Ok, so between fertility returning (crazy hormones) and the whole societal sibling guilt trip laying on thick, I need a reminder of the benefits of having an only. I'm swimming in the "but he'll have a built in playmate!" stuff (even though I know he might hate said playmate, and there is something to be said for being able to say goodbye to playmates when you're done playing!). I figured some of you might need a dose of positivity, too.
So...what cool things can you do with your only, that you couldn't if they had a sibling? This could be for financial reasons or logistics, how much of your time/attention is required, etc. Anything really.
For me, we've been able to take DS with us on a bunch of DH's business trips, ever since he was 2 months old. Plus, we've done some great family road trips, where we got to expose him to ancient forests, cool aquariums, old rice marsh plantations with petting zoos, etc. I think having another kid would throw a big monkey wrench in our travel plans. It would add to the cost and the pain-in-the-neck packing, certainly. But it would likely just be much easier to just stay home with "the kids" than try to wrangle TWO munchkins largely on my own, away from home (we usually have a fair bit of interaction with DH's colleagues, too, so it's easier to keep one kid from acting like a maniac, screaming and all that kid stuff ).