Three's a Crowd?

February 1, 2006

As you can tell from my previous posts, I am obsessed with the topic of family size. A part of me is ambivalent to dive into the pool of unknowns that come with another baby, but also filled with grudging respect for women who take the risk.

Most recently, I got sucked into the responses parents sent to Berkeley Parents Network on whether having three children was “overwhelming.” The answers have yet to be posted — unless you subscribe to the website’s newsletter. But the answers ranged from “you go girl!” to “consider overpopulation”:

Heck yea three are overwhelming! I’m in the thick of it right now with one in elementry, one in preschool and one home with me. I (we) always wanted three and I was still cooing over babies when my middle child was a toddler so we went for it and are very glad we did. I remember feeling like you do and having the kind of time you mention, I don’t any longer. I rarely have time alone and rarely get to finish a sentence or relax, BUT I try to think long term when things will get easier and we’ll have all these great kids around (hopefuly). If you feel like you can stand a little chaos I say it’s worth it.

I, myself, won’t be inviting this chaos. But I am in awe of women who do — especially in the Bay Area, which is pretty expensive and dotted with TINY bungalow homes. You go, girl!