Hello, ladies! I am excited to join you. DH and I decided to try for a third last year that ended in a MC in April 2016. I was 38 at the time and we thought maybe it was a sign and stopped TTC (we currently parent DD, 10 and DS, almost 7). Over the past year my desire for a third child has been growing. I recently had a moment of clarity where I felt absolutely certain that I want to start TTC again. I will be turning 40 in the next month and just started taking prenatals again with tentative plans to start TTC in August (I'm an academic and trying to work around my semester schedule to minimize unpaid leave when the baby comes).
Am I crazy for wanting a third baby at 40? There are so many reasons why this decision doesn't make sense (it will surely slow me down professionally and then the big one - can we REALLY afford another one???). But despite not knowing how, I just have a strong feeling we are meant to be a family of five. I LOVED being pregnant, giving birth, breastfeeding...I felt stronger and happier than at any other time in my life. We LOVE having a baby in the house. It's just hard for me to accept that I'm "done." And approaching 40 has me realizing that time is going to start running out and if we are going to do this again, the time is now.
Anyway, I'm a longtime supporter and once-frequent contributor to Mothering and thought I'd get my feet wet again by jumping in here with y'all. Would love to hear some thoughts on how you came to the decision about TTC in your forties.