We never gave our family and friends time to ask when we were going to start a family because we beat everyone to it. Ace was a blessing and two years later came our second blessing, Penélope. Our family was complete. One boy and one girl but there were many talks before we made the decision to not try to have more.
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When I was pregnant with both Ace & Penny, I had genetic markers that indicated my baby might require special needs. Being human, this made it hard to find happiness in my early pregnancy. It took a lot of faith and prayer to finally get me back to being content, no matter the outcome. With my husband’s constant encouragement, I bounced back and pushed that doubt behind me.
I loved being pregnant however. I loved the glow and all the kicking inside me. I grew attached to my unborn children and protective of their whole being so much so, that I wanted to provide them with what they needed most: Me.
So, I devoted 14 months to nursing them both, despite what onlookers said and quit my job to stay with them indefinitely.
I know it might not being everyone’s views, but honestly, there are so many children that are abandoned and need a good home so instead of bringing another beautiful baby into the world, I’d seriously consider adoption like my brother did. It is possibly the most selfless decision any couple can make and I am honored to have a sibling who thinks likewise.
And to bring you all back to reality and to lighten the mood of this post, children are expensive! The Department of Agriculture says the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610. And a good portion of that is dedicated to clothing those wiggly little bundles of joy. And with Instagram Mom’s posting the most adorable photos with kiddos dressed better than 99% of people I know, it can be hard to not replicate them.
But there are silver linings to these metaphorical clouds. Sales. I live for sales whether I’m shopping for my kids or others. Recently, I was asking for help because I have two baby showers in the near future. Then I stopped by JCPenney and found a number of pieces in their Carters section + they are having their baby sale! Starting September 15th, to the 16th, Carter’s 3-Piece sets (regularly $22) are $9.99 no code necessary! I also took advantage of Carter’s Sleep and Play sets for $7 (normally $16) which runs from the 22nd to the 24th.
I’ve taken all the work out of scrolling through isles (and webpages) and curated this fall themed line just for you! And everything is on sale:
I love the Carters line because I can mix N match pieces in similar color schemes for fall. As you can see, rich hues, bold prints and comfy sets are my go-to. For Penny, three dresses in floral, chambray and gingham print. Ace is wearing his “big bro” shirt in a gorgeous cranberry paired with plaid shorts. My nephew Alem is handsome in a dark blue set & creamy knits. I also grabbed some playsets for my sisters shower and a sweet pants set for a more prestigious occasion. LOL. Or church.
Another reason we decided to stop growing our tribe was because we are welcoming so many newbies to our extended family. Like this little guy up here. My nephew Alem.
This post is Sponsored by JCPenney and ShopStyle but the opinions expressed are my own.
Deciding to not have more children takes time and a lot of communication. We wholeheartedly agreed on this momentous decision based on our family dynamic and lifestyle. However, I want to stress that everyone is different but if you found some comfort in my post/decision, then please send me a message or comment below! I’d love to hear from you.