"oh you will change your mind"

(28 Posts)
GimmieChocolate Fri 17-Aug-12 20:59:02

Background:my DD is only 12 weeks old so I know most parents of one so young don't even entertain the idea of a second yet.

Even before I was pregnant (and don't flame me too much for this comment) I'd always said I want a little girl and if I'm blessed with one I'll be happy to have just the one child. We kept the sex a surprise and when DH told me we had a girl I was over joyed.

I'm still of the thought I only want the one. I love her more then I thought I could ever love anyone (sorry DH but it's a different type of love) and we could give this little girl everything - but not spoilt.

Everyone says to me "oh you say that now but just you wait" or "you'll change your mind after a while" but I just don't see it happening. Why can't people accept that I only want her? I've said it since before I was even pregnant so why should I change my mind?!

Why do people seem to think you should want more then one? What's so wrong with having just one child?

Ok, rant over. Sorry!

CMOTDibbler Fri 17-Aug-12 21:02:45

IME, people come out with all sorts of inane statements about being a parent. You just have to find a phrase that you trot out then change the subject quickly

babesdontlie Fri 17-Aug-12 21:04:13

I only had one, a boy.(he's a man now, but still my boy)
Never felt the inclination to have another, no gory birth stories, he was a good baby, slept through etc, nothing to put me off having another, I just didn't want one, and to honest, it's not really anybody else's business how many children you decide to have, is it! smile

Tiago Fri 17-Aug-12 21:05:23

People seem to be obsessed with the idea that everyone must want multiple children. They don't get it that maybe one is quite enough, for a myriad of reasons.

DH and I will be having one child because (1) we can afford one and (2) I've had 2 MCs prior to this pregnancy and barring an 'accident' my mental health is unlikely to survive a further pregnancy. However, we can't exactly explan reason (2) to most people, so just get shock looks when we state there will not be a sibling.

I also hate it when people suggest that it would be cruel "not to give them a brother or sister". No - torture is cruel, abuse is cruel, not having a sibling is fairly normal.

vigglewiggle Fri 17-Aug-12 21:08:41

You may find though that it becomes less about what you want and more about what she wants. You may find that you start to feel that she would benefit from having a sibling. That is perhaps what people are saying. But ultimately of course it is your choice as a family.

Incidentally, what does your DH think?

SirBoobAlot Fri 17-Aug-12 21:13:00

I think its a strange thing to say in the society we live in that we're happy with one. TBH I always thought I would have two or three - and then I had DS. I'm now almost entirely convinced I will never have another baby (a lot of things would need to be in place for me to even consider the idea!).

Try not to let it bug you - if you're happy, be happy. Sod everyone else smile

gamerwidow Fri 17-Aug-12 21:14:29

It's just one of the very very many stupid things people say and it's best to ignore it.
Of course you might change your mind and equally you might not and if you did only want one then that's absolutely fine.
fwiw my DD is 2 and we have no intention of having another either.

henrysmama2012 Sat 08-Sep-12 21:57:14

It's unbelievable how judge-y, rude & inappropriate people can be with their 'why are you only having one' comments. They need to mind their own business and learn some manners.

Dutchie77 Tue 11-Sep-12 06:41:55

Yes, heard that remark many times. And I always have to say: 'no, honestly, I am happy with just one'. Other person will look at me with this look, which makes me have to say it again..... Annoying.

Thamesmead Sun 16-Sep-12 11:43:54

I just turn it on them and ask when they're having another, and if not, why not. This works surprisingly well surprisingly often.

BlackSwan Tue 18-Sep-12 22:55:38

People feel confronted, like they didn't know it was an option to stop reproducing after the first child.

I'm pleased to say I have no hesitation that I don't ever want to raise another baby. I don't want pregnancy, birth, newborns - any of it. I'm happy with the one I have. I remember telling my husband when I was pregnant, that 1 would be enough for me. And I was right.

cowboylover Sun 23-Sep-12 22:25:24

Gimme I could have written that!

I had a horrible birth with my DD having health issues and a stay in NICU so when I say we have done with one I keep getting people tell me I will get over the experience. Yes they are correct I will be we really only want one.

I am an only of an only so it sits well with me and I love it just the way it is.

ETsmum Sun 07-Oct-12 15:57:25

What a relief to read posts from some like-minded people smile

Our ds is 9 now, but the comments about "us changing our minds" used to drive me crazy. Before ds, we wanted two or three, after ds we decided that one is quite enough! Completely love him to bits now but dh and I both found it so much harder than we expected. Sadly, none of our reasons for stopping at one are "socially acceptable" - dh has had the snip and I am convinced that the pressure of another would at best lead to us divorcing, at worst I had pnd and doubt my ability to survive it again (and yes, I know I would not be guaranteed to get it again...)

