort of way to which I have to blush and say no, just a normal week. If you have much more food this would make the booze proportionally less of the order. Hmmm <off to pounce on DH> grin

thefirstMrsDeVere Mon 29-Aug-11 15:40:34

After DC5 was born I had to take OH aside and remind him gently that 'Atticus is the dog's name love'

FellatioNelson Mon 29-Aug-11 15:45:58

Oh MrsD I get my dog and my youngest DS muddled up ALL the time.

Poor dog. grin

mumblejumble Mon 29-Aug-11 15:48:41

When you go clothes shopping, and it takes 3 shop assistants to pack everything, with exasperated 'phew, that was alot of clothes" I now buy all children's clothes on-line...
At times, me and dh have to ask each other if it is ok for one of us to go to the loo, i.e. can the other cope for a few minutes
If one parent nips out, they have to take at least two children with them, otherwise it is unfair blush, but at the moment am enjoying going to my antenatal appointments (yes, another one smile) alone, bliss....don't even mind the amount of time I am kept waiting grin

SummerRain Mon 29-Aug-11 15:50:28

When you're left with just one for 3 days and you get so bored you end up sitting on dd's bedroom floor playing with her playmobil while the baby naps blush

When you can't hold everyone's hands at once anymore

When your weekly shop can't e contained in one trolly anymore

When you go through 8 litres of milk in 3 days

misdee Mon 29-Aug-11 15:59:10

when even the dog has resigned to sleeping under the stairs.

Debs75 Mon 29-Aug-11 16:27:38

Oh Duchesse sorry.

Sitting with dc4 in hospital and enjoying the time to myself, then realising hou are going home tomorrow to chaos.

I always ask Dp if he can cope whilst i'm on the loo

I, too, ask DH if he can look after the kids when I want to go to the loo - alone. Never, ever works. They (well, the 2 littlies) always find me. <<sigh>>

duchesse sad here too. Have been there myself: after my 4th MC (and 3 DC, mind) I felt I had to have another one, otherwise the statistic was too depressing. At least, this way I am Para 4+4 - ok in my book smile. I cannot imagine what a late loss/still birth/neonatal death must be like. Not somewhere I mentally go <coward>.

Yy to 1 shopping trolley not being large enough. I have never come to grips with on-line grocery shopping although I know it would make my life so much easier - really must try harder.

When you cannot shout reason with everybody who needs a good talking too

When there are so many permutations of who 'hates' who that you lose understanding of the many complicated allegiances and feuds amongst your brood (and if you are really unlucky, amongst their friends <<groan>>) that you just give up.

When you book an important and worthy 3 day course 150 miles away from home, because you cannot wait to have 2 nights in a shabby, 2 star hotel - ON YOUR OWN <<day dreams>> grin

queenmaeve Mon 29-Aug-11 21:12:38

Pacific that sounds heaven. I'm going into work tomorrow to look for any courses available!
You're right about the having to take some with you when you go out. Except on Saturday mornings, that is strictly my time grin

CardyMow Mon 29-Aug-11 22:09:22

Went round my friend's house today with 3 of my 4 (other was at his dad's). She has 7 of her 10 living at home - so we had 10 dc there - ages ranged from 7mo to 17yo. Was a much more peaceful day for both of us shock because everyone had someone to play with. We did get through 4 loaves of bread and 600g of cheese making toasties for everyone though...And it was quieter even though 3/10 of the dc have asd! (2 of mine, one of hers).

Four4me Mon 29-Aug-11 22:14:00

-When you are invited to a kid-free social event, wedding etc it takes you a day or so packing up and dropping off various dc at grandparents, aunties, unsuspecting friends! Then another day to collect and unpack!

4madboys Tue 30-Aug-11 11:57:15

when you nearly die looking at legoland prices online, the largest family ticket is 2 adults and 3 children.... hmm

thank god we have 2 for 1 entry and 50% off vouchers, this weekend is going to be expensive!!! definitely taking a picnic!!

Four4me Tue 30-Aug-11 13:00:52

4madboys may see you there! We are going fri/sat. Dh is a proper Yorkshireman about spending money! He may need resuscitating by sun!
We are leaving dd1 with pil as she is only 23 months and is a "bolter". So we will have the three boys 7, 6 and 6 months. But it will still be chaotic ds1 has downs syndrome and we go everywhere at 100 mph. Just smile and wave if you see me looking harassed , have fun!

queenmaeve Tue 30-Aug-11 14:38:18

four4me, when we go to a wedding we have the dc left all over the place too grin
Would love to be going to Legoland, a great way to end off the summer. Enjoy and don't come home without anyone!

thereisalightanditnevergoesout Tue 30-Aug-11 16:05:52

Hassled I have so many children I've forgotten who's who. DS3 is often called by the cat's name. I figure I only have to start worrying when he answers to the cat's name.

We have so many children that we ran out of names and actually did use the cat's name for DC4 confused

Four4me Tue 30-Aug-11 16:18:49

light grin

Giving each one of their grubby faces an extra kiss today, have read a sad thread on bereavement. sad

4madboys Tue 30-Aug-11 16:27:11

we are going on the sunday four4me smile

and i am thinking that if i have dd in the sling and put ds4 in the pushchair, lie it back and give him his blanket he will snuggle and suck his thumb and we may get away with him being an under three.......... he was three in march and is a big boy tho. but its got to be worth a go?!!

and yes it is a fab way to end the holidays, tho i am thinking we will come home KNACKERED!

Haha, various of my boys have remained 'under 3' until well into their 5th year shockgrin - 'tis the only way!

Have fun in Legoland - rather you than me wink.

Four4me, reading stuff in bereavement always makes me feel very humbled and lucky sad.

When you have so many 'Meet the Teacher's to attend, you get confused which classroom you are ment to go to blush (and that's with only 2 in school so far - how will I cope when they are all going?).

KristinaM Tue 30-Aug-11 17:48:17

When you call " boys" And your dd comes as well because she knew you meant her

dd asked recently if we could have aanother baby because we have room in the basement. The baesment, btw, is not converted to a room, its a proper cellar, with stone floors and cold running walls

Tonksforthememories Tue 30-Aug-11 18:17:40

I've got this triple bunk for my 3, eldest to youngest in height order!

