Monday, March 24th, 2008
What Does Having a Child Mean to You?
Update: I used your responses to the question posed in this article to select a judge in the Win a Conceivex Conception Kit contest.
Dawn Detweiler, aka PsychMamma, will be a judge in the contest. She
will select one of the three winning essays in the contest. Thank you
everyone for sharing your thoughts. Comments on this article are now closed, but please do ponder the important question posed.
Our family returned from the hospital yesterday afternoon, two days after our son’s birth. Our 3-year-old daughter spent much of the time at home with her grandma.
My wife, wiped out from a tough pregnancy and 12-hour labor, topped off the experience with a tubal ligation. We initially were going to do it in the event of a C-section, but when things worked out the natural way, we decided… aww, what the heck. And by wiped out, I mean "help me lift my foot into the car" wiped out, and that was before the birth.
So with the recovery starting and a needy infant beckoning and a 3-year-old to keep busy and a messy house to unmessify and my normal (from-home) workday to resume today… and… of course, coming home to discover our cat sick and limping… our lives are in upheaval.
It makes me wonder… Why did we sign on for this?
But, I’m not fishing for "hang in there" sentiments. Life is a roller coaster for everyone. I want to ask you a slightly different question.
I crafted the remainder of this article last week. It’s a two-parter…
Please think back before you had your first baby. Why did you want a child? Now that you have one (or more!), how has your life changed for the better?
In short, what does having a child in your life mean for your life?
Answering that open-ended question is my special request for you. Please share responses in the comment form below. Why it is a "special request" I won’t divulge yet, but rest assured there is a "part 2" to this post coming next week.