When Fraulein Maria first met the von Trapp children, a little seed was planted in my young, impressionable mind. Remember the shrill of the whistle and the subsequent array of children that stumbled into the room, all lined up in a row? Yes, so do I - fondly.
While life isn't all brown paper packages tied up with string, I think it's safe to say that the truly good things are the simple ones. If there's one lesson I've learned over the past few years it's that stuff doesn't guarantee happiness but a wholesome meal, a good night's slumber and giggling children, do*.
With three giggling gerties to our name, Daniel and I were recently placed into an entirely new social category; that of the large family. Our hands are literally and figuratively full; we are juggling like the best of them. But if welcoming Percy into our lives has taught us anything, it's that a big family is for us.
Is it safe to say that the large family is experiencing a renaissance? The two-three children trend of the nineties and early naughties is still strong but I've noticed that more couples are making the leap to four, five, six. And I must admit, the dynamics and practicalities of the large family unit intrigue me. I've always read the blogs of mothers with a gaggle of children, fascinated by their day-to-day rhythms and lifestyle choices. If I meet a woman with more than three children I tend to ask her what it's really like...and then we chat about her washing pile, her car choice and whether bunk beds are the only option.
If my experience is anything to go by, the more children I have the better I become at adapting and making do, the more settled I feel in this motherhood role. While I never take it for granted, I do truly hope that we'll add to our brood.
Do big families intrigue you?
Are you finished having children or do you still want to grow your family?
If you have 4+ children how do people react to your decision?
*the irony of placing "slumber" and "children" in the same sentence is not lost on me.