Blog of the Week: Don’t have a third child…(unless)

 

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Ever wonder if you are ‘done’ or whether you should have one more child to complete your family? Well Amy Ransom has – and has lived to tell the tale.

Here she takes us through some of the things you may want to consider before you embark on having a third (or forth, fifth, sixth…) child.

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Just today, four people have found my blog by searching ‘can’t decide on third baby’, ‘backed out of a third child,’ ‘why did I have a third baby’? and ‘can’t get over not having a third child.’

Well, there’s four scenarios for you right there.  Yikes.

Yes, having a third child can be an all-consuming question that throws you into turmoil.

Especially when the answer is so different for everyone.

Disclaimer:

This is the part where I say, ‘I wouldn’t change it for the world’ or ‘I wouldn’t turn the clock back’ and churn out a hundred other cliches blah, blah, blah.

And the truth is, I wouldn’t (and not just because I can’t).

Because now that there are three, unique little individuals in my care, I honestly couldn’t say which one I’d put back.  And for the five minutes each week, where everyone is synched in happiness, I look at our family and I feel perfectly content.  Complete.  Proud.

It’s the remaining 10,075 minutes I struggle with.

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The list.

Only four months in, I’m really not qualified to write about three kids.  Yet.  You’d be better off heading over to the lovely 3 Children and It.  She has tweens AND teenagers all sewn up.

But I’ve compiled a little list anyway.  On what I DO know, whilst they’re young.

It goes something like this.

Don’t have a third child…(unless)

  1. You like sleep deprivation. Because by adding another child into the mix, you’ve increased the chances of SOMEONE being up by 33.3% recurring. And my. Is it recurring. Night after night after night after night.
  2. You have an industrial washing machine and your very own Dot Cotton manning it.Because like the sleep deprivation, you also increase the washing by 33.3%. And just as kids grow bigger.  So do their clothes. See where I’m going with this?
  3. You have an enormous car. Preferably a convertible. Or an actual bus. Because even when you manage to get a car that’s big enough, someone still has to sit in the middle. And how do you get to that middle seat? How indeed. I’ve tried flinging Godivy in and hoping she lands somewhere near the seat, going in from the boot (once I’ve unloaded it) and finally opening the sunroof and parachuting her in. Of course, once you have got everyone in, you’ll drive off and a tiny voice will pipe up, ‘Mummy, you’ve forgotten to strap me in.’  And it begins all over again.
  4. You like noise. And lots of it. Chatter. Questions. Whinging. Crying. I think this one is pretty self explanatory.
  5. You like chaos and avoid routine. Because suddenly no one will do what they’re asked. Even if they used to. The baby will carve out its own erratic lifestyle, based on the fact that you are erratic. And the older children will take advantage of the fact that you’re dealing with the baby and use the opportunity to do any of the following a) bicker b) sample the delights of nappy cream or c) eat everything in the sweetie tin.

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  6. You like being with your partner ALL of the time. Because having three young kids is a team game. A game where neither of you ever wins but at least you lose together. Your other half can go to the pub again in four or five years. Just in case he’s wondering.
  7. You like your partner. Because otherwise no. 6 is going to KILL you.
  8. Your family live nearby. By which I really mean upstairs. If they live any more than 10 metres away, don’t even think about having another child.
  9. You’re agoraphobic and antisocial. Because not only will the effort involved in getting all five of you out prevent you from doing it very often, but you’ll probably not get invited anywhere as a family again. Most dining tables are built for eight and you put their seating plan right out.  Not that any of yours actually sit at the table anymore.
  10. You don’t need time for yourself. That 33.3%? Yes, you guessed it. 33.3% LESS time for you. Which I think leaves you with a deficit of about, oh 963%.
  11. You have a full time nanny, cleaner and chauffeur. An in-house psychiatrist is worth the cash.
  12. You have no expectations whatsoever.  Of anything ever again.

Do have a third child…(if)

  1. None of the above puts you off.

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66 Responses to Blog of the Week: Don’t have a third child…(unless)

  1. Victoria says:

    I have 3 chiksren 8,6&4 all girls and am a single mother.
    And don’t agree with any with it.
    They sleep through, clear up and are generally happy girls

  2. clare says:

    I have 3 children and think thats a load of crap!

  3. Jodie says:

    You haven’t mentioned if your 3rd because your 4th too! Our 3rd pregnancy was twins!!! 33.3% seems like luxury compared to 25%!!!!!

