1. Yes, we know what causes it. We did it on purpose. We wanted this many kids. No, we’re not Catholic. Yes, we have a TV. Yes, our hands are full. Yes, they’re all mine.
2. Our kids are rarely ever bored. They always have someone to play with, and with large families, there’s always housework to be done if they start whining to me about having nothing to do.
3. You either need to hide your favorite foods, or eat it the day it comes home from the grocery store- otherwise someone else will.
4. Our house is loud and messy at all times. And we don’t even notice it anymore. Sometimes, my kids will have friends over and I don’t even realize it.
5. If it’s available in bulk or industrial size- we buy it. The sheer amount of toilet paper we go through alone is overwhelming. When something comes in family size- we need at least two.
6. When you’re in the shower, it’s not a big deal if someone else comes in to pee or brush their teeth. In fact, no one even locks the bathroom door just in case someone else does need something.
7. The oldest child is often mistaken for the baby’s parent.
8. It’s not uncommon to have to run the dishwasher more than once a day- and each day easily produces at least a load of laundry.
9. Running errands with only two or three kids feels like a break. Eating out with that many seems cheap. Heading out somewhere with no kids is awkward and it’s like you forgot something important. And the silence is just weird.
10. And in comparison, eating out with the whole family is quite a production. It usually requires the restaurant to rearrange all the tables.
11. The kids answer to any of the siblings names because you rarely get the right one out on the first try. It’s gotten to the point here where we just start calling names that don’t even belong to anyone in the house.
12. Kids get color coded- from cups to clothes, it just makes life a tiny bit easier.