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Wanda: Parenting is so hard and demanding, I can't stand it.
Zoe: Ma-ma.
Wanda: Let's have another one!

A phrase frequently said by one of a married couple (usually the wife) that already have at least one child, especially if they're in their 40s or late 30s, generally past the age most people want kids, but before that biological clock stops ticking. Saying this sentence (or saying "Let's have a baby" if they don't already have one) guarantees one of the following:

  • The marriage will be breaking up very quickly.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies
  • They'll agree to try to have another baby and:
    • Be unable to conceive again
    • They won't have another baby, but a big deal won't be made out of it. The desire to have another baby will probably never be mentioned in any other episode.

Either way, "Let's have another baby" usually indicates that they won't be doing so. Compare Fatal Family Photo. See also Unspoken Plan Guarantee.

Note that examples where they do end up having a baby are straight uses too. It also doesn't matter whether they already have one or not, despite the name of this trope.

Beware of unmarked spoilers since this trope is often, but not always, used for foreshadowing of broken relationships or future deaths.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the Back Story of Fruits Basket, Tohru's father suggested another baby to her mother the night before he took suddenly ill and died.

  • Some comedians have contrasted this trope with Screaming Birth, pointing out the paradox of wanting to go through that again. One even compared it to a Groin Attack: How many women go through the equivalent of getting kicked in the balls and a few years later, willingly decide to go through it again?

    Comic Strips 
  • In FoxTrot, Andy goes through a mid-life crisis of sorts and suggests this. Roger immediately tries to talk her out of it... only to start to recant when she suggests getting a Ferrari instead. By the end of the plot, though, Andy has given up on her mid-life crisis (but still wouldn't mind a Ferrari).
  • Baby Blues has Wanda swinging in and out of this one all the time.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Alive Lilliana tells her husband she wants to have another baby. That night an avalanche crashes in over the fuselage, killing several people, among others Lilliana.
  • In the Brazilian movie Até Que a Sorte Nos Separe, the couple who lives next door to the main character argues because the wife wants a second child and the husband objects to the idea. He eventually gives in and they become parents to a set of triplets.

  • Stella thinks it to herself at the beginning of Nora Roberts' Blue Dahlia...right before finding out her husband died in a plane crash.
  • In Gone with the Wind, Scarlett is willing to do this following Bonnie's death, in the hopes that it will bring Rhett out of his grief. Unfortunately, he no longer wants anything to do with her.
  • There's a rumor circulating in the Harry Potter fandom that, according to JK Rowling, at the time of their deaths, Lily and James were expecting another baby, and that Lily would ask her onetime best friend Severus Snape to be the godfather. Ironic, yes, poetic, yes, but a little too pat - it turns out God Never Said That.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Early on, Catelyn Stark briefly flirts with the idea of conceiving another child, despite already having five healthy and active children, one of whom is approaching adulthood. Cat's husband is later killed, then her eldest son is killed and she dies believing most of her other children are dead as well.
  • In the Warrior Cats book Squirrelflight's Hope, Squirrelflight wants to have another litter of kits, but her mate doesn't. By the end of the book she comes to accept that it's okay if she doesn't.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show: In "Go Tell the Birds and the Bees", while they're musing about how grown-up Ritchie is getting, Rob and Laura agree that they somewhat miss the time when he was a baby. Rob suggests they could have another.
  • Nick and Lisa on Dirty Sexy Money
  • Henry and Mary on My Own Worst Enemy
  • Full House: Jessie spends a whole episode trying to be the perfect stay-at-home dad to convince Becky they can have another baby. In the end, it's Becky covering a miraculous birth on Wake Up, San Francisco! that changes her mind. Although they never do have another baby during the course of the show...
    Jessie: Just one question... when would you like to start?
    Becky: Now works for me.
    (to the bed, lights out)
  • Six Feet Under: Nate and Brenda. Granted, although it was complex and it took its while before the after-effect of this trope took effect. Nate, as a widower, already had a child from a previous marriage, but Brenda wanted her own baby. She got pregnant then miscarried the very day before their wedding. After that she got pregnant again but by then they had important marital issues, which only accelerated because of the upcoming child. They were on the verge of divorce, then Nate cheated on Brenda, and died from AVM before they could actually do anything about their relationship - though he seemed very intent on leaving her (Word of God still states he would have come back to Brenda, had he lived). So BOTH the after-effects of the trope are represented here. The trope is actually lampshaded, since when he says to Brenda to get married and have a baby, a thunder sound is heard outside - bad omen ! He never got to see his second daughter.
  • Cameron and Mitchell on the second season finale of Modern Family. Time will tell if it works out.
  • A unique version on One Life to Live, where in this case, the wife suggests adopting another baby in addition to the one they adopted a few years earlier. The husband refuses, stating that another child won't fix their problems. Sure enough, the marriage breaks up several weeks later.
  • On The Young and the Restless, Sharon suggests this to husband Nick. He refuses on the grounds that things have only just settled down following the recent premature birth of their son, and the marriage does not break up. (Not then, anyway)
  • Home Improvement illustrated the Double Standard with this plot; in one episode, Jill wants another child, and Tim is wrong for not going along with it. In another, Tim wants another child, and he's wrong for making that decision without consulting Jill.
  • Early in Single Father, Rita tells Sarah that she might want another child (she already has four biological children, not counting her partner's daughter from a previous relationship) but doesn't intend to discuss it with Dave. Sarah expresses shock at this. Given a callback at the end when Sarah reveals that she planned to get pregnant with Dave's child and run away, never telling him about it.
  • In Scrubs Carla expresses a desire to have a child after Turk's injury results in him having to have a testicle removed. Interestingly enough, said injury was accidentally caused by their first child, Izzie. Turk disagrees at first, but eventually agrees to it. They have trouble conceiving, which leaves them both insecure, but by the end of season 8 Carla is pregnant again.
  • In The George Lopez Show, Angie's period is late and she takes a pregnancy test. It comes out positive, and her and George decide that they are okay with having another kid (their oldest is away at college and their other child is in high school). However, it turns out to be a false positive.
  • This is what's happened on Once Upon a Time. Snow White reveals that she wants to have another kid since she missed out on Emma growing up.
  • In Grey's Anatomy: Callie and Arizona try this in order to fix their marriage after the plane crash where Arizona lost her leg. The first time, Arizona miscarries, which is traumatic enough to temporarily derail their plans and to dissuade her from carrying again. The second time, Callie agrees to carry the baby, only to discover that she is unable to get pregnant again because of built of scar-tissue from the car accident that ended her pregnancy with Sofia and nearly killed her.
  • Played with in an episode of Bones, wherein unmarried Brennan decides spur-of-the-moment that she wants a baby and wants Booth to be the father (via sperm donation). Keeping in line with this trope, it's revealed shortly after that Booth has a brain tumor and requires risky surgery. While he still agrees to go through with the donation and even requests that Brennan "use [his] stuff" if he dies in surgery, Brennan ultimately decides that it isn't the right time to have a child.