There's 5 of us in a 2 bed at the moment, and we'll have to move in the next couple of years when DD1 hits puberty. I can't put her through that with a 5yo DS in the same room!

It took Ds rather a long time to realise his sisters had different names blush

Apologies for not having read the whole thread - v v v tired and pregnant so please bear with me. But in response to the question of 'beat that' :

DD1 1989
DD2 1997
DS1 2009
DC? due in 7 weeks time in 2011

that's 4 decades and if you add in that I was born in 1971 and Dh in 1968, we're the Cliff Richard's family - a hit in every decade. ( any my mum in 1950 and my Dad in 1949)

:must be fucking insane: smile

and for added amusement DD1 born on my mother's birthday and I have a DGS born in 2010 on mine. So we're at the stage of recyling birthday dates!

I am now outed to anyone that knows me!

BumbleBo Tue 30-Aug-11 19:29:12

My sis in-law has so many, I was in their garden once bouncing on the trampoline, her husband thought I was one of theirs (I'm 37!) calling to me by one of their names...he had just woken up though blush

queenmaeve Tue 30-Aug-11 20:20:36

grin at notunusual!
Just thought of another.
When you have to bring numerous copies of the Argos catalogue home so they all have one to read. Ds was mortified when I lifted 4 of them last week.

4madboys Tue 30-Aug-11 21:00:34

oh yes queenmaeve, if you only get one then war errupts as they fight over who is going to look at it, what is it with kids and argos catalogues, mine can spend ages looking through the toy section.

ds3 was very sweet the other day, my sister is expecting her first (and only) and he was looking throuhg the baby section to get ideas to help her choose her pram etc.. the daft/lovley girl wants a black pram, ihave told her that black will show up EVERY bit of baby snot, puke dribble etc, but she still wants black, she will learn grin

I'm only halfway through this. But wanted to comment before it moves on anymore!!

I have 1 DS, I always wanted to have 6 children. I am so jealous of all your big families but in a nice way! It's lovely to hear sooo many parents who have lot's children talking so positively and lovingly about their DC's instead of whinging about how hard it is or their DH's!.

I know it's hard work but the tone of this thread is refreshing.

Keep it up ladies.

<just an aside are there books out there, anecdotal, witty etc for parents with huge broods? Some of the comments stories here make great reading>

Unusual grin.

2 of my DSs share the same birthday 4 years apart.
All 4 of them are born in the same month grin - don't bother, I have heard every single dirty joke/innuendo about that fact...

Also, nought to do with anything: my dad and his sister share the same birthday 5 years apart which is also my DH's birthday (no relation!).

infact i have just been accused of such on another thread as i have stood my boys outside on the back step mid tantrum in rain and heaven forbid snow and they werent 'appropriately dressed' ie coat etc quick shoot me now.. You do the crime - do the time. wink

My 1 DS gets chucked outside too. He should be grateful it's a flat and outside is still inside. grin

RandomMess Tue 30-Aug-11 21:31:44

Mine have been deposited outside mid tantrum as well, my neighbour who had 7 (when she only had 4 she lived in a static caravan!) congratulated on what a good idea it was grin. DD has never forgotten and learnt that I say what I mean and follow through, if only the youngest would learn that hmm

We have made it to Discussion of the Day <<proud>>

Must remember the depositing-tantrumming-child-outside trick - do you think it would be considered abuse in Scotland?? wink

WOW, got to the end. Fab thread.

AND if it helps I have some 2 for 1 offer vouchers for Legoland, Chessington, and the other Merlin places if anyone wants any. grin

KristinaM Tue 30-Aug-11 21:55:06

random suggestion in response to a post further down the thread

dont throw out all the odd socks. give them to the nursery who will make sock puppets out of them. or put them in the fabric recycling bin

BabyGiraffes Tue 30-Aug-11 22:02:11

Loving this thread and seriously broody now grin. I only have two dds but have been pregnant nine times (not very good at STAYING pregnant). Does that count? Even with two I have no control over socks and regularly do a head count before going anywhere...
[wanders off wondering how to talk dh into having at least one more...]

YoungMotherTubby Tue 30-Aug-11 22:08:32

DC1 dressed in blue
DC2 dressed in red
DC3 dressed in green or yellow - when they were small (3 under 3)
DC4 dressed in pink
DC5 - still a wee tot

Need to buy milk - 24 pints twice a week
Washing machine on at least once every day
Could win a speed record for ironing smile
Forgetting which one of them has told you something - or worse who you told to do something!
Difficult to discover who the culprit is

pramsgalore Tue 30-Aug-11 22:09:40

when people say 'are they all yours'
when you make the local empty park look and sound busy
when you have to head count when out

largeginandtonic Tue 30-Aug-11 22:12:35

Oohh the triple bed links are fabulous on this thread. We are just about to get one!

Dc8 due in November.

I frequently find myself head counting when we are out. I have been in blind panic before now when i can't find one only to realise it is strapped in to the buggy!

Washing is my nemesis, 3 loads a day at least or i drown the next day.

Lunchboxes are a conveyor belt. Ds5 is about to start school so that will be 7 lunchboxes (inc DH) lined up in the morning!

Friends bring children over to play and joke that i would probably never notice one more. They are almost certainly right blush

Great thread. Nice to know there are others like dh and i.

Debs75 Tue 30-Aug-11 22:15:22

Itsnotunusual You win the prize for spanning 4 decades. I would love to offer you your wine but in your condition it is a brew and a large pack of biscuits

thefirstMrsDeVere Tue 30-Aug-11 22:16:09

Did someone say triple bed!

I have a lovely white wooden one with a double at the bottom. DS3 looks like a little pea in it but we got it so DS4 could join him in a few months.

But now DS2 is moving into DS1's empty room so we dont really need it.

BUT it takes up less room than the two singles did so ho hum.

Can we do 'the most children in the least time' please grin?

Starter for 10: I had 4 in 7 years - I am sure I won't 'win', but it's a start.
Over to you!

queenmaeve Tue 30-Aug-11 22:25:26

My eldest was 7 when number 5 was born!
< steals prize from

trickydickie Tue 30-Aug-11 22:28:54

When you are ushering, herding random little girls along with you (during school, nursery runs) thinking they are one of your own daughters blush.

When you and dh both want to take the youngest to hospital on gp's advice. Then I win and get to take him all by myself, bliss.

