It's so great to meet all of the new, first-time moms and it will be great to read their reports of baby announcement parties, nursery decorations, and finding out the sex. I remember those days - my first pregnancy. I think I remember more about my first pregnancy that any of the others simply because it was a new experience.
Now I'm somewhere else along the spectrum. Telling others about my newest pregnancy is a double-edged sword: I want them to be happy, but I know I'll be met with judgment and criticism from many. That judgment and criticism will not only come from my coworkers and boss and other attorneys I know, but, sadly, from people in my church... and I'm CATHOLIC!
The funny thing is, despite people's distaste for my "big" family, sometimes I feel as though we're pretty small, even with 4 children! See, I homeschool and we are very active in our local homeschool group. If you know anything about homeschoolers, you know that there are many homeschooling families with several children. There are a few families in our group with more children that I have: 5 kids, 7 kids, two families with 8 kids. So, to me, I actually feel - in the midst of some of the ladies in my group - that my family is (dare I say it?) small!
Now, don't get me wrong! I KNOW, statistically speaking, my family has twice the number of children in the average American family. By the time my 2 year old is potty trained, I'll be washing 84 pairs of underwear a week. I already do 18-20 loads of laundry each week. Our dishwasher is run twice a day. I won't begin to explain how much groceries cost. And...I'm don't always admit that we have 4 children when we check into a hotel (if they knew, they would make us get 2 rooms).
So, this time there will be no baby showers, few new things for this new baby, and no nurseries to decorate (baby will sleep with us for almost 2 years). But I will be comfortable with the thought that maybe, just maybe, we are a BIG family!