I'm at the point in pandemic parenting where my 5yo yelled "shit!" at his video game from the other room, and I just pretended not to hear it so I didn't have to get up.
My son is enough for me and I’m enough for him.
Rant My brand new baby was barely even towelled off and placed in my arms when a nurse asked “so you ready to do that again?”. “Nope! We’re good!” I happily said And she flashed me a knowing smile and with a wink she said “they all say that”. Its been relentless ever since I’m asked daily at my job when I’ll be having another and my answer is simply “no, we’re happy with just the one!”. To that I’ve been met with “oh you’ll change your mind” or “but he needs a sibling!”, and “what if he has no friends? Then he’ll have no one” And even “but you’re not a real family unless you have 3 kids” (?!) I am enough for my son. And he is enough for me. I have a hundred reasons why i don’t want more kids and there’s an argument for why I’m wrong against all of them. Fertility issues, financial stability, mental health and just plain old feeling like our little family unit of 3 is awesome. Can we please stop normalizing this weird single child shaming???
When your little one isn’t the little one anymore.
If you don’t frequently lose the bread clip and employ this solution, are you even a Dad?
I've been lurking since my wife showed me the positive pregnancy test. Thank you all for the insight, and the joy that being a dad is. Molly arrived on the 3rd and I'm absolutely smitten!
The single parent badge of shame
First and foremost, the title is me being sarcastic. Single parents are rockstars, magicians and unicorns to say the least. But somehow, we get such a bad rap as if we are “damaged goods” especially when it comes to dating. I’m starting to think I will have more luck attempting to date another single parent. I don’t need pity, I don’t need a substitute parent for my child, I don’t need help with my bills. I’m managing and doing a great job. It angers me that some feel this way. I’ve met men who didn’t have children who couldn’t cook, keep a house clean, or manage finances yet they thought they were great due to being childless. As if being childless makes them a prime pick lol. No thank, I’m already raining my kid I’m not going to be your mom too. Has anyone else experienced this?
My 9 year old talks nonstop and it’s driving me crazy
Like I literally mean he does not stop talking and he’s mostly just telling me what he’s going. I love him so much but I just don’t need details for every little thing. Example: DS: Mom I have to throw these underwear away Me: okay throw them away. DS: I have to throw them away because there’s a hole in them. I know it’s so small but it’s like that with every single thing just having to explain every little thing.
I want to be happy about having one kid
My son is turning one in a week, and over the past few months, my husband and I have been talking about having another baby. Well, a couple of days ago, we decided that having a second just won't work for us. It's the best decision for our family, and I know there are lots of positives.....but I'm sad that I won't be pregnant again, or get to snuggle my newborn again, or watch my son become a big brother. Any advice on how to get over the sadness? It sounds insane but I already miss the infant my son was (even though I remember how hard those first months were). Thank you!