I'm Nathalie. Mommy to 3 precious boys aged 6, 4, and 2. Hope you don't mind if I hang out here a little. My baby just turned two and I've gots the fever bad ! lol This is the longest I have gone without getting pregnant again since having my oldest. DH and I agreed after DS#2 was born that we would no longer actively TTC, but we aren't preventing either. Just leaving it all in God's hands. DS#3 was a huge surprise and our first "not trying not preventing" blessing, so now I'm just here hoping and praying that God will bless us with another surprise.
Looking forward to obsessing with you all.
Welcome! It's nice to see a new face around here!
Thanks Sarah-Jean !
I love the little baby emotes in your sig. Super cute. Wow, 7 little miracles. You must be so busy but what a blessing to be surrounded by so many children. They sure make life worth living.
How did your families react to you having so many ? Were they supportive ? Makes me sad that our families aren't in favor of us having any more. They feel that 3 is enough. We barely got a reaction when we announced number 3 was on the way, but they absolutely adore and dote on him now, so I guess it will be the same if we have another.
My family is always mixed. They know not to say anything negative, but that doesn't mean they're very happy about it. To be honest though, I couldn't care less. It's my life, my family, my finances and my time and effort... If I feel I can cope and give my kids a good life, that's all that matters in my book! LOL
And as you said, they're always so in love with them once they actually arrive!
I'm perimenopausal now so I feel like time is running out for me. At my last appointment I was told my AMH levels were so low I'd probably need IVF with donor eggs to conceive. I don't feel it's reached that stage yet as my chart this month said I Ovulated so I intend to improve my health and then see if we can get pregnant and stay that way. If it's meant to happen I'm sure it will...
You'll never regret having #4! You may regret giving into family pressure and not having another though. (((((HUGS)))))
I'm so sorry to hear of your condition. How did you find out ? Were you specifically tested for it ? I hope menopause holds off for a while yet for ya !
I'd been having the classic symptoms for perimenopause since I was about 28, on and off. Finally couldn't live with it anymore and after being told by my Dr twice that it was impossible (despite a family history of premature menopause) I paid for private testing. Lo and behold it turned out to be exactly what I suspected it was! LOL
We've decided we won't go as far as IVF. At one time we would have done, but now we're fairly settled and comfortable and although another baby would be a blessing, I'd rather spend the money on the kids I have to be honest. So it's either going to happen naturally, or it's not I suppose. I'm trying not to think about it too much! LOL Just focussing on getting as fit as possible and as much of the excess weight off as possible before September! I'll worry about the rest when/if it turns out to be a problem. :P
I'm sorry your family weren't happy with #3. It's so easy for others to stand in judgement when they're not a part of it all. People have a horrible habit of shirking their own personal tastes and preferences onto others. "I wouldn't want 3 kids, so nobody should!" style! LOL I've learnt over the years that if I'm happy, I don't care about anyone else's opinions. But I do remember how much it hurt back then, when I really wanted people to be happy and bouncy for me... Having a large family is controversial at the best of times, but it's just so, so worth it!!! We have so much fun, everything is a big adventure!
Are you currently TTC, or just hoping it'll happen or do you have a time limit of when you're going to start?
DH and I made a deal after DS#2 was born. We decided that we won't actively TTC anymore, but we won't ever prevent either. We had a very difficult time getting pg with DS#1 and although conceiving DS#2 was a breeze, I still wondered if with our history of infertility it would be possible for us to get pregnant without actually trying. Then DS#3 came along and showed me that it is possible.
So... just hoping and praying that the JLIH thing will work again. lol
I love the JLIH thing too! It's nice to be able to just take everything in your stride.
Here's hoping it happens soon for you! (((((HUGS)))))
NATHALIE!!!!!! HI! I hope JLIH works for you!
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
My Ovulation Chart
Hi! Our boys are pretty close in age. My oldest is 6y 1m, then 4y 5m, and 2y 9m, and 2m. I love having 4. It's wonderful.
I got a great reaction from my parents even with #4. But, during the pregnancy my dad and ILs all recommended we be done after 4, mostly because they're worried I'll ruin my health by having more. I'm 30, a very healthy weight, and in good shape, and my MW thinks I would do fine. My pregnancies haven't been a breeze, but, except for placenta previa with #4, they haven't been complicated, either.
Other people have been much less enthusiastic with each additional baby. 2 they took in stride. 3 they accepted. By 4 I was getting the "have you figured out how it happens yet?" comments. You just have to take it in stride. And maybe think up some good retorts.
big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
8.16.12 & 12.16.12