I am officially due on September 15th which is the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows. If you add nine days to that (since my other children were all born 9 days late) we get September 24th as my unofficial date. September 24th is the feast of Our Lady of Mercy and the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham (which commemorates a little known Marian shrine that has a very interesting history). I am trusting that Our Lady has her guiding hand on me during this pregnancy. She and St. Therese have been such powerful intercessors!
My current doctor, who did not deliver my other 4 children, was a little shocked to hear that they were all born nine days late. Maybe not shocked, but he was very curious about it. I guess it is a little odd.
I have to be honest and tell you that their initial reaction to our news was mixed. And I felt like the worst pro-life mom in the world! Aren't pro-life children supposed to jump up and down and cheer at the news of a new baby in the world?! There were some tears (theirs and mine), there was a lot of quiet. They were concerned about the baby's health until we reassured them but then they couldn't quite wrap their brains around being a group of five when they have been four for so long. You see, none of them remembers having a baby in the house. When BigBoy was born, the older three were 6, 5 and 3. They have vague recollections of his babyhood, but not many. When we pointed out to them that they have a good 7 1/2 months to get used to the idea of bringing a baby home, they felt much better!
I'm getting used to the idea that it's OK for them to feel unsure right now. I think I was wrong to expect them to be happy, thrilled, and excited right from the get go. It was like I was asking them to be happy, thrilled, and excited about turning 18 and going off to college. They can't even imagine that as a reality, how can they be expected to react to it? As we get closer to this baby's arrival, I think they will learn to imagine the reality and then the feelings of excitement will develop. Not surprisingly, it is the girls who are warming up to the idea the fastest with the youngest boy not trailing too far behind. The Professor has always done things on his own time schedule. We reminded him that he wasn't thrilled either when we told him we were rescuing a puppy, in fact, he was pretty opposed to the idea, but now, he gives her secret hugs and enjoys her crazy antics. He'll be fine.
I have been experiencing some weird symptoms courtesy of the low dose progesterone I'm on. Because of my history of miscarriage and my early blood work, the doctor determined that I was a little on the low side and started me on it at about 6 weeks. Random dizzy/drowsy spells are really not fun, especially when you're driving! So far, they haven't lasted long and I should only be on it a few more weeks. Yay!
And for those of you who have kept us in prayer and plan to do so throughout this pregnancy... thank you, thank you, thank you! Your excitement, enthusiasm and love are the best gifts we could be given!