One and We’re done

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The ink on my daughter’s birth certificate was yet to dry when the people around me started asking me when the next one was coming. The drill started at the delivery table itself when the doc, before exiting the room, said “See you soon with your next due” and I, just in that moment, wanted to run in lightning speed and never show up again. 

Having grown up with a younger sister and brother was amazing and kind of added shades of different colors to my childhood and this was exactly why I always wanted to have 2 kids. My daughter has turned 4 and yet it seems that I’m still not ready to go through all those long, endless nights and the diaper & feeding drill. While most of my friends, colleagues and family members were planning their 2nd, I somehow felt a constant peer pressure. But here am I, to state it clear, to the world and to myself “We Have One and We’re Done”.

Having two or more kids has been a norm of most of the families, especially in India, and I totally support that (as if I have a choice). But for me and my husband, we have an only child and we can’t imagine it any other way. And if you are in the same spot, here’s what you’ll totally relate to.

  1. Single child is not necessarily lonely
    “The first child that you have is for you and you plan the second for the first child”. I’m sure all of us have heard this at some point in time in our life. While I completely agree with the statement, I beg to differ on the “lonely” part. With the kind of lifestyle we have adopted these days, we can’t really say that the kids are going to stay back in their native place or country or with their relatives. They eventually will move out of their comfort zone and explore the world on their own terms. While the only child might have a very small social deficit in kindergarten, by middle school they would have as many friends as the other kids with siblings.
  2. It’s not our affordability issue that’s stopping us from have another child
    I totally believe that every child, with his/her birth, brings along his own beautify fortune. It has never been a matter of affordability or money in not planning for a second child. It’s just something that I and my husband have mutually decided.
  3. Carrier vs. Child
    Let’s just state it clear, my carrier definitely plays an important role in my life but it has nothing to do with the number of kids I have. All my roles, as a mother, as a blogger and as a business women are equally important for me and no one possesses the right to judge me on this (End of the matter).
  4. Sparing The Sibling Won’t Spoil My Child
    Yes, I have a child who has all my attention, love and care yet that doesn’t mean that we are spoiling her. Raising an only child gives you a super-close relationship with them and also the power to reinforce this bond in building their personality as a whole. A single child undoubtedly gets all the love and attention of the parents yet also understand the responsibility towards the parents as well. We as parents understand the limit of love, gifts, pampering and indulgence. We do not overload our child with stuff just to make sure that she is happy. Happiness has nothing to do with physical stuff and this is well explained by us to our child.

While we try to explain people our point, we still encounter a few suggesting “She needs a sibling”.  Like the other day when a lady at the school bus stop suggest to gift my daughter a sibling. I just simply smiled at my daughter and said, “Sweetie, while I can’t gift you a sibling, I surely can gift you a promise on this children’s day. A promise to be with you through thick and thin and to make to a strong, independent and a beautiful human being. Because you are one with the powers of many”.

“ You are one and you’re more than enough”.