Friday, May 20, 2011

So perhaps now might be a good time to tone down the controversy

....and make an announcement.

We're having a baby. It's due in November.

And we're a bit anxious about it. This wasn't we planned to do this year. I was feeling really happy with the three kids we had. It felt like our family was complete. My pregnancy history hasn't been fantastic. I don't really want to go through having a premature baby again and to deal with feeding issues. No one knows why Rosie came early so it's not like I can do something to stop it happening this time around.

But we're slowly getting used to the idea. The scan on Monday made it all seem a bit more real. The baby was wiggling around and waving its hands. It was kind of cute to watch.

And I guess I have to keep remembering that God is in control of all this. Last year I posted this which attracted more comments than anything else I've ever posted. So maybe all of this is actually God's way of trying to tell me something....

I just want to say as well that when we went through many months of struggling to conceive a few years ago, that announcements of unplanned/unexpected pregnancies often felt like the hardest ones for me to hear. I am so conscious of those who might read this who are trying unsuccessfully to have a child. I am actually re-reading Just the Two of Us at the moment, which gives a really helpful Christian perspective about infertility issues. It is such a good book to read to remind me that getting pregnant isn't always an easy road. I'm continuing to pray for those people I know who are struggling with infertility and praying that I'll be sensitive to their feelings right now.


10 comments:

Wendy said...

Wow, congratulations Karen!

Sarah said...

Congratulations Karen! I hope and pray it all goes smoothly for you.

I just read the post you linked from December last year. Bravo for speaking up! I often feel guilty because I don't have any kids yet, have been married for three years, and would not want more than three due to not really being a kid person. I was surprised to hear that it's a city pressure too. In Christian circles in small country towns, it's unthinkable that a woman might not want to be married and a mother at 21 with five kids by 26. No person should feel that kind of pressure.

Jenny said...

Wow exciting news but I know that mixed feeling well. I'm always glad that pregnancies are reasonably long because it gives your brain to get its head around the concept of another baby. Will praying for a safe pregnancy

Deb L said...

Oh WOW! That's beautiful news! Praying for a great pregnancy and God's everlasting peace to surround you. You know, my prem baby scenario was a total mystery too. I went into the next pregnancy thinking it would all repeat. As boringly normal a pregnancy as I could have gotten. Hoping for the same for you. But God's obviously in charge either way and that's the best way to have it anyway.

Meredith said...

Wonderful news! Made me smile to see this post with your blog title, LIFE ACTUALLY, sitting above it. That is life indeed. Praying that you will be resting in God's goodness and praying for your new baby as well.

Karen said...

Thanks so much for your prayers ladies, I am (slowly!) getting my head around it all. It's the silly little things that are bothering me...like the fact that I don't really want to drive a people mover (more on that another day!)....but I just have to trust that God is in control of all things, including this, and who knows, maybe this time I will go to full term. I never have before, but there's always a first time I guess...

simone r said...

wow! well done. will pray for you all.

Ben McLaughlin said...

Wonderful news!

Karen said...

Thanks! I think the excitement level is starting to rise...at least until I start looking at cars on the internet....

Wendy said...

People movers aren't all that bad. I drive one in Tokyo!!!