  4. carrie says:

    I have 3 children and find it really easy. Yes 1 child is the easiest but if u can do it with 1 u can do it with 3 or more. My younger 2 are only 13 months apart and its quite easy with them being close. Having children isnt something that cuts ur time down or turns u into someobe whos anti social. With a good family and a good group of friends its easy done. My children are my life and I wouldnt have it any other way than chaos. Life would ve boring without them. X

  5. Deb Alexander says:

    We have got 3 and yes it was a struggle at the start my husband was working 70+ hours or more a week and I don’t get ANY help from family! BUT now they are 10, 8 and 6 and a half I wouldn’t have it any other way!! Yes there is a LOT of washing but we are in a very good routine! My husband has completely cut down his hours now and his help is essential though how you do it with no help from your partner I don’t know!!!

  6. Louise says:

    What a load of rubbish! I had a 3rd child when my sons were 10 & 12 yrs old and I can honestly say hand on heart our daughter has made this family! B4 she was born we never done anything togethet or watched anything on tv or visited places. But now we have little trips to feed the ducks or visit the zoo and the best thing of all is that we are all looking forward to Christmas for the first time in years! Our little lady is so funny and full of love that she defo makes us and certainly never ever will break us!!

  7. lynn henretty says:

    This is fab as a new mother of 3 I totally get this mines are 6, 4 and 4 Months it made my day so thank u 🙂 disclaimer: I was able to read this in the rare moment while baby sleeps and pre schooler ate his lunch so was other wise occupied lol xxx

  8. Angelina says:

    I’ve just had my third child. I’m pretending I’ve not just read this.

  9. Amy says:

    I have 3 children, they are aged 3, 2 and 12 weeks and this all sounds very familiar to what I am currently experiencing. Fantastic for those of you out there who had a larger gap between your kids and get to boast about how wonderfully you manage, I maybe should have considered the same lol and made my life a little easier but in truth no matter how hard it gets I wouldn’t change a thing.

  10. Melissa Pattison says:

    I’m sorry, I don’t agree.
    I have 6 children ranging from 7 years old to 23. My middle two children are twins. We had my son then my daughter 5 years later and then fell pregnant with twins when she was 9 months old. We lived in a one bedroom 2nd floor flat and has a five seater car. I worked evenings, my hub worked full time. We tried selling our flat to move into larger accommodation (obviously) but struggled for two years to sell it – eventually moving in with the in laws – clearing out crap out – and selling for less than we bought it for. My mum lives in Spain and had been there since my eldest was 3 … So I had little help. Basically if you like what you do you’ll overcome whatever is thrown at you. I never ‘chose’ a number of children… Didn’t imagine when I was younger I’d have 6… But we’ve got by, I managed a complete career change while being pregnant with no 5 and don’t think I’d be as strong as I am if I hadn’t had the obstacles we’ve had to deal with. I’ve had to deal with hearing loss and then Opetations to correct it… My hub being made redundant… Then me being made redundant just recently… I have my own business now while travelling up to London (50 miles away) for my professional development and everything else that us mums have to do…
    Yes it is hard
    Yes I cry
    Yes I feel alone sometimes in a crowded room
    But actually I love it
    And if I had to I’d do it all again

  11. c.kerrin says:

    My third child is one of a twin,we had one baby found out we were pregnant when our first was 14months and turned out it was twins so we had no choice of a thrid, challenging but wouldnt change it for the world! 🙂

  12. Theresa davies says:

    omg this is some what true I have 3 kids age 11,9,2 and omg was it a wake up call my daughter was a every 2 hour baby and trying to do school runs and house cleaning was hard work and she is still hard work my daughter is on the go all day and night none stop I love her loads just wish she give me five mins to sit lol.
    My hubby does the bath and bed time so she gets time but then I have to clean up and help older ones with homework never ending.
    When it was just two I had it all together working and looking after the two kids I had always had a plan this time I can’t plan everytime I have always goes wrong.
    I did love them and it’s a crazy house but I will get there then she at big school lol.

  13. Sam says:

    Only have a third if you are good at dealing with guilt because you won’t be spending as much time with your first two children that you did before and if you don’t like going to etttactions because family tickets only cater for two adults and two children I have five children and if we want to go to the zoo or theam park we have to save for it and when we do go I spend most if the time saying no you can’t have that as when I had only two children spending £10 on ice cream was ok but spending £30 seems out if this world

  14. lisa hamer says:

    I’ve 4, 3 boys (19,13,8) and 1 girl (17), don’t agree with it, I find it very easy, never had a sleepless night, really wish I’d had no. 5

  15. B C says:

    I have 4 children although this article is suppose to be lighthearted, I must say what a load of nonsense. I wasted 0.03% of my time reading it. (Seeing as this woman loves to put everything into percentages).

