Essay about Personal Journal: Pregancy, Childbirth, and Childhood

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When thinking about having a baby, I have to consider the financial, physical, and emotional/cognitive effects it will have on me, my partner, and my family.
• I am an elementary school teacher and my husband is a golf pro manager for Troon Golf Course Management Company. We presently live in the United States. Together, we make enough money to live a little more than comfortably. However, we have been saving for a new addition to our family for 2 years now. Taking into consideration that we have many friends and an extended family, it is safe to assume that we will have a fair boost in baby supplies from our shower. I plan on being a stay-at-home mother until my children start school. Nothing is set in stone. If we are having financial
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I will suffer from body image issues and the like; however, my biggest concern is postpartum depression after the pregnancy. I suspect that with a family history of depression problems, I will need therapy and I will not take any chances.
There are many other things I have to consider. First of all, I will be breast feeding my child. Some mothers choose not to, but there are just too many benefits to breast feeding such as a closer bond and a higher immune system for the baby.
Another concern my husband and I have is that we are both presently atheists. We were both raised Catholic. We agreed on encouraging our children to study many different religions, as we have, in hopes that they will see the beauty in faith and that you do not need to go to church or believe in the defined God to be a good person.
We also wish to raise a gender-neutral environment. If we have a girl, she may play with dolls and dance or she may play with race cars and play sports. This also applies to clothing. If we have a boy and he wishes to wear pink or purple or any other color that some may feel is "feminine" we will allow him to wear it.
Another worry that many not seem like a big deal to other families is fast food. We will not allow our children to eat fast food. Some families use it as a treat: "If you behave at grandma's we'll get chicken nuggets on the way home!" We feel this

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