Thursday, November 26, 2009

What's Important

Several months ago I overheard a conversation between two women in my ward. They were discussing how many children they were planning on. “I want 3,” said one. “I want three too, but my husband wants four,” said the other. Of course when I heard this conversation, I wondered to myself about how many children I would have. Actually, I think about this ALL the time. I always have- even as a little girl I would obsess about this. You would have thought that once I started having children that this constant fixation on having more children would have dissipated. It hasn’t.


When I heard those women talking, my head heard the words, three children and thought, “Hey that would be really nice. You would only have to go through one more pregnancy, one more labor and delivery, one more year of breastfeeding, and three more years of diapers. You would have more money, would be able to start going on vacations, get out of debt sooner, and have more disposable income. You could go back to school sooner; you could have a career, and begin to develop a sense of identity as a regular adult in society instead of one as a person who wipes noses and butts all day. In a few years you could go to bed at a decent hour, and wake up 8 hours later feeling refreshed and ready for the day. It would be easier to go out for dinner every now and then, go on a date, go to the grocery store, or really, to go Anywhere! Your body would have less stretch marks, probably be in better shape by avoiding those extra hard to lose pounds that pregnancy seems to inflict upon us, and your boobs maybe won’t sag to the point that you’ll have to tuck them into your pants.” Well, ok, my boobs are already a lost cause, but I digress.

INSTANTLY, and I mean, even as my logical self is thinking this, my heart yells NOOOOOO! I’m supposed to have more. I know it. I don’t see myself as the most spiritual person, but this is one thing that I am absolutely sure of. My kids are missing some siblings. The fact that they aren’t here yet, gives me the most unsettled feeling; to the point that my whole frame of reference revolves around when I will be having another baby. I can just see my children still stuck up there in the pre-existence, singing to each other in tacky costumes, “Don’t forget your promise!”

I don’t ever want to have more kids than I really feel like taking care of even if I was prompted to do it. I don’t want the older kids to feel responsible for the younger ones all the time. I don’t want the younger ones to feel like they were cheated out of having parents who had enough time and energy for them. I don’t want to lose my identity as a person. I want to have as many kids as I am happy taking care of. And I really hope that the number of children I am happy to raise is the same number of children that I feel are supposed to come to our family. Right now the number in my head is 4 kids. (???) But you never know what will happen in life, and that number could definitely change.

I think it is really sad when there is a family who didn’t have as many children as they wanted, and always feel bad about it. And I think it’s just as sad when families have so many children because they felt it was the ‘right’ thing to do, but the parents are completely overwhelmed in basically every way. There are certain people who have the right temperament to have really big families. I know I’m not one of them! You really have to let go of a lot of control in your life when you have that many kids, and I’m too much of a control freak.

Anyway, I’ve been rambling, but the point of all this is that James and I are absolutely thrilled to announce our third baby expected June 25th, 2010. I am really glad that we are telling people, because I can’t suck in my stomach anymore!

One thing’s for sure:

It’s gonna be a hell of a time, James!

(If you get that reference, then you and me can be friends.)

24 comments:

Nikki Taylor said...

Yahoo!!!!!! That is sooo exciting! Congrats you guys! You two make adorable children so you have to have at least a couple more! ;) I am so very happy now our babies can be friends! Let me know if you need anything! Hope you have been feeling okay.

Kira said...

Congrats! I am thrilled for you! I think we have had so much trouble getting pregnant so I am not tempted to have eight!

Amy said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you! Congrats. :)

Lee and Melody said...

YAY!!! As I was reading your post I was hoping it would end with an announcement! Yahoo! I am so excited for you, and I totally agree with you on every point. What a fun Thanksgiving present, I am SO happy for you. And James, and JJ and McKenna. And Sparky.
:)

Emily said...

AWESOME!!! That's fantastic news, congrats Marianne!

(007 reference? If not, can we still be friends?)

jamirodana said...

Yeah, I don't get the reference.
But Congrats on the 3rd baby:)
Yay!

Chris and Tara said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. Ü

Anonymous said...

if u need any help in having a baby i am always happy to help honey :) take care

Erik and Katherine said...

Love all of the Saturday's Warrior stuff, best show ever!!! Congratulations~

Marianne said...

Katherine wins! Saturday's Warrior.

Jess said...

I suddenly have this overwhelming feeling to watch Saturday's Warrior!

Congratulations! I'm really excited for you!

Diana said...

Congratulations to the two of you! That is always wonderful news! Hooray!

Kellie Huffman said...

Of course Saturday's Warrior, a childhood favorite of mine!! Congrats, Marianne!!! I totally agree with everything you said in this post. I recently had a little bit of a chastisement from my older sister because I told her I would probably only have one more, because I don't think I could do a good job with more than that. She totally thought I was a horrible person (she has five and has no intentions of stopping anytime soon). You said everything I was not articulate enough to say at the time that I wanted to say. So thank you. I miss your humor, your blog always makes me laugh, and I love it. :)

Paul*Cat*Hallie said...

So exciting!!! But on the other hand YIKES, I think when the kids out number the parents it's all downhill... :)j/k Congrats!!!

Sue said...

Wahoo! That is so exciting! Hope you are feeling well and that everything is going good for you guys.

Mandy Burnett said...

yay, that is fun that we are prego at the same time. I envy how close together your kids are, but oh well! So glad that you and your family are doing so well and I completely agree with your post...I keep thinking 5 kids, but every time I get pregnant I start to rethink it...I hate being pregnant, did I mention that. Wade and I think about you guys all the time and want to see you, but the time never seems to be there, I hope that changes soon! Congrats to you too and let us know the same!

Chris and Michelle said...

Yay! Congratulations! That is such great news. I am with you -- sometimes I tell myself that just one more would be nice but I know that I feel better when I think the number 4. I don't know. We'll see if I can survive pregnancy #3 first -- which I'm not even ready to attempt yet!
I hope this pregnancy goes smooth for you! :)
And Saturday's Warrior... classic! :)

Brett and Ali said...

How exciting! I am so happy for you! It is amazing how each one is so special and how you love each one so differently. Anyway, congrats!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Congratulations, that's wonderful. Threes a party, but don't take my word for it, because you read my blog and I may have scared your pants off. I'm sure you'll pull it off much better than I do. :)

And you're right, numbers and red lights are all about your happiness and feeling reconciled with God.

Keenanonie said...

Great news, Mar! When we were in High School, I believe it was NINE kids that you wanted, yes? :) All I can say after reading your post (and after having only one baby) is that I amazed at my mother.

I wish you a lovely pregnancy and quick labor!

corinne and paul said...

I just want to add my congratulations to everyone else's! So Exciting Mar!
and I ALWAYS love a good Saturday's Warrior reference. So in summer 2008 when I was visiting Utah I saw a performance of Saturday's Warrior - the SEQUEL at Cottonwood High School. It was good times and just as awesomely corny as the original.

M J Foster said...

Just wanted to leave my congratulations to you too! I think no matter how many kids you have, they will be pretty lucky to have you as parents - hence their eagerness to be born, I'm sure!

Ashlie Dalton said...

Marianne, I seriously love your blog posts! And I completely 100% agree with you about the "how many kids should we have" thing.
CONGRATULATIONS on the upcoming baby!!!! I'm so happy for you.

Also, I don't get your reference but can we still be friends?!?! :)

Jeff and Nanci said...

I guess all I needed to do was keep reading! Congratulations you guys. I can't wait for you to find out what it is. And I'm glad you decided to have more. You make cute babies. LOL