I am clearly missing the baby gene – you know, the one that makes girls all fawn over new babies and want to hold them. I don’t have it.
Example: Mindy and I trekked to the LYS on Saturday and while we were there, one of the girls came in with her new baby boy. Now, he was very cute and very well behaved, but after about 5 minutes, I was back to looking at yarn while everyone else was talking baby and such.
The baby thing eludes me – until they’re old enough to have a personality or actively engage with you (which is around 6 months – sure they can’t talk, but they smile or giggle at you), I just don’t do kids.
On one hand, it’s nice because I don’t have my ovaries screaming at me that I must have kids now every time I see a baby.
On the other hand, there’s still kind of that pressure from society that you should have kids someday and that if you don’t want kids then there’s something wrong with you.
Even though more and more people are choosing to remain child free, I still feel like there’s a stigma attached to that decision and there really shouldn’t be. In a small way, I’m decreasing the resources my family will use in the world, thus making it a tiny bit less populated and a tiny bit more Earth-friendly. In the long run, it probably makes up for all the resources I’m using to drive something a little less Earth friendly than I’d like. :)