So, for the last few pregnancies we have been a bit hesitant to make too many announcements. Not because we aren't excited. On the contrary, we have been thrilled to invite each new person into our family. We are hesitant to say much early on because of people's reactions. Of course, we have those who think we are nuts. I can handle that, we probably are. What I wasn't prepared for on our last pregnancy was how many people praised me and put themselves down. "Oh, you must have so much patience, I just don't have enough to handle that many kids." "You are amazing! I could never do that." "I would have had more if I was as good a mom as you are."
It's just not true!!! I happen to have a pretty high tolerance for chaos and noise. Not everybody does. My own sisters visit, cheer me on and happily go home to much more serene settings. And honestly, for my own sanity, I sometimes slip away all by myself so I can enjoy their serenity with them :).
A close friend of mine once commented that my house is controlled chaos. Well, it's controlled as much as one can with all these amazing little people running about :).