Post # 61
What a lovely thread! I wish I had read it when I was pregnant and terrified! 🙂 🙂
We were CFBC then we decided to try. We had 2 late second trimester losses and afterward I was going to talk to my husband and tell him I didn’t think I could do it again, to see if he would be happy if it could be just the 2 of us (and our doggo). Then I started feeling sick…surprise! Pregnant again. I was upset, terrified and overwhelmed. But grew to love baby’s kicks as things went well – it was nice to never have a hangover too!
My son is almost 2 how and I really can’t imagine things without him! Some of the best things:
-Seeing my husband be such an awesome dad.
-That baby smell
-Cuddling a sleeping baby
-Seeing him learn, see and experience new things
-The first time (and every time after) my son hugged me
-Hearing him say “Mama”
-Coming into his room in the morning and seeing him smile and laugh (such a cheeky smile!)
-Doing things as a family and doing more things during the day
I could go on and on 🙂
Post # 62
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
Sorry if the ends up being a duplicate post. My first one disappeared after trying to edit a typo.
I’m pregnant with our first child after a 2 year TTC/infertility/IVF journey with my husband. Just a year ago was one of the lowest points in our marriage and I honestly wasn’t sure if we’d ever be able to move forward with starting our family, but after time, counseling, and working to figure things out, we came to agree on how to move forward. So this pregnancy is is literally the highlight of our lives and something positive for us and our families to look forward to with everything else going on in our society and world. We love our little baby so much already and carrying this child is honestly the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. We look forward to finally announcing after my next ultrasound and our photo shoot this week, learning the sex later next month and getting started on the nursery, and of course every milestone as we prepare for baby’s arrival in March. I would never bash someone for being CFBC, but I honestly couldn’t imagine a life without having children and I’m so excited and grateful to have our first on the way.
Post # 63
I love my kid, she always wants to play with me and twenty times a day I get “Hug?” so that’s obviously worth it for me.
Post # 64
My son made me a better person. Being a parent is the hardest, messiest, scariest, most frustrating, exhausting thing I have ever done. It is also, far and away, the best and most rewarding thing I have ever done. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
My son just turned 34 this past weekend and the day before his birthday, like every birthday since his first, I woke up recalling how 34 years ago I woke at 4 am to the first very minor contractions. And how 28 hours later my life changed for the better forever.
I can honestly say that like a PP, I enjoyed every phase of raising him. From baby to toddler, adolencence to teenager he was a joy to me. And adulthood doesnt suck either. I could not be more proud of who he is and I believe that this world is better for having him in it.
Post # 65
every new stage of development is better than the last.
my 4 year old is so inquisitive and asks these amazing questions.
Post # 66
teenage years have been the most fun for me. I love having teens.
Post # 67
Thank for starting this thread bc Im already missing when my kid was smaller, he’s only 5 months 🤦🏻♀️ I am loving all the coos and cuddles, also how everything he experiences is brand new, yesterday we went to my mom’s pool for the first time (the heater was just fixed), seeing him enjoy the water was awesome!!
Post # 68
I think that having children makes my life fuller. My kids are out of the house & my step-daughter is a high school senior. 5 kids between us. So much fun & so many memories. And you know what? – I’m 45. That means I’ve got 30 YEARS left to travel and sleep in and to recreate. I’m at my highest earning potential right now. That means better trips, more often. I sometimes think that people assume that babies are babies forever & that kids stay kids. Nope. If I hadn’t had kids… I don’t know. There’s only so many trips and so much “nice things” that a person can have. I just never even considered that I would benefit from 60 years of adult self indulgence. I think I would have gotten bored or something. Idk. Kids kind of spice life up, you know?
Post # 69
Toddler and baby here. I am currently loving teaching the toddler to talk and listening to him learning new words and ideas. My baby – as much as I get antsy to get things done, I also love holding her and don’t want to set her down. I just love her sweet snuggles. Experiencing things through their eyes like trips to the park, zoo, hikes, etc. They bring endless entertainment and excitement. I miss them both like crazy today as they are at my parents’ house while I am working.
Post # 70
This thread makes me so happy. I’m newly pregnant with my first child after waiting a very long time and going through IVF. I am the oldest of 5 kids and helped raise my younger siblings, and I put off having kids because I know exactly how much work it is. I also thought for awhile that I didn’t even want kids. But I also adored watching my brothers and sister learn to walk and talk, telling them they love me, and giving me hugs.
I’m looking forward to the baby and toddler years most, even though I know they will be the most exhauting. I love how much joy and awe they have as they learn the world around them. I also don’t mind tantrums because they make up for it as soon as they fall asleep on you or give you a hug.
Post # 71
he is so CUTE! The cheeks!🥰
Post # 73
I love this so much! I have a six year old and a four month, and being able to go through the baby stage again has been such an amazing gift, but I am also loving seeing my son get excited for (online) school, big kid activities, and being a big brother. I also genuinely feel that each stage is better than the last (which is hard to believe with this squishy cheeked adorable baby). I am totally in favor of women choosing not to have children, but I am surprised by a lot of the misconceptions out there. For me at least, having children has made my marriage better and continues to do so, we still travel widely (or did) and are spontaneous, own a home, and I think my pp body is just fine.
Best parts? All the parts. When they say Mama and reach for you and as they get older when they show you things because they want to make you proud, it’s just an indescribable feeling. My son flew to spend the summer with his grandparents (much better quarantine situation for a little boy) earlier this summer all alone and watching my brave boy with his mask on walking onto that plane, my heart just exploded. I just feel so lucky to be a mama, and to be their mama.
Also, agreed, they are an excellent excuse to get out of social events you don’t want to go to .
Post # 74
My daughter and I were sitting on the couch and watching The Office last night and talking about life and love. And she says to me when she has kids she wants to be the same kind of mother I am. So yeah after I was done crying 😂 I told her I hope she’s better than me. And then I thought of another thing I love about being a Mom, adding on to and tweaking the parenting traits that my parents had…to now fit my children and eventually seeing them do the same. I know that not everyone gets to have loving healthy family relationships, so I’m so very appreciative that I got to experience that and in turn give that to my children so that hopefully they get to bring their wonderful personalities and traits to their own families in the future if they choose to have them.
Post # 75
- Wedding: County courthouse
My kids are 8 and 11, so not babies. What I love about having children is that they have unconditional love for my husband and myself. They are smart and funny. Loving and affectionate. They always keep me on my toes. I have loved watching them grow up. My kids have totally different personalities and I love that. I like waking up every morning and seeing their faces. I like that they still “require” a good night hug and kiss to sleep well. I love to hold their hands, give them big squeezing hugs, and kisses. I love to cuddle with my kids when I’m having a hard day. Just holding them makes me realize my problems aren’t so bad. I love their love for us. Oh there is so much more I could list. But here some of my favorites