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Am I happy being a mum of 1?

Bringing up an only child when I thought I would have a big family.

Mum of 1.

Am I happy being a mum of 1? I had always imagined having a big family, 3 was the golden number, hoping for, no more than 3 years between each of the siblings.   Loved being pregnant with my daughter, and never thought I would not experience it all again.  It feels really hard to put what is in my head into words without sounding selfish. Health wise I am fine so it is not that although I am not as young as I was, turned 38 just over a week ago. Still young enough to have more.

Am I happy as a mum of 1?

Feelings of Guilt


I feel so guilty and ungrateful when I feel so broody some days it hurts. So I block it out and laugh it off I have to.  I have an amazing little girl, spirited and talkative, thoughtful and caring; I could go on and on.   Yet I always planned for her world to have brothers or sisters or both.  She is not bothered, a fact she tells me quite often she loves being my one and only. She definitely would not want to share me. But would you not love someone to play with I ask her? Nah is always her reply not if I have to share you.

Of course, I worry about years down the line when I am not here for her anymore. Of course there is no guarantee she would be close to her siblings anyway. She could have a friendship group that is even closer.

If I had fallen pregnant when she was 2 or around that age then she would know no different. That was not to be, basically, my husband was the one who decided one was enough, and we couldn’t afford anymore. A number of people who have suggested  I could get pregnant “accidentally” after all what could he do about it after. Sadly that just shows how little people actually know me.

Some days I am so exhausted from Amelia I wonder what in hell’s name I am thinking ever wanting more.
A series of misadventures, bedtime was a killer, and she still has her moments now.  Could I really cope with more especially now I am older.

I will make peace with this I have too, it is just taking a lot longer than I thought it would.



  1. mymamamusings
    29th August 2017 / 08:43

    I have no idea what the situation is between you and your husband, I am the opposite of you. I have four children, four boys.

    I often wonder what it would have been like to have one child. I see people given their children their undivided attention, going on holidays, spending time enriching their children as individuals.

    Then there is me, forever trying to keep all my various spinning plates in the air. I often feel like I am failing my boys. My third son would definitely have loved being an only child.

    I think there are pros and cons to having 1 child as there are to having 4 children. We can only do our best and it sounds like you are doing great. Amelia sounds very happy and that is what is truly important.

    Cherie || My Mama Musings x

    • Rae
      29th August 2017 / 15:51

      Thank you for commenting.

      You are right there are two sides to everything, there will always be that what if, whatever we decide.
      Like you said happy children however many you have is what is truly important.

  2. 1st May 2017 / 01:52

    I think you and S really should go to marriage counseling. It’s ridiculous the way he’s treated you and her. If he won’t go, go without him!

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