Very few of us are thrown into the situation where we gain a large family overnight.
It grows gradually, and we adapt and change as it does so.
We don’t look at our family as big or small.
It’s just our family.
We don’t notice it until something happens which makes you stop and realise that yes, I do have quite a large family after all!
You know you have a large family when:
You can pick any item off the sales rack at random and know that it’ll fit ‘someone’.
The definition of success is finding the bottom of the laundry bin.
Serving up meals leaves you with flashbacks of the school dinner lady rhythmically plonking one ladleful of food onto plate after another – except now that lady is you.
You can’t go out as a family without inducing the nodding-dog symptom in passers-by. You know, the one where they try to discreetly count you all but nod their heads as they do so.
Your obstetric consultant is on your Christmas card list.
You consider swapping existing children’s first and middle names around in order to create names for the new baby because you’ve used up all the names you like already.
Rather than know you by name, people know you as ‘the ones with all those kids.’
You need to block book an entire hour-long slot at the dentist – and that’s just for the first half of the family.
You need to write down everyone’s order to hand over when you order a takeaway as 1) it would take too long to tell the person taking it, and 2) it’s impossible to remember that much!
You never need to wait for enough whites to build up in the laundry basket to run a full load.
You find yourself admiring newer model minibuses instead of cars.
Making a cup of tea for everybody means boiling the kettle twice.
Your dining table extension needs an extension…
…and you switched individual dining chairs to benches a long time ago.
You are on first name terms with everyone at the ante-natal clinic.
You need two or more family-sized packs of anything because one nowhere near cuts it.
You’re out with the kids and someone comments with ‘You’ve got your hands full!’ only for you to reply, ‘This is only half of them. The rest are at home!’ And you’re not even kidding.
You remember certain events by who you were pregnant with at the time or who had just been born.
These are just a few ways you know you have a large family and we’re sure you can add a whole lot more to the list. Add yours to the comments below!
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