I would like to provide the following important message to my loyal reader(s) who may be considering adding to their family.
I DO NOT recommend that you get pregnant with your fifth child when your youngest current child is 8 months old, you are creeping up on/and have your 35th birthday, have two jobs, are writing your dissertation and your husband works a cracked out 12 hour schedule.
Seriously. Don't do it. You will be tired and crabby and just want to curl in a ball and nap every afternoon from 1-4 and blow off work and cleaning and cooking. But you won't take that warm cozy nap because you need to work to earn a living to pay for all those kids who make the messes that need to be cleaned and who want to eat "good" dinners, and you love the little buggers so you keep truckin'.
OK, fine, if you are creeping up on 35 or *gasp* ARE 35, and love your babies to the ends of the earth and back, and have pesky jobs and annoying schedules and decide (or have it decided for you-whoops!) that you will be blessed with a fifth little one...go for it with gusto and love and joy. But I warn you, you will be tired.... and it will be worth it.