I am lucky enough to have 2 beautiful sisters, and 2 brothers who are too handsome for their own good. We didn't always get along perfectly, but we have always been fiercely protective of one another. There was always someone to play with, or stay up late talking to, and as we've grown up, we continue to be both siblings and friends (at least most of the time!) I love being part of a big family, and though it wasn't always easy, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I am also lucky enough to have 2 wonderful children of my own, one boy and one girl, the "ideal" american family. Only I'm not really ready to brush off my hands and say enough is enough. Kids are a colossal amount of work (huge buckets of praise and accolades to my parents for raising 5 of us!) But I loved being part of a big family, and I adore being a Momma. I've always thought I'd have lots of my own little ones running around and making a mess. But I want them to have the best opportunities, and the best of me. More kids naturally means less time and money to spread around. How do you find the balance? When is my family going to be complete? There was never any hesitation for me in having my first and my second child. But a third? I want a third (and more!) but pregnancy is not easy for me, and Elara is a handful and a half. So it doesn't feel like an absolute. I can't imagine being done, but it isn't without hesitation that I contemplate growing our family again. (NO, this is NOT an announcement of any sort. lol.) Part of me thinks that I could definitely find contentment with these two little ones, but the bigger part knows that I'm not going to be happy until we add another (little) one. How do you know what the right number of children is for your family?