(Closed) when (if) did you hear your clock ticking?

posted 9 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: when (if) did you start wanting to have a baby?

    haven't yet!

    ages 18-21

    ages 22-25

    ages 26-29

    ages 30-34

    ages 35-39

    ages 40-44

    ages 45-49

    ages 50-54

  • Post # 3
    7038 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think women interpret “clock ticking” differently. I interpret it as “time is running out” to have a kid, vs what you said – “time to have a kid”.

    I started having the yearning for a kid off and on at age 28 (what I currently am) but I don’t feel like the clock is truly ticking until i’m around 37.

    Post # 4
    5592 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @crayfish:  exactly this – I interpret clock ticking as almost a now or never panic Thats literally “it will soon be biologically impossible to carry a child”. That has yet to happen to me, but I’m only 29. 

    Ive had a feeling like I’d be ready to have a baby for probably 3 years?

    Post # 5
    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Ok I voted 26-29 before reading the full post. Fiance and I are in our mid to late 20s and in the same boat as you. I’ve wanted babies for many years now (we both do!) but the timing is not quite right yet. Fiance and I have been together 6 years and both adore children. Like you, it seems urge is stronger now than before but we also realize we’re getting more mentally and financially prepared with each passing year.

    Post # 6
    3358 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’m 29 and I still have not experienced that urge to have a child.  we shall see if I ever do.

    Post # 8
    3525 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    My biological clock (desire to have kids) started really ticking really when I was 16. My parents’ friends had a baby and I’ve been babysitting for him ever since. I love that little boy to pieces and he makes me really want my own kid. I’m not planning to have one of my own until I’m in my mid-twenties, but I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t anxiously awaiting the day I become a mom. 

    Post # 9
    1032 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I started in my late teens, my mother was a midwife at the time, so that may explain why. Thank goodness I knew to ignore it.

    It was on and off for. Few year, then at 25/26 it was like someone switched an “on” switch, and I’ve been wanting one ever since. If things work out the way we hope (a special kind of wonderful), I am hoping to have a baby around my 30th birthday. I’m 27 now.



    Post # 10
    5528 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I am 26, and have no desire at all to have children; in fact, I am seriously considering sterilisation, so certain am I that I will never want children. I have spent pretty much my whole life disliking children, and have never had a maternal drive; I very much doubt I’ll hit 30 and that will change.

    Not all women want children; many absolutely do not want children, ever, and never hear the ‘clock ticking’. Your post/poll kind of assumes everyone will experience it at some point, whereas that is really not the case at all.

    Post # 11
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’m 27, and while I have zero interest in having a baby right now, for the first time ever lately, the idea of having a child maybe in in the next two years or so isn’t sending me into straight up panic mode. I’ve also found myself curiously peeking into the world of the TTC threads and I haven’t run screaming yet. Progress! I definitely want children some day, but I haven’t really felt that urge to procreate yet.

    Post # 13
    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @misspeanut:  That’s about where I am except I am 31. I still can’t say I want to have a child, but the mere thought doesn’t sound as horrible.  

    Post # 14
    2560 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’m 23, and know I want children. I am not financial or emotionally in a place to have a child now, so I plan on waiting until I am almost 30, when SO is done his program and will be employed and we will have some savings. So.. the clock isn’t “ticking,” but I definitely have a clock. And I’m babysitting to get my “fix” 🙂

    Post # 15
    84 posts
    Worker bee

    When I was about 17 (I’m 21 now). I keep hitting snooze though, ’cause there’s loads of other things I want to do first

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