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8 Reasons Not to Have Another Baby

When I mentioned I contracted baby fever, no one was more surprised than me. Well, maybe that’s not entirely true. No less than 30 seconds after I published that post my phone exploded with text messages.

Here’s just a sampling:

“You know what’s not awesome? DIAPERS.”

“Better you than me. Excuse me while I sleep through the night.”

“RING OF FIRE! Scabbed nipples! Crying!”

Gotta love my friends. I have to admit the texts made me stop and think. Why do I want another baby? Is it the preciousness? The void in my heart? The fact that I’m turning 36? What?

So, I did what I do. I started a list of baby pros and cons. I’ve written this very list at least a half dozen times before but this time I took to Excel (which obviously meant I was serious). Out of the 20+ supremely heartfelt reasons on the pro baby list, these superficial 8 had absolutely no business being there.

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  • Being at peace with my body 1 of 8
    Being at peace with my body
    The only time I've felt at peace with my body was when it was called to a higher purpose in pregnancy. As rolly polly as I was into my 41st week of pregnancy, I was still able to view my body with appreciation and wonder.
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  • Etsy 2 of 8
    Etsy
    I completely missed the Etsy boat with my youngest son and I would have loved to dress him in uber-adorable handmade clothing like these precious booties by Etsy's Sweet Emma Jean, $30.00
  • I’m a name junkie 3 of 8
    I'm a name junkie
    I may be a certifiable name junkie but I'm blaming this one on Babble. Have you checked out the Babble Baby Namer? Or the entire Babble Baby Name channel? Holy Moses! (Moses: "A boy's name of Hebrew origin that has a timeless style. Moses was most popular in 2006 and is currently ranked #495 among the U.S. boys' names.")
  • Happy faces 4 of 8
    Happy faces
    While growing a baby in your belly is a remarkable super power, I find a pregnant woman's ability to spread happiness like sunshine truly amazing. Strangers become talkative, people are a little kinder, and my faith in humanity is restored.
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  • Pinterest 5 of 8
    Pinterest
    Damn you Pinterest for being so deliciously gorgeous! I could stare at baby nursery inspiration until my ovaries shrivel into Raisinetes.
  • Righting my parenting wrongs 6 of 8
    Righting my parenting wrongs
    Having another baby would give me one last opportunity to savor all the precious moments lost due to mom-worry. I'd cuddle so much more, stress so much less, and burn every last parenting book I owned.
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  • Close parking 7 of 8
    Close parking
    Because I really am that lazy.
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  • The baby shower 8 of 8
    The baby shower
    Talk about superficial. No one should ever have a baby just for the shower but when you love cake as much as I do (nom, nom, nom!) and have a history of only seeing distant friends and family at your baby showers, you'd delight in the thought of another one too.
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Do you any superficial reasons for wanting another baby (or is it just me)?

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