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- 09-12-2011, 02:06 PM #1Registered User
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How old were you when you were ready for a baby ?
Apologies if a similar poll has been done before but I was wondering how old you were when you decided to have a baby?
And more importantly, how did you know when you were ready emotionally and financially to start a family?
I am asking because I sometimes have quite mixed feelings about having kids, sometimes I want a big family, other times I joke about just being a 'dog' lady and getting a few more dogs
I am 27 and I'm in a steady, long term relationship so that is not the worry or issue, but I am worried I will never feel ready and sometimes wonder if I think about having a baby because that is what is done and normal and what is expected of me if you know what I mean....
I was told by my friends mum that some women just wake up 1 week and feel the need to have children (like her) and how it can sometimes be a deeper biological thing that happens to us, anyone agree with this ?
- 09-12-2011, 02:30 PM #2Registered User
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Cuppatea, I was never into babies (I was a dog lady too and even today, if there's a dog or a baby around, I'll go pet the dog first). I liked some kids and actively disliked others but was thoroughly indifferent to babies. However, when I moved to Hong Kong I couldn't help being charmed by Chinese babies (I know this sounds weird but it's the honest truth). Around the time I turned 28, I started finding other babies cute too. I knew theoretically I wanted kids but would have postponed the baby decision indefinitely except my husband brought it up and said we'd better start trying now or we'd postpone forever. It then turned out that I had a cyst on my ovary that would make it difficult to concieve plus my sister had her own difficulties getting pregnant. It's amazing how not being able to get pregnant focuses your mind on wanting to get pregnant.
By the time I got pregnant the maternal instinct was in full form. My sis had her baby first and everyone in my family was shocked at how much time I spent holding my niece and jogging her around the room to get her to sleep. One thing I have found to be true is that even if you're not into babies per se, you will be into your own baby (it's rare for mothers to not fall in love with their babies). And in my case, I've become very into other babies also - I even coo at the very small ones I used to think were ugly before.
Labour was a horror though and my baby had reflux and I was so tired that I said never again. I wanted two kids but wanted to adopt. Except, oops, I just got pregnant again. Not a fan of pregnancy or labour but I am a fan of my little baby.
The other day I woke up and realised that my children - my son and my baby inside me - are the most important thing in my life. Nothing I do at work or anywhere else in life is as cool, interesting or amazing as them. The good thing about Hong Kong is that you can get help which means you can go to work or get a break whenever you need it.
The bottom line is if you're anything like me - you're not going to wake up one day and want babies. More likely the feeling will come on gradually but at some point you need to stop overthinking it and 'just do it'.
Here's an article that might put things in some perspective for you:
- 09-12-2011, 02:53 PM #3
my grandfather, an anglican minister for 50+ years, once said, "If you wait to be financially ready to have a child, you will NEVER have a child." you will always find something else on which to spend your money.
i always knew i wanted kids, i just wasn't in a hurry. hubby and i married when i was 27 and we had our first the year i turned 33 and our second two years later.
although i loved my life before my kids, i really would NEVER, EVER, EVER go back to the way things were. there's something to be said for knowing that the entire universe does not revolve around you and your wants/needs....knowing that there is another being who is wholly dependent upon you....
i have on occasion thought about taking a weekend break with hubby, leaving our kids at home with our helper, but every time i start to plan it, i think about how much fun the kids would have if they came with us and invariably, change the plans to include the kids.
- 09-12-2011, 05:20 PM #4
I was married at 23 and initially I wanted to wait a year and then start a family. Everything didn't line up for us though since we moved to Hong Kong when we were married for about a year and a half, and hubby wanted to wait until after we were settled here. After that, it took us more than a year to conceive so we were married for nearly 4 years when our oldest daughter was born. I was 27, and one of the youngest in my "due date group" here in HK, although many of my Australian friends had kids much earlier.
For me, I was ready. I've never been a baby person and still after 2 kids, I'm not really a baby person. But the transition to motherhood was quite easy for me. I was already wanting another baby when my oldest was only 3 months old!! Since the first time around, it had taken me a while to conceive, we decided to "not try not to have another one" and see what happened. I fell pregnant and miscarried when my oldest was about 10 months, then fell pregnant again when she was 12 months. My 2nd daughter was born when I was 29 and the transition to two kids was harder than the transition from none to one!! We still plan to have a third one day, although there are days where I think for sure we'll have that 3rd and final baby - other days when I'm quite happy with the two I've got!!
I agree with the previous posters - there's never a perfect time to have kids... and also, I think that very few people ever regret having kids. There are benefits to having kids young (health reasons for both mother and baby, energy levels etc...) but also benefits to waiting until 30's (more financially stable, more life experience). I also think that it has to be something that both partners agree on...
anyway - all the best in making your decision!!
- 09-12-2011, 05:33 PM #5Registered User
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Thanks for the replies so far ladies.
If I am honest, my biggest fear about having kids is the labour and commitment, followed by the lack of support network if I am still in HK and actually, the idea of huge changes too...wow I guess I am fearful about a lot regarding kids !
I just can't imagine ever wanting to give up our independent adult lives ! Being able to stay out late, randomness, nice meals, staying up late, sleeping in late (if we want!) the general ability to be a bit more spontaneous.
Okay we have our dog which has been a slight commitment curve but at least we are able to leave him with friends or at a kennel if we need to, there aren't kennels for babies are there?
I think I just thought that by my age I'd be wanting kids more so than like 5 years ago, but if anything I want them less and this is worrying...
charade - I am similar, I like babies but not kids, kids are too noisy!
The other day I was waiting in my lobby and these twin boys were literally running around the lobby screaming....I just thought 'omg poor mum!'
- 09-12-2011, 09:46 PM #6Registered User
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About horrible kids, just tell yourself that your kid will not be like that. And even if he/ she seems horrible to others you will still think he is perfect (most of the time).
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- 09-12-2011, 09:58 PM #7
cuppa - if you want to have kids and retain a bit of your lifestyle, HK is the place to do it, with the domestic help available here! Date nights are easy to organise, even with little notice. My husband and I like to spend most of our time with the kids, but often after we put them to bed, we go out and do something together - lately we've been swimming lots, previously we would walk around the neighbourhood and get some dessert etc...
Labour - I honestly think that the horror stories are SO much worse than the actual thing in most cases... I think that most women have a labour which, even though is painful, is bearable and as soon as the baby is here, the pain stops pretty much immediately. If labour were that bad, then mothers would be MORE scared the 2nd time around but in actual fact, generally they're not. I'm not saying that labour is a walk in the park, but it's nothing to be SO scared about.
- 09-13-2011, 11:58 AM #8Registered User
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I was married at 24. My husband and I both agreed we didn't want to have kids. I enjoyed our life as it was. We both had great jobs. Kids were never in the picture. Then I turned 30 and all of a sudden felt a biological NEED to have children. It was weird. 5 years later, I now have 3 beautiful boys and am contemplating a 4th!
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