What does it say about my lifestyle that my 2013 tax info is in a Batman folder? (Given the choice between Lightning McQueen and Batman, I thought the latter was a better choice; I'm hoping Bruce Wayne's financial state will rub off.)
How do you know if you’re ready to start a family? Lifestyle and financial concerns usually top the list of reasons to wait. Not ignoring those two very important factors, if you wait until you have everything figured out, and all your baby bases covered, you’ll never have a baby. What in your life do you have 100% figured out? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? I didn’t think so. So what makes you think you’ll be able to get all your (adorable, little, yellow) ducks in a row before your baby-making years are way gone?
Lifestyle is something that will change. You can’t take your baby to Happy Hour, and you can’t leave him at home—even if you have a really caring dog. And financial concerns are substantial. A quick search gave me a range of $1,000-$2,400 just for formula in the first year! (I’m clueless about formula costs- I was a breastfeeding mama. And, though I’m usually not a pusher, I say do it! Clearly you can save a ton of money—enough to spend a week at the beach with your family!)
Above all, you need to stop asking yourself if you’re ready. You’ll know when you are. If you’re still asking, then there’s something holding you back. While I love to hear of new pregnancies, give yourself some time. Babies don’t come with gift receipts.
Here’s a hilarious series of tests you can conduct to find out your readiness. For those of you who are not yet parents, don’t let this scare you away. This only shows the negatives. And trust me, the positives far outweigh all the bad stuff...although that’s sometimes a little clearer in hindsight. But what’s not?
With a love of children and a passion for reading and writing, Kelly decided to share her experiences with others through the pages of the Crib Notes book and site.
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