Couple time together is when you get 3 children babysat for the day because dc4 is getting an operation at day surgery.

When you think that having only one child to look after is as good as having no children to look after (well just about smile )

queenmaeve Tue 30-Aug-11 22:29:13

Oh I have another!
When your family is the rent a crowd.
We have lots of friends with 1 young dc so for their first few birthday parties our lot always get invited as they don't know any other dc yet. Its all adults and then we arrive and instant party!
When you can play team sports in the garden amongst yourselves.

jugglingwiththreeshoes Tue 30-Aug-11 22:30:50

... when you give them some broth without any bread,
and whip them all soundly and send them to bed blush

... oh, and you live in a shoe

largeginandtonic Tue 30-Aug-11 22:31:25

Umm i had twins in 98, dd1 in 2000, ds3 in 2002, ds4 in 2005, ds5 in 2007, dd2 in 2009 and ds6 is due in 20011.

So 2 under 1, 3 under 3, 4 under 5, 5 under 7, 6 under 9, 7 under 10 and it will be 8 under 13.

No wonder i am so fecking tired.

i have 4 and people are used to seeing me with

Ds3 who is 6 but looks about 3 and

Dd who is 8 and looks about 6

But then see me some days with

Ds1 17 looks about 18
ds2 14 but can pass for 17 or so and they do the shock face when i say yes they are mine to grin.

and even more of a shock when they suddernely realise Im in a wheelchair and I am out with them on my own either with ds1 and ds2 , or ds3 and dd or all of them grin

I love having a big family and would not swap it

jugglingwiththreeshoes Tue 30-Aug-11 22:34:13

largeginandtonic - Still on the ball with maths though grin

Four4me Tue 30-Aug-11 22:37:11

Snap pacific all four in seven years! <Bows down to more mega mums>

Ds1 and 2 are 14 months apart, then four and a bit years till dd1. Then 15 months till my precious last born and he is growing too quick for my liking.

We needed a gap in the middle with ds1 having downs syndrome, he didn't walk till he was 2 and half and was still in nappies in reception. I was lucky enough to have time on my side!

When people ask how I cope I think of my friend who has 8 like you largeg&t and feel like I'm cheating! I would love more but dh he says nooooooo! grin

largeginandtonic Tue 30-Aug-11 22:40:16

Are you laughing at me... that is right isn't it? grin

The 'are they all yours' as you walk round Sainsbo's doing a shop. 'No, thought i would borrow a few on this fun trip to make it even more fun'. Honestly people are MAD.

twotesttickles Tue 30-Aug-11 22:42:38

Well that's answered my should we go for number three question quite well. Thanks. But you all seem very happy in the midst of chaos. grin

whoatethelastbiscuit Tue 30-Aug-11 22:43:47

These are all so true ... when you go through a washing machine a year (told they aren't designed for 3 loads a day...), when your saucepans have to be hung up or left out as too big to go in a cupboard (and you hear friend of DC saying to another friend "you should see the size of their saucepans" blush). When you have 3 entire dinner sets. When towels and socks are colour coded, dd1 =red,dd2=green etc etc, when you even colour code the xmas wrapping coz there's to much to write labels on. When you hate the quiet and sniff their pillows when they're at Uni. When you have to 'break in' the new boyfriends of the older dd's with just a few dc's at a time, they can't keep track of the conversations crossing over... we have 6, first 4 in three and a half years. I love being a mum, wanders of to smell sweaty sleepy heads,

largeginandtonic Tue 30-Aug-11 22:43:49

I think once you get to 4 it doesn't really get much harder. There is more washing and time demanded of you but you are already limited in what you do.

Stress is all relative anyway. You get used to what you have and that becomes your bench mark. I always a have a quick flap when i am about to have another baby, will i cope with one more etc... You just up the gin.

large your maths is great I checked. not sure when 20011 is though wink

My mum was 1 of 7 and loved it. I bet your DC's love having constant companions. Whats even lovlier is the first were twins so none of you children have ever been alone.

jugglingwiththreeshoes Tue 30-Aug-11 22:52:24

Not laughing at you G&T ( except for "You just up the gin"! )
I'm just overly liberal with my fondness for emoticons grin
.... they are cheaper and less trouble than children !

largeginandtonic Tue 30-Aug-11 23:01:26

They are (mostly) lovely to each other. One of the twins is besotted with his little, little sister. She adores him too. It is SO sweet. She say's he is her favourite brother smile

They all occupy each other, fighting included. When it is just 2 or 3 they miss the others and the house is FAR too quiet. I really struggle to cook for just a few too blush

Dh and i will be vast in our old age as i continue to cook for 5000 long after they have all left home. Bring on the Grandchildren!

naturalbaby Tue 30-Aug-11 23:22:42

i had 3 under 3 and tease dh about 4 under 4.
i don't know anyone from big families (bigger than 3) who have anything positive to say about it sad

hopefulgum Tue 30-Aug-11 23:57:22

When your eldest two boys leave home, and it feels so quiet with only 3 kids.
Oh, wait - that's not when I know I've had enough, that's when I want just-one-more!

hopefulgum Wed 31-Aug-11 00:04:46

Oh - also almost a kid in every decade - had 2 kids in my 20's, 2 in my 30's and 1 in my 40's (wanted two, but had two miscarriages). However, didn't manage what unusual did. Mine were born in the 90's, one in 2000 and 1 in 2008.

And for the record, having a baby in my forties wasn't very different from having one in my 30's.

zzzzz Wed 31-Aug-11 00:25:52

I had my 5th when the oldest was 6yrs 9 months....but we did cheat with twins in the middle.

Worst comments,

"Have you worked out what's causing it yet?" heavy wink from the moronically witty

Vile woman who just sat and laughed in my face after the boys were born [gg(bb)g]..."You tried for a boy and ended up with twins hahahahahahahahaha". Still speechless!

Endless endless endless "You've got your hands full" and "rather you than me" shock

Best bits
I love them all, would have more if I could, and they love each other.

Socks/laundry and stock pot sized cooking of course standard!

I have 4 aged beyween 8 and 3 (2 boys, 2 girls) and the worst thing is the socks. I despise sorting the socks even though I try and buy certain colours for each child, and will often buy new packs from primark just to avoid sorting out the sock washing basket (yes the socks have their own entire basket to live in after washing.

