SO........ I will either start law school this fall or fall 2011. If I start in fall 11, we want to have a baby first. (In Norway I will get a full years salary for maternity leave).
We want kids, and since we will be leaving Norway feel we should try to take advantage of the opportunity.
The plus side to having a baby:
We get to stay in Norway another year with his family and all our friends
We can save A LOT more money before starting school (salaries are high in Norway)
I will essentially get paid my first 6 months or so of law school, from the maternity money
My mom will provide free daycare
My child will be the same age as my sister in laws kid and best friends kid
Absolutely free health care
THE US economy is awful, why leave Norway for the US this year when we have good jobs here_
the price of our condo is going up and will continue to rise (most likely) over the next year
We are young still 26/27, but at least we have a stable, happy healthy relationship of 5+ years
Law school is not going to be easy with a child
We would probably hold off on having a wedding ceremony until after the child
IT all comes down to "am I ready". Well my maternal clock has not started to kick. But to be honest, I feel it might be easier to have a child now, take 6 month maternity leave in NOrway and start school with a six month year old. No not the easiest thing to do. But it might be easier to have kids now, when I can take the first six month off and summers. Once I am starting a law career I imagine it will be much more difficult. Plus my bf could potentially stay home with the child the my 1st semester, since we will have my income from maternity leave.
My thoughts are to wait and see what happens in April. I am applying for a full ride scholarship at my 2nd choice school. If I got that I would definetly go to school in the fall.
There is also a question of whether my Bf gets into an Architecture program or not. If he gets in it might be another reason to go this year.
...Another alternative is to try to work in Norway to save money then go to the US with no baby. But my job is so draining, I dont think thats reason enough to stay in Norway, if I were on maternity leave for half that year though, that would be better.
Thank God I have a mom who well help with daycare, it really makes having a baby an option.