Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Too Old For Kids?


How old is too old to stop or even start having babies?

Ive been thinking about this intensely, for the last 8 weeks. 

You see ive been told that I am too old. AT the ripe OLD age of 36. Yep you read that right 36! 

Let me start at the beginning for you. 

I have wanted kids since I can remember. I don't remember not wanting them. Even as a kid myself, I remember thinking, that I knew I wanted to be a mother, without question. I had an extensive collection of Cabbage Patch Dolls, that I would mother heck out of. I always thought I would have 4. I don't know why 4, I just thought this number was perfect. In my eyes the more the merrier. Even my poor brother didn't escape my mother skills. There were many dress-ups, forced feedings etc that I made the poor little guy do! Im sure he was a little scared of my to begin with. Sorry about that W, I was just so happy to have you around, and I loved you completely! I felt like a mummy, and I loved it.

I also remember thinking I wish my parents would have more kids. Why did they only have myself and my borther? Why did they stop? I now know why. Having kids is difficult. Even if the whole process is really easy for you, everything has to be just right in order to fall pregnant. It's pretty amazing that there are so many of us in the world really. 

I never had as strong a feeling about being married. And NO im not saying that Im not happy being married. I really never factored being married or having a partner into my life. I actually imagined having kids on my own. Goodness knows why, its bloody difficult. But I thought I could do it all! Kids YES, married NO! I suppose I also thought no one would want to marry me? Very bad self esteem issues when I was younger, thats possibly another post. I never actively looked for a partner. It all seemed to happen without force.

For some of us women it is really easy to have kids. For others, not at all. I fall into the latter. 

The husband and I have been seeking out specialist help to concieve baby number two, possibly most likely IVF. Some will think this is so odd. I know I did....DO! 

Why bother to try for another when it is so difficult?
Why was it so "easy" the first time round?
This is so unnatural, should I really be messing with "nature" when there are so many  unwanted kidlets out there already?
Will my daugther really be ok, being an only child? I didn't want to be, but she is her own person, she may love being the only one?
Why do I want another child so badly? Why am I not content with little G? 
And why bother doing all this for baby number 2! 

Honestly I know being an only child is not so bad. I know my daughter will be ok either way. She is a strong little girl. My brother and I are no longer close. We were as kids, but not since we got married and had our own families. I suppose this is life, it gets super busy when you have little ones in your life, maybe things will be different again in the future. I hope so. So I guess I've felt like an only child for a long long time. So I know its not that bad. You are on your own in life anyway. But I must admit I do get very jealous when I see close siblings. I think they are the best kind of friend to have. Others come and go, but family are always there.

I will leave all the gory details out of this post, maybe if I get the courage I will write about it soon. Its not pleasent and actually very upsetting for me. This was very difficult to think about let alone write or talk about, and deeply personal to me. 

Everyone seems to be going full steam ahead, the specialist, the nurses, the husband. Everyone but me, I feel it is too clinical, and a little unnatural. Still need to wrap my head around it first, but i know I don't have the luxury of time. 

I end this post with, don't leave having kids till too late, that is if thats what you want. At least don't take it for granted. And if you want to have kids, your ready for it, but don't have a partner, who cares?! I say go for it! Looking back, I feel stupid now for not having them when I was ready. What was I waiting for? Why did I care what others would think? 



9 comments:

  1. I hope writing helps you.
    Falling pregnant was mentally and emotionally the hardest aspect for me. There is always a person behind the statistics of pregnancy, infertility etc

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    1. Honestly, it didn't help that much, it doesnt change anything. But I guess it is best to write or talk about it.
      And yes people tend to forget that there are people behind those stats!
      Thank you for your comment.

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  2. Have you thought about counselling? You seem really stressed out by it all. Understandable. http://perinatalwellness.com.au/areas-of-speciality this is a Sydney person who specialises in fertility issues. You don't have to post this comment either.

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    1. Counsel comes with the whole IVF package, but thanks for this link. Also, im not too sure this would be helpful for what I need. They state that : "At Perinatal Wellness we pride ourselves in being in a unique position where we can provide psychology services exclusively to women and their families during pregnancy and the postpartum period."
      But helpful for someone none the less. Thank you for your concern though.

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  3. Gosh, hun, I really feel for you. I am one of those "hard to fall pregnant" lasses too - our G is an IVF baby. It's such a hard thing to go through (and I had it fairly easy, to be honest).

    I honestly think you have to find the right specialist. I trust mine implicitly. I also think you have to be in the right frame of mind - it does help you cope better. We are thinking about a second but mentally and physically (and work wise) I'm not sure we can handle it at this point in time. And I am 37!! It's a huge thing to have to go through and only you can decide if the end result is worth the pain and tears and heartbreak.

    You do the right thing for your family in the end. I would love our G to have a sibling, but if that means her Mumma is a mess for 12-18 months trying to have a baby, then is that the right thing for our family? Something for me to ponder for sure.

    Best of luck and I am here if you ever want a chat xxx

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  4. Leah, best of luck with it. It's a difficult, brave journey you're on and I wish you every luck. Do you know Lisa from BakeBikeBlog? She is going through the same and wrote a really honest post about it. Perhaps you're both going through similar emotions :)

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  5. Who knew that having babies could be so hard? I spent my teens avoiding sex, terrified I'd get pregnant (thanks Mum) and my early 20's using plenty of contraception and then when I finally decided at age 27 I wanted to have kids, it took a lot longer than 9 months. My daughter finally came along when I was 30. I was lucky to get number 2 on the first try and I will always be grateful for that. I tell women all the time, don't wait. If you know you want kids, go for it. But like I was back then, most think they will be fine. I really hope you get another baby. You seem like a pretty great sort of gal x

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  6. Just seeing this now. Great dialogue, lady, so important. I really feel for you, as it's something you want so deeply. I'm wishing you all the very best of luck. You're such a loving and wonderful mum, I can see that, and a beautiful person. I really appreciate your words. I am telling friends (even not friends, EVERYONE!) how long it can take to get your period back after being on the pill for 10 years. 9 months & still waiting... I only came off it after being told my a friend how long it took her. MAD! No one talks about this. Love to you during this shitty time. I hope you find peace, whatever you end up deciding & whatever ends up happening.
    Heidi xo

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  7. Hi Leah. I had kids relatively young - I think I was 25. I knew I always wanted kids, and was lucky to meet someone who I clicked well with in my early twenties. I had done enough of the career thing to know kids were more important to me. Everyone's journey is different though. Finding the right person to have kids with can be a struggle, and I guess some people have lots of Life to do before looking after someone else. x

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