Parenting is a hard gig no matter how many kids you have. That said, there are slightly different struggles for parents of one versus parents of three or more – and parents who fall into the latter group know the 15 below intimately.
Have a drink, and a laugh, because someone is going to need you very soon.
#15. Strangers feel even more free to comment on your family size/makeup.
“Oh, you finally got a girl!” or “Are you going to keep trying for that boy?” are regular occurrences.
#14. Picking a movie counts as an activity and takes up as much time.
No one agrees. Ever.
#13. So. Many. Parties.
You’ll need to figure gifs into your monthly expenses.
#12. You’ll never get your kid’s name right on the first try.
You will absolutely sound just like your mother.
#11. It’s never quiet.
Like, ever. Noise somehow quadruples with each kid.
#10. Getting a good photograph.
Good luck getting everyone to look at the camera at the same time, never mind smile.
#9. Bedtime routines are a laugh (or a cry).
Wrangling one kid into a routine is a full time job, but once you’re playing a zone defense, you realize pretty quickly that you do not have the upper hand.
#8. You’re running out of places to hide.
They will find you. And the chocolate.
#7. The idea of having a clean house makes you LOL.
Just give yourself permission to wait until most or all of them have moved out.
#6. Self-care is for other moms.
If you have a night to yourself, you’re probably spending it on a date (or a full night of sleep), not getting mani/pedis or a massage.
#5. The bathrooms are always full. And dirty.
I don’t care how many bathrooms you have, it’s not enough. Especially if you have boys.
#4. Babysitting is a serious expense.
It’s still worth it, but just barely.
#3. So are vacations.
You will realize why your vacations as a kid included road trips to the lake or South Dakota – and even those equal a major expense.
#2. Your relationship will get stronger with every kid.
Teamwork and support is the only way to make things happen – otherwise, you’ll have a mutiny on your hands.
#1. You have details planned for the smallest of stops. Because you have no choice.
There’s no way to even stop at the store for essentials without a technical layout and a game plan, front to back. And trips to Target alone seriously feel like a vacation.
Just a few things to think about before you add one more, parents of two!