Jennifer Garner Confirms New Truth About Family Size

It seems everyone in Hollywood is going for their third baby. Between Tori Spelling, Jennifer Garner, and everyone in between, it seems three is the new two in Hollywood and beyond. And it's obvious why.

Three is really the new two. It really does seem to be the ideal sized family. Not too big and not too small. There are plenty of kids in the house, but not so many to feel overwhelming. When I was growing up, it was always the size of family I saw myself having.

Now some old-fashioned people who watched too many Brady Bunch episodes might start to get up in arms about the "middle child" and such, but generally speaking, families of three seem (from the outside) to be happy, chaotic, and blessed.


Three kids are expensive, though. While people like Garner and hubby Ben Affleck don't need to worry about that aspect, we real people do.

My private four-year university cost $160,000 in the late '90s. By the time my kids are there, it will be twice that. And then multiplied by three? No way! Three kids also mean more diapers and more mouths to feed and more of everything.

Having two kids so close together (they're 18 months apart), I realize just how much having them both costs when it comes time to enroll them in classes each fall. Between gymnastics, karate, yoga, dance, swimming, and preschool tuition, having two is twice the fun -- and the expense.

Back when I was a kid imagining my family, I never even considered that aspect. Now, unfortunately, it's all I consider. There are other resources, too. There is time and career to consider as well. For me, my youngest just turned 3 and I am finally able to look around a bit and come back into myself. A third baby would send me right back to the beginning of it all.

Every time a celeb announces a third pregnancy, I always get that pang -- what if? Should we? -- and then I remember they're rich and famous and I am not. My third baby will have to wait. Possibly forever.

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