HearMyRoar Tue 09-Oct-12 21:56:49

Dd is 6 months and even our postman keeps asking when we will be having another. When I had my coil fitted recently the Dr reminded me that it would last for 5 years and then said 'what a long time for your dd to wait for a brother or sister'. I told her that it wasn't long enough as far as I was concerned.

Also it drives me nuts when people talk about how sad it is for a child not to have a sibling as if all families got on fabulously and were the best of friends. If I had a quid for ever person I know who spent their childhood hating their sibling I would Have enough to buy dd a puppy to play with instead.

Flumpyflumps Tue 09-Oct-12 22:10:31

I have had dozens of complete randoms asking when's the next and when I say there won't be a next. I think I attract them.
The cruelty question is horrible, as if I would ever do anything cruel to my child!
My family and life are comete now I have one and wouldn't want to change a thing.
Also, as Forrest says you never know what you are going to get!

Jac1978 Wed 17-Oct-12 22:28:31

My MIL is always saying that one day I will wake up and think I want another child. All I think about when I wake up is crumpets with butter and a cup of tea so yet again she's wrong! If people minded their own business we wouldn't have half the problems we have in the world but it's never going to happen!

VikingLady Sat 03-Nov-12 20:51:58

People think you MUST want what THEY want. If you don't want the same things it seems to be seen as denigrating their own choices. See also: bf/ff, co-sleeping/own room, weaning age, school type, pram/sling...... You can't win. If you had more children it wouldn't stop - you'd be told you would want yet more, or you should have stopped at one!

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Thu 08-Nov-12 10:46:37

I've no idea why people feel the need to comment. 1 works for us, financially, house wise, car wise, it all just works so why change that?

iseenodust Thu 08-Nov-12 10:55:01

One works for us.
If I'm feeling that way minded I tell people I've stuck with the one husband too.

OrangeKat Thu 08-Nov-12 11:02:26

One works in our house too. IVF, kidney disease and other hereditary potentially life altering conditions don't seem to put people off assuming they know what we want to do better than we do. hmm

MoelFammau Sat 01-Dec-12 04:34:08

I love DD so much it hurts. I can't imagine why Id need a 2nd child -- DD is everything I could've wished for.

brodysmummy14 Tue 25-Dec-12 23:42:52

I have a 15 months old little boy and have no interest in having anymore children. I have a 2 year old sister and my mum is expecting again in February so my son can grow up with my little siblings rather than having anymore. People keep telling me that I will change my mind, but I can't see that happening. My fiancé and I are ok with just having one boy and want to give him the world but some people think its odd!

Valpolliandtheivy Tue 25-Dec-12 23:46:09

I find a simple 'nope' followed by a grin and repeated as necessary works. I've been known to say it about 10 times in a row when presented with all the various 'reasons' to have another child. It can be quite funny after a while...

mewkins Sun 31-Mar-13 18:23:18

It's bizarre that people are asking after 12wks! I have a dd 2.8 and get a few questions but mostly from other parents with similar aged kids who have just had another and have a wild-eyed look about them (as if to say, please have another- it's so hard but at least I'll have company!)
I am still undecided but as said up post, it's becoming more about what dd would like the older she gets eg. She asked for ababy brother for Christmas. Rightly or wrongly that does make you think well, why not?

neontetra Sun 31-Mar-13 18:35:21

I get the same too. No desire for another child - we couldn't love her more, but she is enough for us. Yet so many otherwise intelligent, understanding people we know react as if this is freakish. I think you just know when your family is complete, and its different for everyone.

elQuintoConyo Sun 31-Mar-13 18:49:48

Wow, I though I was a one-off freak for being happy with 1! I've also had the, 'oh just wait... you'll change your mind... lo will start asking for a brother/sister... wait until lo starts school and you'll want another...' etc, time after fucking time.

Horrible birth. Long-lasting post-birth complications. No money. No desire to do it all again (DS is 16mo). DS is a naughty little bugger about EVERYTHING. I love him more than life itself and he's everything I've ever wanted in a baby (plus he wakes up and kisses me first thing in the morning smile ). But one is enough.

I shall try Valpoliandtheivey's no-smile-no-smile-no-smile until they start twitching, haha!

I shocked my DSil yesterday with 'one is enough' while we entertained her and DBil and their 5 kids in our small house with chocolate!

I'm an only child and can confirm that it is far from cruel! I personally wanted (and have) two children - well actually I wanted one and a half, but that's not an option - but I had a perfect childhood.

tribpot Sun 31-Mar-13 19:15:56

I also find the comments about needing siblings weird, and I come from a very large and blended family, so have (sort of) three brothers and two sisters. The full range of full sibs, half and steps. My DH on the other hand has one brother, who he never sees. I don't think they've ever really got on. Certainly they have nothing in common.

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