15 Reasons I Am DONE Having Kids (And 10 Reasons I'm Not Sure)

 I dipped my spoon into the molten lava cake and ice cream I shouldn't be eating (and wouldn't be, if I fit into my favorite skinny jeans), and slowly raised my eyes up to his, only to see them trailing off somewhere in the half-empty chain restaurant. I know he's already mentally changed the subject, so I distract myself looking at the kind-of-cute waiter's tattoos and let it go (for now). ...more

Fertility and death and stuff

When I was 24 years old, I was sharing an elevator ride with a woman in her 40s. I had just met her about five minutes ago at a crafting event. She had been talking to her friends about getting pregnant. As soon as the elevator doors closed, she turned to me and asked, "You're in your twenties, right?" I said yes. "You should go ahead and freeze your eggs now, that way they will be good when you hit 40 and decide you are ready to have a child....more

The Right Time To Have A Baby

I have been married to my husband 3 out of 10 years. It was no secret we were waiting for the perfect time to have a baby. To me, something was always in the way. More than anything…I had to be ready....more

Thoughts on a Second Child

Since making the decision to become a stay-at-home mother to my 12-month old daughter, I feel like I have never been simultaneously so busy and had so much time to fill. It seems like my daughter acquires a new skill every day, and as I struggle to keep up and keep her entertained, I start to think back to the early days of lying around napping with a quiet and immobile baby on my chest. She is only 12-months old, but I still find myself looking back at old pictures and missing my baby....more

I'm the 1%

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Thoughts and Concerns on Sibling Spacing: What's the Right Age Difference?

The more we've ventured out during our days, the more I've realized that Ada not only isn't so little anymore, but also is in the growing minority of children her age sans sibling(s). Obviously this isn't a worldwide minority, and -- quite frankly -- I'm a bit shocked that there are SO many people going for number two so soon. Yeah. In our little circle, it seems most mamas with kids over a year are either toting around a newborn, announcing pregnancy, or bursting with third trimester goodness....more
I'm 30 and Hubs and I are just starting to talk about #1.  I think we'd like 2 kiddos down the ...more

Powell, Party Of Four, Forever?

That’s the question I’ve been asking myself those past few weeks. I have the baby fever really bad at the moment, but with the house and Violet having her issues, right now is definitely not the time to expand our family. However, deep down I feel like I’m not done having children yet for good. From the time I was seriously thinking about family, I wanted three children; if possible, two close together and another one 5 or 6 years after the second. ...more

She Went From Planning Her Funeral To Planning For A Baby

At age 26, when Carrie Chown should have been carefree and excited about her future, instead she was in a hospital room at UC San Francisco waiting for a double lung transplant.  Her health was failing due to a heart/lung disease, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, which she had been battling for six years, four of which she had spent waiting on the transplant list....more

I'm not there yet

I read a blog post earlier that really got me thinking. It was about starting a new chapter in life. On moving from growing a family to raising one. To saying goodbye to the part of your life when you're having babies. And while I thought, have thought, for a while now, that we're probably done with that chapter - I realized after reading this blog post that I still don't know for certain....more
I feel the same. Our situations are a little different but you mentioned all the same things ...more

Women, it’s all about us!

October 24, 2012 by Maureen J Andrade The latest far right slander against women’s rights came Tuesday when Indiana senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock said pregnancies resulting from rape should not be aborted because they are God’s will. Gov. Romney is a Mourdock supporter and even made a campaign ad for him....more