I'm new to the board. I am a convert to the Catholic Church, received Easter 2004. I came from a protestant upbringing and have several relatives who were/are Wycliffe missionaries, so I'm a bit of an anomaly. I do my best to learn and be faithful to the Church. She is a pearl, indeed.
We have 6 kids, going on more, due in March. We will find out for sure on Wednesday whether there are one or two in there. We currently have 4 boys and 2 girls, so two more girls would just be swell. LOL I don't think we are going to ask about gender on the scan, though. I like the surprise. It makes the hard work of labor that much more rewarding at the end, and we have plenty of clothing for either gender. The early weeks, I found myself greatly stressing out over the possibility and anxious! I recalled the Sts. Cosmas and Damian one night, though I couldn't remember sweet Cosmas' actual name!
I have adopted these Sts. as my patron's this pregnancy and it really has allowed me to relax and stop worrying. They were twins, obviously born at home in their day and age, and also physicians, back when physicians ethics were stronger than today. Thank the Lord for this community which is not bound by time or place!
I'm looking forward to getting to know other mamas who are trying to live their faith. It's rather isolating here, because although over 30% of my area are statistically Catholic, we have a really liberal priest and a parish with not much support for moms or families. I've been struggling a lot, especially since I put our kids in the Catholic school and really discovered what an anomaly we are... By far the largest family, half the parents are divorced...
I keep sticking my nose into these NFP conversations... It sounds like there are a lot of sensitive variables involved in your and your husbands situation. We have not always been on the same page in the bedroom, either. But even when Dh has chaffed against NFP (which has always required a lot of abstinence for us), when he realized how risky condom use during the fertile time really is, it made the issue moot. Condom failure percentage is very high. I would not want to risk that if pregnancy was not a good idea at the moment. We have also found "Good News about Sex & Marriage" helpful. It lays out the foundations of Church teaching in a very user friendly question and answer format. We went through it a few pages at a time together at bedtime. God bless you and I'll say a prayer for you!