Today I had my referral appointment on base. I had to take my 3 children with me. After waiting almost an hour to be seen for a 5 minute appointment to get my paper I finally get to walk to the referral management office. I already know the doctor I want and I politely tell the lady when I get there. She gets out her 'list' and looks, confirming that he is approved, but tells me they will assign me whoever and if it is not who I want to call them and they can change it. I ask a few more questions, politely, mind you, and meanwhile the kids are being pretty well behaved. G is in the stroller and H and J are behind me. As I'm finishing up she gives me this scrutinizing look and asks me, "Are they all yours?" She is probably thinking I've lost it- especially with another baby on the way! I tell her yes, thinking to myself "Duh! It's not like I drag the neighbor kids around with me!". I don't understand why people think 3 kids is a lot? I don't think it's even a dent in the 'too many' book! I was pretty frustrated with it all, just because society thinks that children are such a burden. Sure, sometimes I feel that way, but really I am SO blessed to have them in my life- to be given such a gift to be a mother. I strive to be a good mother and to show others that I am not struggling with 3 little ones under foot. I know everybody has different things they say in regards to the "Are they all yours question?". I want to be polite in a response and also let them know that I enjoy my children and I am blessed to have them! What would you say? I've heard a lot on this issue, but I'm curious what all my blog readers would say, so speak up!