Recently I was interviewed for the CBS Early Show regarding the economy affecting low birth rates and how it has changed our family’s vision for our future. When Michael and I were dating we wanted 3 kids… that was the “magic” number. Once we were married and the time came to have children things were great financially! However, the slump (or nosedive) in the economy has affected my husband’s business, which of course in turns affects our family life.
Michael is a partner in an architectural firm that specializes in healthcare design (retirement living communities, assisted living, nursing homes, etc.)! Rheinlander Architects has great clients but due to the changes in the healthcare system and the political games affecting Medicaid/Medicare reimbursements there is an uncertainty in moving forward on projects or creating new ones. RA also has clients that have the want/need to expand but cannot due to this and the fact that financial institutions are being extremely conservative with loans and interest rates.
In turn our vision of our family growing has been put on hold! We live comfortable right now, I am able to stay home with Alexandra and give her the attention and love that we feel she needs. Michael and I want to be able to provide for Alexandra and her future, adding to our family would mean that we would have to make sacrifices for each child. We are just not willing to do that right now! One thing is for sure we do not want to wait several years to have another child, so hopefully the economy will pick up, the healthcare will become stable, and the banks will get back on track! All we want is what is best for OUR family… and for now that means waiting to add to it!