I have too many dc grin

mathanxiety Wed 31-Aug-11 03:45:45

You can only figure out which baby is in the baby photos by reference to clues in the background.

When you realise that the last two babies have exactly 7 baby photos between them, whereas the first three have many boxes apiece.

When then youngest two answer to an amalgam of their two names.

When you realise the youngest four did all their afternoon napping in their carseats while someone older was being schlepped to whatever class you thought was so important at the time.

When you give up on separate colours and styles of socks and knickers and invoke the rule 'first up best dressed' (from the permanent laundry basket in the kitchen of course).

When they spend time together negotiating the daily shower schedule for the coming week. And there is never a nice, dry towel in the bathroom. (Oh the joy of a houseful of teenage girls plus DS who never stops complaining rightfully that his razors are all blunt and full of hair.)

Some of their fondest childhood memories involve being deposited outside in the cold American midwest winter while they tried to remember what it was that was so important they had to try to scream the house down about it.

When all the downstairs floorspace is instantly covered with bags, shoes, hats and jackets when they get home from school.

When they get through the better part of a whole sliced loaf making lunch for themselves every day.

When three or four more in your house makes no difference, and when you think it's awfully quiet when one is away but you still have way more than the average number of children underfoot.

When you get really, really good at packing for holidays because the alternative is to rent a truck, but you still manage to look like a family heading off on the Oregon Trail when you attempt to go to the zoo, and when you get there you spend your whole day counting one-two-three-four---[panic]--five. But you only go to the zoo (or anywhere else) on free days when attractions are jammed so the constant headcount is very necessary. And when the thought of taking them all to the beach brings you out in hives.

You know far too many songs learned from watching children's TV and films over the years and you can recite Beatrix Potter books from memory if someone starts you off.

When you realise that your youngest child's friends are all only children and you wonder what she is trying to tell you.

thereisalightanditnevergoesout Wed 31-Aug-11 07:51:28

mathanxiety - that made me laugh so much. It sounds so much like our house!

thereisalightanditnevergoesout Wed 31-Aug-11 07:54:38

zzzzz - yeah the comments from other people are tiresome. I read a quote on here a while ago and it still makes me chuckle. It goes something like this:

'You've got your hands full - you must like children'

'No, I just like drunken, irresponsible sex'. I can't remember who said it but I think it left the other person speechless.

misdee Wed 31-Aug-11 08:08:17


last night i catered for everyone being in. and huge amounts too, so when dd1+3 asked to have tea at neighbours houses, i said no. cos there would be huge fights over leftovers.

when de-nitting everyone takes all night and is like a canvayor belt.

when one of the children gets worms, and the pharmacist automatically gives you the liquid suspension as its cheaper than the tablet due to the size of your family.

aStarInStrangeways Wed 31-Aug-11 08:26:24

Pacific i have a friend from middlesbrough who is the eldest of three very rambunctious boys. he once fondly recounted the story of the three of them being dumped outside in the snow, in their pyjamas, by their dad after playing '6am obstacle course' once too often.

TheOriginalFAB Wed 31-Aug-11 08:48:14

In answer to the person who said it is nice to read positive stuff instead of people moaning how hard it was/is, I love all my children but I do find it hard for many reasons, not least because I have MH. It doesn't make us bad, it makes me sad.

Debs75 Wed 31-Aug-11 08:50:45

Mine love being outside I think that punishment would delight them.

How is washing socks so damn hard. I need a system where the socks make it in and out of the washing machine and are then ready to be paired up with out losing any. Am I asking for a miracle?

ThreeSugars Wed 31-Aug-11 09:18:10

When you have an awesome pair of National Geographic breasts -- you know, the ones where you can put your baby up on your back in a sling and breastfeed them while they're there smile
(written while breastfeeding the newest addition who joined our family 2 weeks ago)

Lizkin Wed 31-Aug-11 11:17:46

Hi - is this a possible solution to the sock thing?

CardyMow Wed 31-Aug-11 11:29:35

Going round mad mates on Friday - we're going to order the entire chinese menu, as there will be <<Quick count>> Me and my mate, all 10 of her dc, all 4 of mine, and her DGS...17 people! grin

bonkers20 Wed 31-Aug-11 11:47:05

Lizkin Looks like a bit like a newly opened condom - although one which would provide little protection I hasten to add! Shudder at the thought of anyone who would need 500 of these!

TheOriginalFAB Wed 31-Aug-11 11:52:26

What about a lingerie wash bag for the socks? I washed all dd's new school socks in one the other day and it worked well.

Debs75 Wed 31-Aug-11 14:23:43

Lizkin Thankyou they sound great, will be ordering a few dozen of them.

TheoriginalFAB I have tried a laundrybag but someone always forgets to put their socks in

ragged Wed 31-Aug-11 14:30:45

I safety pin pairs of socks together. Pins kept on the belt loops of my unfashionable jeans wink. Not foolproof, but mostly I don't lose pairs or find one clogging up the drainage in the washing machine. smile. I have more trouble keeping straight whose pants are whose...

Gawd, I am a social pariah today, no one wants to come around to play strangely enough & we dare not go out: DC2 has had a very nasty vomitting bug & we are in lockdown until I find out if it's passed to anybody else. Ultra-hand-washing paranoia!

Oh, FAB, I do find it very hard most days lately sometimes, and that is without any particular health, mental or otherwise, issues. And 4 NT children... Whenever somebody says to me 'I don't know how you do it' 'I admire you so' I don't know what to answer as I feel I am just doing what needs to be done. What choice have I got: I wanted a larger family, I was lucky enough to get the size of family I'd dreamt of, now I look after them as best I can.
And reading about people in the same/similar or even bigger boat wink helps no end.

<<spays anti-bac in ragged's direction>>

Peachy Wed 31-Aug-11 19:55:42

We just pint somewhere in teh middle distance andd shout 'Oi boys!' when they play up (four boys)

When you call to check on an ear appointment and take ten minutes working out the date fo birth, give up and have to ask DH to find the birth certificate blush

Peachy Wed 31-Aug-11 19:58:14

'You can only figure out which baby is in the baby photos by reference to clues in the background.



So true! DH spent ages telling the boys a pic was of ds1, er no DH it's got the wrong sofa in it.

