What If We Only Want To Have One Child?
A year and a half.
It’s a decision that only my wife and I can make for ourselves, yet we’re open to hearing input from the free world.
For the past several months now, we have been leaning towards the decision to only have one child. It’s not the stress of parenthood getting the best of us. After all, at 18-months old, our son is pretty low-maintenance.
He’s the best son we can ask for and we’re so blessed to have him. So… why overdo it and have another kid?
I love the idea of only having our son. We can pour all of our energy and time into this one special person.
Whatever interests and passions he wants to pursue, we can support him fully.
No conflicts with our other kids’ schedules. No fighting in the back seat on the drive to Florida for family vacation.
Less financial worries. Less stress on our marriage.
As we’ve talked to couples who decided to only have one kid, they share no regrets about it.
I admit: I want to be part of the cool “One Kid Only” club.
As I try to sort through this, I gather reasons why we should consider having another child:
Who will take care of us when we’re old? What if something happens to our son and then we have no children at all? Wouldn’t it be sad for our son if he had no siblings to grow up with?
While I can continue to think of more Debbie Downer questions like these, I really don’t see how answering them will change how I feel:
I want to raise an only-child. I believe I will be feel completely fulfilled with just one kid.
Right now I am 31 years old and my wife almost is. Biologically, we’re still good for several more years.
So how long do we wait before we know to go ahead and make it official? How long before I go “get the surgery” and I can move forward as the proud parent of one child?
Yes, I know: If my parents would have made the same decision then my sister wouldn’t be here. Neither would my wife, who is 9 of 10 kids.
I want my wife to get her “mating’s worth” out of me. That’s important. And it would be one thing if I was simply telling my exclusive thoughts on this, but I’m not.
In fact, though I’ve been kicking this blog idea around for months now, I didn’t actually plan to write or publish it.
But my wife convinced me otherwise. This is something we both feel the same way about, yet want to be sure about.
This can ultimately only end in one of three ways that I can think of:
A) We delay up to about 4 more years before I get the surgery.
B) We choose to have another kid.
C) We surprisingly get pregnant as we try to figure this out.
Okay, passing the mic to you now. The two of us want your insight. Any advice and direction you’re willing to share?
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