[quote="PilgrimSong, post:9, topic:200022"]
Hi! We have seven children: three in their twenties, three teenagers, and a ten-year-old. I've been right where you are, and yes, it does get crazy.
However, keep this in perspective. You are in the toughest part right now, with several littles and no one really able to help out that much. Toddlers and babies are so much fun, so enjoy this fleeting time! And remember that it gets easier, I promise!
As your family grows, obviously your children will get older and will be able to do a LOT more. They won't need you for every little thing. They will bathe themselves, dress themselves, and do all kinds of chores...from caring for a baby to doing laundry and cooking dinner. Right now it's hard to see that far ahead, but it DOES happen.
Start training them now to help as they are able...to pick up toys, match socks, put away folded clothes, bring their dishes to the sink, even dust. They won't do a perfect job but they'll get used to the idea that everybody helps out in a family.
In many ways having baby #7 was much easier than having the older ones. I had two teenagers, and other kids old enough to do many things. Everyone was eager to help out with the new baby.
God bless you and your family!
Oh yeah, life is a lot easier now that I have teenagers. It seems like it became remarkably easier when my oldest daughter (not son--he was clueless) turned ten. I'm finding ten year old girls are very competent!