Aren’t they adorable? With their little goo goo ga ga babbles and spit bubbles. Oh my lanta! It’s like gorgeous overload.
We’re not talking dogs, Millennials. We’re talking babies!
Those sometimes ballheaded spit machines are a whole lot of fun when you run after their little stinky butts. Look at those wittle knees scoot across tiled, carpeted, and wooden floors. They scamper and you feint slowness to make them feel like the conquerer of run land.
But oh no! Look whose coming? I gotcha!
You know you’ve had this moment before. Whether it was running after a random kiddo, a wee relative, or a kid in daycare at that internship you picked up, these little crumb snatchers can be quite awesome. And while you giggle with them, or soothe their boo boos you start thinking I can do this.
Pretty soon you begin to notice thr swarm of baby action your Instagram and Facebook timeline is getting. It’s filled with various posts from cute announcements to tiny toes and first birthday shots.
Then there’s yet another post about the baby who apparently is the light of another parent’s life, the breastfeeding brigade, and the candid afterbirth shots in medical rooms.
Before you know it, you’re getting cozy to the idea. You’re contemplatibg saying yes to baby gravy on fertile days without thinking twice and you’ve been lowkey eyeing the baby aisle at the department store.
Babies are adorable, we do admit that. But take a moment home skillet. The adorbs factor is geniunely high, but take a minute to think of why you want a baby right now.
Yes, they are cute, quiet (at times), fun, huggable, you feel wanted and responsible for something, you feel like the center of someone’s attention and dependency, and whoa snap, let’s not forget their brand of baby smell.
POP! That’s us gauging the eyes of thr balloon you were dreaming up.
Below are some things you need to keep in mind to keep you in the realms of reality.
- You aren’t keeping that baby you see 24 hours a day for 18 years plus.
- You may not be making the money to properly feed and provide for yourself, let alone another one, two plus wee wonders.
- What about transportation? Is it reliable, consistent, and kept up, or are you riding around in a jaloppy that’s on its last leg?
- Do you have medical and life insurance? If you have to ask yourself if you have them…that’s a big indicator your ducks ain’t in a row.
- Do you have a plan of where you’ll stay, and how you’ll pay for it? How are the schools in the area? Crime? Are you comfortable raising a child there?
- Are you prepared to share your space with a hormonal partner that’s going to be feasting like a purple people eating monster?
- Are you prepared to get comfy with a human growing within you for almost a year? Not to mention you’ll be birthing one (whether you’re pushing it out or having it pulled from your innards).
- Have you seen the cost of baby supplies? And not just that crib that changes into a bed later. We’re talking pampers, wipes, clothes. Then calculate the amount of times you’ll need to switch these items out and buy more.
- What about your support? Sure you can do it on your own, but why if you don’t have to? Do you have a reliable love machine in your corner who isnt going to bail at the first sign of trouble? Family? Friends?
- Have you thought about your career and where you want to go and how quickly you’ll get there with and without child(ren) in the picture?
- Is traveling a dream of yours? How do you plan to travel with a baby? Paying for double and triple with the needs of someone else to consider in almost everything you do.
- Do you have a back up plan in case your plan A through Z don’t happen to work?
We’re not trying to scare you, but those people on social media are showing you the good moments sporadically, not a entire playlist of sleepless nights, leaky boobs, screaming toddlers, stink bombs that are diarrhea diapers, and the lack of selfishness you could safely have as a baby free Millennial.
Now, we’ve heard it said that kids are a blessing and they are. However, they’re not like cats or dogs. You can’t put a bowl of water on the floor and expect them to just get it and not need you.
So, before you hop into bed and squeeze out a quick one or throw the condoms under the sink, consider the above, if only for a moment. And if you still can handle it, then by all means, go for it. Make them babies, boo.
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