Twoa re at Mum's for a few days though and it's horribly quiet! None fo mine are really NT so heaven only knows how many i'd have liked if they ahd been- Nan stopped at 16 (I know dh would have run long before LOL)

Peachy Wed 31-Aug-11 20:01:56

We also have the sock box phenomenon.

Next year all four will be at different schools- 2 different primaries, 2 different comps- all with different uniform colours. I am dreading it!

Talkforbritain Wed 31-Aug-11 20:24:18

The q for the bathroom goes in order of age with youngest 1st. There's only so long I can hold it in with this poor weak pelvic floor!!!

fidelma Wed 31-Aug-11 20:28:36

When ds goes to school with odd shoes on.I didn't even notice until he came home LOL!

Talkforbritain Wed 31-Aug-11 20:30:53

I always put socks one inside the other as they come off the child. I then wash them this way too so they always come out of the machine together. They both get just as clean as washing separately.

queenmaeve Wed 31-Aug-11 20:40:26

I don't think I've ever laughed as much at any thread!
Mathanxiety that is hilarious and peachy that is so true about the pictures!

I think the glaring porblem is the sock one. Whoever solves it for large families will be a millionaire I tell you grin

AandRMum Wed 31-Aug-11 20:44:25

loudlass lol at the stone in the handbag - I am never without one!

Shoshe Wed 31-Aug-11 20:54:58

I can do the different decades.

DS1 in the 70's
DS2 in the 80's
DD in the 90's
A lot of M/C's in each decade, final M/C in 2000.

misdee Wed 31-Aug-11 21:10:30

i have just been on FB asking the best place to buy plain white socks in bulk. blush

am fed up with pairing up socks. the girls have to have white socks for school.

jugglingwiththreeshoes Wed 31-Aug-11 21:26:44

Shoshe That's quite a spread. I'm sorry to hear you lost your millenium baby and for the other M/C's sad

When you master the Dark Art of helping DS1 with his homework while DS3 is trying to climb on your lap while you are feeding DS4 and DS2 is shouting to get his bum wiped (don't ask, he is 7, but has bum issoos hmm)

When your 18 month old DS4 manages to do a face plant onto hard, hard pavement with you standing right there, because you are distracted by the other 3 trying to commit suicide by looking like they are going to run across the road <<and breathe>> sad

I must not really have a Large Family because I just don't care about socks all that much grin.

And yy to the photo thing: all my babies look the same AND they have worn the same outfits over and over, so the only way to identify them on some photos is by accessories: "I only got those glasses in 2004 so that cannot be DS1" "We decorated the living room in that colour in 2008 so that must DS3" etc grin.

And stones, sticks, dead bees hmm, seashells, conkers (last years!), pinecones seem to just appear whereever DS3 happens to be... Today I found a Fruitshoot [sic] top, an mercifully empty nappybag and a.... large stone in the pocket of my work jacket.

RandomMess Wed 31-Aug-11 21:47:10

I get excited about winter uniform, I have all dds so they can wear tights and they have age labels in, cuts down on the sock nightmare grin

Our youngest 2 we can't tell apart in photos, thankfully lots have dates on them but apart from that we work it out from how old dd2 looks blush

4madboys Wed 31-Aug-11 23:04:48

lol to the photo thing, we moved house 5 times in 5 year when the yougest three were little and that is how we tell which baby is which!

and i am ashamed to say we have soo many pics of ds1 its untrue and then gradually less for the next two and then we got a digital camera, so have more pics but they are all on the pc and we never get around to printing any out!

clothes have been passed down throuhg all 5, today dd was wearing a fleece jacket i bought for £5 in tescos for ds1 so its 12yrs old and still looks new as fleece washes up briliantly, she did have on a rar ra skirt, silver tights and gap top tho underneath!! i have to dress her up being my only girl, she is my little doll blush but she does where the boys old clothes as well.

anyway my tale today of having too many kids, met up with a friend and her three at thetford forest, LOTS of play equipment and it was very busy, kids dashing off here and there, bit of a communication error in that dp thought I was watching ds4, i thought he was watching him.......... so when we met up (having gone off with diff kids to diff bits of play equipment) he said 'where is rudi' .............. ooops took us over ten mins to find him! and he had actually been missing for at least 15mins before then but we didnt realise blush anyway he was fine, playing on a climbing wall without a care in the world, not bothered that he didnt know where we were! he is three and fearless.... we did a LOT of headcounts from that point onwards for the rest of the day!

Iamseeingstars Thu 01-Sep-11 02:42:41

This has really made me smile

mine is when the kids have the dress up day for history lessons and you relax becuase you have kept the costume you brought for the other dc to wear so you know which year they be studying what at primary

Luckily DD prefers boys costumes

Tanya28 Thu 01-Sep-11 06:51:11

Fantastic thread made me feel not so alone with ds11, ds9, dd 17 weeks , dsd11, dsd6, dss3' and 10 weeks pg smile

deemented Thu 01-Sep-11 07:26:35

When you have a huge memory box for your PFB, with everything in it including his first fart, a slightly smaller one by the time it's DC3, and DC4 doesn't get one at all. You know you puut his hospital band somewhere...

largeginandtonic Thu 01-Sep-11 08:45:33

Tanya you have a 17 week old baby and are 10 weeks pregnant?! < faints >

I like the sock idea of pairing them inside each other. I went ballistic the other day when dressing ds5 as i couldn't find his other sock to put on. I knew i had bought down a matching pair. He had put 2 on one foot! He knew and was laughing at me...

We have sock inventory days. Everyone brings them down and we sort through them. I am a bit twitchy about matching socks.

Ragged hope the bug has not spread. A D&V bug is our worst nightmare in this house. Bring on the bleach and antibac!

ThisIsYourSong Thu 01-Sep-11 10:13:43

When the council come around and accuse you of running an illegal nursery as reported by one of the neighbours. Actually happened to my SIL - her response was 'but I have five of my own.... why would I want any more?'

CardyMow Thu 01-Sep-11 10:33:20

<<THUNK>> I think I'd be gibbering in a corner if I had a 17 week old baby and was 10 weeks pregnant! I wouldn't have gone NEAR a man that soon after having a baby! Congratulations!

CardyMow Thu 01-Sep-11 10:36:36

And Ragged - you can keep the D&V cheers. Mine came down with it one after another over the Christmas hols / New year - when I was 8mo pg. DD had it just before Christmas and was ill for 3 days. DS2 had it from 27th Dec for 5 days. Then DS1 came down with it and was so bad he was in hospital for 3 days after he'd already been being sick and not keeping anything down for 5 days before that! Then I got it when I was a week before my Due date.

