Why it means everything when you notice my baby

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  • gwenmangelson Rogersville, MO
    Feb. 11, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    We are parents of 9 combined and grandparents to 18 with 2 more coming this year and we live 2000 miles away from all of them. When young parents allow us to play, tease and hold their children it takes the sting of loneliness away for us. I cannot tell you how MANY people "make fun" of my husband and I for loving and paying attention to children not in our family. We are all in God's family and why wouldn't we talk to the kids at church or in Walmart or the grocery store? Why do people assume the worst instead of appreciating the attention? I realize there are weirdos everywhere but if anyone knew HOW lonely we are for our own kids and grandkids would they be a bit more kind and sympathetic to us?

  • noonebutme Laurel, MD
    Feb. 6, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    I have 4 children and get a lot of negative looks and comments out here on the east coast where one or two children is the norm. I love it when someone says something nice! I still remember when my youngest was a baby, and I took them all to the library. As we walked in, a woman stopped me and asked if they were all mine. I warily said yes and braced myself for her response. She just smiled and said, "What a blessing! You are an angel!" It made my day and it still makes me smile when I think of her!

  • CelticTrvlr West Point, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 3:58 a.m.

    Ahhhhh1 Such a Cutie!! Gotta admit i "gushed" when I opened her picture!!
    Some mighty fine specimens your boys are turning into must be their Mother!!

  • sarmstrong slc, UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    Well, your baby sure has some scrumptious cheeks if I may say so! I get lots of comments on my baby, but I think it's because she's the only one. My sister, who is pregnant with her 4th doesn't get nearly as many. I'm not sure what the deal with that is (seems like there would be more to look at / notice) and it's a shame, but I think it's true.

  • Erika Salem, Utah
    Feb. 4, 2014 4:39 p.m.

    I hate being asked, "What do you want?" with regard to gifts for Christmas, birthdays, or just any old time. I'm a wife and a mom. And I do want things. I have often wondered why I am always stymied by that question, though. This article reminded me that finally, after more than 21 years of wondering, I came to a conclusion. I discovered I want my family to be happy more than anything else I've ever wanted. And sometimes my other wants conflict with that vision. But looking at my family, even though they are far from perfect, I realized THIS is what I want -- and because I let go of some of my past wishes, I HAVE exactly what I want right now. What I want MOST has left some dreams withered on the vine, but those would have come and gone and perhaps been forgotten. My FAMILY will be here and continue even after I am gone. And for the future, I want more of the HAPPINESS they have and share, for them and for their children, and their children's children.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    Feb. 4, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    If your children were only dogs, they would get a lot more attention. I'm serious. I have a good friend here in Vegas (single, no kids) who owns a cocker spaniel, and we cannot go ANYWHERE without people rushing up to her to ask about her dog. It's downright comical. And depending on where YOU live (you only indicated 700 miles from your family), people may be downright contemptuous about your having too MANY children, and that may be why they don't speak with you or pay any attention to your beautiful children. Regardless, the world is bigger than the few close-minded people you currently live near.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 4, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    Remember what Jim said about King Solomon in Huckleberry Finn? "He had too many chillun, so one chile more or less don't matter..."