*** For those who are stumbling across my blog for the first time, this page was written before I had kids. So the sentiments here are those of someone still struggling with infertility, not those of a parent looking back at child free living with rose coloured glasses. I have not edited this page since giving birth, except to add this preamble as I would hate for this page to be misinterpreted.***
This page** is a (continuously updated) list of reasons why a lack of children does not equal a lacklustre life. Some of these reasons will be tongue-in-cheek I’m sure, while others will be a cold comfort. However many of these will be fleeting pleasures that I want to treasure now while I have the chance.
1. My weekends don’t get eaten up by having to go out-of-town for my kid’s hockey tournaments.
2. My husband and I can enjoy partaking in physical activity such as running, and yoga classes together, without one of us having to be home with the kids.
3. We don’t need a minivan!
4. My sleep is not interrupted several times a night by a screaming baby (and I love my sleep).
5. I can spend time and money pampering myself without worrying that I should be focusing on my kids instead.
6. I don’t have to try to figure out how to tame a screaming child having a temper tantrum in the middle of the grocery store, while worrying that passers by think I’m a bad mother.
7. I don’t have to go to Disneyworld (insert shudder) for my vacation.
8. Speaking of vacation – air travel is much, much easier. No trying to entertain kids in long security lines. No lugging car seats, strollers, and diaper bags on the plane. No trying to calm your screaming infant by walking up and down the aisles of the plane when all you want to do is pass out.
9. I can enjoy a hot bubble bath (with candles and some reading material) for as long as I want.
10. Wider range of housing options available when looking for somewhere for just 2 people to live. (Yes, I’m in house hunting mode! Yes, I want to get a place where we can live comfortably with our eventual baby, but until we find it, may end up renting for a few months, and good to know we can pretty much live anywhere).
11. Following up on #10 and living almosts anywhere – Can live in hip “gentrifying” neighbourhoods without worrying that our children will be scarred for life due to the quality of the local schools, or will pick up bad habits from the local drug addicts.
**If the list doesn’t get very long, I’ll just change it from a separate page to a singular post. However for now having it as a separate page will serve as a reminder that for the most part, life is good!