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How and When Do You Decide Your Family Is Complete?

I’m one of two children, so I was certain that two was the perfect number. That was before I became a mother. Now…I’m just not sure.

There are many moments when I’m convinced two is more than enough. On those exhausting, sleep-deprived days when the baby is crying or when my preschooler just won’t go to bed, I think my family is complete. But the daily joys of parenthood outweigh physical exhaustion.

I know there’s a reason I just can’t bear to part with the outgrown baby clothing, the baby swing and all of the other baby gear that clutters our basement. So while I haven’t decided that I definitely want a third child, I am no longer certain that I don’t.

The love I feel for my children has changed the way I view family size. Pre-children, my concerns were mainly financial and practical. But after seeing a friend of mine welcome an unexpected baby into her life, I realized that no mother regrets having a children even if there are accompanying financial hardships. And after seeing other friends struggle with infertility or pregnancy complications, I feel especially blessed to have two healthy children.

On the other hand, I’ve had friends tell me definitively that they are done having children. Several even had their tubes tied. I lack their certainty, and I suspect I’ll probably decide to have a third child once I develop sufficient amnesia about childbirth and all of the sleep-deprivation that follows.

I’m one of two children, so I was certain that two was the perfect number. That was before I became a mother. Now…I’m just not sure. There are many moments when I’m convinced two is more than enough. On those exhausting, sleep-deprived days when the baby is crying or when my preschooler just won’t go to bed, I think my family is complete. But the daily joys of parenthood outweigh physical exhaustion. And I know there’s a reason I just can’t bear to part with the outgrown baby clothing, the baby swing and all of the other baby gear that clutters our basement.
So while I haven’t decided that I definitely want a third child, I am no longer certain that I don’t. The love I feel for my children has changed the way I view family size. Pre-children, my concerns were mainly financial and practical. But after seeing a friend of mine welcome an unexpected baby into her life, I realized that no mother regrets having a children even if there are accompanying financial hardships. And after seeing other friends struggle with infertility or pregnancy complications, I feel especially blessed to have two healthy children.

I’m curious to know: How and when do you decide your family is complete? Join the conversation and be entered to WIN the designer handbag of your choice (Up to a $500 value) from Essure!

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of Bloganthropy.org, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, Bloganthropy.org recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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