May 4, 2011

Happy endings

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:13 am by Erin

Forgive me for not updating in…well, forever!  (I’m flattered that I have lurkers who care enough to check in on me!)  Things have been busy here, to say the least.  On March 7, our third Family Day (the anniversary of the day we brought K home) and two days past my due date, our family grew by 8 lb 14 oz as we welcomed our new DAUGHTER!  She was born perfectly safely and healthy at home in the water.  E is a wonderfully sweet baby who never leaves us bored—she has a very strong personality and will let you know right away if she needs something!  J and I are terrified of her as a teenager.  She may be me x 10, and “me” was tough enough!  I’ve decided that I will employ constant reverse psychology and tell her she can’t dye her hair, can’t get more than one ear piercing, etc. so that she will rebel by doing those things…and then I can secretly snicker because I really don’t care about those things.  *sigh* If only it were going to be that easy.

E is now almost 2 months old and we have fully settled into life as a family of five.  That sounds so big somehow, even though I grew up in a family of five.  P and K, love their little sister to pieces.  P holds her hand and sings songs to her anytime she cries.  K loves to hold her and be around her.  Yesterday as I was nursing her, he put his hand on her head and said “My baby is so pretty!”  And he’s right—she is just beautiful, with a fringe of brown hair and her daddy’s blue/gray eyes.  I hope they stay that way.  At 6 weeks old she weighed 11 lb 10 oz, so I’m sure she’s now over 12 lbs at 8 weeks old.  She’s also very long and is already stretching the toes of some of her 3-6 month clothes.

We are incredibly thrilled to have her as our daughter.  She has just made the love and happiness in our home increase tremendously.  Not a day goes by when I don’t hug her tight and tell her how much I love her, as I do with my boys.  I can’t believe I’m a mama of three amazing kids!

I didn’t blog here a lot during the end of my pregnancy because it was pretty miserable, and I’ve found that if I write about things, I remember them more.  I don’t need to remember that part of it in any more detail.  I had said all along that if I got lucky enough to give birth to a second biological child, I was completely done with fertility treatments, and my entire being is at peace with that decision.  My body didn’t respond well to a second full-term pregnancy and I’m pretty sure that even if I wasn’t done having children biologically, it simply wouldn’t be a good idea health-wise to try it again anyway.  I actually feel even luckier that I was OK with that decision anyway before I was forced to make it.  I’m getting an IUD put in very soon.

On another note, I don’t know where this blog will go, if anywhere.  I started this blog before P was 2 years old to have a place to write about the journey to building our family.  He’s now 7 1/2 years old and we have our third child.  We still plan to adopt a fourth child (and I would still adopt siblings if it were up to me, but I don’t think J will go for it—it’s several years away though, so who knows) and I may have more to write in the future but I think for now, postings to this blog will be extremely few and far between.

I’ve always been really touched by your comments.  The blogging community kept me going and kept me supported when I really, really needed it as we were trying so hard to get to this point.  It’s hard for me to believe that we did get here.  It’s surreal but I feel so peaceful about the way things have turned out.

If you’re interested in keeping up with me, I do keep a family blog (but please, please, don’t mention this one on there) that I update more often.  I even talk about adoption and infertility on there sometimes.  Or I’m on Fa.cecbook.  Just e-mail me at pcosbaby at gmail dot com and I’ll send you my name—if you do send a friend request, please include that you know me from here because I’m kind of careful about only taking people that I “know” from somewhere.

Thank you all for keeping me company on this journey.