Our fall favorites are here! 🍂

With each subsequent child I have given birth to, there comes along a list of unexpected things that just seem to “happen.” But every mama knows that when you switch from man-to-man defense to zone defense, things are bound to change and in the strangest of ways. Here’s my list of 7 things that happen when you have 3 or more small kids.

  1. People will always give you sympathetic looks when out in public. This look is almost always followed by, “Why, don’t you have your hands full?” Why yes, yes I do. In my head I’m thinking, “Yes, would you like to help me shop by pushing my cart to the back of the store so I can pick up my weekly 4 gallons of milk?” But I normally just respond with, “Yep, they’re a lot of fun!”
  2. You raise your third (or fourth or fifth) child completely differently than your first. Gone are the days of being up to date on reading all the latest parenting books. No, you fly by the seat of your pants, girl friend. Your first baby was dressed to the nines every day (even if you didn’t go anywhere) and got homemade organic baby food. Your latter children wear hand-me-down pajamas all day everyday and eat chocolate chips off the kitchen floor. I’m sure they’ve only been sitting down there for a couple of days.
  3. You will become amazed at what you can accomplish with your feet. From picking up dropped binkies to opening and closing cabinet doors, your feet and legs become your other set of hands. You never quite knew the strength of your toes or your sense of balance until nursing a baby with one arm, mixing cookie dough with another, and turning the pages of your toddler’s favorite “Clifford” book with your foot. For all you know, you could be an act in a traveling circus.
  4. You will totally freak out if you think you might be pregnant again. For most of us who have 3 or more small kids, suspected pregnancies (especially in those first few months postpartum) are absolutely terrifying. I believe the the conversation between my husband and I last week after I had a few days of extreme exhaustion and a queasy stomach went a little something like this: “You don’t think I could be pregnant again, do you? I mean, there’s no way… No absolutely not, we were super careful. Nah, we’re good….I’m gonna go pee on a stick just to make sure.” The minutes following that intense urination are critical. With either result, you usually end up crying (and my results were negative last week, BTW. This is not a pregnancy announcement).
  5. Your oldest seems so grown up. I don’t think it happened overnight, but it sure as heck seemed like it did. Suddenly my oldest could do things independently that I didn’t even know she could do with supervision, she became a little “mommy” to her two younger siblings, and the conversations she can carry on with me are out of this world. Some days I feel guilty that she is having to grow up too fast being the oldest, but other days I beam with pride knowing she is becoming a truly remarkable young person and that she has the most beautiful heart.
  6. The number of yoga pants you own will exponentially increase. Hallelujah. I have nothing else to say about this. Just hallelujah.
  7. Your heart makes room for more children to love, even if your time between them is divided. This is a natural phenomenon that occurs with every new baby that comes into your family. When I had my first, I was blown away that I could love someone so much who I had just met. With my second, I was afraid I would never be able to love her as much as my first. With my third, I could hardly wait to meet him because I knew the immediate love I was about to experience. It’s just as powerful and beautiful with every child. And I wouldn’t change it for anything.

For those of us with a small herd of small children, we know the realities of having big families. But with that knowledge we also know the immense joy that our kids bring into our lives and what a true gift it is to be chosen as their parents.

That and we know every word to “The Hot Dog Song” and “Let It Go.”

You may also like:

Being That Mom in the Pew

Don’t Let Me Forget Their Littleness

Why Tired Mothers Stay Up So Late

Want more stories of love, family, and faith from the heart of every home, delivered straight to you? Sign up here! 


So God Made a Mother book by Leslie Means

If you liked this, you'll love our new book, SO GOD MADE A MOTHER available now!

Order Now

Lauren Eberspacher

I'm Lauren and I'm a work-in-progress farmer's wife, coffee addict, follower of Jesus and a recovering perfectionist. When I don't have my three kids attached at my hip, you can find me bringing meals into the fields, dancing in my kitchen, making our house a home, and chatting over a piece of pie with my girl friends. I'm doing my best to live my life intentionally seeking all that God has for me and my family. Follow me at: www.fromblacktoptodirtroad.com From Blacktop to Dirt Road on Facebook laurenspach on Instagram

Welcome to Periods in Your 30s and 40s

In: Health, Humor
Welcome to Periods in Your 30s and 40s www.herviewfromhome.com

Do you remember that day in the fifth grade when the boys and girls were separated for the “Sexuality and Development” talk? Some nice old lady health teacher came into your room and gave you some straight talk about how the next few years were going to go for you. It was awkward and shocking and you knew your childhood would never be the same. When you hit your mid-thirties, there should be some kind of Part Two to that conversation. All the ladies need to be rounded up, lead into a dimly lit classroom that smells vaguely of pencil...

Keep Reading

How to Stay Married For (at Least) 10 Years

In: Humor, Relationships
How to Stay Married For (at Least) 10 years www.herviewfromhome.com

In July, my husband and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. We got married back in 2008 following my college graduation. I was only 22 at the time and him? Well, he was all good-looking at the prime age of 30. There were may vocal skeptics who chimed in, unasked of course, to share with us their belief that we would “never last” and that it would “never work”. To them, I say, “You were wrong! Na-na, na-na, boo-boo!” Just kidding, of course; I don’t talk like that. I am a respectable mother, not a four-year-old child and thank goodness...