  16. sharon says:

    What a load of rubbish!!! I have 3 children 2 boys and a girl…they are now 25, 22 and 21 and i was a single parent when they were all under 5 years old.. i coped because you just do.. loved every minute of it and wouldnt change it for the world..

  17. Kelly says:

    I’m laughing because you’ve got it exactly right. Spot on. Well done! My 3rd is nearly 2 & it hasn’t let up. At all. But, like you say – wouldn’t change it… Etc. etc.

  18. Cassandra shaw says:

    I am almost in tears as this wonderful woman just summarize my life. I was hysterical and laughing 😜 but so happy to learn that I am just human and other mums out there are like me.

  19. Mandy Ryan says:

    As both my husband and I are the middle of 3, we always felt we would have 2 or 4 children.
    I grew up with an older brother and a younger sister and had to always sit in the middle to stop my siblings squabbling. somehow our family never felt equalled.
    When we had 2 daughters life seemed too easy, we each had a child to hold hands with and yes we had plenty of car space.
    I fell pregnant when my husband was working as a milkman and I knew i would have to now have a forth.My eldest was 5 and next was 4 when i had the forth and this meant both my daughters had a baby brother of their own.I hope they never felt put out or left out like we felt being one of 3!
    Now I am a nan of 6 and love it.

  20. Catherine says:

    So glad I’m not alone with the sentiment…love my little bundles, but then again I have someone else (either my hubby, mum and sister) on hand in the evenings and I don’t do the morning school run.

    Laundry is a daily chore, if I get a moment to do a menu for the week then we all eat healthier, otherwise we have KFC a couple of times a week.

    We went out at the weekend; started getting ready for the party at midday, reached there after 8th.

    My hero is totally my mate with 3 boys who’s a single mum!

    Mum of 2 month old, 17 month old and 7 year old (going on 17)

  21. Felicity Coleman says:

    I have 4 children and I found it easier with more as thay keep themselves occupied and don’t want me 100% of the time, all my kids have slept threw the night for the start after 2 children I didn’t feel things changed much with space and sleep and iv got 4 under 5’s and we live to a routine of yes there would be chaos

  22. melanie lumsden says:

    Hahaha!! I have three… and often wonder, usuallllly whilst one is screaming at the other, why i didnt stop at two… 2 is much calmer…. doesn’t even matter which 2 it is… but add the 3rd and it all goes tits up… mine are all a bit older now, 16 14 and 12, but the washing pile is never ending… the noise is amplified by raging hormones and baaaaad attitude… their rooms are always a mess because they always have something better to do and don’t even start on me the expense.. I pods… mobile phones… gaming systems.. going out… the WEEKLY SHOP… the list is endless. Don’t get me wrong, I love them all completely and IF time travel was possible, I wouldn’t go back and change a single thing… that doesn’t mean i don’t enjoy when they are all finally in bed and fast asleep 🙂

  23. Carrie Lloyd Hill says:

    I have 3 boys aged 20months, 3 & 6 yrs. I am super organised mum and everything runs like clock work. Yes there is more washing and ironing but you become organised and keep on top of it (oh and invest in a tumble dryer lol).
    Yes they all have their off days and sometimes feels like they take it in turns to be naughty but that’s children. Generally they are well behaved and well rounded children. Yes I agree potentially there is a chance one of them are likely to be awake at night but mine all sleep well and 6 nights out of 7 no problems we just find they all are early risers and up around 6-7am every day!

  24. Suzie King says:

    Brilliant! I’m glad I’ve stuck with 2!

  25. Winfield says:

    I can relate to this. Not everyone is the same any way. Everybody has different families. Different routines. I enjoyed reading this.!

    • Gemma says:

      OMG!!!! That had me laughing out loud on the train home, forgive me if I am wrong but think the lady writing the article was having a bit of fun with that – the serious comments coming back about how you all coped with 3 and don’t agree – what you on about?! Lighten up! Loved your post!! ….. And I might consider 3 😜

  26. Mum of three right here! *Hi5*, sister! 😀 6 years (Going on sixteen), 10 months and 20 months. Isobella, Brandon and Madison (Girl, boy, girl). Speaking as a practical mother, it really is a struggle, but I wouldn’t change them for the world! My little boy who has speech delay and mild behavioral problems as I type this, has currently just pushed the baby over and pushed her face into the floor for the 5th time today. Now she’s 10 months, she wishes to be up with the other two and walking about, so she has completely forsaken any crawling!

