By Kelli Artherton
I knew when I married Jake that I was also marrying a large family, well that’s an understatement. More like a HUGE family. A huge family with a ton of love that never ends! This is one of the things that made me fall in love with him. I thought this is a family man, and he will undoubtedly be a great father!
When we discussed having children after we were married, we had both agreed on having 4 kids! Well, after we had our first daughter miss Brooklyn, that number went down to three pretty quickly.
Two years later our wonderfully, strong-willed, energetic, carefree, daughter Addison came. This changed our decision for good. When Addison became a toddler, I made the announcement to my family that I was positively done with having kids.
Addison is the most loveable girl you will ever meet, until she decides she
wants needs something. I have heard it all: “I can’t do anything by myself,” “I need to whine for everything,” “I can’t walk, my legs are broken,” “I need to scream to make sure you can hear me.”
Then… She goes right back to “You’re the best momma in the world” attitude. You never know what you are going to get with her. After surviving her “terrible twos” we had made the decision that two girls were perfect for us.
In our minds, we couldn’t handle more sleepless nights, another round of potty training, the terrible twos, or another “threenager.” Not to mention, can we afford another baby? Do we have enough time for a third child?
On the other hand, another baby would mean more love, more fun, more hugs, more kisses, more everything! This past year Jake and I have really been asking ourselves are we really done? Are we going to regret not having more later on in life? We are, after all, not getting any younger…
After four years of praying, talking and wondering, we finally felt that we were ready to grow our family.