(Closed) How did you decide how many to have?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
8022 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Well you know- if you do have 2 kids that doesn’t guarentee you one of each. 

I have one daughter from my first marriage, and DH wanted to have one that he raised from birth.  So now we have 2 girls.  We are considering having another.  My best friend has 2 and REALLY wants a 3rd, whereas her husband is very happy with just having 2.  I think it is causing some friction.  But i think it is really hard to say until you have kids.  You might have one and your husband might be like – “DONE!”.

Post # 4
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are not TTC but we agreed on just one child. I want to continue working after the baby and daycare cost about $1200-1400 a month. If we want to continue our lifestyle and not be tight on finances we could only do one. knowing my luck it will be twins 🙂

Post # 5
2650 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

DH and I both come from 2 sibling households, so we’re planning on having at least 2 ourselves and then we’ll see how that goes and if we get the itch to add one more, we’ll decide then.

OP you can always start out with 1 and see how that works for you and then once that child is a little older and if you get the itch to do it again, decide then. Just take it as it comes I guess. Your outlook on life and kids can change a lot in 5 years.

Post # 6
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

DH would love a big family. Like 3 or 4 kids at a minimum. I’m an only child and as an adult, I’m sometimes sad that I don’t have siblings to share things with, so we plan on 2 kids for sure. That much is easy. Whether we actually go beyond 2 is very much up in the air at this point as I’m turning 30/having baby #1 in a couple of weeks and I want, ideally, be done having babies by 35.

Post # 7
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am known for being practical and efficient so my so-no-sentimental way of figuring out how many kids we wanted to have was this.

There are two of us (DH and me). As such, if we had two kids and there was an emergency, we can each grab a kid and be responsible for one each with undivided attention.

So if everything goes as planned, we are going to give this two tries. I’m not opposed to multiples the second round if that’s what is in His plans, but we’re only planning to get PG and finish twice.

Of course, my plan works with one child as well. So if all we can have is one, that works too.

Post # 8
2399 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Two maybe three(;

I used to want 6 but I am starting to like the idea of 2 or 3. Just depends. lol

Post # 9
7308 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I had one…. decided I never wanted to go through that experience again, and that was that. 🙂 I make it sound simple because it was for me. To be entirely honest, I’ve always loved my kid, but I didn’t like him until he was 5 or so. I adore other people’s small children, but raising one myself was no fun. Since I didn’t actually like the whole small child process and never widshed to go through it again, I made it clear to Mr. LK when we met that my uterus was out of business. He could accept that or move right along. He was cool with my decision, and we are the happy parents of one teenage boy who is pretty awesome.

Post # 10
2512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

we decided on one because kids are a lot of work and they’re expensive. we can afford to have one but two would be really pushing the finances. DH and i each have 1 sibling and neither of us are close to them so i don’t feel like having one kid would be depriving them of a sibling friendship or anything.

Post # 11
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@TopazTurtle:  I think the best advice is to have one and then decide how many more you want.  You may have a bad pregnancy or realize that one is plenty or three is too many.  You’ve both agreed to have at least one so at least you’re on the same page about wanting kids at all.

Post # 12
2563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I will have two and only two. I feel we should replace ourselves in the next generation and then one of us will get fixed!

Post # 13
4114 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m 38 and Fiance is 37. We’re currently TTC. We want one for sure and will take some lengths to achieve that. After that one, we’ll stay “trying” and see what happens. If we get another, great! If not, that’s cool too.

Post # 14
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@TopazTurtle:  we won’t start TTC for at least another year, but we both agree that we only want one. I do want a baby with Fiance, but have never, ever wanted more than one. We both feel that only having one will allow us to be parents, but still enjoy our identities as man and wife. Maybe other bees feel differently, but I strongly believe that once you have more than one kid, you’re only ever “Mommy” (or at least 99.9% of the time), whereas if we only have one, we won’t be completely limited to our role as parents. 

Post # 15
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly, we still have decided. We have 1 on the way.


When we first met years ago I wasnt sure I wanted kids, DH wanted 5.   As we got more serious he realized how much work and how expensive kids actually were and then he wasnt sure either.


Then one day we decided to have a kid. We have only committed to one. We would like our baby to have a sibling, but honestly I am not sure if we will or not.  It will probably be decided the way we decided this one. One day one of us will say “I think we should try for #2” and then we will discuss it.

Post # 16
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m currently 26 weeks pregnant with our first child, and we plan on having another child in the future. So two total. I just knew I didn’t want to have only one child, and DH definitely doesn’t want anymore than 2.

Not sure if this makes any difference, but both DH and I come from 2 sibling households.

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