Her mom had six kids, but don’t expect Kim Kardashian West to follow in Kris Jenner’s footsteps. She’s loving #momlife now, but six kids would be a bit much for the busy media mogul who just welcomed her third child, daughter Chicago, two months ago.

“My home and my heart feel really full right now, in the best way,” Kardashian told Elle for the magazine’s April cover story.

With Chicago joining 4-year-old North and 2-year-old Saint, Kardashian definitely has a full plate, but like her sister Kourtney, she’s not ruling out another addition—although she tells Elle four children would be her limit. “I don’t think I could handle more than that. My time is spread really thin,” Kardashian says.


It’s true, Kardashian has her hands in a lot of things—reality TV, apps, cosmetics—and she says starting a family has made her more carefully consider projects before jumping in.

Speaking at the Create and Cultivate conference in Los Angeles last month, Kardashian opened up about how she prioritizes business ventures now that she’s not just one of the most famous women in the world, but one of the most famous moms, too.

"Having kids really forced me to take time to think about things,” she said in her keynote. “I thought, okay, if I'm going to spend time away from my kids, I'd better really love what I'm doing and really want to focus on this."

With the addition of baby Chicago, Kim’s time has become even more precious and her schedule is even tighter, but if Kardashian does choose to give Chicago a younger sibling she may actually find it gets a little easier. A survey of 7,000 moms found moms of four are less stressed than moms of three.

Whether Kim decides to stop now or give Chicago one younger sibling, it’s great that she’s recognizing her own limits. Having as many kids as her mom did can be great, but it’s not for everyone.

Parenting coach Eirene Heidelberger, the founder of GIT Mom, previously told Motherly that for some parents, the sheer logistics of organizing a large family can be very stressful. “It takes a lot of energy, mental resources and money to raise a large family to ensure each child feels loved, special and tended to,” she said.

Kardashian obviously has the money part covered, but it’s clear she wants to be able to give each of her kids quality time with mom, and that’s pretty much the only thing she can’t buy more of.

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When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.


The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.

As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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