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.


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  1. Posted November 20, 2011 at 19:07 by Greta @ Not Enough Patience | Permalink

    What a gorgeous picture! You’ve convinced me…you should have lots and lots of babies. :)
    Greta @ Not Enough Patience recently posted..To Produce, Or Not To Produce. #mondaylisticles

    • Posted November 20, 2011 at 20:26 by Stasha | Permalink

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

  2. Posted November 20, 2011 at 19:23 by Rach (DonutsMama) | Permalink

    I’m jealous that your son latched on easily. That was the hardest part. Labor and getting pregnant were easy for me too, but I had a very hard time for the 1st 3 months with colic and nursing.
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently posted..My Memories Review & Giveaway

    • Posted November 20, 2011 at 19:49 by Stasha | Permalink

      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.

  3. Posted November 20, 2011 at 19:48 by Runnermom-jen | Permalink

    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 ;)
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..The Wonders in My Life

    • Posted November 20, 2011 at 19:51 by Stasha | Permalink

      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 :)

  4. Posted November 20, 2011 at 19:49 by Danielle | Permalink

    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!!!

    • Posted November 20, 2011 at 20:09 by Stasha | Permalink

      I love your humor girl, I just LOLed over at yours!!

  5. Posted November 20, 2011 at 20:25 by Jamie | Permalink

    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

    • Posted November 20, 2011 at 20:34 by Stasha | Permalink

      thanks Jamie, you are a great sport for visiting others :)

  6. Posted November 20, 2011 at 20:26 by Cookie's Mom | Permalink

    Stasha, I LOVE that picture of you and little J. And… surprise, surprise… you and I are on the same page once more! :)
    Cookie’s Mom recently posted..Ten Reasons You Haven’t Seen Much of Me Lately

    • Posted November 20, 2011 at 20:33 by Stasha | Permalink

      Cannot wait to meet you. I went darker last saturday too!! Not quite a brunette but darker :)

  7. Posted November 20, 2011 at 21:11 by Kiddothings | Permalink

    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 :)
    Kiddothings recently posted..More Kids?

    • Posted November 20, 2011 at 23:18 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you my friend. You make a compelling argument :)

  8. Posted November 20, 2011 at 21:14 by [email protected] Wants This | Permalink

    You’ve persuaded me to ask you to have another child!!!

    Love the photo!
    [email protected] Wants This recently posted..Why Two Is Better Than One

    • Posted November 20, 2011 at 23:19 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you! I will let you thread the water first xo

  9. Posted November 20, 2011 at 21:16 by Galit Breen | Permalink

    This post? Is lovely perfection.

    And that last line? Is so very swoon-worthy.

    Galit Breen recently posted..So Very Thankful

    • Posted November 20, 2011 at 23:21 by Stasha | Permalink

      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!

  10. Posted November 20, 2011 at 22:01 by Jessica | Permalink

    Aww, love it! :)
    Jessica recently posted..Picture Inspiration: Week 39

    • Posted November 20, 2011 at 23:26 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you Jessica. Love your week in photos!

  11. Posted November 20, 2011 at 22:12 by Amanda | Permalink

    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

    • Posted November 20, 2011 at 23:26 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you Amanda. Loving your list this week!!

  12. Posted November 20, 2011 at 23:49 by deborah l quinn | Permalink

    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

  13. Posted November 21, 2011 at 00:44 by mamawearpapashirt | Permalink

    Aww. You’re so blessed! :) Makes me feel like having another one… (Nahhhh)
    mamawearpapashirt recently posted..You are precious

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 01:00 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you. Love the verse you posted today!

      • Posted November 21, 2011 at 01:27 by mamawearpapashirt | Permalink

        Thanks Stasha! Only just realized that it complements the topic of babies! :P

  14. Posted November 21, 2011 at 03:27 by Katie E | Permalink

    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 :)
    Katie E recently posted..Monday Listicles: 10 Reasons We Wanted a Third Baby

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:21 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you Katie. I might end up eating my words one day :)

  15. Posted November 21, 2011 at 04:52 by Emilia | Permalink

    You are amazing! :) 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! :)
    Emilia recently posted..Dental Implants

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:22 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you Emilia. How lovely to have you join me here! My town has a lot of dentists, so come around any time :)

  16. Posted November 21, 2011 at 05:13 by Twisted Domestic Goddess | Permalink

    ummm ok you know this is going to open up a whole new can of worms between me and B right?Because we’ve been going back and forth between do we try for one together or just be happy with the 6 we have….lol. Yes I know crazy but I may just have to do this list.(I can hide out at your house after I hit publish right?)
    Twisted Domestic Goddess recently posted..And sometimes it’s like living in a frat house….

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:25 by Stasha | Permalink

      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 :)

  17. Posted November 21, 2011 at 05:35 by Jackie | Permalink

    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!

  18. Posted November 21, 2011 at 05:57 by christina | Permalink

    #10 rocks. :D
    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. ;)
    christina recently posted..One and Done, the Listicle

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:25 by Stasha | Permalink

      Oh how I heart you Christina!!

