Pregnancy and Birth

The first days of being a family of seven

Our first days as a large family

Yup you read right, we are a big, blessed family of seven! We now have five children 12 and under. We are a large family! You can imagine how most days look around here. We have yelling, fighting, playing, plenty of mess and even more love. To me our family is a perfect mess!

little feet of the new member of our large family

Finding the balance

Let’s be real it has been a roller coaster since having Brooklyn.

Nikolaus got to be around for the day but maintained his distance, Michael held and even touched his sister for the first time for me to take this picture today, Faith is great with the baby but super whiny (not to be confused with wine), and Aria well she just wants to touch and hold the baby always.

Having Brooklyn being born on Sunday means Monday all the older kids would need to be family of seven siting on the couch togethertaken to school and we were blessed that Julio is still on vacation from work to do all the driving this week. He has been the one to do just about everything around the house including the cooking, homework, and changing of the very first meconium diaper and others that followed.

Having her on Sunday also means that we needed to keep up with our already busy schedule while still taking Brooklyn to her appointments and seeing the midwife for our follow ups.

Is the week over yet?

Wednesday Faith and Michael had their holiday show at school and even a family with a three old baby like us for example had to represent and cheer on our children. You see even on the bad days or in those bad moments like the ones leading up to us leaving the house for the show I’m reminded that my children are amazing, loving and great students!

They are adjusting just like we are, they need love and patience which is running low at this time. I would be hiding my truths if I didn’t say it because we all have those moments even families with nannies have those moments, maybe just not as often.

Placenta pills

We have made it to Thursday and got to see our lovely midwife Christa again plus pick up boat in the ocean- large families need time to adjustour placenta pills, yup you read that right too. While not everyone agrees on the usage we don’t do what everyone does but what works for our family. In case you are interested in a few facts of why we have chosen to essentially consume our placenta here they are; increase iron, increase milk supply, maintain hormone levels, etc. I’ve had them made after my other pregnancies and helped me so with my knowledge and experience I chose to have them made again.

Cheers to being honest and telling family truths! Here is to a blog where you will learn about a large family and their experiences and here is to your family having a place to relate to. Don’t forget to read our birth story.

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21 thoughts on “The first days of being a family of seven”

  1. Wow! Three is tough most days – you are a gracious mama. You seem like you have a beautiful family. You’re a rockstar.

    1. Jordan you are a rockstar too and by the way after 3 it’s all the same you just go through more names to get to the right one.

  2. Whoa!! A houseful of laughter, love and chaos all at the same time. Love to your kiddos and hats off to you for braving it out with fervor. 🙂

  3. Once our baby is born around the holidays, our family will become a family of 7 but we will have kids who range from newborn -17 and they don’t all live under one roof. Still will be a big change for our family. Good luck with your family of 7!

  4. Wow, hats off to you for raising a great family in a beautiful way and turning out the stressful moments into memorable one.

  5. I bet you have your hands more than full mama! But they sure are a huge blessing. 🙂 Congrats on your new bundle of joy.

  6. Congrats on your new blessing!

    As for the placenta pills…I give you props for taking those. Personally, I couldn’t do it (and I’m a semi-crunchy mom).

    Sounds like you are taking steps to create a happy, healthy future for your family! You rock, mama!

    1. Hi Missy,

      Thank you!

      I honestly still have pills she is almost 10 months. They aren’t that bad I just don’t think about it.

      Thanks again for stopping by! Well wishes

  7. Wow, that is a full house. But I bet it is in the best way! I could only imagine how stressful it is sometimes, so make sure you get some mommy time.

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