All my life I had wanted a big family, 3 or 4 minimum. That was before I experienced parenting first hand. After the challenge of being a first time mother I was honestly thinking that might be it. Having one changed my mind on having more. Then you know what happened? We had another. Having two children is the most rewarding experience of my life. Yes, it beats getting in to my first choice college, receiving my juris doctor, landing my dream job, and then leaving it to teach yoga. All of that pales in comparison to seeing my two children interact on a daily basis. Watching them share secrets, steal hugs, and laugh together is heartwarming beyond words. Overhearing my know-it-all first-born try to explain potty etiquette, or math, or the minimum safety requirements for jumping on mommy and daddy’s bed – and watching his reckless baby sister take the time to really listen – makes me laugh, tear up, and swell with pride all at the same time. For some people, having one child is the right choice. But if you are on the fence and feeling overwhelmed by first time motherhood, I am here to tell you to go for it and don’t listen to what Elizabeth Banks is saying.
I wrote at length about this topic today on Mommyish: