I always wanted 5 kids. (Well, except when I was little and I wanted 9!)
But I thought we would have 5, and I was sure I would never feel done.
Then, a funny thing happened. While I was in labor with #4, I thought, “I don’t think I can ever do this again.” I know, I know…but honestly, I’d always felt ready for the next baby soon after giving birth, and that was my first inclination that maybe I wasn’t going to feel the same way this time.
Then our fourth daughter turned out to be colicky and generally unhappy (and is still high need at two years old!), and suddenly the idea of adding another baby to the mix just seemed like too much to consider.
Note: Anyone with a high need baby knows that it’s incredibly exhausting, but it doesn’t mean I love her any less. In fact, I love her just the way she is; I just don’t think I can handle any more children while balancing her needs!
Somewhere along the way, we decided we were pretty content with the size of our family. We’re blessed, and what more could we want than four beautiful daughters?
I don’t think we’ll have any more babies, but I do still hope to add to our family through adoption at some point in the future!
I’m curious to know: How and when did or will you decide your family is complete? Join the conversation and be entered to win the designer handbag of your choice (up to a $500 value) from Essure!