10 Things I Have Learned From Having a Large Family

10 Things I Have Learned From Having a Large Family

So when we set out on this baby making journey, we always knew we wanted to have a large family. And by large family, we mean 4 kids not 19 (though I still do love you Michelle Duggar).

The last 5 months has fulfilled that dream. We have 4 kids, ages 8, 6, 21 months and 5 months. It’s a FULL house. But you know how you have dreams sometimes and those dreams well they have these little hiccups that you just don’t see when you are dreaming but realize when you are actually living the dream? Well we’ve experienced some of those. Let me share.

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10 Things I Have Learned From Having a Large Family

1. Large Families Require Large Cars

Raising a large familyStating the obvious here right? With 3 kids, we had a large SUV and my husbands 2 door car. We knew his wouldn’t fly, so we purchased a  mid-size SUV. Our thinking being, we had paid off cars, let’s let the large SUV retire slowly and use our mid-size SUV for our travels and day-to-day activities.

Well, the problem? We purchased the mid-size SUV before we had the baby. And while our kids all fit in the mid-size SUV, traveling is well let’s just say it’s an adventure. A cramped adventure, but in a nice vehicle.

2. 4 Kids Make Lots of Noise

Noise in constant in our house. Even after the children are in bed, I can still hear the Rockabye Baby Beatles tunes in our toddler’s room playing in addition to our dogs constantly making ruckus. Noise. You must love noise in order to have a large family, just saying.

3. Laundry Will Eat You ALIVE

I’ve never been one to be “on top of it” in regards to laundry. Now that awful trait of procrastination kicks me in the arse on a weekly basis with loads of laundry. And by loads – 15 for a week is NOT uncommon. Confession: that’s if I do it in a week.

4. Kids Eat A LOT

When we had 2 kids, we could predict what our grocery bill would be. Now with 4, it’s just a joke. We make at least 2 trips to the store a week, no matter how hard we plan something happens.

5. Going Out Creates Stares

What is it with large families and stares? I say that because I do the same thing, but now we are the ones gawked at. I can see people mentally counting our children 1-2-3- oh they have 4!

6. Keep Everything, Well Almost

If a large family is in your plans, make sure you keep baby clothes and baby items – as well as kids clothes. It’s AMAZING how little we’ve had to buy Zeke. Now when I purchase something for him, it’s out of guilt. “Poor thing hasn’t worn anything new in ages, let’s buy him this Harajuku outfit.”

7. Put Money In Your Health Flex Spending Account

While this is probably the wrong time of year to tell you this, consider this next time your health flex spending account is up for change. We made sure to put the family deductible, plus a guesstimate on co-pays and prescriptions back each year. While last year, we had an unexpected surprise – typically doing this helps tremendously in the finance department.

8. Your Marriage Becomes Even More Important

Somedays feels like a tag team wrestling match. My husband and I, in a ring with our 4 kids. Tagging back and forth to stay afloat. Our marriage is more solid than ever. I totally blame our devotion to God and these kids. Neither of us could do this alone. We don’t get a lot of help from our families . We have to depend on each other to raise these children up right.

9. Lots of Kids Makes You Creative

Sounds crazy right? I swear my creativity has soared since being here with all 4 kids. I think any mom who can balance their children at various ages will understand this.

10. Having a Large Family Means You’ll Never Be Alone

After seeing how well our first 2 children connected, we knew we wanted pairs. It’s amazing the connectedness each child has for one another. I know many years down the road, even when my husband and myself are long gone – our kids will have each other.

Despite it all, it’s worth it. A cliche’ ending, yes. I love these kids. I love having a large family. My husband and I often joke, now what exactly WOULD we do if we had stopped at 2?  Life is an adventure and by having a large family, you are sure to live life like that.

Do You Have a Large Family? What Lessons Have You Learned?

Bumbo Infant Chair – Mommy Must Have

Bumbo Infant Chair – Mommy Must Have

Bumbo infant chair is definately a mommy must have.  We were introduced to this fun chair with our #2 kid E.  He LOVED it. And what loved it even more than him? US!

We are on kid #3. The Bumbo was one of the few baby items we had not given away between our last 2 kids. With our 3rd, Izaiah – we have used the Bumbo daily since he was 6 weeks old. The recommended ages for Bumbo are 3 months – 14 months.

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Izaiah chilling in his Bumbo

 

Why We LOVE the Bumbo Infant Chair

Look Mom! I Can See the World

While we love the bouncy chair – the Bumbo allows our little Izaiah to check out the world around him. He is sitting up and supported, without having to be able to sit up.

Light-weight & Portable Infant Chair

The Bumbo Kid Sitter

Here is E, aka kid #2 – chillaxin’ in the Bumbo

The Bumbo is light-weight and portable.  We’ve been taking it along with us each time we go out to eat. Izaiah outgrew his infant carrier and isn’t sitting up yet, so what to do in a restaurant? Take the Bumbo!

My sister-in-law use to take the Bumbo with her to get her son’s hair cut when he was a toddler. It fit right in the hairstylist chair. (see safety tips below)

Easy to Clean 

Nothing like yucky baby toys that are slobbered and spit-up all over and you can’t for the life of your figure out how to clean them.  Fear not with Bumbo.  We squish the Bumbo into our sink and squirt it down anytime it needs a cleaning.

High Chair Alternative

Yes, we suck. Our 5-month old who loves to eat still does not have a high chair.  We haven’t bought one because the Bumbo has been working just dandy (see word to the wise about safety). Note: DO NOT USE on a table or chair. We feed him sitting on the ground. As soon as he starts finger food, we’ll have to sucker up for a high chair or booster chair.

Bumbo Safety

There are some people who don’t like it because of the lack of straps or security.  Here’s a word to the wise, DO NOT PUT THE BUMBO ON A RAISED SURFACE.

Technical Mumbo Jumbo for the Bumbo

Here’s some Bumbo technical mumbo-jumbo if your in to that sort of thing…

From the Manufacturer

Bumbo Baby Sitter is manufactured to the highest safety standards from low-density foam material, which makes it lightweight and portable. It is soft, comfortable, safe, hygienic and non-toxic for the baby. The integral outer skin of the material is durable and easy to clean. The Bumbo baby sitter is versatile and can be used safely and conveniently anywhere on any level surface, and is definitely the extra set of hands you have always been looking for. It is the perfect gift for that special occasion.

Product Description

The Bumbo Baby Sitter is a revolutionary new concept uniquely designed according to the baby’s posture to seat babies independently in an upright sitting position, providing a snug and cozy environment, from as young as 3 months up to an age of approximately 14 months depending on individual development.The Bumbo is manufactured to the highest safety standards from low-density foam material, which makes it lightweight and portable. It is soft and comfortable, safe, hygienic, non-toxic, and easy to clean.

Warning: Never use on a raised surface. Never use as a car seat or bath seat. Designed for floor level use only. Never leave your baby unattended as the seat is not designed to be totally restrictive and may not prevent release of your baby in event of vigorous movement. Prevent Falls; Never use on any elevated surface.

Bumbo Infant Chair is Available at Amazon

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