Yeah, I get it. We're crazy. We've had 3 babies in 4 years. I understand that we are not your normal family with one of each and spaced apart nicely. I get it that we don't do things that others see as "normal" and our family marches to the beat of our own drum. We definitely like to make our own choices. So why did we do it? Simple. We wanted to.
Our first two are only 15 months apart. This was a difficult transition, simply because we had to learn to juggle, balance, and get used to having more than one baby constantly needing something. It was two in diapers, two at bath time and two car seats to buckle. During this time, I was working heavily on getting my real estate business rolling and my husband was in the beginning stages of starting his own business so he was working long hours and traveling a lot. I prayed a lot. We were balancing two new businesses and two babies. Literally. But it got easier over time. Much easier.
When our third blessing arrived, we went to "zone defense". For the rest of our lives actually. Two to three was a pretty seamless transition. The "big kids" were able to walk around, do a few things on their own, stay entertained by a TV show when needed and had set schedules so I knew when they would be napping, eating and their bedtime routines were established. We were both established in our businesses by this point so it was easier to work from home and plan our schedules.
Not everyone will understand your desire to have a big family. Not everyone will be happy for you. And that's okay. Our kiddos are such a blessing and have taught me so much about being a Mom and about unconditional love. We are trying to teach them the values of walking daily with God, the importance of attending church on Sundays, the desire to be outside and work hard for what they want. When we are working outside in the yard, they are there right along with us. When I'm cleaning inside, they are doing their part. When we go on a long hike, they are there hiking or riding along. They are experiencing life and it's many lessons by our side.
Life with three littles is not always easy but it's always worth it. They are constant companions, can always keep each other entertained with a game, a "campout" or an imaginary storyline they create. It's so neat to watch their imaginations work and their team building skills come to life. One of my favorite things is watching all three of them playing together. When I'm doing dishes and watching them from the kitchen window, it makes me so happy.
I am also TOTALLY able to relate to my clients with children and friends raising young ones. I think this helps me in my business of selling homes and on my podcast. I love encouraging other Moms, because I have been there. And I'm so thankful to say that though it's crazy, it's crazy wonderful.