Knowing when to start a family can be hard and deciding when a family is complete is even more difficult.
There’s nothing more adorable than a new baby, but also there’s no other task that requires as much care and hard work.
Mum blogger Hannah Mayer faced this difficulty after having three little girls.
“I was scheduled for a C-section and his argument was: ‘They're all up in there anyway. What's two more little snips once they're already elbow deep in your guts?’ ”
However, while Hannah was “99.9 percent sure” she was done having kids, she wasn’t entirely convinced.
Part of this was a fear of growing old. Hannah said: “After you're done having kids, all that's left is to sit around and wait to get old. I wasn't ready to do that”.
But like all newborns, the first few weeks with her youngest daughter was hard work. These first few weeks helped Hannah to come to a final decision.
“I remember placing her hospital photo on our wall next to her sisters' and feeling complete. I heard a small voice in my head say, ‘This is what my family looks like. That's it. I'm done’ ".
With that decision made, the couple decided to opt for a permanent form of contraception.
" ‘You can go ahead and make that appointment for your vasectomy now,’ I told my husband the next morning at breakfast. ‘I'm good’ ".
As her family grew up, Hannah has never regretted the decision to stop at three children.
“I shot off fireworks the day I sold my breast pump on Craigslist. Instead of spending a small fortune on diapers and formula, we go on vacations.
“We're not an hour and a half late to things anymore. Everyone in my family can wipe their own ass — I can't remember the last time I touched someone else's poop. And sleep . . . oh, the sleep. It is glorious”, she admitted.
Recently, the family had a visit from her sister-in-law with her husband and their new baby.
“My brother-in-law asked me a question as they packed up their screaming baby and headed for the door. ‘Does it get any easier the second time around?’
“ ‘It does get better,’ I said, patting him on the shoulder. ‘But first, it's going to get a lot worse’ ”.
Did you reach a point where you knew your family was complete? Let us know mums.