    I spend a majority of my day teaching the kids new words 😉 and generally in a sweaty, flustere state, especially when it comes to the school run and getting those little bli…lovelies into the double pram!

    Shopping is a doddle, the pram keeps me up right and hods my bags for me!…when the eldest isn’t there asking for every single thing she can possibly touch and NEED in her life.

    The eldest does help me with the children, and I call her ‘Little Mummy’, which she thoroughly loves, but as her teachers tell me, “She talks like she writes.” No stopping for breath. Bella even talks in her sleep.

    Sleep- Pardon? What’s that? I think I heard someone mention it once…haven’t a clue! 😀 My day started at 4.30am with a packet of Ashton’s and Parsons!

    Speaking of the baby- She’s trying to help me type.

    Me and the washing machine get on great.

    My husband thinks he’s a God because he can go to work for 60+ hours and come home with hands on and that’s something I should be thankful for and shouldn’t complain, because he’s the repressed one getting to leave the house and talk to adults and do something with his life. (He is a small miracle and a one off Prince, but really needs a reality check.)

    Here end’eth the blog’eth- Mother must go retrieve her son from the windowsill where he is currently attempting to climb out the window.

  27. Gemma says:

    Lol how silly having children change things if it’s 1,2,3,4,5,6 it’s not hard at all and what you get from it is amazing! I’m very lucky to have 5 beautiful children! Wouldn’t change anything for the world! 🙂

  28. Proud dad says:

    I have to disagree. I have two young kids and these points wouldn’t put me off a third. They’re all relevant with two kids and tbh if two are manageable a bit more washing and a bit less sleep won’t add too much for a third. The main issue against a second or third for most people is financial reasons such as inability to return to work and house size.

  29. Dawn says:

    I have three now and didn’t question the decision !!!!!!
    Now all of the above are relatable and I have said to people DONT HAVE A THIRD.
    I love all my children INDIVIDUALLY but together I feel like they have a plan to slowly but surely drive me insane and work has become a well needed break .
    The youngest in a three child line up appears to be loud, relentless and he’ll bent on destruction and no you can always grab and hold two but that third one is always there just waiting to attack…
    Mine do however sleep and eat etc when they are supposed to its all the time between the routine times that are testing.
    I’m not saying I would ever change my choice nor do I regret it. Just agreeing that a third child does change the family dynamics and is not a walk in the park it takes patience and planning and flexibility and above all a lot if love because without that you
    May just be pushed over the edge.
    On that note I bid all you possible mothers of three the very best of luck ( you’ll need it)

  30. Giannina says:

    That’s absolutely false, you sleep badly with 2, 3 is no different, just another newborn. Noise is about the same, just stereo, but so is laughter. We go out the same and each kid grows up faster than the previous one and becomes independent quicker. It fails to tell you that your heart grows another size bigger, that the kisses and love and joy multiplies by 100%.

  31. Erika says:

    We just had baby no 5 in the summer , exhausting does nor begin to describe it!

  32. kelly says:

    This is aloud of rubbish. I have 3 ages 6,4 and 2 Sleep deprived no I have routine. I handle my washing just fine. We have no car… But manage just fine. I don’t let my children take advantage of me. I married my partner so I kinda hope we enjoy our time together. The point of marriage! Or family don’t live by. We do it on our own. We do go out. I taught my children table manners! Nanny! what is one of those? I don’t get much time to my to myself but I’m ok with that. And having expectations helps… alot.
    This article is incredibly misleading. I really hope people don’t base this on their decisions. It’s completely ridiculous.
    If this was meant to be funny. It isn’t.

  33. I thought this was funny- and spot on! Just wait till they’re all at school and you think it gets easier but in fact you have 3 lots of homework and 6 less hours a day to spend with each child!!

  34. Lynne lisle says:

    I had 3 under 5 years old. I’m still alive. One more doesn’t make much difference to noise or washing. Single mum for a while. I coped. Everyday is different

  35. Rachael says:

    Frighteningly accurate.

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  37. Samantha Davis says:

    I have to say having a third child really changed the dynamics of our little family, and took a long time to get use too. I found we had to stop doing activities we previously enjoyed with the older two because the 3rd child was too young to participate, or the family would be split and just one of us would take the older two out. I don’t really agree with the article in terms of washing etc, my biggest issue was the older two missing out.

