The reaction to the birth of our third child from both my parents and in-laws was decidedly cool. "Why would you want a third child?" "Kids are such a hassle." "I don't know why anyone would to go through that."
At the same time, Kid Three seems to be a bit of a trend—hip, even. Mommyish.com quoted one mother as saying that some families
“are hoping to make a certain statement with this third birth, specifically with regards to their finances….“It’s a status symbol to say that you can support and raise three children in this economy.” [New Trend Alert: Three Children Are The New Two, Didn’t You Know?, , May 16 2011]
Though "flaunting wealth", I can assure you, has nothing to do with our situation.
Needless to say, everyone involved here is white. The parents and in-laws are Obama voters and solidly convinced of many (though not all) of the pot-circle teachings of the 1960's. My wife and I are professionals in our later 30's with traditionalist leanings. A handful of her friends—who themselves are thoroughly acquainted with the Sarah Lawrence mindset—are having third children, which she might admit spurred along her own desire for a third.
I just don't know how to approach the question, "why would you want a third child?"