My mom is not one to dole out the motherly advice or cliches. However she did say one thing to me, that is probably one of the smartest things she ever said to me and I have passed it on to more than one friend:
If you wait until you have enough money, time, things, to have a child you will never have a child because you will never have enough. The situation will never be perfect. You either want to be a mom or you want to be perfect.
It's true. We didn't wait and we have never been happier. It may have taken us longer than our friends to buy a house. We may not have as nice of stuff as everyone else. But we have 2.5 awesome kids and we have never been happier.
On that same line of thought, no fewer than 4 people have said the following to me:
Going from 1 to 2 is way harder than when you add the third (or 4th or 5th).
I've heard it from moms of 4, 5 and 6 and from a dad of 4 and grandpa of 8 who said it this way:
One is One, and 2 is ten. So anything after 2 doesn't raise the chaos, just the volume.
Let's hope they all ring true, because baby number 3 is coming in July!
* This has been my answer to prompt #1 "Share a piece of great advice you've received from someone who knows stuff..." You can join in Mama Kat's fun here.