A guest post by my daughter Laura Allen:
“If you don’t find a job after a couple of months in Dallas, you could always get going on starting a family.”
These were my mom’s words right after I got married and settled into my new home in Texas.
A bit annoyed that she’d mentioned this yet again, I responded, “And where would I put a baby in my small apartment? In the kitchen? Babies need space and cost money!”
My mom was blessed with her first grandchild last year, and she is head-over-heels. I can definitely see why, as my nephew only gets more adorable every week.
But, me? I’m only 28! I’m a newlywed. I need to have a career, a savings plan, a house. I need to go back to Europe!!
What is it about my generation that makes us think there is a perfect time to start a family – that all these external conditions need to be met before having a baby?
In my mom’s day, it sounds like the only requirement before trying to start a family was a husband. But my generation seems to think we need to have it all. We want more than the American dream. Some have even called generation Y entitled.
I like to think we are just fortunate enough to have options. Sometimes, though, there are so many choices, that it’s impossible to make decisions. I’m hoping that the decision to start a family will just happen one day. That I will have a birthday, eat cake, and think ‘This year, I’m ready for a baby!’
Who knows if I will ever truly feel ready or if I will even be able to produce offspring.
One thing’s for sure though. If Matt and I have a baby on the way, my mom will be one of the first to know, but only if she stops bugging me now!
Laura Allen was recently married on Bald Head Island and lives with her husband in Dallas. She hopes to continue her career in education and enjoys exploring new restaurants, cooking, and blogging in her free time.
Photo Top: Laura and nephew Maze during wedding week on Bald Head Island.
Photo Bottom: Laura and I before the wedding. Photos courtesy Katherine Younger.