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Should I have a baby on my own?

I’m posting in the Parenting section, as I’d like to get opinions from people who are already parents. I’m a woman, 33, and recently got out of a 3 year relationship that had turned toxic and wasn’t the right one for me.

My entire life I have wanted to be a mother. I wanted to be a mom in my mid-late twenties, but I ended a 6 year relationship at 24 and had a couple of shorter, unsuccessful relationships from 25 to 30, at which point I started dating my most recent ex. I did not expect life to turn out this way – if you’d asked me 10 years ago, I would have pictured my life at 33 married with 2 or 3 beautiful kids. Although I love to travel I’m not big into partying or lots of drinking or sleeping around etc, I love nights in, cooking, "family life" so to speak. It breaks my heart that so many of my friends now have this, and I don’t, due to poor choices in men I made over the years.

Well, it is what it is. I can only look forward now, not backwards. I’d like to meet the love of my life and future father of my children, but I don’t want to settle for the wrong person just to have kids, and am also aware I have just a few years of fertility left. I have a few options:

Option 1: Freezing my eggs before I turn 35, and waiting to meet this person (which may or may not happen), as this would give me a bit of extra time.

Option 2: Not freezing, and having a kid in a couple of years through sperm donation. My best guy friend even offered this option to me 10 years ago, and said the other day the offer still stands – he would give me a baby if it means that much to me. I could take his offer, or just get a donation from a stranger, I suppose. This would save me the 10K I’d have to spend on egg freezing.

Option 3: Wait to meet the right person, not do anything, and if I miss my fertility window, I could adopt. However, I heard adoption gets much harder past the age of 35, and they often turn people down when it’s a single parent applying. My heart is totally open to adoption, but I’m not gonna lie, I’d be a bit heartbroken if I didn’t have at least one of my own, mostly because I would love to get pregnant and go through the process of pregnancy.

I think about this subject on a very regular basis. I don’t want to let it take over my life, or make me feel like I need to rush into a new relationship just so i don’t miss my "window". This really sucks. I hate going on dates and having to jump through hoops to find out if the guy wants kids or not, because if he doesn’t, I shouldn’t waste my time. I think I need to make a decision that I’m going to have a baby with or without a man, to take this pressure off my life.

Are there single moms on here? What are your thoughts on me making the decision of doing this on my own?

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