If ANYONE gives me D&V this year, I shall hunt them down! grin

Jenstar21 Thu 01-Sep-11 10:38:28

Wow! Great stories. smile Just the one here (and probably will remain that way!) but my parents are from big families, and sometimes I feel bad that DD will likely be our one and only.

I'm one of 3, and that was enough, but my Mum always called us by each others names, and yes, as the oldest, there are considerably more photos of me as a baby!

Mum had 5 brothers, and Dad is one of 9. I once counted up that if we were to get married, I would have 54 family members - aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents!

queenmaeve Thu 01-Sep-11 12:21:56

d&v is without douby the worst thing that can happen to a big family. It demands a huge ammount of kitchen roll, buckets of cleaning spray, 10 loads of washing a day and you can't even get sick yourself!

peacemoon Thu 01-Sep-11 14:11:50

Just hung out the washing and there were 22 pairs of socks (note I said pairs!) so that takes up 44 pegs not including the rest of the washing. So I would say you know you have too many when you need a large bucket to keep your clothes pegs in!

syskywalker Thu 01-Sep-11 15:08:49

Haha, I only have 3 n agree on the socks never making it to the drawer, the stones, wipes ect in bag, except sticky stuff im very carefull there now, lol. but people are still asking if we having another, but maybe that s cos its a catholic school they go to, lol. We do believe in contraception just dont always work, lol.

but i should probably add the if you are embarrassed to admit you are having another, lol.

syskywalker Thu 01-Sep-11 15:09:41

@peacemoon, get sock hanger things so they dont take up all the pegs n line, lol.

saladfingers Thu 01-Sep-11 16:45:34

I have 2 DDs and 2DSs. (last 3 babies in 29months and not twins)
I dress them all in orange tshirts on days out(incl DP) so that i can keep track of them.People think we're on a school trip and are often referred to as 'Team Orange' it has started to catch on and on a recent holiday 2 grandparents and BIL/SIL also joined in.
My DDs were born at exactly the same time of day 4:03am
My DSs were also born at the same time 2:57am
That is 4 nights sleep i never caught up!
When we came home from hospital with DC4 we found a new flat screen TV in our living room from MIL. She normally buys a cot/carseat. We got the message!

4madboys Thu 01-Sep-11 17:25:23

two of my boys got d&v over xmas, nightmare with a newborn AND our water was cut off at one point for repairs, so when ds2 shat himself in his sleep i went to shower him down... no water, ihad to use babywipes, omg it was horrendous!

i have just survived a trip to the supermarket with the youngest 4 and having to traipse round to three different pharmacies to find one with my prescription in stock, i could have wept. on a grin point, sainsbury's had a sale on kids clothes, got dd a cute swimsuit and some shorts she can wear with tights grin

westie04 Thu 01-Sep-11 18:22:17

OMG i love all these and they applie to me and even worst when my 2 grandchildren are down lol ;)

Debs75 Thu 01-Sep-11 18:39:45

Do any of you have picky eaters. My eldest is a nightmare, as is her dad so I often do 3 variants of the meal to suit everybody

4madboys Thu 01-Sep-11 18:40:44

re baby books, ds1's is full to bursting point, ds2 i filled it in but nowhere near as well, ds3 bought one and filled in one page, ds4 and dd didnt even buy one blush

i do however have their hospital braclets and ds4 and dd belly button clamps/stumps are sat in the kitchen windowsill!

HarrietJones Thu 01-Sep-11 18:51:15

I'm only up to three dds but identifying with the socks and moving onto large pans. Just used a full bag of pasta for 5 of us for tea,

You lot are probably the people to ask about dc4. We have 3 bed rooms.Not high enough for bunks. One bathroom. Are we mad to consider it?

deemented Thu 01-Sep-11 18:58:29

When you go on a day out and dress them all the same, so that if one gets lost you can say 'He's wearing that'

4madboys Thu 01-Sep-11 19:02:08

we have three bedrooms, one bathroom and 5 kids! we do have bunks in two rooms tho, you can get shorty ones and there is a website linked on this thread that makes bunks specifically for those with houses with low ceilings, the bottom bed is essentially on the floor, they look good smile

go for it grin

RandomMess Thu 01-Sep-11 19:05:26

Harriet how low are your ceilings?

We have a 60's house and normal bunks are fine, or there is an inexpesive place that makes them to order so you could have the lowest bunk on the floor or virtually on the floor (although that storage space underneath is very useful)

I kept my youngest 2 in cots with the side taken off for years grin

HarrietJones Thu 01-Sep-11 19:58:08

Thanks. Two bedrooms are in loft space (sort of) highest bit is 6ft but it's not the same everywhere ( v old slopy house!). One bedroom currently has a 4ft 6 futon in it & is pretty much full. Would need to do some fancy juggling of beds!

niclon26 Thu 01-Sep-11 20:46:14

How true.I have 5 children and have been reading the list to my older 2 children and we've all been giggling.
Another few I'll add are:
When people ask if that's your lot now.
When I find myself counting children when we are all out.
When food shopping is my biggest expense.
When I get so much love back from them every day it makes me feel so proud that I could burst.

westie04 Thu 01-Sep-11 20:47:20

i have:-
DD1 1989 21yrs
DD2 1993 18yrs
DS1 2003 8yrs
DD3 2005 5yrs
DD4 2011 2.5yrs

When dd4 is laughing in the kitchen as she unloads the washing machine and loads it into the dryer (that she has allready emptied onto kitchen table) and is saying ha ha i beat mummy to it lol

when you think to yourself can you have anymore as this would mean your next dc would be younger than their neice and nephew

when ur dd2 takes her sister out dd4 and gets asked if shes hers

when u ask dc friends around for play dates to get some peace n quiet, yes it works as the children are occupied with their own friends to worry about tormenting their brother/sisters

Debs, to my total bafflement DS4 Will Not Touch Vegetable/Fruit Matter At All confused. Seems to be against his religious convictions or human rights or summat.
This is after 3 DSs who pretty much hoover up anything I give them with very few, easily avoided exceptions such as anchovies and courgettes for instance.
I am not aware that I have done anything different with him re weaning than any of the others...
Today we were collecting blackberries and I got all excited when DS4 took one out of my hand, put is to his mouth, touched it with his lips shock... and then fed it to DS3 grin.

