So you are considering having a baby? Having a baby is a huge decision. One that shouldn’t be made lightly. I’ve compiled a list of a few questions you should ponder in helping you decided if you are ready.
Do I like sleep?
Once you have a baby you can kiss any good sleep goodbye for quite a while.
How quickly can I pull something out of another person’s mouth?
Kids put stuff into their mouths, all kinds of stuff. Usually it’s gross and a choke hazard so you have to be ready at a moments notice to be able to fish those things out of there.
What is my spit-up and poop tolerance?
You’re going to be seeing a lot of both of these bodily discharges over the next few years so I hope you aren’t too squeamish.
How much do I like nice things?
Your kids are going to break all your stuff, especially all your nice, expensive or sentimental items. So try not to get too attached to your stuff.
How light do I like to travel?
You can’t leave the house with a baby without carrying an extra 100 pounds of gear. Between the diapers, the stroller, the bottles, the snacks, the extra clothes and the other various gadgets you will feel like you need a moving van just to get to the grocery store.
Do I want to have my heart opened up to a whole new love?
The love you have for your child will be a whole new love that you’ve never experienced before. It will stretch your heart so wide it will almost hurt but it will hurt so good. You’ll wonder how you ever made it this far without it.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of the only six things you should think about before planning to have a baby, but it’s a start. Of course once you finally do decide to have a baby you’ll come to your next great decision in life: “Do I want to start a blog about being a parent?”