An awesome survey was conducted by ForbesWoman and TheBump.com to find out what women feel is the ideal age for having children. At 24, I certainly was viewed as being "really young" when I gave birth to my first child. But was I? 59% of the survey respondents who had children after 35 wish they had been younger.So why wait? Sure there are many reasons people wait till they're 35 to have a baby. Financial stability, fertility issues, career, etc. Why did I have a baby so "young?" Well, there were literally about 4 days that having a baby sounded like a good idea. Then reality hit us and we thought we should wait till we're more financially stable. After all, I was working full time and finishing up college full time. Not to mention enjoying being 24.
Well, four days of wanting a baby is apparently all it took. Nine months later, we welcomed our little boy into this crazy life. A coworker gave me the best advice, "it will be hard in the beginning because you're young." There are many times I need to remind myself of this - that, hey, I'm only 26. Yes, things are a little harder when you have to feed another mouth, diaper a butt, and pay for childcare. It's been 15 months, and we're seeing the light. My career is taking off at just the right time and I already have a baby- so I need not worry about that "interfering."
What are your thoughts on this survey? How does it make you reflect on your own decision to have a baby?