I’m one of two children, so I was certain that two was the perfect number. That was before I became a mother. Now…I’m just not sure.
There are many moments when I’m convinced two is more than enough. On those exhausting, sleep-deprived days when the baby is crying or when my preschooler just won’t go to bed, I think my family is complete. But the daily joys of parenthood outweigh physical exhaustion.
I know there’s a reason I just can’t bear to part with the outgrown baby clothing, the baby swing and all of the other baby gear that clutters our basement. So while I haven’t decided that I definitely want a third child, I am no longer certain that I don’t.
The love I feel for my children has changed the way I view family size. Pre-children, my concerns were mainly financial and practical. But after seeing a friend of mine welcome an unexpected baby into her life, I realized that no mother regrets having a children even if there are accompanying financial hardships. And after seeing other friends struggle with infertility or pregnancy complications, I feel especially blessed to have two healthy children.
On the other hand, I’ve had friends tell me definitively that they are done having children. Several even had their tubes tied. I lack their certainty, and I suspect I’ll probably decide to have a third child once I develop sufficient amnesia about childbirth and all of the sleep-deprivation that follows.
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