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OkieMama77's Avatar OkieMama77 09:26 PM 03-16-2011

I have two older boys (7 & 4) and am longing for another. Hubby had a V about 4 years ago. He's willing to have it reversed, but is not too excited about it...or about having another in general.


I feel like there's another waiting for me, but am stuck about what to do. He was a real sh$* during the first pg, not around a lot during the second one (due to school) but our lives are finally seeming to calm down. I'm in my early 30s, so the clock is ticking even louder.


I don't want to be the only one who participates in a pg. It was way too lonely. I also don't want to leave this longing behind me completely unrealized.


I'm at a crossroads. I don't think I can quell the itch, but I'm not about to force him into it. What would you do?

JenRN's Avatar JenRN 09:03 AM 03-17-2011

In a way I know how you feel. I have a 9 month old daughter, and while I don't want to have another child anytime soon, I definitely want at least one more. DH does not. Period.


I know you are worried about time, but after several fights and tears being shed, we decided to just shelve the discussion for a certain amount of time (for us, when DD is 2, as that's the earliest we'd want to TTC even if we were both on board).


Maybe put the discussion on hold for a while (a month or two) and then revisit it once DH's had a chance to think about it some more? He might just be shocked that you feel this way and want another, since he had a vasectomy.


Good luck!

artemis80's Avatar artemis80 07:52 PM 03-27-2011

I don't really have an answer, but I can definitely relate. DH and I have one DS who is almost 5. DH hasn't gotten the big V (yet), but he doesn't want more. I really feel like I want one more, but, like you, I don't want to force it on him. And if we did have another, I know I would spend the first couple years frustrated and resentful because of his lack of participation. DH doesn't have a lot of energy, and he is a major introvert, so he needs a lot of space and "decompression time" even with just the one kid, and he just does not do/handle the nighttime/sleep stuff at all. I'm 31, and although I'm okay with a larger age gap (obviously it would have to be at this point), I don't want the gap to be too huge, plus for health reasons (I have tested positive for blood clotting disorders) I don't want to wait much more than a year or two more. I really feel like there could be another child for us, and parenting has been so much more rewarding than I ever thought it could be... I just feel like I have so much to give another child. But I fear DH doesn't. So I am really at the same crossroads.


My plan has been not to talk about it for the past several months, just to kind of let it mellow, as the discussion really wasn't going anywhere. In the next few weeks, after I've gotten through some trips I'm taking for work and for fun, I plan to bring it up and say "let's figure this out." I would like us each to make a pros and cons list, and talk about it in a few pre-planned sessions. If we can't agree and/or it is painful or not constructive after a few conversations, I'll see if I can get him to see a counselor with me. He's not wanted to go to therapy in the past, but once he did mention he'd consider it for this specific situation. 


All this to say I feel you, and to see if anyone else has any ideas!