I have never posted in this forum before but I have read bits and bobs over the last few years.
I know some people have posted about similar topics before, but I wanted to get people's views on it.
I'm 25 and have been married for nearly two years. My husband is 23. We both want kids very much; however my husband has made it clear several times that he wants to wait until he is at least 30 and we wouldn't be able to afford it for a few years in any event. Kids are expensive!! In addition, we are both at the early stages of pursuing professional careers.
I have always been very maternal and I am excited about (hopefully) being able to be a mother one day.
Until about a year ago I did not mind waiting a few years. However in the last few months I have been feeling very broody and I seem unable to stop thinking about babies. I have even started looking at baby books in WHSmiths
A friend of mine had her first child (aged 22!) a year ago and when I found out I felt extremely jealous, despite the fact that it was not practicable to have a child at that time, I think in my heart I wanted one. Very recently a work colleague has had a child and again I am feeling very jealous. Don't get me wrong - I am a kind-hearted loving person who never thinks bad thoughts about anyone.
So my questions are such: are these feelings normal? Are they just womanly feelings? Has anyone else unexpectedly felt jealous of other people having a child when they did not think that they had wanted one until then?
I welcome anyone's thoughts and opinions on this.