To Read on the Journey

Monday, September 13, 2010

"if i had known then what i know now"

i did NOT want to have another baby.

i had a baby already.

i was 25, and while my friends enjoyed freedom and the single life, i  had spent the last 17 months sacrificing myself for another human being (9 prego, 8 caring for baby).

Prego days were spent draped over the porcelain throne.  The months after baby's  birth were spent in trauma!  Trauma over the tire-tread that now resided on my non-existent waistline, trauma over the reality that i had somehow gained employment as a dairy-cow (nursing 24/7), trama over sleep-deprivation and fear that i would be indefinitely nocturnal, colic trama, checkbook trama, and driving a station wagon trauma (which as you know is the stepping stone to driving a mini-van trauma).

i absolutely did not want to do any of it again for a looonnnnnnngggg time.

But God.

On January 3rd, 1999, despite being on the pill and nursing the pregnancy test read +.

"i can't do this. i'm not ready,"  i cried as i fell to the ground with uncontrollable tears.

i thought God was out of his mind.

Ready or not, here she comes.

Emilie was born 6 months later (at 32 weeks).

The following months as Mommy to Noah and Emilie were exhausting and WONDER-FULL.   God revealed to me that He had been generous in giving them to me.  My babies were both my joy and my loves. 
On January 3rd, 2000, you would have found me delighting in my sweet girl, eating cake, and celebrating our first annual, "Emilie Day."  You would have heard me saying, "if i had known then what i know now i would have celebrated!"

i promised God that i would CELEBRATE His generosity in choosing me to be a mommy in the future.   i promised myself that i would not rob myself of that joy again, but cherish every moment.

Just a few days before Emilie's 1st birthday, draped over the porcelain throne again, i waited for the results of a store bought pregnancy test...



and i  
CELEBRATED!

7 comments:

togetherforgood said...

I knew it. You are going to make me cry.

deb said...

I'm here.

( and sharing in your I didn't pick the pregnancy woe's ) thank God we aren't left to our devices.

The Writer Chic said...

Anticipating with baited breath all the parts of his story to follow. I have no doubt you're going to tell it beautifully.

Tasha said...

Aren't we glad Heavenly Father always knows better then us. I don't know that I am ready to hear the rest of this story though. Sending you love as you share this story.

Michelle said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one that dreaded pregnancy. However, it was with my 3rd one, not my second. I thought I had gone crazy. God is good and patient with us and really knows what we need when we need it.

reanaclaire said...

We can play..but God always decides and He is never wrong!! :)

God bless,
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