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So how many children have you got? Who's got the most?

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Disenchanted Thu 27-Mar-08 11:41:08


I wonder who has the most children on here

suzywong Thu 27-Mar-08 11:54:31

yes, what is the benchmark? What's the criterion?
do the five-childed look down upon the merely four-childed?
how does it work?

Nemoandthefishes Thu 27-Mar-08 11:56:44

I have 3 want a no.4 but would say I have 5 if you count dh..he accounts for at least 2 toddlers in behaviourhmm

pedilia Thu 27-Mar-08 11:57:49

This thread was done recenlty and I am sure there is someonw here with 9 but can't remember any names

sugarpear Thu 27-Mar-08 11:59:18

6 here

lisalisa Thu 27-Mar-08 12:01:25

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Disenchanted Thu 27-Mar-08 12:26:23

Anyone read 'call the midvies'?

Theres a lady in that book (true story about midwiffery in the 1950's) and she had 25 children by 40! shock

The 25th was born prematurely and surrvived by staying between its mothers breasts and having breastmilk from a spoon every 30 minutes!

Disenchanted Thu 27-Mar-08 12:26:55

midwives that was supposed to be obviously!

Lulumama Thu 27-Mar-08 12:41:47

i;ve read it, that story made me weep!

i think Juuule has 8 or 9 DCs

i have 2

and that is the way it is going to stay !

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Thu 27-Mar-08 12:42:35

juule has 9. I'm sure someone else has 8. Largegin&tonic was talking about no. 7 earlier. A surprising number have 6.

I'm just a poor relation. No. 4 not due for another 8 weeks grin (and it's my last).

Disenchanted Thu 27-Mar-08 12:47:53

I think I want 5.

Lord knows why but I do.

Immaculateconception Thu 27-Mar-08 12:51:00

4 kids here

NeverSayNever Thu 27-Mar-08 12:54:22

7 but not all at home and 1 of them I inherited from Dh, my lovely Dsd, who lives with us.

brimfull Thu 27-Mar-08 12:54:25

Not a mumsnetter (well I don't think she is?) but a woman in our town has 17 children,they all look very similar.Last were twins about 2 months ago.shock

magnolia74 Thu 27-Mar-08 13:15:16

5 smile
A lottery win would mean more though grin

BellaDonna79 Thu 27-Mar-08 14:13:45

I have 5 but I had them all in under 4 years though smile
Would like another couple in about 10 years I think...

AlwaysTheMummy Thu 27-Mar-08 14:34:49

Hubby and me have 2 together but he also has 2 from prev relationship, they live with their mum although we see them very regularly xx

lisalisa Thu 27-Mar-08 14:37:59

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Scotia Thu 27-Mar-08 14:38:32

I've got five -

dd1 - 25
dd2 - 22
dd3 - 21
dd4 - 17
ds - 4

pedilia Thu 27-Mar-08 16:09:54


She must have been pregnant for all of her adult life! what size house does she live in?

3NAB Thu 27-Mar-08 16:26:22

I have been wondering about asking who had the most for ages. How much are we up too?

mrbojangles Thu 27-Mar-08 16:34:17

Just a small 4 here

juuule Thu 27-Mar-08 19:38:01

This always makes my jaw drop -

"The mother who gave birth to the most children was the wife of Russian Feodor Vassilyev. Her 69 children included 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets."

From the Guinness Book of Records.

shock shock

I have a mere 9.

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Thu 27-Mar-08 20:03:00

Just another 61 to go for the record then juule? grin

M. Vassilyev never had a singleton birth shock in 27 pregnancies. Do you think her pelvic floor held up...?

juuule Thu 27-Mar-08 20:15:06

Do you think she was upset that she didn't make it to a nice, even 70?
Bit of an uneven number 69, isn't it?wink

pedilia Thu 27-Mar-08 20:41:50

69 shockshock

that is crazy, how would you even remember their names??

suedonim Thu 27-Mar-08 20:43:31

I have a mere four dc so def not the person with the most. When I was at junior school we were making graphs in maths to show the size of our families. The teacher asked a new girl in the class how many siblings she had and she promptly burst into tears, which astonished us all. But not as much as discovering that she was one of 16 children! Some of the older children had a couple of their own children before the youngest siblings were even born.

