The Funny Math of a Larger Family

My husband, the other Dr. Chastek, asked me to post some pictures to this blog while he’s up north with our three oldest and his brothers and father. For those who don’t know us in real life, you may not know that we welcomed baby no. 6 in late January.  Our oldest had been praying for a brother – to even the score, and our girls had been praying for a sister – to crush the opposition.  But just before the baby was born the 5yo decided she’d prefer a brother so that “James would know how annoying it is to share a room with two siblings.”  Spoken like a true little sister!

Charles Magnus evened out our numbers, giving us three girls and three boys. I wonder if he will always be the balancing force in our family?

The children, without exception, delight in him.


So what’s the funny math of a larger family? I used to believe that, “after three, what’s one more?” But now that I am in the thick of it I can say, with some authority, that 6 kids is waaaay more than five kids, at least at this point. I’m sure that it will get better as they get older and more independent, but right now I spend most of my day counting heads, making sure I have them all.

Also, three small kids is waaaay more work than having all six at home.  Go figure.


Today, Charming Charlie is 4 months old. God surely knows what He is doing by starting humans out this cute and flooding their mamas with oxytocin!


Have a great weekend, everyone!

Dr. Chastek, the wife

Oh, BTW, did you know that Dr. Chastek has mad tie tying skills?



  1. May 27, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    A truly splendid family!

    An Eldredge-like knot like that must take twelve to fifteen steps, at least. It takes a certain kind of patience to get through it; I’ll stick with the plain Shelby.

  2. David said,

    May 27, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Wonderful! Congrats! My wife and I had our first six weeks ago! Thanks for this very personal post.

  3. May 28, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Wonderful. God bless you all, and thanks for the thought and wonder provoking insights vouages.

    Paul Boire

    Brampton Ontario

  4. robalspaugh said,

    May 28, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Beautiful and blessed family. Is Charlie’s middle name really Magnus? If so, I am jealous.

  5. t3ophilius said,

    May 29, 2017 at 7:22 am

    What a team!!!

  6. Kristor said,

    May 29, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Congratulations. A happy, happy crew, by the looks of them. The photo in the hospital is marvelous; such unalloyed joy.

    I bet James ties his shoes using a Spanish Bowline or something.

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