Did you know that a couple bringing in about $60,000 per year will spend $8 -10,000 on a baby the first year and early years thereafter? Those making six figures are looking at $24,000. Due to economic straits it’s no wonder that Millennials are pushing back baby making, not to mention home and car buying, according to The Atlantic‘s Jordan Weissman. Weissman, who provided the above stats, chatted with Patt Morrison this morning on KPCC about this very real issue, and how it only hampers economic revival – - diaper and pregnancy test companies have recorded taking hits! Are you prolonging car buying, home buying and baby making, too?
Read on about the story here: http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2012/08/30/28187/millennial-babies-generation-y-recession-american/
Look at those eyes. Beckoning. Hold me, squeeze me, love me, she says. Imagining a life with children and the attendant joy and spit-up alike is usually par for the course in newlywed territory. The H and I have only gone as far to conjure up our little Chloe; otherwise, we just refer to our non-existent puppy, “Samantha.”
Today, The Knot informed me that I’ve been married for six months via e-mail – - and with no shortage of nods to baby making. “It’s been six months since your wedding. (Glad we could help!) If happily ever after includes adding to your family, let The Knot help again with TheBump.com- our sister site dedicated to all things pregnancy and baby,” the e-mail read. They linked to “tools” to get pregnant faster, among others. There were also options for those who weren’t quite ready yet (“Find a friend’s baby registry” and “Search for baby shower ideas”).
It’s official: I’ve been relegated to The Bump. I don’t know if I’m ready for this!
I suppose baby making is the natural outgrowth of wedding planning, but to me baby planning isn’t something that should consume a newlywed couple like clockwork post wedding. Newlywed life for us is going great so far. We’ve challenged each other as individuals and as partners, and we’ve continue to keep a spirit of adventure. The right time for baby, I’m confident, will present itself naturally. How did you or do you plan to wend through the leap?
According to a Christian Science Monitor piece featured in The Daily Beast, “delaying marriage and childbearing just five years in the least developed countries would lead to 224 million fewer children born by 2050—a 39 percent drop in the expected population growth” per Population Council reports. The news comes on the heels of our world population hitting seven billion.
Love is not always blind – especially during a recession. Seventy-five percent of women polled in a recent study by ForbesWomen and YourTango said they would not marry a man who was unemployed.
The recession is also affecting our biological needs, desires and wants for…reproduction! According to a new study titled “The Sustainable Demographic Dividend: What Do Marriage & Fertility Have To Do With the Economy?“, the U.S. fertility rate dropped by more than 10 percent to an average of below two births per woman (“the U.S. total fertility rate fell to 1.91 children per woman in 2010,” the Digital Journal reports. I wonder what 1.91 children looks like?) Polling was based on the time period between 2007 and 2010.
Nonetheless, “ordinary” Americans feel that having two or more children is “ideal.” I guess I’m ordinary. I’ll take 2, please. Do dogs count? Take the puppy poll on Mrs., Guided: http://www.mrsguided.com/?s=puppy
Lots of <3,
Meet our “Little Baby Chloe”. Only, she’s a he. He has a kinda large forehead, too. And red hair. Where did the red hair come from???
When the Nest alerted me to the online baby-making site, Make Me Babies, I jumped at the chance to see what my unborn – heck, unconceived! – bun would look like. Finally discovering if he/she looks like mommy/daddy, grandma/grandpa, great-grandma/great-grandpa, or Cousin It (hopefully not) has always been one of the most thrilling aspects of having a baby for me.
And where better to do the big reveal than on Mrs., Guided! Hope you love him as much as we do.
Lots of <3,
Allison & Ryan