2013: The Year of Fewer Brides and Babies?

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Let’s discuss triskaidekaphobia, aka fear of the number 13. It’s as real as claustrophobia (fear of closed-in spaces, which I have) and hemaphobia (fear of blood, which I also have). In fact, it’s so real that I’ve yet to encounter an elevator in Manhattan with a button for floor 13. So how is 2013′s impending arrival affecting young women toying with the idea of getting married or pregnant?

From what I can tell, it’s not.

At a dinner the other night, one of the diners, who recently got engaged, mentioned that she’s getting married in 2013. My first (stupid) thought, which I thankfully didn’t say out loud: “13?! That’s bad luck!” I quickly realized what a hypocrite I was, as it’s looking like Paul and I may try for a baby in that fateful year. And there are far more unlucky things that can happen to an expecting mother/unborn baby than to a wedding.

Since that dinner, I’ve heard of other friends who are aiming to get hitched in 2013, though I’m still the only woman I know of who’s hoping to be with child next year. But even if I believed in things like luck over coincidence, it’d be pretty foolish to postpone plans because of a number that may be in this child’s birth date. After all, there are plenty of people born without life-threatening diseases on the 13th of a month. Why should the year in which one is married or born be any unluckier?

Are you getting married in 2013? What do you say to triskaidekaphobics? Anyone think I’m nuts for shooting for an unlucky year to get preggers?

Thanks to Brooke for suggesting I tackle the topic of 2013 weddings!

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  • Jennifer Chemerika

    Not that we’ve actually sat down & mapped it out, but there’s a good possibility we’ll try for a baby in 2013 too! We’re ready to be parents (after the wedding, haha), so after our “honeymoon phase”, I think we want to go for “baby phase!” Who knows, maybe we’ll be preggers together, imagine?!
    Also, I’m totally that hypocrite who thinks, “eek! a 2013 wedding? unlucky!” Even though there’s absolutely no reason it would be & I’m not even superstitious!

    • http://twitter.com/mereditor Meredith Bodgas

      Oh good, glad I’m not the only one considering having a baby in 2013! 

  • cpahopeful

    My sister and i had this same discussion about 2013 and feeling like we both wouldnt want a baby born in that year! But it will also be the year when we are thinking of trying for a baby so who knows! :) i wonder what the stats were for babies born in 1913 vs surrounding years?

    • http://twitter.com/mereditor Meredith Bodgas

      I should investigate how 1913 babies fared!

  • elle elle

    Getting married this year yes 2013, and I am having the best year ever! ’13′ ,Superstition are for wimps! My career, and all is going perfectly well. God bless the Lord for giving us life, lets appreciate that….