Having a baby is not a decision anyone should take lightly. If you plan to parent with a partner, this can make the decision additionally complicated because it's important to be on the same page. Still, everyday couples all over the world decide to take the plunge. How do they know? What checklist have they completed to make them so sure of their decision? How do they know their relationship will be OK? While there's no definitive answer, I can tell you from my own experiences that the weird signs that prove your relationship is ready for a baby, help you reach the decision to procreate with a partner.
It cannot be denied that babies take a toll on relationships. Even the strongest and most dedicated of couples can find themselves painfully adjusting to life with a little one, simply because children take so much from you it seems like there's nothing left of you to give your beloved. And yet, at the same time, having a child together can absolutely make your relationship stronger. Not only are you connected to this person now, forever, via this tiny creature you are bringing up together and adore, but for all the trouble they cause kids have the potential to bring out the best in us, and encourage us to love everyone more deeply than perhaps we did before.
How can you know how it will play out for you? Well, you never really know, but here are some barely discussed signs that you are in a good position to find out. I'm not talking signs, like, "You've had important discussions about children and child-rearing" or "You're financially secure" or "You've talked about your local support network and agree that you and your child will be in a safe and loving environment." I'm talking about even more important (if off-beat) signs that The Man doesn't want you to know about.