How I Knew I Was Done Having Kids

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I am so totally done having kids.

Psychologically, sometimes I feel like I'm maybe not, but physically for sure.

Like I burned that factory down ages ago, and it would take a miracle for sure.

But people are always asking if we are going to try for a girl (no) and how I know for sure that these three are it for me.

Here's how …

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The thought of not sleeping at night consistently made me want to barf. I was just so very over the being-up-listening-to-a-baby-cry bit. And not being able to do things because my milk makers would burst if I did. And carrying all of the kid-accoutrements that they seem to require wherever they go. And that super huge car seat. And, yep, pretty much all of that. I enjoyed babyhood with my babies. I was all up in it when it was happening, but I've moved on, and I don't desire to go back.

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My wallet was all, “hey, girl, you're done.” Having two kids in diapers will do that to you. And, note for the future, feeding three growing, soon-to-be-teen boys is even worse. So think about that when you're deciding on another!

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Our family can fit into my husband's car right now. If we had another kid, we'd both have to drive big cars, and that just feels like overkill.

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We can still sort of fit in a booth at a restaurant. Sort of. Depends where we go, but regardless, we aren't party sized, so it works.

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My doctor straight up told me. Something to the effect of, “You are done having kids, right? Because you need to be.” So I figured, with a warning like that and all of these other things, more kids are probably not happening for me.

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How I Knew I Was Done Having Kids

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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  1. Jenna says:

    Just an observation…when you have more than three kids, that doesn’t mean both of you have to drive big cars. You just have to plan who gets the car when more wisely. We have a minivan that seats 8 and a sedan that seats 5. Whenever we do something as a family or if more than four kids are involved with one parent, we plan to use the minivan, whichever of us is the driver. I pretty much almost always use the minivan as it’s sort of my car but if he needs to take four or more kids somewhere and I need a car too, I take the sedan. Not that complicated, really. Oh, we have six kids. But yes, all those things you listed definitely play into. Too bad sometimes the birth control fails and God has other plans for your family. 😉

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