No child has ever starved in the presence of food.
No child has ever starved in the presence of food.
No child has ever starved in the presence of food.
No child as ever starved out of stubborness either grin.

When DS1 and DS2 aged 8 and 7 are totally left to do their homework on their own, because mum is wrestling Unreasonable Toddlers.

<<necks back some gin>>

Oh, Harriet, deffo 4, you can't beat the symmetry of an even number wink.

One of the reasons that there will not be a Nr5 is this house is that that would necessitate the production of a Nr6 grin.

HarrietJones Thu 01-Sep-11 21:16:05


queenmaeve Thu 01-Sep-11 21:28:47

Honestly Harriet you won't even notice a fourth! Sure they get far easier with each one.

RandomMess Thu 01-Sep-11 21:29:53

Harriet I guess you will have to go up to one of the roof rooms!

Harriet, 'you won't notice the fourth' - Ha!! That lie line was fed to me too wink

RandomMess Thu 01-Sep-11 21:52:14

I didn't notice my fourth she just slotted in until she started walking she is the-- naughtiest yet

NeedaCostume Thu 01-Sep-11 22:27:41

Fantastic thread, thanks. I am only up to page 5 but great reading so far.

Like Harriet I am considering TTC no. 4 so all this is very educational.

HarrietJones Thu 01-Sep-11 22:31:39

I survived dd2 as a single parent. I can survive anything!

notdesigner Thu 01-Sep-11 23:05:23

Re overpriced family days out - We thought we were onto a great deal at the local swimming pool when a family ticket for the 6 of us was only £10. Got this deal a few times until the last time we went and the cashier was standing up and noticed our twins (6) who were not visible if the cashier was sitting down, got charged £16 this time!

queenmaeve Fri 02-Sep-11 10:50:01

harriet and needacostume go on go for it!!! get drunk tonight and report back in a months time grin

HarrietJones Fri 02-Sep-11 10:54:25

Between a clingy dd3 & a smoke alarm last night wouldn't have been the night!

Give me a year !

queenmaeve Fri 02-Sep-11 13:05:07


hoochymama1 Fri 02-Sep-11 16:12:32

queenmaeve that blog is SO lovely we have 4 now teens and DH and I were falling about laughing!

queenmaeve Fri 02-Sep-11 16:48:20

Thanks hoochymama, good to know you got a laugh! grin

queenmaeve Fri 02-Sep-11 19:23:26

Do you all think your dc have got more outgoing (cheeky) with each one or have you become more laid back with each one?
My last is a little terror. I dont know if its my parenting or she' s watching the older ones.

CardyMow Fri 02-Sep-11 19:41:06

I DO know that 7mo DS3 is ALREADY pulling himself up on the furniture. Very un-funny. Not interested in crawling when he can pull himself up.hmm

naturalbaby Fri 02-Sep-11 21:55:48

please stop with the symmetry of an even number! i do not need another baby do i?!?

CardyMow Fri 02-Sep-11 21:57:12

As they say on Good Luck Charlie (anyone with dc that watch Disney channel will know what I'm on about) - Three is for quitters. grin

Ellie4 Fri 02-Sep-11 22:01:26

I've been following this thread and come to the conclusion that you have too many children when... you have issues with socks in your house.

RandomMess Fri 02-Sep-11 22:02:56

If it helps my 4th didn't walk until she was 17 months, it was a doodle. Slept thru the night from a couple of weeks old 7ish til 7ish. Did pick up put down at 5 days old blush but meant I could put her in the cot awake and went to sleep from a week old. She napped in the travel cot most days so we could take her anywhere and put her in a travel cot and she would nap.

Takes until the 4th until you've learnt the tricks of the trade.

Def my cheekiest confused

My Nr4 (18 months) is by far the livest/cheekiest/most hard work or the lot. I am sure he thinks he is.... oh, at least 5 or so and demands to have everything that everybody else is getting or doing.
He is certainly challenging whatever tricks of the trade I thought I knew <<exhausted>>

mathanxiety Sat 03-Sep-11 02:23:25

Pacific, my 4th was positively the most challenging baby and toddler I have ever encountered. She was the screechiest, least sleepy baby you could ever hope not to have. She slept through the night at the grand old age of 2.5. Made me determined to have another and perhaps (finally) get it right smile

Sophieandboys Sat 03-Sep-11 08:56:46

1. When parenting is more like crowd control and you know you would have have had more experience at controlling riots that the Metropollitan Police!
2. When you find and odd sock if every single room of your house
3. When everyone's clothes merge and you find your 8 year old ds wearing age 3-4 pants
4. When you know it's only a matter of time before you leave someone somewhere
5. When you seriously consider employing a diary secretary to manage party invites, football and rugby fixtures!
6. When you've just had an extension and you find yourself telling your husband that the new utility room has transformed your life (when did I become so sad?!)
7. When you're on maternity leave with number 4 remembering the good old days with ds1 when maternity leave was only 18 weeks!

HarrietJones Sat 03-Sep-11 10:01:45

Dd1 mat leave was only that. I've loved my year off this time!

queenmaeve Sat 03-Sep-11 12:41:12

Sophie you've hit the nail on the head!

Debs75 Sat 03-Sep-11 15:46:21

DD1, 15 has been asked if DD2, 2 or dd3,1 was hers on many occasion. She does look older then her years but she is mortified if people suggest it.
Her granny had the opposite problem, she had dh at 15 and was asked by school to send his mum in to parents night!

queenmaeve Sat 03-Sep-11 20:34:13

Oh Debs that is so funny! grin

BeckyLK Sun 04-Sep-11 22:46:52

I feel like I now have permission to try and pair up all the odd socks every few weeks then bin the odd ones grin

I only have three dc, ds7 and twin dd 5 but half an airing cupboard of unloved odd socks!

Definitely finished though SPD with the twins and I am not going there again odd numbers or not sad

Yellowstone Sun 04-Sep-11 23:40:29

naturalbaby symmetry with even numbers and gender is best (four girls, four boys - but arguably with a deficiency of pattern).

mathanxiety Sun 04-Sep-11 23:44:48

What if you have 4 DDs and your one DS eats enough for 4?