  38. Smile and be happy says:

    I’m sure this is a tongue in cheek blog by someone with a sense of humour and to you I say thank you for making me smile tonight.

    I have 3 delightful kids who I wouldn’t change for the world but this is my life, it’s manic and there is no time for me and my husband but we do make a brilliant team. Add in to the equation that 2 of my children have Autism then yes sleep is seriously lacking….I survive like a lot of mums on coffee and lots of it!

    Spot on – I love this blog x

  39. Kelly says:

    I have 3 yes it is hard work, I don’t have family near by, my husband at work all day everyday and on call, my car is not huge and articles like this irritate me. I lost my baby no.3 and actually have a ‘4th’ they are all very special children. Wouldn’t change a thing.

  40. Louise says:

    id agree and disagree.
    My first two were the hardest as I was trying to get used to being a mum. My third was the easiest and I felt like I’d cracked it. Loved being a mum and appreciated everything about all three of them 100%.
    My fourth was the hardest and never slept. Yes it’s hard being a mum sometimes but I have 4 lots of hugs and 4 lots of kisses every single day. Love it love it love it and would have had another if my body would have let me xxxxxxx

  41. Wendy says:

    Think this is exactly what you said x what you do know! And all the ladies that say this is rubbish need to remember what it was like when they were really youngx my 3 are 9,6,4 x every stage of parenthood has different emotions and lessons x

  42. Annabel says:

    Wonders ladies did you all have a sense of humour failure?! Am I the only one reading this laughing ?!? I have 4 kids (and agree that while they drive me loopy I wouldn’t/couldn’t swap any one of them!! I read this and thought the author did a fantastic job of finding humour in the new found chaos!! For all of you with the perfect family and children who clear up and sleep through I’d suggest they are somewhat see than the kids of the author as one is a new baby and therefore unlikely to be helping with anything other than reducing her odds of sleep!!

  43. Lorraine Hotson says:

    I have 5, so clearly number 3 wasn’t a problem, I’m a single mum too, and it is difficult at times, but in my opinion going from 1 to 2 is the hardest adjustment.

  44. Fiona says:

    Ha ha I feel like this most days. My 3 are 1,3 and 5 and I totally get where you’re coming from. 3 little kids requires a lot of patience, team work and infinite energy. It’s interesting to see others commentating with 3 kids who have dismissed this blog as ‘a load of rubbish’ and their eldest is a teenager. Of course it won’t resonate with you – the hard part is not the three kids, it’s having had the three little kids so close together. All demanding attention, all needing fed, bums wiping, “look at me whilst I sky dive off the sofa/put coins in my mouth/drink the bath water Mummy!” It’s more than exhausting. That said, it was my choice to have 3 and I didn’t for a second think it would be plain sailing.
    The mind has a tendency to forget pain after a few years. It’s no coincidence the other comments of ‘it’s easy’ are from mums who’s 3 kids are a decade or more apart!

  45. Georgia says:

    I think this article was a bit of fun, and has certainly made me smile and nod at some of the points, as a mother of 3 (6yrs, 4.5yrs and 18mths) – life is certainly hectic for me with 3 and a husband who does very long ours and isn’t really here during the week!! Of course we wouldn’t change it and yes, we spend most of our time (when not at work) on our boys whether having fun with them, taking them out, washing, cooking etc. and musical beds during the night with night terrors and nightmares etc. I’m 1 of 4 and yes, we entertained each other, but life was still busy for my full-time Mum, and is for Mums (and Dads, especially of 3+ kids), with life being about the kids in one way or another, the good, the bad and the ugly! I would definitely say I am sleep deprived and have been wondering if I’ll need 2 washing machines as they get older – I wouldn’t say no now!

  46. Georgia says:

    I think this article was a bit of fun, and has certainly made me smile and nod at some of the points, as a mother of 3 (all under 4 at one point!) – life is certainly hectic for me with 3 and a husband who works very long hours!! Of course we wouldn’t change it and yes, we spend most of our time (when not at work) on our boys, whether having fun with them, taking them out, washing, cooking etc. and musical beds during the night with night terrors and nightmares etc. I’m 1 of 4 and yes, we entertained each other, but life was still busy for my full-time Mum, and is for parents, especially of 3+ kids, with life being about the kids in one way or another, the good, the bad and the ugly! I would definitely say I am sleep deprived and have been wondering if I’ll need 2 washing machines as they get older – I wouldn’t say no now!

