Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cousins



I was reading a post on my little brother's blog the other day, was in his photos looking at wedding pictures, started snooping and came across this picture. I love it. This is a picture of me and Bren, my sisters and two sisters in law, and many of her cousins that are her age. All but one were born within a year of her birth. Count 'em.


Yes, we Proffitts know how to procreate. Rachael has 4 cousins that are her age. She has always loved it. Kindyl kind of came in between rounds of babies but still has 2 cousins that were born only a few months before she was (unfortunately, both are boys. Poor little K) but she has always been able to play with the older girls or take care of the younger ones. Mitchell has 6 cousins his age, including 2 boys. (Boys are scarce in our family, so he really hit the jackpot)



All but two out of the 11 of us live here in Mesa, so our kids get to see each other often. They are really lucky. It is kind of like having built in friends. How lucky are they that every vacation they go on they have tons of friends to play with?

Of course, since so many of them are girls (and so many of us for that matter) there is bound to be some drama every now and then. We try to keep it to a minimum and have our little ways of avoiding it.



So this picture got me thinking about this next baby. It will be pretty lonely! My sister in law Margaret is pregnant and two months ahead of me, so it will have one little friend. But Clark and Margaret are moving to Tucson. And their baby is due in August and mine is due in October. I don't believe in putting your kids in school early, so this means they will probably be in separate grades. We have dealt with this before though, so it may be O.K. But what if it is a girl? (Marg is having another cute boy. Can you say jealous?) .)


I am number 6 in my family. My 5 older siblings are all done having children, so I have no hope for them. I don't think there is much hope for my 5 younger ones either. One is in a looong process of adoption, and two just aren't ready for another baby yet. What can you do?


SO what is the fate of this little baby # 5? Is it going to have only one little cousin to play with who happens to live hours away? At least they will be together for vacations, right? It may have cousins who are only around a year younger. That wouldn't be so bad.

What do you think? Did you grow up with cousins? (We didn't really) Will this baby be O.K without them? Or is it really just no big deal?

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Crazymamaof6 said...

Oh it will be fine. i have kids that have no cousins the same age (since i had a few in between so for every two they had i had 3 in the same amount of time. it bummed me out some of them have no special cousin BUT they do fine without. they either play older, or younger, no set group, which is fun.

Michelle Rigby said...

Well, since we are KIND OF like sisters... our babys can be KIND OF like cousins...right?? :)

sherry said...

True, Michelle, and did you notice your kids in some of the pictures in this post?

Dan and Jannalee Evans and Family said...

You worry too much! Those are some way cute pictures.

onehm said...

LUCKY KIDS! And that baby will be fine...s/he will be adored by AAAALLLL the older ones! Lucky!

Danielle said...

Krista and I were a year apart and best of friends growing up. Plus we lived 12 hours apart. None of my kids have a cousin their age. They are all about a year apart. Doesn't stop them at all! They will always have a buddy.

Rhonda said...

Cute pics! I grew up with a ton of cousins fairly close by, but then I moved here and only had 3, they lived in Phoenix. Either way, it'll work out! I think it's fun to have Yazee play with her cousins, but only 1 is her age. As for the next one, she'll have one almost exactly the same age, but she'll be in Utah. Yazee loves hangin with her older cousins, she almost doesn't know how to play with kids her age. Don't worry!

Holly & Marcie said...

I LOVE my cousins! We always hang out and all of our ages differ. It doesn't matter, you can have fun no matter what!

Mandi said...

Okay, can I just say that I love the picture of all the kids buried up to their heads - how was that feat accomplished? Yes, cousins are the best. I'm so glad that my kids get to be near cousins as they are growing up - such good memories.