abigaillockhart Thu 27-Mar-08 20:45:23

Am shock and a little bit envy at how many of you have 4 or more. Just two here and a DH who is adamant he doesn't want more. sad

kittywise Thu 27-Mar-08 20:51:44

I have 6, when no.6 was born the eldest was 8.
Now he's 9 wink

Nighbynight Thu 27-Mar-08 20:53:30

4 here.

itfcbabe Thu 27-Mar-08 22:16:00

i have 6

boy 11
boy 10
girl 9
girl 7
boy 5
boy 3

JamSamBam Thu 27-Mar-08 22:25:05

well i only have 2..BUT...i have 2 every other weekedn ( making it 4) then 2 holiday visitors ( making it 6 for 4 weeks of the summer every year)!!! the two that come every summer are my neices, they are in boarding school in africa so they come over every summer to catch up with the family. then there is mother (living downstairs) and sister every other weekend ( when we are quiet!!) feels like a hotel here.

UniversallyChallenged Thu 27-Mar-08 22:29:47

5 here. It's the first time I have ever felt like Ive got a small family compared to some here!

PaulaYatesBiggestFan Thu 27-Mar-08 23:49:36

5 and expecting 6 smile

colacubes Fri 28-Mar-08 00:02:21

my gawd! 9, I have 2 and cant keep up with either, as for 61, wow, crazy, my grandad had 12 brothers and sisters, and my fil is one of 9.

juuule you must never sleep.

lisalisa Fri 28-Mar-08 13:10:24

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juuule Fri 28-Mar-08 16:53:05

Lisalisa - Tips? I'm hoping to pick some up myself as most of the time I tend to do the muddle-through and get on with it school of parenting.
Why 9? That's a heck of a question. Probably one that might get different answers on different days. Im, not sure. Part giving in to that broody feeling, part wanting my children to have each other after we're gone and hoping that if there's a few of them they should get on with one or two at least hmm, part that I like the bustle that goes on and how interesting they all are and how they bring a new dimension with each individual baby/child/young person. But maybe I'm just selfish. Why do people have children? Whether it's one, two or more? In fact, some days I ask the same question wink
Why have you had yours? No need to answer if you don't want to

kellyf Fri 28-Mar-08 19:13:55


i have 5,would have loved another one but i dont think my body could take any more lol!

chamaeleon Fri 28-Mar-08 19:23:04

i would love to see tea time in your house juuule, i only have 4 but its like a military operation getting them all fed. at breakfast time the 1st to get their cereal (has to be hot atm and all different of course so all have to be done individually) is usually asking for toast before the last has their 1st course, i sometimes wonder about installing a conveyor belt grin

3monkeys Fri 28-Mar-08 19:31:22

I would love more for the reason you have loads Juule! I love all the busy times, hate having nothing to do. Had to persuade DH to have 3 though, so no chance of number 4 although very broody!

Disenchanted Fri 28-Mar-08 19:34:37

Juule I bet your house is ace!

I want 5 but am having a struggle concieveing number 3!

tiredmumov4 Fri 28-Mar-08 19:56:14

4 under 7 here in a perfect world would keep goin but i think we are done at 4.

jes74 Fri 28-Mar-08 20:24:14

4dc here
and broody for no5!!
i think juuule has summed up well why i love having more, i just love living in chaosgrin

SniffyHock Fri 28-Mar-08 20:45:58

How on earth do you feed them all? And get them to brush their teeth?

I have nothing but admiration for all of you with large families. I have two and would sometimes LOVE to have more but I find it so hard keeping on top of washing, ironing, feeding and cleaning as it is. And that's before I start on puzzles and stories - what am I doing wrong????

dreamydowler Sat 29-Mar-08 12:06:54

I have 7 but watch with envy cheaper by the dozen lol Im sure Ill probably end up with 9

DragonFaerie Sat 29-Mar-08 12:20:10

4, would like more but won't be happening unless I run off with the postman or someone... grin

tulip31 Sat 29-Mar-08 13:40:24

4 here, all boys 10, 8, 3 and 7mths. Would love more but dh adament that this is it, so I 'borrow' others - i'm a childminder, so at max I have 8 (including mine of course!)

