What's in the water? Everyone's getting pregnant!
This is in stark contrast to all the reports I come across about the birthrate going down and how people are waiting longer to start a family.
My wife and I definitely fall into such a group. We want to spend a couple more years traveling and enjoying our marriage before we contemplate having one of our own. Indeed, having kids is a life changer, and for the time being at least, we're trying to make the most out of living sans children.
A friend and ex co-worker of mine, who had her daughter 14 months ago, told me a few weeks back that raising a child is far more taxing than she'd ever imagined. To my surprise, she sent me a text about two weeks ago inviting me to yet another baby shower -- this time for a boy that's due in October!
Many of these women admit that the pregnancy caught them by surprise. They weren't necessarily planning to have the kid -- it just happened.
Hopefully, couples who are more cavalier about having kids are prepared for what lies ahead -- physically, mentally, and financially. Everyone tells me the same thing: Having kids is not for the weak at heart. Both parents have to put in loads of work, time, and sacrifice, and their wants and needs take a back seat to those of the child.
There's a humorous meme on Facebook that says the following:
"Everyone is having babies and I'm here like, 'What country should I travel to next?'"
While I only travel within the U.S., the meme is fitting, especially in this stage of my life. That might very well change in a couple of years. Until then, though, my wife and I will continue to broaden our horizons!
Do you know many people who are pregnant?