One Year Later

It has been a little over a year since I wrote and published my “When A No Becomes A Yes” pregnancy announcement.
Which is just crazy to me to think about.
Talk about a year that went by incredibly fast.
But, even more than the speed with which it passed, is the shock that this last year happened at all.

(We thought it would be fun to recreate our pumpkin announcement picture on the same day one year later. It totally was!)

I don’t talk about infertility much on this blog anymore, mostly because I don’t know where I exist in that world(after you have two kids, is it still secondary infertility?
Does it become tertiary infertility?
Is it still considered infertility at all??
I currently feel like the normal lady with two healthy kids and for anyone who doesn’t know me and my story, that’s where I’m at.
But, the truth is, I have no idea whether my naturopath really figured out my problems and will therefore be able to help me get pregnant again in the future…..or, if Mabel really is a defy all of the RE given statistics baby and will be the last one I ever get to birth and nurse.

(I took this picture on the morning of the one year anniversary of my positive Mabel pregnancy test)

I’m telling you the absolute truth when I say that I look at Mabel and I still feel shocked. I honestly can not believe that she is here and that she is real. Sometimes I feel like this must be a dream because how is she here? I was telling my BFF the other day, that I had really, truly given up on the possibility of ever having more biological children. I did not think that it would happen. We never, ever, ever stopped trying because Jim and I both knew how wonderful and amazing it would be if it happened(and we were right!), but I just didn’t believe it would happen for me.

But then it did.

And it is Mabel.

You guys, (I’ll be writing about her more later this week for her 5 month update!) but she is just the most wonderful baby. I’m crying just writing this out because she is such a gift. We wanted her so desperately and it’s just totally unreal that she just showed up and came into our family. She is so wonderful for all of us and we are just so crazy thankful for her.

After a very brief stint in adamantly proclaiming that “we have enough babies”, Abigail has taken the stance of wanting alllll the babies. She asked me one day how we got Mabel and I told her that her Daddy and I prayed for a very long time for another baby and He finally gave us one. So, she has taken it upon herself(bless it) to pray at lit-er-ally every single prayer, “God, please give us another baby. But this time, instead of a girl baby, make it a boy baby. And his name will be Finn Montgomery.”

Jim and I still want a large family and we still want more babies- with girls like Abigail and Mabel, how could you not want more?! So, we’re joining Miss Abigail in that regular prayer for that boy baby(or another girl baby πŸ˜‰ ) that maybe someday when the time is right again, He will answer that.

Obviously, I have learned now, that you can’t ever give up completely. Because anything is possible with our God.

But, more important than that, is even if you do, He is still good enough to give you the deepest desires of your heart anyway.

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  1. I wish I could articulate why this left me speechless, but I can't so just know that this was a beautiful post πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your heart- it is a gift to read it.

  2. I wish I could articulate why this left me speechless, but I can't so just know that this was a beautiful post πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your heart- it is a gift to read it.

  3. Hey there! I'm stopping by from September Farm and love your blog! The picture of you two is so precious! My husband and I have two boys and our oldest is all about having a baby sister someday. Lord willing, we will have another! πŸ™‚

  4. I am actually in love with the name she picked out! I hope you third comes easier than before! It shouldn't be so hard, you know? You're more than ready, and an incredible mom to boot!

  5. Gives me chills just reading it! I couldn't be happier for your sweet family–Mabel seems like the perfect addition! Finn will be a great addition someday too πŸ™‚ We still want a big family too, but not sure if or how it'll happen. Just trusting in the Lord and maybe going to ask you for your naturopath's number one of these days πŸ˜‰

  6. This post was so heartwarming! I'm so happy for your family and I pray that it keeps growing! We can't wait for a third either! However, with Liam my cycle didn't return for 18 months, so it will be awhile!

  7. This is so sweet πŸ™‚ I love that your recreated the photo and miss Mabel is just the sweetest little gal, I can't believe she's 5 months already! and Finn Montgomery? LOL

  8. … for a boy baby, Finn Montgomery … Love it. Such a sweet prayer. And what a blessing sweet little Mabel is for you all. I love that God answered your prayers with her! I'll say a few prayers for a little Finn Montgomery to join your family too [or a girl baby ;]

  9. What a sweet post, and I'm so happy to finally read an update on where you are at with it all after having Mabel. I've wondered too what sort of world we find ourselves in after beating the infertility battle. Is it over? Will we have to go at it again? Do we want to? Praying for more and more wonderful surprises for your family!

  10. I just copied this URL and sent it to 2 of my friends who are struggling with getting pregnant… one for the first time and the other again after 2 losses and a full term healthy birth. I admire your ability to continue to want more after everything you've been through. It must be oh so emotional. But seeing Mabel, it's clearly obvious that it's all worth it.

  11. This is so sweet! And you're right, it's all in HIS timing. The emotions of Stella turning 1 really hit me, and I think it's mainly because I want so badly to be able to have another baby. When Wyatt turned 1 I was already pregnant and knew I'd be celebrating another 1st birthday, but with Stella I'm not as sure. We are so blessed to be able to have the sweet babies that we do!

  12. This post… <3 I know what you mean about being confused by where you stand in the world of secondary infertility. I feel the same way. And also? I want more babies so badly, but know it's so unlikely. I feel greedy even saying aloud that I want more, because I am so incredibly grateful for my two amazing children. Anyway, thank you for this post. I loved it and adore you.

  13. What an adorable idea to recreate that picture – I love it!! This is the sweetest post and I love how darling Abigail has started prayers for a sweet brother. Prayers to your family for another sweet little one in the future πŸ™‚

  14. I love this. I am currently pregnant after dealing with secondary infertility for four years. This will be our third child and we had no problems getting pregnant with the other two, which all things considered (my infertility stems from pituitary gland problems) it is amazing that we got the other two so easily. My husband and I really would like a fourth child, but we also talk realistically about it as well. But, with God, all things are possible. I hope that Abigail gets her little brother Finn someday πŸ™‚

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