Waiting to Have Two-Legged Human Speaking Children?
We are reaching the point in our life where having children will be forth coming. At this time, we (Prof. H and I) agree that we are not ready financially and professionally to have them. I think it makes sense to wait to have children when we are both settled into our careers and we have a nice little nest egg just in case the worst happens. Plus, I having a human speaking child is EXPENSIVE! An acquaintance is just weeks away from delivering and she received some pretty scary news. She could go into labor six weeks before term. Besides all of the medical problems that could arise, she and her spouse are not yet ready. They are waiting to purchase some furniture until after the baby shower. That makes sense. Baby cribs, changing tables, and rockers all add up. Not to mention diapers, clothing, wipes, and who knows the other limitless purchases they will need to make.
We have been criticized for deciding to wait to start a family until we are financially sound. It is not as if we have an unrealistic goal of "financial stability" or we have not marked an approximate figure that we wish to reach. I believe our plan is sound, realistic, and responsible. Although our future children can go to a fantastic university for a fraction of the cost, I would like to have a college fund if our children attend graduate school. Fortunately, my parents paid for my siblings' and my undergraduate education. However, I paid for my graduate education and the cost was astronomical. I envision Prof. H. and I in a nursing home still writing checks to Sallie Mae. Certainly I do not want my children to face the same insurmountable debt. If the cost for higher education does not change, I cannot even imagine how anyone could possibly afford it.
So there you have it. Expect in a year and half to hear that Attorney McBitchy will become Attorney McPregnant. God/Goddess/Whoever helps us all. My mother already said she will be moving to Australia when I am pregnant if that gives you any idea of what a pain in the arse I will be!