Monday Listicles

Welcome back from your vacation.

Thank you to Hope, who chose a great topic and made us all dream of warmer places and you all for linking inspiring posts on what makes a perfect vacation. It was fun to dream a little and remember how to relax.

This Monday Jen chose an interesting list for us to make: 10 reasons why you do or do not want more children! OR, if you don’t have kids, 10 reasons why you don’t, including if you ever will. I like a good challenge and shared even if it is not something I would discuss with other moms at the playground. But we are all friends here, so I shall be honest. Really look forward to reading yours too.

Before we begin, I have a huge announcement. Next week Listicles will be very special. There is a wonderful and very important moment we will celebrate and I really don’t want you to miss it. So I will make this list so incredibly simple you have no reason to skip it. Come and share ten of your favorite photos. They can be of you or perfect strangers, taken by you, pinned by you, seen by you, old or new. List of 10 photos. Easy peasy.

Until then, let’s see your 10 reasons this week.

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!


1. We got pregnant as soon as we started trying.

2. My pregnancy was a breeze.

3. My labor was on time.

4. I gave birth with no pain relief and I really did not think it was that terrible.

5. My son latched on immediately.

6. I did not find feedings and sleepless nights too tiring.

7. I am in no rush to go back to work, nore do I have to.

8. I do truly enjoy spending time with my son and think he is fun to be with.

9. We have no reason not to have more children.


10. We love our family just the way it is.

That I think is the beauty of being free to be you and me. Choice.

75 thoughts on “Monday Listicles”

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you Greta. And I am sorry about the comments, no idea why my site pops you in spam…

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Sorry to hear that Rachel. I really was so beyond fortunate on all counts I always feel a bit guilty about it. And so very blessed.

  1. Twitter: runnermomjen
    Oh, that sweet picture…you look so beautiful!! Motherhood really agrees with you, Stasha. Thank you for sharing and for your honesty. I find myself wondering if people want more kids or not, but I would never dare to ask ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..The Wonders in My Life

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you. I always feel really scared telling people we planned to just have one. Like I am selfish or ungrateful. But I will tell the truth if asked ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Awww this is so sweet! I have to be honest, pregnancy and birth were a breeze for me too, however I am done. I chose a little sarcastic view on mine (plus I think I drank too much wine LOL) Love your list! You are totally right too, the beauty of being free is choice!!!
    Danielle recently posted..Monday Listicles: Why I am DONE!!!

  3. Twitter: chosenchaos
    No list for me this week but I’ll be around checking out the others. And yours was perfectly said. Playground Mommies can pass so much judgement. And there is always so much assumption.

    That photo is beautiful. Both of you look right at home.
    Jamie recently posted..if i could turn back time | mamamash

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Cannot wait to meet you. I went darker last saturday too!! Not quite a brunette but darker ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Twitter: kiddothings
    The freedom of choice – I like that. You’ve made such a beautiful baby, you should make more; but that’s not a good reason to make more babies actually. Don’t mind me. Love that picture ๐Ÿ™‚
    Kiddothings recently posted..More Kids?

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you Galit. Your vlog made my heart skip a bit. I am so glad you and Jason multiplied yourselves times 3, one can never have too much of your sweetness!

  5. Twitter: lilahbility
    Okay that photo makes my uterus ache. I love that you have all the reasons in the world to have another child but that you feel content with things just the way they are. I totally dig that.
    Amanda recently posted..The Man of the House

  6. Twitter: mannahattamamma
    Babies…gotta love a snuggly baby, and that picture is just bliss incarnate. Because I have a cold I’m a tad grumpy today, so I’m going to toss this little bit into the mix: aren’t we all lucky that we HAVE a choice about whether or not to have more babies? And that we’re able to have this online discussion without stomping on what each of us has decided for ourselves and our families? One of the wonderful things that listicles provides us (thank you Stasha!) is this civilized space…would that the rest of the country/world were capable of equally compassionate discussions when it came time to talk about what women want to do with their bodies.
    And now I will climb down off my soapbox…
    deborah l quinn recently posted..the ghost of john wayne and the perils of eleven

  7. Twitter: euregirlsandboy
    You are so amazingly beautiful, Stasha! I love that picture.

    And your list is perfect – a great reminder that each of us have our own thoughts and reasons for this very personal decision, and there’s no right or wrong. I think I finally feel done (certainly right now), but I felt that way after the second, so I can’t rule it out ๐Ÿ™‚
    Katie E recently posted..Monday Listicles: 10 Reasons We Wanted a Third Baby

