Soon after the birth of our second child, my husband and I decided we were not going to have any more children. Well, I suppose I should say, we don’t plan to have any more children. We love our children and kids in general. However, two kids is the right number for us. These are the four main reasons we are keeping our family small.
Two Late Preterm Babies
Both of our children came a little over one month early. With each pregnancy, my water broke and the kids arrived in less than 24 hours after. While both of my children are healthy, they both had to stay in the NICU. My eldest had trouble staying on the weight chart. My youngest has Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Although my kids were not that early, I suspect that the next child would be preterm also. My biggest worry is that I might have a baby that was very early. It can be stressful for the whole family when a baby is in the NICU for a long period of time.
A Difficult Recovery
I don’t think any women jumps off the delivery room bed and goes for a jog. However, with my second child, it took me five months before I could run or even walk fast. I had painful granulation tissue and several in office procedures to fix the problem. My OBGYN even asked me, in a worried tone, “Are you planning to have more children?”
We Have Four Animals
We had four animals before we had kids. One is an active border collie. Another German shepherd mix has arthritis and needs daily medicine. Our cat is on a special raw diet to keep him trim and prevent urinary tract infections. Our final cat is a skittish rescue feline. The dogs need daily walks. The cat litter needs to be changed. Needless to say, the animals are part of our family. We spend a lot of time and money to make sure they are well taken care of.
Two is Enough
With two, I sometimes feel overwhelmed. I like the fact that my husband and I are not outnumbered. . While love is more important than money, I think another child would be difficult to afford. We would definitely have to move out of state to afford a new addition.
If we were to be unexpectedly expecting, I would be happy. However, it would take a lot a planning and adjustments. As for now, I feel blessed to have my two children.
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