I want a baby.
I have made this statement to myself and then out loud at different points over the past two years, and I mean it when I say it.
It’s difficult, though, when you want so badly to bring another life into this world but you know that your job will not provide you with the financial means or schedule flexibility needed to properly care for a tiny human.
So, you postpone turning your “want” into a “have,” and you take the necessary steps forward to plan for a future that includes children.
You find a new job — one that does grant you the peace of mind you need.
You move into a house, and though it might be small, it is perfect for bringing home your firstborn.
You finally get to a point where you and your partner feel ready to build a family.
You plan a vacation to Disney World and decide to make that trip the official baby-making kickoff.
Then, you return home, the excitement of vacation wears off, and you realize that planning for a baby when you’re a motherless daughter is more emotional than you ever imagined.