No, I’m not pregnant. I just want to share with you that we already plan to get ready for Baby number 2, just in case. We plan to have another baby by mid or late next year, after Zeeka turns 2. That’s how far in advance we usually plan.

I can’t afford to just “go with the flow” when it comes to having a baby. I’ve had complications before so each and every pregnancy is something that I need to gear up for. Also, I have a lot of things going on in my mind, especially since this will be baby number 2.

My little family --- is it time to have one more child?

My little family — is it time to have one more child?

1. Financial Capacity: Having a baby means additional “no joke” expenses. An additional baby means having an additional yaya, additional food on the table, additional diapers, additional tuition fee expenses in the future, etc. (and the list goes on). But even before that, we need to have that extra money for check-ups, ultrasounds, pre-natal vitamins and the labor and delivery. We will need around Php 250K for all of these expenses by next year.

2. Space or a new Home: Having an additional child means that we need to have bigger space after a few years. I’ve been checking out different properties, particularly the cost of a three-bedroom condo unit. A three bedroom condo unit nowadays cost approximately around 12-15 Million Pesos. We are still in the process of paying off our monthly amortization for our home now so we need to consider the extra money that we need to raise for this new home.

3. Sibling Jealousy: I’ve heard of stories of other parents of their first child having bitter feelings towards the second child. I’m thinking if this is the right time to have a second child since my daughter is still young and she might be jealous of the attention that we will give our second child. But so far, I’m seeing that she’s not the type who’d get jealous. I’m so happy that she knows how to share and she loves babies. She loves playing with other children, so I’m hoping that this would not be a problem.

These are some of the things that I’m thinking of. How about you? Are you ready for your next child?