I have two beautiful children; they are everything I dreamed
of. And I’m about 99 percent sure we are two and through. No more babies for us! But a recent meltdown from my daughter about wanting a sister made me begin to rethink my decision (just a tad).
It’s not like I could guarantee a little sister for my
daughter anyway, but my conversations with her since the incident have got me
“Why do you only want two babies?” She asked me. “Cause you
can only take care of two?”
“Well, if we had three babies you’d have to share more,” I
said to her. Thinking it may end the conversation right then and there.
“That’s OK,” she quickly replied.
“And sometimes you’d have to be extra patient because I’d be
taking care of the baby.”
She didn’t bat an eye.
“Ok, yes, that’s OK. So now can you have another baby come
out of your tummy?”
She’s a persistent little thing. Just like her mom. But for
now, the answer is still no.
It got me thinking though about things I should consider
before jumping into trying to have another baby.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you decide
if you’re ready:
1. Does the idea of poopy diapers and spit up make
you excited or grossed out? If you can’t wait to dive into that mess, you’re
probably ready for another. If you want to throw up at the thought of it ... then perhaps not.
2. Decide how much sleep you need. Are you getting
enough now? Well, you’ll be getting a lot less with another baby. How does that
make you feel? If it makes you want to stock up 5 Hour Energy drinks, you may have
just the right dose of dedication. If you want to go back to sleep just
thinking about it, you may not be ready.
3. How do you feel when you see an infant or
pictures of your child as an infant? If it makes you cry tears of joy you may
be ready for another. If makes you cry because you remember how terrible those
times were, you may want to wait and see if the baby fever passes.
4. Where are all of your kids’ old baby clothes?
Have they already been sold, donated or given away? Or are they washed, folded
and safely stored in the attic “just in case”?