Take Two: A Fresh Look

This week's GBE prompt is "Take Two: A Fresh Look", where we are asked to post something from the past. This post originally appeared on  May 6, 2010.

You Have How Many Kids?

It seems whenever I run into someone I haven't seen in a while, the conversation always goes the same.
"How are you?"

"I'm fine." (I don't like that response and have made a goal to say something else, like 'fabulous')

"So, how many kids do you have?"


"Oh. My. Gosh. I can't believe you have seven kids!"

"Yeah, some days I can't believe it either."

It's not like you start out your family thinking about the end result, anyway I didn't. We always said we wanted six kids, but did we consider the logistics? Nah. We just really wanted a baby. So, we did. And he looked like this-

He's cute and sweet and you love him soooooo much. So, what do you do? Yep, you have another one.
And he looks like this-

And, he's cute and sweet. He doesn't sleep much and he's very demanding (refusing to be weaned from nursing until he's 11 months old and causes you bodily harm and you say NO MORE!) But, he does smell good, and, so, you decide you're on a roll. Let's have another.
And the heavens smile down and send you this-

Oh! Life is amazing. She's cute and sweet and a girl. Yes, three is hard, but cuteness and sweetness win over and before you know it, you have these-

(One at a time, thank you very much. Triplets would've landed me in a psych ward!)
So, now, you have your six children and your family is complete. You've done your part in mulitplying and replenishing the earth. You're looking forward as you've never done before, thinking about missions and college and just getting them through jr. high.

Then, heaven chuckles and says, six is not enough. You say, "40 is too old to have a baby!"  (Unless you're in Hollywood, of course, but I've never even been to Hollywood!) But, there's no going back now.
Then, he's born and he looks like this-

You're in love all over again.

How did we get 7 kids? Now you know. They're sneaky, babies are. They reel you in with their cuteness, sweetness and that baby smell. (Which doesn't last, you know. Teenagers do not smell as good as babies!)

The conversation would have the same last question-
"So, are you going to have more?"

I bite my tongue. I want to say, "Are you kidding? Do you know how old I am?" or "Not without a serious medical miracle."

But, I don't. I just smile and politely say, "No, we're done."

Of course, that isn't true. You're never really done. That's another thing you don't think about when you start having them. Ignorance is bliss.

*A little PS to this post. We added on more child a year ago.  She didn't arrive like the others. We got her all grown-up and house-broken. I guess I was right, we weren't done.


  1. I can understand why you'd want seven kids, especially now that mine are grown up. Though I can't imagine doing it myself, I admire and kind of envy you and the abundance of love that must be in your life every day.

    1. I do have love in abundance, which I need to remind myself of when I'm doing laundry. =0)

  2. What a great post! I loved sharing in your story...so, does that mean it's eight now? *grin*

    1. Sometimes I say I have 7, sometimes 8. I do consider Brittany my child, so it's 8.

  3. luckily or unluckily, I married late and didn't have my first until I was 40. Squeezed out second at 42. My husband actually talked about a third. I mean, really. I'ts not like I could space them any farther apart than these two, 17 months! So we stopped there. Tw can have me reeling as it is. God bless you Momma of 7!

    1. Thanks. Having one at 40 was so much different than at 25! I'm impressed you had another at 42! Having them at this age keeps us young, though!

  4. When you roll out the adorable photos, it all starts to make a little more sense, doesn't it? They're irresistible.

    1. Mmm, luckily I've built up my resistance to them.

  5. I am terribly envious. I really wanted more, but got the old "your uterus will fall out and you'll die" talk. What a beautiful family - you are truly blessed. Maybe I'll finally think about that guppy? Or not.

  6. P.S. My Great-Grandmother had my Nana at 47 - yay for the older moms or I wouldn't be here!

  7. Lovely baby photos - but there's no way I could have coped with seven!

  8. My husband and I just saw the cutest baby, and I turned to him, and he said, "no," before I could even say, "how about another one?" Babies are just so cute and your seven are adorable!

  9. Originally Bryan and I talked about having a good half dozen. But then at 3 we decided we were good and done. Prayed about it, went to the temple about it, felt good about it. I always thought it was funny that when we would be out of state people would look at us and say, "You have THREE children???" whereas here in Utah people would say, "Oh, you ONLY have three children???" Made me laugh. But then Heavenly Father let us know that that those peaceful feelings we had about being done...yeah, we misinterpreted. We weren't DONE, we were having a BREAK. And in hindsight, I can see why. But it became very clear that we were not quite done and along came our little Lilian caboose after a 6 year gap. NOW we are done. :)

    Your babies are just the cutest ever! (Well, besides mine of course...but I'm probably biased.) And yes...that baby smell! Absolutely nothing better! That and the little baby coos and giggles. Melt your heart kind of stuff! Make you want more and more kind of stuff! (Maybe I should be thankful that I am going visiting teaching today to a sweet lady that just had twins a month ago. I can ooh and ahh and get it out of my system...and then come home and be grateful that I am done.) :)

  10. Aw!!! You've got beautiful babies! I miss mine as babies, the grow way too fast but I still love to hug-squeeze them. :)

    A to Z co-host

  11. Great post! The same thing happened to me. I have six kids cuz' I just loved having them! I had my last baby at age 41...(and I'll tell you a secret - I would have had more if I was younger). ;)

  12. They are such precious miracles, but alas they DO all become teenagers and that makes us the parents of teenagers! UGH Then the miracle continues and we get the grand babies, oh that is so worth the price of raising or surviving those teenage years.
    Great story.

  13. Cute post...and lots of kids rock! Family is the best!

  14. Oh my. What a beautiful and intimate post! Thank you for this. And isn't is awesome that the kids never stop coming, even when you yourself are officially done?


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