Sure, you can be a wise veteran mom without having a passel of kids. But there’s something about adding that fourth or fifth little one to the family that knocks you over the head with certain truths about motherhood and family life.
Here are the 11 most valuable things I’ve learned as a mom of five kids — along with great quotes from fellow moms of many that prove I’m not alone.
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There really is enough of you to go around.
Lots of parents worry whether they'll be able to love baby #2 as much as baby #1. By the time you get to baby #3 or #4, you start realizing that love is infinite. "I remember wondering, could my heart grow to be so big as to love another? And there I was, mesmerized as I took this picture, with my swollen belly and overflowing heart," says Lisa Douglas
, whose seven children are pictured above.
Would you add anything to my list?