Hello moms of onlines! Devster4fun I think that would be a most wonderful input gift you could give us. As a parent of an only, but not having that perspective as I am a sibling, I often feel I would love to talk to an "adult" only child who has lived and breathed the experience, so to speak. Someone who could share their experiences on what it means and feels to be an only...especially now as an adult...because we all are always concerned about our children's futures and such. I often have been asked about what it is like being in a large family, so I guess this may be the flipside, and it is so true benefits and drawbacks all around. And the funny thing is I could have also seen myself as an only child as well as a sibling. But I digress...
Okay, so do you want to jump in with some benefits and drawbacks to being an only. And of course, we all know that you speak not for all onlies, just for yourself, and that is super.
It's great to hear the other mama's perspectives and experiences with an only and being an only.
I did have a first this week...I visited a newborn of a friend in the hospital. I was interested in seeing how I felt. Did it make me want another? Would I miss the true "baby" stage? Ummmm. NO! I honestly could not imagine doing it again.
DD is 13.5 months and a delight. She's been an "easy" baby, good sleeper, great eater, zero reflux, zero sickness, we're truly blessed. My Mom (the best) lives across the street and is retired. Still doesn't make me want another.
Honestly, the only thing that gets to me is tiny baby clothes. They're so cute.
IMO, there are very few drawbacks to being an only. As an adult, I do see some differences between myself and my friends. I enjoy and need time alone. I don't need a friend to go out to dinner with. I don't need a friend to go to the bathroom etc....
I love seeing the other thoughts here.