But it got me thinking about why we couldn't manage to get together more often, and how families with just one child are different to families with more than 2 children.
Families with one child get more sleep insWith just one child in the house, there's no one else to wake that child up. And if they're a good sleeper, mum and dad get sleep ins, too. Oh, how I remember sleep ins from my days of having just one child.
Families with one child cook one mealYou can almost guarantee that at every meal, someone doesn't like something I've cooked. When there's just one child, they're used to the foods you cook, and aren't as fussy. (Granted, Toni deals with allergies, but as a general rule, they all eat the same foods)
Families with one child can make spur-of-the-moment plansWith kids at school, and toddlers who don't sleep, it's almost impossible to say yes to the "let's go to the beach at 2 o'clock in the afternoon" request, if it doesn't fit in with the schedule.
Families with one child have less stuffAs a general rule, less children means less stuff to find homes for. Although in big families the last child often doesn't get new stuff anyway, because we've already got it 3 times over.
Families with one child have more one on one timeIt's hard when juggling rosters and school schedules and toddlers and everyone's needs to spend time with each child on their own. Families with one child don't have to deal with competing needs, and have plenty of one on one time.
Each family set up is unique. This post isn't to say that one way is better than another. I wouldn't change the family that I have now, but I also cherish the years I spent with Chloe as a single mum, and the relationship we built as a family unit.
Can you think of other differences?