There's always someone to play with, practice card tricks on, tickle, tease, read stories to and go crazy with. However, get used to the fact that you're not alone very often!
You're really good at sharing.
And knowing exactly how many pieces to cut things into. Twelve people = four oranges and everyone gets a third each. Twelve people = five croissants so everyone gets half each apart from the two people who aren't home today... what they don't know can't hurt them. :P
You're used to noise.
A bit of noise? No big deal! You should hear the volume of our dinner times. It's something else.
You seem to be constantly getting birthday presents for people.
There are twelve immediate family birthdays in a year. But hey, at least that means you get lots of presents when your turn comes around!
Trying to take a family photo is a bit of a mission.
Wait, you think it's hard with your family of four? Haha, you have no idea. :P
Chores get shared around.
You eagerly anticipate the day when your younger siblings get old enough to share the housework. That day comes, and it's wonderful!
People are always counting you and pointing at you and whispering together.
Yes, there are ten kids. Yes, we drive a large van. Yes, we do argue/fight with each other occasionally but we do get along well in general. Yes, our mum is a superwoman. Yes, we love each other. And yes, there's another one on the way.
You're really good at eating fast.
At the beginning of the meal: "Mum, are there seconds tonight?" "Yes, but not much." *everyone proceeds to speed-eat in order to get some of those seconds*
Dad likes to joke that there are two kinds of people in our family- the quick and the hungry!
Your younger siblings wear a lot of hand-me-downs.
And it's not all bad, really.
You're used to answering to each other's names.
Mum: "Come here, Abbie, no, Sophie, no, Lydia, no, BEN! No, Danella, no, Bonnie.... whoever you are, come here and help with this."
Prime seating is limited.
If the family is watching a movie together, chances are, someone's sitting on the floor! And we can't all fit round the dining room table anymore so one or two people have to sit at another table in the dining room.
You've watched large quantities of food disappear in five minutes flat many a time.
You wouldn't believe how much food we get through.
Showers are rostered.
If you want a morning shower, you have to book it the night before. That means you go around asking everyone "Are you having a shower tomorrow?" If the answer is yes, you work out who is going first and what time they will be out. If the answer is no, cue the sweet bliss of being able to have a long shower (this doesn't happen very often!).
Everyone always confuses you with your siblings.
But that's fine because we all answer to each other's names, anyway. :P See above point.
You LOVE your family and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
BECAUSE BIG FAMILIES ARE AMAZING!!!! Especially mine. :)
(photo from Feb 2015 - we haven't gotten around to taking any newer ones!)
Do you come from a big family? Any of these sound familiar?