@karenb Yes, exactly! I always thought the same thing-- better to regret NOT having kids than regret having them. I'm over 50 now, no kids and no regrets.
OMG, DTMFA! There are red flags all over this story.
@Lu2 Best advice a friend ever gave me: when a man tells you something about himself, listen to him.
@itiresias Ha! It's funny to imagine the doctor contemplating the different possibilities.
#4: A couple years after we got married, my husband had his first outbreak of ocular herpes. OCULAR HERPES! All over his (shaved) head. Try explaining that one! My mother said "I don't want to know what you two are up to". Not that this helps you in any way, but I thought you might find it amusing.
Wow. What an honest, well written post. I've never had a baby, but while reading this, I could feel what it would be like.
Roasted or pan fried brussels sprouts with garlic and Trader Joe's Aioli mustard. Yum. I've also made salad with them-- slice raw sprouts very thin, add sliced up apples, chopped walnuts, and a balsamic vinaigrette. Also yum.
I'm 53, and trying to adjust to the way I look now. Not that I've ever been beautiful--more like on the attractive side of average-- but enough to get the kind of attention and perks that good looking women get. Even in my early 40's, I still looked (and felt) desirable. I was dating a younger man AND a younger woman. I even entered-- and won-- a strip contest at a sex club. And then suddenly it just all went away. At 45 I gained 30 pounds in a year and it didn't want to come off. At 48, my eyelids started to get all loose and droopy. At 50, vertical lines appeared on my top lip. My hair got so dry and brittle that I had to get it cut short. And voila, old lady. I have good things going on in my life and I'm not unhappy, but I've gotta say that getting older, physically, just totally blows. You think it won't happen to you. And then it does.
Ah, the transgenerational putdown. Like when my grandmother said to me: "you've got your mother's figure. You'll always have to watch it."
I buy all my IKEA used on craigslist. Dirt cheap AND fully assembled!