Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Baby Fever

So, yesterday in my post I mentioned that we have decided to start trying for another baby.  Did you catch that?  No?  Go read it, I can wait....
Anyway, yes, we are going to start trying to get pregnant again.  And by trying, what I really mean is we are not going to prevent it from happening.  In case you didn't know, Elijah was not a 'planned pregnancy'.  We had just moved to Texas, didn't have steady income, didn't have health insurance, and were using birth control.  I just love God's timing, don't you?  But, of course, God provided for us in amazing ways and here we are, mere days away from a first birthday.
Before we had Elijah, and had thought that we had our life planned out exactly the way it should go, we wanted to start trying for a second child when our first child was 6 months old.  That gave the first baby 6 months of breast feeding and would make our kids around 15 months apart.  Our goal was to be done having kids by the time I was 25.  That would mean that we could retire when our youngest was in college, or I was no older than 45.  Sounds pretty perfect, no?  Let me just tell you than last October, when Elijah was 6 months old, I went a little crazy inside at the idea of having another baby.  Maybe a lot crazy.  So, we re-worked our plans, Elijah weaned himself around 8 months, and we decided that we just didn't want our kids any farther apart than 2 years.  That means we have to be pregnant by the end of July.  Which would mean that our children will have been born in the same month.  The same month my birthday is in.
But, I think that I would be okay even if we aren't pregnant by then.  We have decided that after I finish the pack of birth control that I am on now, which is about 2 1/2 more weeks, I will not start another.  But, we will use some other form of control for the first month.  That will give me a chance to get back to a semi-normal cycle.  (so sorry to any male readers!)  That will put us somewhere in the first part of May.  And, like I said we are not going to really be 'trying'.  There will be no tracking, not temperature taking, no planning.  It will happen when it happens.  I have loved being a mom so much that the idea of starting it with this next kid already makes me a little sad.  Sad because it will be the last time.  We do not want anymore than 2 kids (sorry Grandpa Mick!).  We actually for a time considered stopping with Elijah, but as the title of this post suggests, I have got the fever!  Plus, we both have the most amazing relationships with our siblings and we want the same for our kids.  So if it takes us a little longer than we think, and we don't make the many deadlines we have set for ourselves, I will be okay.  Or maybe I just don't want to share my birthday month anymore than I already have to.  

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