multiple children

‘An older gentleman proclaimed, ‘Wow lady, you sure have your hands full.’ My blood started to boil.’: Stranger helps widowed mom gain new perspective on rude comments about her many children

“I wanted to crawl out of my skin. I looked around embarrassed, hoping no one else heard him. This was it—I was going to let him have it. All those years of pretending people’s comments didn’t hurt me were going to come to an end. But then he looked at me with a warm glow, ‘We never could have kids.’”

‘You’re done, RIGHT?’ I had 4 babies in 4 years. Truthfully? I never had that feeling. I never felt DONE.’: Mom of 5 says it’s ‘okay’ to want more children

“The second we took my firstborn home, I looked at my husband. ‘I can’t wait to do this again!’ I was exhausted, nervous, and overwhelmed with first-time motherhood, but I knew. I couldn’t handle or even afford 10 babies, but that need was alive and well in my heart. I’m now 40, with 5 kids and a full-time job. But feeling done? I don’t have that feeling. I don’t know why. And I don’t know if I ever will.”

‘Dear last child, I owe you an apology. Your older siblings sucked the life out of us. We’re bringing you our ‘B’ game.’: Mom apologizes to her ‘last born child’ in touching letter

“Dear sweet last child, I’m sorry about your hand-me-down wardrobe. That I no longer care when you learn to tie your shoes, as long as you’re not having your college roommate do it for you. I’m sorry you know all the words to ‘Baby Got Back’ and have a favorite episode of The Office. There was a time when bedtimes were enforced, when all movies shown were G-rated. You don’t know what you’re missing because those parents left the building 2 kids ago.”

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