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10 signs you're probably not done having kids

Not sure if your family’s complete yet? Here are 10 telltale signs you’re probably not done having kids.

Are you done having kids, or DONE having kids? It’s a hard one to know for sure. But if you can say yes to any of these, you should probably break out your hospital bag right about now.

1. You conveniently forget how hard it is
Do you remember doing five loads of laundry a day or seeing every hour on the clock at night or leaving the house with only one shoe on? No? You’ve forgotten?  Then you’re probably not done having kids.

2. You can’t part with all the cute stuff
If you still label all your kids’ clothes and tell your friends 11 times that “Yeah, I probably want that back, you know, for sentimental reasons,” you’re probably not done having kids.

3. You keep asking
If every single conversation with your partner—whether at the park, a restaurant or five minutes before the movie starts—ends with, “So are we going to have another kid?” you’re probably not done having kids.

4. You just know
Just like you know you’re going to eat all the leftover birthday cake and that your concept of what’s in style is a bit off, you just know you’re not done. So get on with it!

5. You keep the name in the vault
If you really don’t want to waste that amazing baby name you have left in the vault—Clementine? Wyatt?—and you’re certainly not sharing it with anyone, then you’re probably not done having kids.

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6. You want to help the economy
If you say to yourself, “More kids would really help the economy, and shouldn’t we be doing more to help our country?” then you’re probably not done having kids (and you’re not fooling anyone).

7. You want to bottle it
If you find yourself trailing off the conversation and entering into the smelling-newborn zone—for 40 minutes—you’re probably not done having kids.

8. You’re perusing the pet stroller aisle
If you’re considering buying a dog stroller, a cat stroller or matching outfits for your pets, you’re probably not done having kids.

9. Lego my Lego?
If you step on pieces of Lego and, instead of shrieking in pain and launching them across the room, you marvel at the budding creativity of your child, you’re probably not done having kids.

10. You’re babysitting a tad too much
If your friends pull you aside to tell you the amount you offer to babysit their newborn is both insane and slightly offensive, you’re probably not done having kids.

Read more:
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