    Video Games 
  • Yes, Your Grace: One plot point is that only boys can inherit a throne, while King Eryk only has daughters. The oldest of them marrying and making her husband the next in line for the throne motivates Eryk and his wife Aurelea to try for one last child in hope of getting a boy.
  • Eirik and Blodeuwedd from Dead In Vinland, well past thirty and long-married parents of a teenager, may or may not repair their largely Sexless Marriage. If they do, they decide on this; Optional Sexual Encounter ensues.

    Web Original 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: During the Android Saga, Chichi gives Goku permission to take their son, Gohan on a two-year training mission, but on one condition. She wants a second child.
    [Goku teleports away in shock]
    Master Roshi: Was that a yes?
    Chichi: [in a singsong voice] It wasn't a no!

    Western Animation 
  • Parodied in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode Rock A Bye, Bivalve. SpongeBob and Patrick raise an abandoned baby scallop, and when it leaves, Patrick says, "Let's have another." SpongeBob looks alarmed about this.
  • In Family Guy, after just assisting his sister-in-law in giving birth, Peter first options to steal her baby, but then says this to Lois who agrees. That is, until they realize that they're too busy with Stewie to take care of another baby.
  • Played for laughs at the end of the Pinky and the Brain episode in which the two mice "have a child" together via a botched cloning attempt.
    Pinky: Brain, promise we'll have another someday!
  • King of the Hill: Hank and Peggy get the urge to have another child after dealing the whole episode with Hank attempting to impregnate Ladybird. The next episode had Peggy failing over a dozen pregnancy tests because of Hank's narrow urethra resulting in a low sperm count, which is why Bobby is their only child. They give up afterwards. For a final, bitter twist of the knife, while they fail to have a baby, Hank's father Cotton impregnates his much-younger wife, leaving Hank and Peggy to watch those two become terrible parents to a beautiful baby they don't even want.
  • Played for laughs in The Simpsons. In the episode Blame It On Lisa, Lisa shows her parents a video of a Brazilian orphan she sponsors. Marge finds him so cute that she says she wants another kid. Homer refuses because he hasn't lost all the weight he gained with Maggie's birth.
    • In the episode "What Animated Women Want", the school counselor gets fired and decides that she wants a baby.
    • The episode Adventures In Baby-Getting uses this as the main plot: Marge wants to have another baby, but since Homer is sterile from working at the nuclear plant, they attempt to recover some sperm he'd previously had frozen, and wackiness ensues. Marge changes her mind after learning that he'd donated sperm in the past and there are lots of Homer-like children running around. (Why they never considered adoption is a mystery.)
  • The Baby Blues TV series actually has Darryl say this at the end of the Christmas special.
    Darryl: Let's have another baby.
    The car Wanda's driving swerves.
    Darryl: "I'm kidding Wanda, I'm kidding!"
  • In the American Dad! episode Iced Iced Babies, Francine gets really desperate to have another baby when Steve starts spending more time with his girlfriend than her. It culminates with her breaking into a sperm bank and threatening to "inject" herself with George Stephanopolis' "swimmers", at which point Stan finally manages to talk her down and convince her to let go.
  • This seems to have happened between the two Lemongrabs in the Adventure Time episode "All Your Fault" after they discovered Princess Bubblegum's secret of creating candy life.

Alternative Title(s): Lets Have A Baby, I Want A Baby