Wanting More Children When Your Hands are Full

Sometimes our emotions control us more than we wish. Wanting more children is one of those desires that is sometimes beyond our power.  We may go into family planning wanting the perfect two children and end up finding out we aren’t done there. How do you know you are done and how do you suppress the desire if it’s not feasible?

Wanting Children: The desire is normal even if others think you’re crazy.

My husband and I are waiting for our baby to be born in another state. If all goes as planned, some day soon we’ll get the call that our baby’s mom is in labor, and we’ll catch the first flight out. We’ll ooh and aah over the sweet little bundle and cry over the loss that his birth mother will feel. We’ll load up our little one and spend hours staring at his sweet face. We’ll do all the things that first-time parents do, and we’ll feel that universal excitement mixed with terror at the responsibility ahead of us. The only difference between us and other new parents is that we are far from new. Our upcoming addition, the longed for and prayed for baby of our dreams, will be our seventh child.

It doesn’t make sense, does it, to have six children and still long for more? It doesn’t make sense, but the desire is real.

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Sarah - Content Specialist for adopting.org, is a mother both biologically and through domestic infant open adoption. She resides with her husband and two boys in Ohio. She is passionate about open adoption and adoption education. In her free time she enjoys cooking, photography, writing, and hiking. You can find more of her adoption work at Heart For Open Adoption on Facebook or on Adoption.com.

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