Mamazon Sat 29-Mar-08 13:41:37

I wont allow my mum to join but if she did i wold imagine she could be in teh running. im eldest of 10.

preggersagain Sat 29-Mar-08 13:47:38

5 here, plus 3 step dc's from time to time when they decide to visit

dts1- 4.5
dts2- 4.5
dd1- 18mo
dtd2- 3mo
dtd3- 3mo

dsd- 13
dss1- 26
dss2- 23

plus dh counts as a child half the time grin

miniandme Sat 29-Mar-08 17:18:23

Weve got 5
DS1 whos 12
DS2 whos 10 next month
DD whos 5 and then
DT'S who are boy and girl at 11 weeks
Busy house hodl but absolutely worth every minute of it,got out first night out last night since the twins were born and i was desparate for them all to come back home so we were all back together under one roof-even with a hangover !!

rosebury Sat 29-Mar-08 20:15:18

Scotia we are similar i have

and 13wks pregnant due in October this thread has made me laugh and wonder who has the largest age gap?

Tiggiwinkle Sat 29-Mar-08 21:28:34

I have 5-

DS1 26
DS2 25
DS3 19
DS4 14
DS5 9

PutThatInYourPipeandSmokeIt Sat 29-Mar-08 21:34:02

Good lord - how do you all cope with so many pregancies?? I'm on my 2nd and did want 3 but am positively dying with this one. I am seriously wondering how you mange to do it 4, 5, 6 or more times..... were they all easy ones or something????

pukka Sat 29-Mar-08 21:37:57

in rl, we are amongst the largest families around. we have three children. shock
i know of two familes with five kids, but the are seen as almost, but not quite abnormal. shock
i sometimes want to laugh when i hear about people complaining about getting something done when they have one child, and one baby! and how hard it is!

Tiggiwinkle Sat 29-Mar-08 21:56:12

Putthat-Mine were definitely not all easy pregnancies! I had pre-eclampsia with DS1; DS3 was born at 32 weeks after premature rupture of membranes; DS4 was born at 34 weeks for the same reason. I had all kinds of problems with DS5, the main one being that my platelet level dropped to dangerous levels and I was in and out of hospital with that. But I still loved being pregnant!

anynamewilldo Sun 30-Mar-08 17:49:57

I have 4, and 33 weeks pg with number 5.

dd1 9yrs
dd2 7yrs
ds 4yrs
dd3 13mths

liahgen Sun 30-Mar-08 22:55:46

5 here

dd1 13yrs
ds1 10 yrs
ds2 4 and half
dd2 nearly 3
dd3 10 mths

ttc no. 6!!

WendyWeber Sun 30-Mar-08 22:58:38

Just 4 in our family:

DD1 26
DD2 23
DS1 19
DS2 15

(actually DC1,2 & 3 are 25, 22 & 14, but all 3 birthdays are due in the next 3 weeks)

Only DS2 is still living at home currently - the space and peace are blissful smile

FairyMum Sun 30-Mar-08 23:05:40

I have got 3 and will have 4 on Friday.

DD 9
DS 6
DS 6
expecting DD

I understand mine is a small family compared to some. I am in awe of people with 5+

sarah293 Mon 31-Mar-08 16:51:20

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PaulaYatesBiggestFan Mon 31-Mar-08 16:57:44

so juule still winning!

Idobelieveinfairies Tue 01-Apr-08 20:15:08

I have 8!..but kinda cheated with 2 sets of twins (was triplets but one didn't develop properly sad)

DD 15
DS 12
DS 10
DS 9
DS 7
DS 7
DD 3
DS 3

sarahmumof4 Sat 05-Apr-08 15:23:54

I have four children but i guess my chat name gives that away lol

ds1 5
ds2 3
dd1 nearly 2
ds3 11 months

MissPaulaYates Sat 05-Apr-08 15:24:51

i like the way people call their one child of a certain sex ds1 or dd1 rather than ds or dd

speaks volumes!

Oblomov Sat 05-Apr-08 15:31:39

So is Juuule, the winner?
I think of her when I think of football teams grin ?

