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  1. Oh, I feel for her (and you). As the oldest of 6, with the next two following 16 months and 16 months, I’m very familiar with losing mommy’s attention as new babies arrive. It seems like I always had brothers because I really don’t remember ever NOT having them. I was only 16 months old when my first brother came along. Mom says I was horrible at sharing with him or even being nice to him, but by the time the second brother came a long, I threw in the towel and became second-mommy. It sounds like K has matured a lot in the last year and she’s old enough to actually do some caring for babies if she’s so inclined. I love that she took a moment to thank you for spending time with her. I don’t know that I ever did that. My mom was completely overwhelmed as the babies just kept coming. They meant to stop after two… All that said, I am so glad to have ALL my brothers now. We are best friends to each other and we always have someone to ask for help (or offer help to) and to make sure our parents are safe and cared for when they need the help.

    You’re doing the best you can, Jill – which is better than most. I am always amazed at how much you get done and how gracefully you seem to handle whatever comes up. Just having my one kid was enough to really appreciate what my mom went through with so many – and what you’re doing now. You go, girl!

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