  47. Daisy says:

    Wow, what a lot of ‘super mums’ there are commenting on this! I will admit to being a mere mortal of a mum who definitely understands the sleep deprivation, washing mountains and general chaos that kiddies can bring – and I only have two! I feel totally inadequate 😉 But I do at least have a sense of humour as I think the post was meant to be a tongue in cheek, exaggerated version of the truth. It made me smile anyway!

  48. lypud says:

    Haha love this. I’m one of three but with a big age gap between us all. I said to my fiance the other day about having three instead of the planned two…he said we struggle to cope with one! Reading this clarified that!

  49. Clair says:

    I am a mum of two, and two days ago I got sterilised. It wasn’t a hard decision, my husband and I both work full time, and realised that it’s hard enough finding quality time for the two wonderful girls we’ve got. How could we be so selfish as to throw a third child into the mix? It’s not about the quantity of children that you have, but about the quality of your time and interaction with them. After a full day at work how could I possibly help daughter number one with her homework, entertain a pre-schooler look after a baby and do the rest of normal life?!

  50. Mizz Yani says:

    I have 3 kids of my own. I know how tough is it. Hahahahha… yeah.. tell me about it. Lucky i have shaklee b complex to help me calm. Hehehehe…

  51. I have three. I think most of these comments were written by the Duggars.

  52. The DADventurer says:

    Haha great post. We’ve just had our first, so still a long way away from a second, let alone a third. I think you should also say that having a third *can* take away your sense of humour as some of the people commenting obviously don’t get that this is written in jest 🙂

  53. ESmith says:

    I think the list of dont’t is what I disagree with in this blog except for the point about chaos. Yes, it is adding another ball to the ones you’re already juggling but it does get easier and as my mum says once you have 3 you don’t notice any others (subsequent babies or other people’s kids) – she has 5.

    My #3 was not only the best conception shag ever ( possibly because it’s one I actually remember ), he is our angel thug and all the more enjoyable because we are soooo much more laid back than we were with the 1st two. He crawls into our bed quietly at dawn, tells us he loves us and falls back to sleep in a jiffy because instead of keeping myself awake ‘controlled crying’ him back to sleep he got shoved in the middle from birth on so we weren’t sleep so deprived.

    #3 eats everything because I don’t obsess over every mouthful. And #3 is so damn secure because he knows we all (siblings included) adore him. He is also the reason I hanker for #4 and the reason I hold back because I cannot imagine him not being my baby for ever.

    As a working mum to 3 precious little boys of 8, 5 and 3 with a husband who is often away for long stretches my advice is not to have a 3rd if you’re unable to relax and let go a bit. And to the writer of this blog well done for posting a provoking blog. Being a mum to 1+ is a juggle to start with but as with every baby after your first it you’ll find your groove. Embrace the chaos 🙂

  54. Cal says:

    I’m done with NO kids.

  55. sam says:

    Erm I think you’ve all missed the point here, EVERYONE! !! its a fun story on how she’s had 3 kids, not a miserable diatribe. Get over yourselves for goodness sakes….

  56. Kristy says:

    Such an open, personal and amusing tale as a mother of 3! As a mother of a 6 year old and 2 year old triplets myself, I chuckled at your observations as many I experienced/still experiencing myself and read it with the wit and love in which it was written! You have a new follower!

  57. You don’t need a convertible, you need a minivan. Also, routines are wholly dependent on how strong you are in enforcing them. You’d be surprised how much children like a stable routine they can count on. 😉

  58. Sinead says:

    Take a chill pill everyone. This lady is attempting to make a smart and sarcastic comment to lighten up out days and joke about parenting. Your all too wound up to notice. Well done to all those who parent an enjoy it everyday count your blessings. I live in a world where I like to laugh at the difficulties we find in parenting like this lady blogger. We should support not criticise.

  59. Jodie May says:

    I’m just glad my mum didn’t read this before going in for me – I might not
    be sitting here!

  60. Karen says:

    You lot need to chill. It was a lighthearted blog based on one persons sense of humour and perspective. I think if having 3 kids makes you all so immune to humour maybe it’s not such a good idea. Just saying.

  61. Helen Farrugia says:

    I had three – not planned that way! I survived. My youngest has just turned 18. She is definitely ‘her mother’s daughter’ the only one of my 3 that is…….and I must tell you…I find it quite scary!!!

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