I am a Mom of 2 kids and now soon to be 3....yes, I know it's crazy but despite the tough balancing act, my children are the best thing that has happened to me so we have decided to add one more.
It's been very interesting sharing the news of my pregnancy with colleagues, family and friends. The response I get is different for this third pregnancy.
With my first pregnancy, people were generally very excited for me. I was embarking into the world of parenting and people congratulated the decision and celebrated the novelty with me. I got lots of advice on how to manage the pregnancy and what to savour BEFORE the kids come.
With my second pregnancy, people seemed to react as though it was the natural next step. It was more a 'matter of fact' and parents with multiple children shared parenting advice on how to cope with the extra chaos.
With the third pregnancy, I find that the reactions depend on personal situations:
Those who are not yet married, or married without children, think I'm crazy to go for a third (they just can't relate);
Those with three children of their own celebrate the news and reassure me that life will just get better;
Those with two children (young and old) all recount to me how they came to the decision NOT to have a third, as if my news has made them revisit their decision;
And those with only one child feel the need to explain why they haven't yet had a second!
Ironically, even my husband has found the same trend in responses.
Regardless, we are absolutely thrilled and praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby and eager to hear any advice on going from 2 to 3!