My hubby and I have always spoiled our nieces. My sister-in-love used to say, “Just wait! I’ll get you back!” Well, haha! Jokes on you. We’re infertile!
At a family gathering, I mentioned something about sleeping in and one of my cousins with littles groaned, “I wish I could sleep in!” To this I quipped, “Yeah, there are some advantages to being infertile.” Luckily, everyone laughed, as I did intend it to be a joke, but….
Should I make jokes about being infertile?
I have thought about writing this blog for over a month. The only way I made it through infertility and accepting my childless life is by focusing on the advantages of not having kids. But I was worried. What would people think if I talked about the bright side of infertility? Would I look selfish?
But recently, I joined a private Facebook group called “Childless Perks,” and I realized that there are others out there just like me–childless not by choice people just trying to focus on the good.
So, I mustered up my courage and decided that I was going to write this post. Because focusing on the advantages of not having kids became my ladder and helped me climb out of a pit of despair when I was at my lowest. Maybe this list of benefits will help someone else who is trying to accept his/her childless life. So, here goes…
The Bright Side of Infertility …
- Sleeping in. Yes, I mentioned it already, but it’s worth repeating. Parents are always complaining about not being able to sleep in. Well, I love that I can sleep in whenever I want!
- No stretch marks from pregnancy. My hubby says my butt looks great! Not bad for a 40-year-old woman!
- No birth control needed. No pills, no fumbling, no trips to the store…
- No worries about staying in the kids’ school district. We moved miles from our old house with no complaints from Maddie!
- No need for a playroom, tons of bedrooms, a huge backyard… I love our little house and the fact that every room is just for us!
- No school break? No problem! We can travel whenever we want (especially since we are both self-employed!)
- Every get-away is a “just the two of us” get-away. (Well, unless Maddie comes along, but she likes to do whatever we want!)
- Fancy food and nice restaurants. We don’t have to worry that chicken nuggets aren’t on the menu or that the cheese isn’t the right color or shape. No cartoon characters in our pantry!
- Spur of the moment dates. All we need is a peanut butter kong, and we are good to go!
- Remodeling. Our entire house. Because there are no braces to pay for or college funds needed, we can spend our money on what we want. And right now, we are remodeling our entire house from top to bottom, inside and out. And we don’t have to worry about littles being underfoot!
- Spoiling our nieces and nephews. We get to help with college, buy clothes, and take the kids to dinner. But we don’t have to. It’s not expected. It’s a gift, and our family is grateful for our generosity.
- Bruna, our exchange daughter. I’m not sure we would have hosted a foreign exchange student if we had a two-legged kid of our own. And that would have been awful because our time with Bruna was the absolute BEST time of our life!
I’m not selfish. I just choose the bright side.
Like I said before, I was afraid that those who have kids might think me selfish for being happy that I can sleep in on Saturday or a snob because I like being able to go out to eat at the fancy new place without worrying about getting a sitter.
But I didn’t choose to be infertile. I didn’t choose not to get pregnant or not to have a baby. But I am choosing to be thankful for the life God has blessed me with and to look at all the good things I have.
My point. Don’t judge. You never know what someone has gone through. Maybe they are happy with their “childfree” life because they chose to stop being sad about infertility and instead embraced it.
And to those of you who may still be in the pit of infertility, please try to change your perspective. Focus on the positive. Find your Plan B. Redefine your dreams. Just please, stop dwelling on the fact that you can’t get pregnant and don’t have a kid. Sometimes, the bravest thing you can do is LET IT GO! (Did you sing it?! 😉 )
Oh. And another bright side of infertility… You don’t have to watch the same kids’ shows over and over and over!