I laughed, I cried, I nodded vigorously…

December 19, 2008 | 23 comments

When I saw this:

(Don’t miss their responses at 4min 20sec. H/T to Heidi Jo What Do You Know?)


  1. Nzie

    Oh my gosh, we have lived this too! My parents watched this over my shoulder and we agreed we’d heard all of them. The only difference is we are Catholic… but I’ve met many large Protestant families too!

    ~Zee, 2nd of 8

  2. mom huebert

    Oh my goodness. I’m wiping away tears while laughing. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Jane @ What About Mom?

    Cute. Who put the baby down?

    And another reason I’m glad to be living back in Utah. With our 3 (so far), we’re one of the small families. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Jessica

    Wow . . .

    I love it.

  5. Ouiz

    As another mom of 7, let me say that I’ve been asked EVERY SINGLE ONE of these questions… repeatedly… and then some…

  6. mary ellen

    So sad that I hear all of this same stuff and I only have 4. I really love the one about “Do you know what causes it?” Well, chances are, I know better than you do!

  7. Michelle

    I love it! That was great.

  8. Sara

    I got all that with my 6. Now that they’re older and I travel alone sometimes I feel like people with little ones consider me the enemy!

  9. Beth/Mom2TwoVikings

    As an only child trying to figure out how to manage just TWO (LOL), I’m in awe! God must only gives ya what you can deal with! *wink*

  10. Karen

    As a family of eight, my DH and I agreed with every single one!

    Of course, our favorite response to the “Do you know what causes it?” one is…
    “Yes. We’re just better at it than most people…”

  11. Shannon @ Rocks In My Dryer

    That was hilarious. I only have four, and I’ve been asked all those same questions! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. paula k

    I’ve been hearing this since I had 3, and now we have our fifth on the way. Unfortunately we hear a lot of this from our own family. I think strangers have been more polite! I’m starting to get more and more outrageous in my replies though, I have a snarky streak…

  13. 50s Housewife

    What a cute song! We have 5 and we’ve been asked all those questions too.

  14. Misty

    This is so fun. I found it on another blog just today. We are only working on number two but we want to have a large family and we already get criticized. Especially now with our second on the way everyone asks if we want a boy, assuming that we are done after two. Every time anyone asks how many kids we want to have, etc. I usually give a vague answer and say that we hope for a large family and want to adopt someday. Almost every time I get a look resembling “Oh you poor naive mother- just wait.” Actually people say that too. “Just wait, you’ll change your mind after two or three.” It is amazing and amusing what people feel entitled to say.

  15. Mary@notbefore7

    This was great! I posted it on my blog with a thanks to you ๐Ÿ™‚ It was quite timely because a few days ago I posted the reactions people were giving me to this fourth pregnancy that weren’t all positive, but questioning of my sanity ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. pharmgirl

    I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there! Thanks for posting!

  17. Tara Sz.

    Oh my GOSH – I am number One of Ten and I laughed my head off. This is SO true, except we often heard, “You must be Irish Catholic,” which admittedly is true. ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember as a kid I didn’t understand the stereotype and I was always amazed when people identified us as Irish Catholic. I just figured we looked Irish. Ha.

    Thanks for the post Jen…Merry Christmas!

  18. Anonymous

    I found this through another message board, and this is hilarious! I admit I have only gotten the “you have your hands full” so far, but I expect they will keep coming as our family expands. Thanks for sharing! Melissa, mother to 3 children (5,3,1) plus one more due in May.

  19. eulogos

    They didn’t put in, “why don’t you get yourself fixed, so this doesn’t keep happening to you” which was said to me when I only had three with the fourth obviously on the way. I stuttered, “But, but, but…I WANT all my children.”

    Once when I had just had the second, a lady said to me in the grocery store, “Now you have your boy and your girl and you are all done.” She didn’t even make it a question. Talk about social pressure! I replied, No, I think I will have a baby every 18 months for the next ten years. She turned white and walked away without a word.

    And I almost did. (I had nine. The youngest is a college sophomore now. )

    Another funny one, by a woman on a bus in Baltimore was “Do all them babies got the same daddy?” I assured her they did. She shook her head in amazement.

  20. Chris

    My wife and I have four, with our fifth due in February. We are also NFP teachers in Galveston-Houston. The one that always has surprised me is, “We figured it just didn’t work.”

    Little do they know…

  21. lissla lissar

    That was awesome. Just awesome.

    We only have one (so far), and we’re already getting, “Are you sure you ever want to do this again?”, and “One more, and that’s it, right?”. Plus, to my Mom, from friends, “I hope you like being a grandma! Lots more coming!”

    We’re Catholic converts.

  22. cherub

    We only have four right now and trust me we get the same remarks. There is only 14 month between our two youngest so we really got grief when I was 6 months pregnant pushing 10 mont hold in a stroller while our 3 year old dd walked with us!

  23. Anonymous

    I’m a mom of 6, and I hear these same ?’s every, single week! I love it! And we are Catholic! This was great!

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