No. I'm not dying. Not yet, anyway. I'm referring to the light at the end of the Toddler Tunnel.
A discussion was held a little while back on Mia Freedman's blogMamamiaabout how you know when you're 'done' having kids. Of course, the answer to that varies in each person's situation. There are people who never feel as though they're 'done'. They'd happily have 100 children or, likeThe Dugger Familyfeatured in Mia's piece, 18. (With the, um, 19th due next year.Gulp). Which, to me, wouldfeellike 100 children. And then there are some who would happily extend their family of 1, 2 or 3 kids, but don't because they just can't, whether it be for financial or physical and health-related reasons.
Then there are those who justknowwhen they're done. They have their baby, or babies, and then they just stop. Happily. I include myself in the latter category.
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