My best friend is adorably pregnant and due this winter. We’ve been besties since meeting as awkward 10-year-olds and have shared many of life’s biggest milestones ever since. This, coupled with a recent resurgence in my love of YouTube mommy vloggers, has rekindled my baby hunger. Oh, and the fact that I am a late-twenty-something female full of hormones might also have something to do with it!
I’ve talked about it before, this urge to procreate. For awhile my desire for a little one lessened quite a bit. Vince and I were bouncing across the Atlantic; I didn’t have a stable career; and I wanted to do nothing but travel. While the desire for travel and adventure persists, I am thinking more and more about the next big step in our lives: having a kidlet.
Working where we do poses some challenges to starting a family. We live in company-provided housing and while it’s awesome and allows us to save a lot of money, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for nesting. Thinking long term, I am unsure where our kids would go to school; we live 20 miles from the nearest town with an elementary school. Selfishly, I also want to see more of the world and having kids would make that harder, although not impossible.
The biggest obstacle, however, is the timing. (Well…There may be one even more menacing challenge, but perhaps I will get into that another day.)
The nature of my job does not allow me to pop out a kid willy nilly. Summers are our bread and butter (being a seasonal lodge and all), and it would be impossible to take maternity leave from May-September. That means we have to plan when to conceive and thus, when the babe would make its grand entrance.
This just takes all the fun out of it!
As it stands, I think we’ll be waiting for another year or so. As much as I would like to be a mom before turning 30, it may not be in the cards.
For now, I will count my blessings and take advantage of the fact that we are young, financially stable, and able to jet set across the globe whenever we choose.
When the time is right for a baby…we will know!
When did you know you were ready for a family? Did you plan it or did it just…happen?
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