Justin and Charlotte sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage! Yup, that's how it went. Except it wasn't THAT easy for us. Adam, our first was an 18 month process. We ended up at the Endocrinologist's office and had lots of tests done on us. I was diagnosed with PCOS and put on Metformin to regulate my cycles. 3 months later we were pregnant with Adam! That first pregnancy was a breeze! I swear that had we not been actively trying I never would have known I was pregnant until I started showing, or he started moving around. LOL!
Adam Ronnie was born in April 2004 at 8 1/2 pounds.
Getting pregnant the second time around was actually easy. I don't even know how long since it wasn't a big deal. I don't think I went back on Metformin, but I honestly don't recall. This second pregnancy was awful for me. I had a little nausea, but so long as I ate very, very frequently it wasn't too bad. I was working FT Nanny hours (50+ hours a week) taking care of 2 two year old boys and an infant. My body would hold up all day, but the minute I walked in the door at night I would practically collapse. The worst though were the varicose veins. Yeah, NOT in my legs. No, No, No. For the last 3 months of the pregnancy, or so, it seriously felt like I had just given birth, vaginally. It was not fun. The girl never moved up! She stayed low the whole pregnancy. Thank goodness her birth was completely uneventful and downright fast. :)
Noelle Justin was born in January 2007 and was my tiniest at just 6 1/2 pounds.
When we finally got around to wanting a third child it was once again not easy. Metformin wasn't helping this time. We decided to try an actual fertility clinic, but ended up canceling the initial appointment. I figured that we had two children and maybe that's all we needed. It seemed like the money could be better spent elsewhere. Well, wouldn't you know we ended up pregnant a few months later! 15 months after we had started trying. Even though I was working FT throughout the pregnancy I wasn't working as many weekday hours and they weren't nearly as tiring. I was only caring for 1 baby and he was super easy going and happy. I was still tired from the pregnancy and taking care of my other two children though. I can remember coming home from work many times and falling asleep on the couch while life went on around me. Baby #3 had to be induced due to gestational diabetes. Her labor was my hardest and the only one I asked for an epidural during. I technically got that epidural, but she "dropped" when I sat up for it and then was born within minutes.
Lillian (Lily) Fae was born in February 2012 at 7 1/2 pounds.
Adam, Lily, and Noelle - January 2014.
This post was inspired by the novel The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson. At the age of 44, Rosie finds herself suddenly single and pregnant. She tries to hide in her grandmother’s home, but meets two men that will change her life forever. Join From Left to Write on April 8 as we discuss The Opposite of Maybe.
As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
*I really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to start, but once Rosie moves into her Grandmother's house the story really took off for me. It was an enjoyable book that was easy to read. I would LOVE to know your thoughts if you decide to pick it up!*