I'm due the day after my own birthday, so I may be 43 when this babe is born but I doubt it; I tend to have them a tad early and this little one shares a due date with my Phoenix, who was actually born on January 27 full term and weighed 7 lbs.
This is my "miracle baby", conceived via at-home Artificial Insemination with a known donor. Looking back, it only took me a little over a year and I had a lot of strikes against me, but in the midst of it, TTC seemed to be taking forever and I was about to give up. I didn't even actively make plans to try this cycle, I got a call from KD asking if I was up for it. Then I had some of the weirdest and most unpredictable cycles. I was supposed to insem on Mother's Day, but
wound up being exactly one week late.
Because of how irregular my periods were becoming, I think it's best to asume that this will be my last child so I intend to enjoy every second.
This hasn't exactly been hard, since this pregnancy has been a joy so far! I'm not quite six weeks along and have yet to experience the nausea and exhaustion that is typical for me in early pregnany. I don't even have the aversion to coffee and cigarette smoke which is usually the first sign that I am pregnant, even before a missed period or a positive pregnancy test.
I don't just feel unsick, I feel energized and optimistic and excited about being alive. I'm routinely bicycling to the next town up the freeway and I just started taking belly dancing classes with my 18yodd.
I had midwife-attended home births with my other children when I was in my 20s and uneventful pregnancies, other than some false readings on the glucose/proein test strips which had to be sorted out with lab work. I am cautiously hoping for a UC and a UP, although I get scared from time to time and would probably have caved and started looking for a midwife by now if my 18yodd wasn't so supportive.
This has been another pleasant surprise, since dd has never ben the type to get overly sentimental about children. She is, however, very health conscious and very much a feminist, so to her UC and UP fall under the catagory of empowering us to reclaim our own bodies from the medical establishment.
Juneau, I'm sorry to hear that a VBAC isn't going to be possible, but it sounds like you've got the right attitude about the pregnancy. I worried far too much during my teens' entire childhoods and was not able to parent them they way I would have liked due to threats and mind games from my ex. 18yodd turned out okay anyway, but I am so looking forward to having a little one I can enjoy instead of constantly having to protect.
Right now the only people IRL who know about this pregnancy are my daughter, her boyfriend, an old flame of mine (in the next town up, so I only worry so much about him blabbing) and my dance teacher. I'd kind of like to keep it that way for awhile, at least until 12 weeks, but it's hard not to shout it from the rooftops.