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I have five children AMA

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JacintaJones · 12/07/2018 19:33

Ask me anything 😊

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ratbaggy · 12/07/2018 19:47

How many hours sleep do you get each night?

JacintaJones · 12/07/2018 19:49

About 6.5-7 on average.
Bed at midnight up at 6.30 or thereabouts.

Perhaps 10 one night a week when OH leaves me to lie in.

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shaggedthruahedgebackwards · 12/07/2018 19:51

Do they all have the same father?

booniloo · 12/07/2018 19:52

Did you consider the environmental impact re:overpopulation before having 5 children and if not do you think you might have had less had you been aware of it?

booniloo · 12/07/2018 19:52

Oops. That's meant to be a colon and not a grinning face! Smile

Carecomplet · 12/07/2018 19:53

What ages are they?

Hedgehog80 · 12/07/2018 19:54

Interested in this thread as I also have 5 children !

JacintaJones · 12/07/2018 19:55

Two are my ex husband's.
Three are my partner's.

No tbh I didn't consider the environmental impact, no I don't think I would have given it a second thought had it occured to me.

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PandaPieForTea · 12/07/2018 19:56

Why do you have so many children?

What do you think of smaller families?

Did you come from a large family yourself?

JacintaJones · 12/07/2018 19:56

12, 9.5, 6, 4.5 and 19 months.

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jammy28485 · 12/07/2018 19:56

I'm scared of going from 1 DC to 2 DC Grin what would you say you found the hardest transition? E.g 1 to 2, 2 to 3

ivenoideawhatimdoing · 12/07/2018 19:58

did you always want a big family?

JacintaJones · 12/07/2018 20:00

I didn't think five was very many until I joined MN.

I'm an only child.

I don't think anything much of smaller families. Different family sizes have their positives and negatives I suppose.

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PictPost · 12/07/2018 20:01

How do you actually manage 5 kids? I've two, one with special needs so having two kids totally dependent for all their care needs is HARD, how do you manage 5?!

I take my hat off to you, can't work how anyone would have the patience for more than two!

DragonMamma · 12/07/2018 20:01

Do you work? How do you afford to have 5 children? I find two expensive...

ClaudiaWankleman · 12/07/2018 20:04

Why does the environmental impact not bother you?

Do you every wish you had concentrated your resources on fewer children? Not necessarily wishing your children away, just thinking that DC1 could do XYZ if you weren't paying for DC5's nappies etc.

JacintaJones · 12/07/2018 20:04

Four to five was hardest, but 5 was unplanned. 😁

I always wanted three or four but more than happy with our bonus baby.

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mehhh · 12/07/2018 20:04

Do you find general things hard to do like holiday etc? I'd love a big family I just worry about things like eating out/getting anywhere... also do you work? If so how do you get anything done! I have 1 and the constant housework drives me insane x

shaggedthruahedgebackwards · 12/07/2018 20:06

Do you have a car big enough to comfortably fit your whole family in?

JacintaJones · 12/07/2018 20:07

Yes I work full time.
I have a career and work freelance in my spare time.
OH is a sahp.

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BirthdayKake · 12/07/2018 20:09

I'm hoping to TTC my fifth after I get married in August. It would be my first with my new husband.

BirthdayKake · 12/07/2018 20:10

People can't imagine it but it's gradual. It's not as if you just wake up one morning with several children haha

Hedgehog80 · 12/07/2018 20:11

Do you think you’ll have any more children ?

PaulHollywoodsSexGut · 12/07/2018 20:13

What have been the biggest “sibling rivals”? Like, do say DC2 and DC4 fight like cat and dog but DC2 gets on famously with DC3 if you see what I mean?

What car do you drive?

Do you think only children miss out on the “pack” aspect of having siblings and maybe that is why you’ve had so many children?

(I’m an only and I want four, thought I was pg this month and devastated when AF came and DC2 is only 9 minths)

Arewehomeyet · 12/07/2018 20:15

How much individual attention does each child get? How much ‘me time’ do you get?

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