Yellowstone Sun 04-Sep-11 23:50:27

Nope, won't do.

Dingbat Tue 06-Sep-11 20:27:42

24 pints of milk a week.... luxury. I had to tell mine to stop drinking so much and I've got it down to 90 - 100 per week. There is a special fridge for it in the garage. The checkout staff at the nearest Sainsbury's know you by name and the kids as I often send them up to the deli counter to see if there is an offer on cheddar for my 2kg per week....

naturalbaby Thu 08-Sep-11 09:52:41

i can't see a 4th dc when 3 is such unbelievably hard work sad

how on earth do you all do it?!?

Debs75 Thu 08-Sep-11 10:45:53

Math I have 3dd's and my ds does eat enough for 4

lustybusty Mon 28-Jan-13 20:24:40

Can I be the one to solve the sock problem....? Either buy a colour per size (size 3-6 red, 6-12 blue etc etc) or stitch a coloured cross into the toe of ABSOLUTELY IDENTICAL socks (so only ever buy Tesco/primark plain black socks in whatever size, then size 3-6 red cross etc etc)
That way, (especially the second) it doesn't even matter if you end up throwing odd ones, coz you know that they are, for example, dhs size 7-11 (green cross) tescos black socks. And it saves buying new blue socks for youngest ds, even though there are perfectly functionable pink ones left from dd!!
Hope to help you sock freaks maniacs lovers! grin

amazingmumof6 Thu 31-Jan-13 21:42:05

brilliant thread, very much the same here on most things, but people still keep asking if we'll have more - so I guess 6 is not enough...grin

amazingmumof6 Thu 31-Jan-13 21:47:45

when you are planning to have a bath filled champagne the day your youngest goes to school and you can have the whole house and 5 hours to yourself - without having to beg or pay someone to look after any of them!

Sept 2016 is not that far away!grin

(unless number 7 happens...)

missorinoco Thu 31-Jan-13 21:49:44

I also call my children by number, and I only have three. blush

When you turn on Outnumbered, which everyone tells you is hilarious, but can't watch it because it feels too much like normal life.

amazingmumof6 Thu 31-Jan-13 21:52:35

oops, I meant a bath filled WITH Champagne!

amazingmumof6 Thu 31-Jan-13 22:44:46

when you have a shower and you get dressed straight from the tumble drier!

when you store clean clothes in the playpen and you have a dream that you chuck the kids in one by one and they swim around till they emerge fully clothed

when playing in the garden/going for a walk means you have to do at least one extra load of washing

when you want a swimming pool to bath them in or a jacuzzi at least.

when you fantasize about them all get married on the same day to avoid having to invite 80% of the people attending several times over
and you fantasize that they will get married to your friends kids' - same number of kids, but opposite sex, and the order is matching too!

when you want to "sort" the toys buy hiring a skip

when you stubbornly order yet another set of name tags for kid number 4, 5 , 6 but ending up using a permanent marker and write your surname only into every single item of school uniform, shoes, etc

when your DS5 goes to school and wears a school tie with DS1's name in it

when you are treated as a local celebrity at your school, and even total strangers come up to you and call you by your name!

when you realize that you are the only parent left at your kid's school, who still remembers the previous head's name over a decade ago!

when you need 2 fridges

when you have a 10-persons tent

when you just can't remember what it really was like before you had kids.

when having a trolley full of food is a quick shop

when going to the gp/ A&E is a weekly event and you question why they can't just reserve an hourly slot every Friday morning

when you've been wearing maternity/nursing bras so long a normal one looks wrong

when renewing passports puts a major dent in your budget.

when you go into labour and most midwives remember you! and you recognize them too..

amazingmumof6 Fri 01-Feb-13 14:11:36

when you can never ever say you feel unwell without some idiot going - "oooh are you pregnant?" grrrrr

MerryCouthyMows Thu 14-Feb-13 04:00:00

I've got to add a few new ones to this thread now DS3 is 2yo. (Was CardyMow).

When your 9yo comes downstairs and asks if you should have tumble dried his pants, as they have shrunk so much they are squeezing his heart out of his mouth. You look very confused until you twig that he has a pair of your DS3's age 18-24 month pants on. And then you look even more confused wondering how the hell he managed to actually pull up pants that were 8 sizes too small...

When the pan you use for cooking pasta or potatoes is actually a cauldron stock pot.

When cooking risotto necessitates TWO 32 inch frying pans.

When the lady in front of you in the supermarket queue asks if your DC is a fussy eater, as you have 3 bags of the same battered chicken pieces, and you look confused until you realise that your ONE dinner is about SIX dinners for her family...

When you have given up on clothes sizes, and find yourself telling your 9yo that he must be wearing his brother's school trousers because they are puddling over his shoes. You briefly consider going home to get him changed, then <<Shrug>> and tell him to check the labels better in the morning.

When you look at your DC's, and realise that DS1 is wearing what appears to be a crop top instead of a polo shirt, your DS2 appears to be wearing a dress instead of a polo shirt, and you herd them into the loo at school to swap polo shirts...

And still, the socks, goddammit the SOCKS.

I am drowning in a tide of odd socks. Especially now that DD, DS1 AND DS2 ALL have to wear plain black socks. And DS1 is only one shoe size smaller than DD. AND DS1 is also freaked out to the point of panic attacks at the thought of wearing anyone else's socks. Three sets of black socks, two sets in 4-7, one in 12.5-3.5. In around a month, DS2 will ALSO be in the sane sock size.

At which point, I will start to commit sockicide by buying a shredder and feeding every bastard sock into it.

And I will derive great pleasure from doing so.

Though I HAVE found a use for the never to be matched again odd socks. We DO use the shredder, shred them, and use them as hamster bedding.

I find solace in seeing the hamster pee on the remains of yet another odd sock.

<<Very weird by now...>>

CheerfulYank Thu 14-Feb-13 04:24:14

Sadly, I am looking forward to all this. I have one and one on the way but I desperately want five... smile

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Thu 14-Feb-13 04:34:09

Ha, Cheerful, I said that when I was pregnant with #2 as well.

...There is still no #3 on the way. Turns out my first child was extraordinarily easy, and there was me thinking I was just a great parent.

CheerfulYank Thu 14-Feb-13 14:49:00

That's my fear! smile Of course I am given to just doing things on a whim...

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