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The baby boom

Posted: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013

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Photo by Lora Denton Photography.

Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

We all have phases where most of our friends are getting married or pregnant. About three years ago all of my friends were getting married, and now, it’s the baby boom.

I’m still a few years away from being ready for my own child, but I love celebrating my friends’ growing families with them. I’ve been to two baby showers this month and helped plan my best friend’s earlier this year. It’s so fun to see all of the different themes and ogle over all of the adorable baby things. Coincidently, they are all having girls, so the clothes have been adorable.

I’m even impressed to say that I know my way around the baby stores now. I used to walk in with wide eyes and a puzzled look on my face. Now I’m pretty familiar with the layout, although I still couldn’t tell you the difference between one pacifier and another.

I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get me thinking about my own future. I’ve always been really uncomfortable around children and have never pictured having any of my own. I always knew I wanted to get married but babies were never a part of my plan. They certainly are for Robert though, who gets miniature hearts in his eyes whenever he sees them. If I was ready, he’d want to start trying for a family tomorrow.

But the showers have warmed me up to the idea (in the far future, might I add). I love the relationship we have and I wouldn’t mind being a parent with him eventually. In fact, I can already tell he’ll be a great dad.

As for now, I'm still learning how to be comfortable around children. I just recently held my best friend's baby, and don't let the smile fool you, I looked nervous and awkward trying to hold her. It was a big step for me though and I'm glad I did it. I'm still not ready for the next step, but at least the idea no longer feels so intimidating.

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