(*Disclaimer- we understand we have been incredibly lucky and even undeservedly blessed to be able to have one child, let alone five- we pray so very much for our friends and family who have struggled to conceive and I in no way want to be insensitive or flippant about the miracle it is to bring life into the world. To our friends/family/readers of the ol' blog who are currently living through any type of infertility, know you are in our prayers)
So let's talk.
Here's five questions you didn't ask about #5
"WHOA. Was this pregnancy planned?"
We talked a lot, put a plan in place (Team Wilkerson for the WIN), and decided we would be open to another. The bottom line? I am NEVER going to like being pregnant. There is nothing about it that I enjoy, except the point of it all, which is the ability to create LIFE with JESUS. And I love being a mom. I love having a big family. My doctor cleared us physically for a fifth, and we felt emotionally, spiritually and financially ready. We were going to wait until the new year, but it took us several months to conceive Malia, so we decided to start a bit early. It didn't take us several months this time :) Part of the amazing thing about Natural Family Planning, is you get to know your body really well, whether avoiding or trying to conceive.
"Um, you complain a lot about the hardness of your life, so why add another element of hard?"
The awesome is so much more than I could ever describe. The awesome is the kids one by one sneaking into our bed on the weekend to snuggle. The awesome is my oldest two sleeping in the same bed every night because they are best friends. The awesome is the way the three older boys adore their little sister. The awesome is the endless snuggles, magical moments, laughter of our crazy lives. The awesome happens all the time.
I try to be a person who 'keeps it real' on the interwebs, but also in real life. But man, I'd hate to think for the sake of 'keeping it real' people in our lives are missing the reason we keep having all these babies....
IT'S BECAUSE IT'S AMAZING. And we've got really great kids. Loud and rambunctious kids... but really great kids. And so long as God keeps allowing us to have them, and my doctor thinks it's safe, I can't imagine stopping the awesome that is occurring.
"I'm sorry, does that mean you might even have MORE?"
You guys...I think so. I mean, I don't know so, because we take every pregnancy one at a time, but after my cesarean with Malia, my doctor said she would be open to five, or even six. We trust our doctor like I can't even express. I feel like God gave her to us as a gift. She is a skilled surgeon, and has always been completely honest with us. When we conceived the boys back to back (each were born 14 months apart) she told us we were being careless. I am confident she will be honest with us after this newest Wilkerson if she doesn't think we should have another, but as long as we are good physically- I think we will be open to it.
"I've been to your house...where are you going to store all these tiny people"
|This is Malia's room- gonna be a leeeeeetle bit tight adding another bed :)|
"Now that the important stuff is out of the way, how are you feeling?"
Physically- I am tired. So tired. I cried to Aaron this weekend, explaining that someone who has never been pregnant cannot possibly understand the exhaustion of the first trimester. It's a type of tired that penetrates your very soul (how's that for dramatic?). BUT, I am not puking... yet. And that's a huge win. I am going to try a few different things this time to avoid the dreaded sickness, maybe it will help? maybe not... but at least I can say I tried ;)
We are also feeling unworthy and humbled that God has chosen us to be parents once again. With each kid, my understanding of the miracle deepens in a way. I cannot believe we've been blessed with another one, and I'm not just saying that. We are excited that Malia gets to be a big sister, the boys are freaking out pumped. It's a crazy miraculous thing to make people- and I am sitting with that profound truth every day.
So there's the answers, in case you were wondering.
PS- It's weird, but I think some other big families can relate. Because of our weird culture, it's almost embarrassing to tell people you are having another child. We brace ourselves for reactions/judgments/etc... I just wanted to say to my friends on social media, thanks so much for the joy and happiness you expressed with our announcement. It truly meant the world to us!