Thursday, July 14, 2011

Four is a Lot

I hear people say that once you have three kids, there's very little difference from a parental perspective in caring for more. I believe that these people believe what they are saying when they say it. I also believe that these people are insane. Adding 33% more children to our family has increased our joy by a million, and has definitely added the emotional realization that having four kids is a lot.

Consider the following recent changes in our behaviors, food consumption, and perceptions:
  • Our 1,700 square foot home feels downright cozy (read:  normally fine, but occasionally incredibly, suffocatingly tiny)
  • We have to run the dishwasher every day and are always greeted with a rainbow of Ikea plasticware when we open it up
  • Our family eats a whole bag of frozen green beans as a side dish
  • The house feels empty (or tranquil, depending on our perspective at that moment) when there are "only" two children at home
  • We eat things we find in the fridge, not because we want them right then, but because we know that if we don't eat them now, they won't be around when we want them
  • Our family consumes an entire box of spaghetti in a single sitting
  • The laundry never ends (not actually a new feeling as compared to having three children, just worser now)
  • It doesn't matter how many gallons of milk we purchased last time we were at the store, we are always out of milk

All of this, and our kids aren't even teenagers yet! Just think of the wonders that await when we have 18, 16, 12, and 10 year olds :)


Nicole said...

I literally laughed out loud at this post! LOL. I think you just convinced me that we are DONE at 3 kids. :-) LOL.

Mary said...

Ditto what Nicole said! I especially loved the part about the refrigerator -- I was one of four kids, and when mom would come home from the grocery store, it was always every man for himself! GREAT post!

China Dreams said...

There is an old rhyme about what happens when you get to four. I can't remember the whole thing, but it starts like this, "Have one; still have fun. Have two; not so easy to do. Have three..." You get the idea!


Kristen and Jim Powell said...

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.


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