Keep Reading

How to Put Your Children to Bed in 46 Easy Steps

In: Humor, Kids
How to Put Your Children to Bed in 46 Easy Steps www.herviewfromhome.com

It was time. It had to happen. We’d had a good run at pouring our children into bed at 11:30 p.m., sweaty, sticky, and exhausted from their head to their toes.  But bedtime had to get back to its (somewhat) regularly scheduled program.  When we had one kid, bedtime was a breeze.  Each night, we had a 10 step process. And the steps were simple. And very, very routine. 1. Toys away at 7:10 p.m. 2. Up the stairs at 7:15 p.m. 3. Change into pajamas 4. Brush teeth 5. Read two books 6. Say prayers 7. Light off 8....

Keep Reading

Welcome to the Dreaded Man Cold Season

In: Health, Humor
Welcome to the Dreaded Man Cold Season www.herviewfromhome.com

Your husband has a mere headache, but he automatically now believes that he is going to be a chronic sufferer of cluster migraines. Or, maybe he got a small splinter, but he now believes that he is, without probability, going to end up with a staph infection. And, well, that cough of his (cough, cough) is going to have him laid up in bed for the next two days because he is just feeling so terrible. Sound familiar? It is all too familiar to me. What am I talking about? How men are babies when they get sick. Yes, I said it. I...

Keep Reading

Wanted: Imperfect Friends

In: Humor, Relationships
Wanted: Imperfect Friends www.herviewfromhome.com

Is anyone else as sick of the facade as I am?  Because on social media, everyone seems to have their crap together. But I sure don’t.  Scrolling through my feeds leaves me feeling inadequate and lonely, desperately lonely.  I know social media is only the high points. I know there is always more going on behind the scenes that I don’t know about. But at the end of the day, I just feel like there’s no one who would want to be friends with little, imperfect, insignificant, me.  So, I’m placing an ad.  Wanted: Imperfect Friends A kind, but quirky,...

Keep Reading

51 Reasons a Mom Might Be Late

In: Humor, Motherhood
51 Reasons a Mom Might Be Late www.herviewfromhome.com

I’ve got a question for all you moms out there: Have you ever been late? Yeah, me neither. Just kidding! We’ve all been there. We have an appointment, a meeting, an event, or just a playdate, and we want to be on time. In fact, it often looks and feels like we’re going to be on time. We’ve planned ahead. We have everything in order, and we are ready to head out the door. But then, without fail, the inevitable happens. Actually, it seems that a good number of inevitables happen. And we’re running late, again. Being on time is...

Keep Reading

5 Ways Boy Moms Always Ruin Our Fun

In: Humor, Kids
5 Ways Boy Moms Always Ruin Our Fun www.herviewfromhome.com

We know Mom loves us, don’t worry about that . . . but sometimes it seems like she’s just making up a whole pile of rules to ruin our fun. For instance, we’ll be in the middle of a huge independent project and she’ll come along, usually shriek, and be like, “You can’t use water guns to fill up the bathtub! And why are you shooting water into the toilet? Ewwwwww.” And just like that, we have to pack it all up and return to a clean orderly activity. A controlled activity. A zero fun activity. We’re not even sure...

Keep Reading

Should Grandparents Get Paid to Babysit?

In: Humor, Journal
Should Grandparents Get Paid to Babysit? www.herviewfromhome.com

While swaying in side-by-side hammocks, my daughter paid me the ultimate compliment: “It gives me enormous peace of mind while I’m working, to know you’re watching my son and that he’s in the most capable hands.” Then 10 seconds later while I was still orbiting in happy mode, she insulted me by offering to PAY me for this glorious privilege. We engaged in a little tit for tat tug of war with no clear winner. And the debate rages on, at least in our household. How about yours? To pay or not to pay the loving grandparents who bless us...

Keep Reading

Kids Today Will Never Know the Joy of a 90s Summer

In: Humor

So you want a good old fashioned 90s summer, huh? I don’t blame you. The 90s rocked! (Literally, thanks to Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder.) I’m not going to lie—I take slight offense to the use of “old fashioned” and “90s” in the same sentence, as I’m pretty sure the 90s were like 10 years ago, but I’ll still help you out. If you’re really doing this though, you’ll need to ditch some of your modern conveniences, like your phone. I know, I know, but it’s a requirement. You may bring a beeper or clunky flip-phone, but no internet allowed...

Keep Reading

Dear Kids, This Is Not An Uber

In: Humor, Kids
Dear Kids, This Is Not An Uber www.herviewfromhome.com

Paid automotive transportation is pretty simple. You hop in the backseat of a cab, share the address where you are going and aren’t required to speak any longer until you arrive at your destination and pay the driver. The same primary rules apply to taking an Uber or Lyft.  The unwritten rules have been in place for some time. Your trade-off for taking paid transportation is a ride in the backseat, where you don’t have control over the music, the temperature of the car, the route the driver takes or how fast the trip takes, not even the amount of...

Keep Reading