So I wouldn’t necessarily site Urban Dictionary as a particularly reputable source, but in this case I’d have to say that its definitions of “baby fever” will suffice.
I think I can say that my diagnosis is clear. I definitively declare that I have baby fever, and I’ve had it since I was fifteen.
And to make matters worse, this baby fever has only heightened since the chances of actually having a baby became possible when I got married in December.
Unfortunately, this baby fever poses a bit of a problem because my husband and I have agreed that it would be pretty impractical to have a baby before he graduates from seminary in the next 3-or-so years.
Since being a graduate student is a pretty full-time commitment for him, along with his part-time job at the university’s library, I have a big responsibility to help provide for us while he gets through school. At the moment, that looks like substitute teaching, but hopefully soon that will look like full-time teaching.
Alllll of that being said, Daniel has this huge dream he is striving towards before we consider starting a family. Me, though… one of my biggest life dreams is to be a mom! Please don’t misunderstand – I have lots of goals for myself as an individual and dreams for Daniel and me as a couple, but being a mother is legitimately something I have always wanted and look forward to very much.
That’s also not to say that Daniel doesn’t dream of being a dad, but he has a very tangible, present life goal ahead of him that will be much easier to accomplish before we have kids. My biggest goal before children was to graduate from undergrad and become a certified teacher, which I did (yay!). I have other visions and hopes down the road, but none of them have to happen before we have children and a lot of them actually can’t happen until we get through this season of our life with Daniel being a student.
And I’ve gotta say, I really miss being a student. I mean, I was a student for 15 years of my life! That’s a long time. Granted, the latter 3 ½ years were a lot different, a lot more challenging, and a lot more growing than grade school. I miss the routine, challenge, goal-oriented mindset, and social aspects of college.
So baby fever is raging!
In the end, though, these circumstances have got me thinking about what short-term, smaller goals or projects I want to accomplish before having children. A lot of them truthfully aren’t that child-sensitive (I could very easily put them off until we have little ones running around), but crafting up some smaller dreams has given me something to focus on while Daniel pursues his current big dream.
In fact, I’d say this blog is one such dream, even though it wasn’t one thought up for the express purpose of baby-fever-distracting.
Take a look at my “Adventures Before Baby” list!
(Keep reading for more ideas on how to combat baby fever!)
So far I have been working a lot on improving my Etsy shop. With student teaching and planning for our wedding my senior year of undergrad, I unfortunately let it fall to the wayside in 2017. Now I’m back with a brand new fervor, and I’m really excited to see how it will grow and change over the coming year.
I have also started writing a book (!!) that I hope to finish this year.
I haven’t taken up cross-stitching, planted a garden, recorded my songs, or started writing a devotional with Daniel, but it’s just the beginning! I have plenty of time to take on these projects as the time comes.
I’m really glad to have some of these plans underway, as well as other projects that have just sprung up over time, like this blog.
Here is a list of other adventures and projects that just might curb the baby fever:
Do you have any projects keeping your creativity flowing in this season of your life? Anybody else have baby fever? Hopefully some of these ideas will help you out! I’d love to hear from you!
Recent graduate + Wife
+ Kindergarten teacher
+ Coffee lover + Artist
I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.