MissPaulaYates Sat 05-Apr-08 15:43:14

i think she has a good mix of ds/dd

i am more the footie team variety ( sigh)

MissPaulaYates Sat 05-Apr-08 15:43:58

however juule is first followed by idobelieveinfaries

EmmaKn Tue 08-Apr-08 13:50:29

Daughters play football too

and is no-one worried about global warming- I've just heard the best thing we can do to combact the end of the planet is stick to 2 kids each and it does make sense

YAP Tue 08-Apr-08 14:01:42

Brave post, EmmaKn. I have only 2 kids but would love another. DH says we are too old at 40 and 44. There must be a few older mums and dads out there especially with some of the large age gaps.

hatrick Tue 08-Apr-08 14:07:25

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ggglmpp Tue 08-Apr-08 17:21:32

I have had 6 children and have a dss. Am too old for any more..... probably!

aGalChangedHerName Tue 08-Apr-08 17:26:02

I have 4 and won't be having anymore sad Unless of course the vasectomy fails (lives in hope)

ggg did you manage to get a hold of PI at all?

sarah131 Wed 09-Apr-08 21:48:22

Hi I am new here, I have 8 children and would love more. I have 1 girl she was first and then 7 boys their ages are 13, 11, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 28 weeks old

MeImAllSmiles Wed 09-Apr-08 23:26:12

I have 2 of my own, 5 steps (3 live full time - ages 8, two at 12, 15 and 16).

surprise Thu 10-Apr-08 14:46:05

How do you all afford so many children? It must cost an absolute fortune. I struggle to pay for my two let alone eight or nine!

narkymum Thu 10-Apr-08 15:57:23

I have nine
and have one due in september also one grandchild

juuule Thu 10-Apr-08 20:50:57

We have a new winner.
Narkymum - I hand you my crown. wink
And congrats on no10.
<juuule backs out with a sweeping bow>

branflake81 Fri 11-Apr-08 17:29:36

Narkymum - I'm in shock! Do tell us what it's like - are they all still at home? Who is due first, granchild or DC number 10?

MissPaulaYates Fri 11-Apr-08 17:35:20

wow sarah 131 did you know before they were born which gender they were ( i am fast on your heels btw)

narkymum ( love the name) well done you! need more details though! how old are you etc??? ( nosy emotion)

gggg you sound very unsure about whether or not you have finished child bearing wink

maggymay Sat 12-Apr-08 22:24:00

I have 9, 2 girls and 7 boys and I am well and truely finished smile have 5 grandchildren and another due in august my oldest daughter takes after me she now has 4 and is wanting more although she swears she will stop at 7.

narkymum Sun 13-Apr-08 18:38:12

gandchild first all at home except oldest pregnant one and one at uni

sparklesandnowinefor9months Sun 13-Apr-08 18:53:50

WOW narkymum! thats fab congrats smile

4 here with no5 on the way, think we may stop there though.....

narkymum Sun 13-Apr-08 18:57:15

when are you due

sparklesandnowinefor9months Sun 13-Apr-08 19:05:17

i'm due end of Oct

i really don't know how you you do it with 9!! i take my hat off to you, you must be an incredibly calm and organised person smile

kittywise Sun 13-Apr-08 22:06:19

I keep dreaming I'm pg with no 7. I think it's just something I have to get over hmm

Psychomum5 Sun 13-Apr-08 22:23:23

you know, I have been so busy the past few days I don;t know if I have actually posted on this threadblush......I have looked ofr me, but am now so high on painkillers (thanks to spring cleaning and climbing up n down cleaning windows/stripping and washing curtains and nets/stripping all the beds in one day AND getting them drygrinand <<smug>>) that I cant see if I have or not.....hmm

anyhoo......I know I am not the largest family by any means, but I DO however have fivegrin

DD1 14
DD2 12
DD3 9
DS1 7
DS2 5

purpleduck Sun 13-Apr-08 22:42:52

Did the girl burst into tears over all the colouring she would have to do???

We have 2
I am one of 5, and I loved having brothers and sisters. I wish I could give my dcs the same experience, but I truly don't believe I could have been a good mum to more.

Its too late now - dh has been snipped.

I really admire you all though

trioand3 Thu 17-Apr-08 21:15:27

(i have 6) triplets with my fourth pregnancy

gingeme Thu 17-Apr-08 21:32:43

Not sure if this counts but dh and I have 7 between us though 4 live with our respective ex partners.
However they are all boys smile
We have the three youngest at home
ds6-17 months
ds7-3 months

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