  19. Posted November 21, 2011 at 06:06 by KLZ | Permalink

    I think that freedom to choose is the single most powerful thing we have.
    KLZ recently posted..Nervous about a New Baby

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:27 by Stasha | Permalink

      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.

  20. Posted November 21, 2011 at 06:57 by Ally | Permalink

    Our family of three is not right or wrong, just perfect for us! Love the picture :)
    Ally recently posted..Party Success & Monday Listicles

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:29 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you. And your picture in the Listicle is perfect!

  21. Posted November 21, 2011 at 07:15 by Eve | Permalink

    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!

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:31 by Stasha | Permalink

      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.

  22. Posted November 21, 2011 at 07:36 by Just Jennifer | Permalink

    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

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:32 by Stasha | Permalink

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

  23. Posted November 21, 2011 at 08:47 by jacqui | Permalink

    I thought your list was perfect even before I saw that great picture of the two of you. Look how adorable he is! It looks like true love to me.
    jacqui recently posted..Is It Time To Eat Yet?

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:33 by Stasha | Permalink

      That kid has my heart. All of it. Thank you Jacqui xo

  24. Posted November 21, 2011 at 09:07 by Tracy | Permalink

    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

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:40 by Stasha | Permalink

      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!!

  25. Posted November 21, 2011 at 09:31 by Ado | Permalink

    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?

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:41 by Stasha | Permalink

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

  26. Posted November 21, 2011 at 10:09 by bestfoodies | Permalink

    I love the look of complete happiness on your face! Great list, we are hoping for grandkids someday!
    bestfoodies recently posted..Carrot Cake Cupcakes

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:47 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you. I do look my best when I am looking at my son.

  27. Posted November 21, 2011 at 11:58 by RoryBore | Permalink

    I adore that picture! With the beauty you have passed on, and the easy pregnancy and should definitely have more! but you are right…having the choice is the best.
    RoryBore recently posted..Monday Listicles — Brought to you by the #3…and only the #3!

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:49 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you for a sweet compliment.

  28. Posted November 21, 2011 at 12:53 by Jaclyn | Permalink

    You know, I’ve not hooked up with a listicle yet. I think I may have to w/ this one!
    Jaclyn recently posted..Calling all (free!) December sponsors!

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:50 by Stasha | Permalink

      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!!

  29. Posted November 21, 2011 at 13:23 by Kim Pugliano | Permalink

    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.

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:52 by Stasha | Permalink

      There is great happiness and accomplishment in caring for a baby. I agree.

  30. Posted November 21, 2011 at 17:59 by Bridget | Permalink

    Sweet list! You have to be the calmest mommy ever!!
    Bridget recently posted..Monday Listicles

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 22:52 by Stasha | Permalink

      Not around 10AM everyday…

  31. Posted November 21, 2011 at 19:05 by Rachel (Totally Ovar It) | Permalink

    I love how your list totally reflects the completely Zen woman I imagine you to be. That being said, #10 is my favorite.
    Rachel (Totally Ovar It) recently posted..Still Under Construction

    • Posted November 21, 2011 at 23:06 by Stasha | Permalink

      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.

  32. Posted November 21, 2011 at 20:20 by Fabulosokids Bruce | Permalink

    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 Listicles–Why We Have 2 Fabulosokids

  33. Posted November 21, 2011 at 23:32 by [email protected] Rasler | Permalink

    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.
    [email protected] Rasler recently posted..Dueling brains

  34. Posted November 21, 2011 at 23:37 by Mommy2¢ | Permalink

    That pic was precious! You are one lucky lady to have that flawless of am experience all the way around! I think you might be rubbing it in a bit! ;^) JK!

    I definitely think you should have more – you’re too good of a Mommy not to! Is your middle name serenity??
    Mommy2¢ recently posted..Do we, or do we not: that is the question:

  35. Posted November 22, 2011 at 01:07 by [email protected]'s Desk | Permalink

    Glad to see that you are happy with your current family size. I’m too happy with 3 kids.
    [email protected]’s Desk recently posted..10 reasons why 3 kids are enough for now.

  36. Posted November 22, 2011 at 01:27 by Alexandra | Permalink

    That is just so adorable. You sound like the perfect mama. (You didn’t even find child birth that bad? I felt like I was recovering from a beating with a baseball bat!)

  37. Posted November 22, 2011 at 08:04 by Iza Trapani | Permalink

    Did anyone mention what a beautiful picture that is? :) Just stunning! So glad you are happy and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be!

  38. Posted November 22, 2011 at 09:41 by Theresa | Permalink

    Your family looks perfect the way it is. Besides, doesn’t that dog count for 3 kids?

  39. Posted November 22, 2011 at 19:34 by Gina | Permalink

    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. :)
    Gina recently posted..A Much Needed Make-Over

  40. Posted November 22, 2011 at 22:14 by Jessica | Permalink

    yes you need more babies.

    Me, I do not.
    Jessica recently posted..Siri Is NOT A Dirty Girl

  41. Posted November 23, 2011 at 18:22 by Brandee | Permalink

    What a great list and picture. I think that whatever size of family people are happy with is the best size for them. It’s not a one size fits all kind of deal. You made a beautiful baby though. :)
    Brandee recently posted..Wordless Wednesday – Pangolin

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