  8. You are amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t “met” anyone with such a positive attitude to life for a long time. I do find you very inspiring! Thank you! And yes, you should have plenty of babies! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Emilia recently posted..Dental Implants

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you Emilia. How lovely to have you join me here! My town has a lot of dentists, so come around any time ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      You can indeed. Anytime! And a few of my friends sat down to have the talk with their husband only to realize they were on the same page after all ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Twitter: notwifezilla
    That photo = Bliss!
    While you seem to make the case for having a quiverful of babies, I think the last lines are perfect. You know what’s right, what’s full, what’s family!
    Thanks for sharing my friend!

  10. Twitter: finallymom
    #10 rocks. ๐Ÿ˜€
    you commented on someone’s comment about thinking that others might view wanting only one child as being selfish… to that i say, if knowing and loving the fact that i am incredibly blessed with my one makes me selfish, than hot damn am i the most selfish person on the planet. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    christina recently posted..One and Done, the Listicle

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Second that! Our grannies fought for it hard enough, we owe it to them to exercise it every day. One, none, two or twenty , as long as it fits us good.

  11. Twitter: EverythingEvie
    Great list! How awesome that your pregnancy was a breeze. Mine was great up until the last trimester. I ended up with oodles of complications and landed in the hospital on bedrest for get this….9 weeks. It sucks, but thankfully my boy was perfect. It was SO worth it!

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I agree, no trouble is not worth it when it comes to our children. I love how great you are at this entertaining planning. You should consider writing a book. I was reading it and it just made sense.

  12. Twitter: JenAnnHall
    I totally had feeling that’s exactly what you were gonna say. Because your little guy is already 4 (although my kids are 5 1/2 years apart) and I’ve just never gotten the feeling that you were going to add to your family any time soon.
    Just Jennifer recently posted..The Baby Ship Has Sailed

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Yep, but I still had trouble writing it down. I like how this list pushed me out of my comfort zone, thank you Jen!

  13. Twitter: nystoopmama
    Love the last one. I feel the same way: I would love to have more kids, but if for some reason it doesn’t work out for us I really couldn’t ask for a sweeter little girl. Our family is perfect just the way it is, like yours. Adorable picture!
    Tracy recently posted..Craftastic Explosion! Felt Ball Wreath

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Oh my, your wreath is awesome. And why are you to shy to link your list of ten with me? You know we heart you here!!

  14. Oh I loved that your birth story went so well and that you want “more babies + 1”. The reason I didn’t do this one was because I’m so biased in favor of everybody having more kids – I would if I could but I can’t – I am very envious of Michelle Duggar with her 20th baby. !
    Loved your list.
    Ado recently posted..What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you Ado. I loved your list too. I simply must check what brings people to my blog one day…

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I am so happy you decided to join this one. I love what you said and I wish nobody ever raises an eyebrow at your choice again!!

  15. Twitter: GisSilent
    I had high blood pressure when I was pregnant, so I spent 4 months on bedrest, but I didn’t feel like that was rough for me. I LOVED being pregnant, and Noah latched on at 20 minutes old and I LOVED breast feeding. I DO wish I could do all of that again.

    1. Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you Rachel. I am not quite Zen, but I am happy. And truth be told I started off in a mess and learned how to except nothing but happiness along the way.

  16. Your list boils the whole truth down to ten items–you just know when it’s right. Our family is just right, and I think that probably everyone who has made a conscious decision about how many children to have has it just right. It’s not a checklist–it’s a feeling.

    I also love the photo–captures your love (and your freckles, which are adorable)
    Fabulosokids Bruce recently posted..Monday Listiclesโ€“Why We Have 2 Fabulosokids

  17. Twitter: teamrasler
    I think if I’d been so fortunate, I’d have worried that if I had a second, I’d be tempting fate! It must be nice to feel all set and done. I bet you get a lot of annoying questions about whether you’re planning to have another, though!

    P.S. I love Monday Listicles! I’m so glad I found my way here a month ago.
    Jessica@Team Rasler recently posted..Dueling brains

  18. Oh yes- I think that for many of the same reasons you have listed. I would love to have a couple more- someday- not getting any younger. Just have to see what the good Lord has in store for us. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gina recently posted..A Much Needed Make-Over

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