Is 5 enough?

DaLynnRmc

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LOL Family of 7 here, with 5 kids, all that info below. Do I qualify? ;)

I've always said that once you outgrow normal-sized vehicles, you totally qualify. We were struggling in our minivan after the twins were born, trying to put them in through the back hatch because I couldn't really get inside to do it... yeah, suburban it is.

What do you guys drive?
 

Sarah-MJFL

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If you feel like a large family, then I say you're a large family. :)

In today's world, I would think that most people would consider 5 kids a large family.

We have 8 and we drive a 12-passenger Ford E-350. Nothing fancy but it gets us all from point A to point B.

How old are your twins? Are they boys, girls, one of each? We have twins as well - 8 year old identical boys.
 

Lcourtneymom

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I only have four, but when they were younger, and we were all out somewhere, people acted like I was transporting a circus! (Maybe it was rather chaotic! ;))
 

DaLynnRmc

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My best friend has 4 and drives a big 15 passenger Ford, too. They are potential fosters though, so they hope to need the space off and on.

My twins are 9, one boy and one girl. She's my ONLY girl, with 4 brothers. She's the most girliest little girl ever, and I LOVE being her mom! I've always wanted a little girl! She's my proof that God gives us the desires of our hearts, and her twin brother is my message from Him that I have an assignment with boys. LOL Complete with an escort, she came! ;)
 

clarissarwest

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We have 7 (+1 in heaven), drive a 15-passenger van, and I don't always feel like a large family, but I know that 4+ kids are considered large nowadays. :) I have 9 siblings, so that is probably why I don't feel like we are a larger than average family. ;)
 

Meredith

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I have 5 kids and 3 grandchildren. I keep car seats in my minivan for the grandchildren in case they ever want to "go with Grand-Merey"! We were always the hangout house so at any random moment there could be 15 kids in my house--hey, that's only 2 friends a piece. I miss little children running around and look forward to when my grandchildren visit :) :) :)
 

EightGreatKids

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I hear you, DaLynn! We graduated to a Suburban when we had our fourth child, because they were all so close in age that they were all still in carseats and going anywhere was a major production! The extra doors made it easier to get all the buckles fastened.

I have eight children. My oldest is 22 and newly married. My oldest three live away from home at university, and my fourth is attending a local university as a 16-year-old, while living at home. My youngest is 6-years-old.

I downsized to a Honda Odyssey just a couple of months ago (but we kept the old suburban and still drive it when everyone is home) since I only have five kids at home now and we'll keep shrinking as the years march on and the Odyssey guzzles a lot less gas than the 'burb'.
 

CaliRosePeace8

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We drive a Suburban. We got it with the 6th kid because no other vehicle could fit us all. We bought a Little Passenger Seat for the back and can sit 2 extra but no cargo. Luckily the stroller would wedge in the corner just fine. But, seat belts for car seats is a pain in the Suburban, there were only a few spots where seats would fit. We started shopping for skinny based car seats. It really is a pain doing two rear facing seats at the same time in this vehicle. I wish that last row was adjustable. The middle row as a split seat to allow people to climb into the back, but its behind the passenger side. No putting a baby seat there to have to keep unlatching it. Maybe the newer models are more car seat friendly.

We felt like a big family once we had 4 kids because everything changed. We traveled less and did less as everything became more challenging. We don't regret the changes for it was rewarding in other ways. We embraced the changes and went forward to grow our family more. Maybe because we did have friends in our life with even more kids and that made it feel normal and okay. My three oldest are now grown, and my 5 youngest feel like a second family of living large. We have grand kids now and that makes family get togethers even bigger and better. Its always a party.

We've kept the old minivan through the years and it became the learner's permit car and the moving kids to college and in and out of apartments, vehicle. Putting a tow hitch on it was the best idea yet. I'm glad we didn't sell it when we bought the Suburban. But I do like my Suburban more.
 

themathprofs

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Sometimes "large" is relative. We have 4 and it seems like a large family when we got to Walmart or to church where there aren't many kids. But it seems small when we get together with friends who have 7 :)
 

Palmer8

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We are a family of 7 with 5 children. Ages 16,14, 12, 5 and 2. We have 1 car that the kids say is to small lol, it a Chrysler Pacifica. Also we are a 1 car family living in Italy at the moment and should be back in the USA in about 3 years. The Italians are so shocked by the size family we are and tell my husband and I bravo for having 5 children. My husband and I are praying and hoping that we will be blessed with a baby number 6.
 

Gerri A

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Our first son was born in 1979, we lived in a small city in Arizona and most people we knew had 3 or 4 kids. In 1989 we had our 4th then moved to California for my husband to go to grad school. Lots of apartments didnt like more than 2 kids. (Face it, lots of apartments don't like any kids!)
We own our house, now. There are few kids in our neighborhood, and they don't play outside. We're raising my niece (14, lived with us since 3 yrs). We have a Toyota Sienna. We mostly drive with just the regular 4 seats but several times have been the ride car and used all eight!
 
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We gave up on vans somewhere along the way. :D Sedans are cheaper, and our split schedules often require us to travel in two vehicles. We have had six children, but number five died a month before number six was conceived. Still, we got our Astro Extended van when had our 4th child. Back then, the oldest was only seven. Lol! Now we have two grand daughters, and three cars in our driveways
 

Cindy.benson

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LOL Family of 7 here, with 5 kids, all that info below. Do I qualify? ;)

I've always said that once you outgrow normal-sized vehicles, you totally qualify. We were struggling in our minivan after the twins were born, trying to put them in through the back hatch because I couldn't really get inside to do it... yeah, suburban it is.

What do you guys drive?
We have 6 kids and drive a Ford Transit...the price for a used one with low mileage is very reasonable. We still fit into the Dodge Pacifica with a seat extender but the extra room in the transit is so nice.
 

CamsShel

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The national average is 1.8 children per family in the US, so with five, you almost have three times the size of an average American family. :-D
 

LCredmama

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So nice to hear from so many other mamas with lots of kiddos! I live in Florida, and have only met two other families with "way too many kids", and they only had four, we have five! It's hard when literally EVERYONE treats us like a sideshow and makes comments like the above (way too many... according to who?). But my hubby and I love all our littles and still can't decide if we're going to try for number six. We have 11,10,4,2,and 1 year olds and had them alternating sexes, starting and ending with girls! Maybe the next will be a boy, if the pattern sticks! It's so nice to not feel so alone here, so thanks all you big families! All these kids are so different and special and such wonderful little blessings, aren't they? Also, we drive a Town and Country.
 

momschool

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My best friend has 4 and drives a big 15 passenger Ford, too. They are potential fosters though, so they hope to need the space off and on.

My twins are 9, one boy and one girl. She's my ONLY girl, with 4 brothers. She's the most girliest little girl ever, and I LOVE being her mom! I've always wanted a little girl! She's my proof that God gives us the desires of our hearts, and her twin brother is my message from Him that I have an assignment with boys. LOL Complete with an escort, she came! ;)
Hello! I have 5 kids too!
Dalynn, I also 4 boys and a girl who is the girliest girl ever! I love it too!
I have never felt like a large family probably because mine was so large growing up (12 kids and always someone living with us) there were 6 teens at once when I was young and with their friends were over all the time, so my 5 doesn't seem like very many in comparison, lol!
 
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