Pregnancy before Age

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When one is 47 and pregnant with a 7th child, the range of reaction by others who greet this news is truly wide; sometimes comical, and often surprising. But, of course, at my age I should have heard it all by now, shouldn’t I?

Dropped jaw is the immediate first physical detection. My wonderful friends, family and acquaintances who view life as a gift are full of smiles and exclamations as if this is my first!  What a joy these people are and how wonderfully I am blessed by them. These special individuals fill a mother’s heart so she can continue to persevere with a smile when others pose the usual:

Was this planned? (God’s plan to be sure).

Are you and baby going to be okay? (Really, no guarantees here).

You must be a little sheepish because there are so many ways to prevent pregnancy… (Actually, we are open to life and trust the Father).

Well, so long as the baby is healthy… (actually, this baby is loved by us beyond its health, sex, age, physical characteristics, but more importantly by God who formed him before we even knew of him).

But what if it’s another one like Peter? (To this we say, “Yes, please”. Peter is our five year old who has Down Syndrome, another love of our lives).

This new baby of ours surrounded by the mystery that is God’s creation is loved and cherished already.  There is no doubt that there is some anxiety and level of suffering that comes with all pregnancies and the older mom has some unique concerns. But healthy or not, short or long lifespan, this little one is one of the clan and part of the plan!

You must be so tired… Well, of course I am tired. I am a busy mom in an eventful household but I am also wise enough and practiced to prioritize, and have had enough experience to know my limits and what is truly important to expend my energy. This baby and my other babies are definitely important enough…

And what if I had no children and was a busy executive that travelled with work and had great demands, physical and mental, to deal with on a day to day basis? Do I sound jealous? Not really, but some days we all want to change places.  My point is that in any vocation there are high demands, opportunities for sacrifice and a great need for grace.  This is my path, the special one that God has led me along and I humbly ask to reach Him at the end!

Copyright 2011 Cathy Craig

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  1. I am pregnant with our 8th and will turn 47 shortly before the baby is born. I had just gotten rid of all my maternity and baby things–thinking that this phase of my life was over. To say that we were delighted is an understatement! All of us: my husband and me and our other 7 children. The oldest (a proud Marine) is only disappointed that he will miss so much–especially around the birth–the first time for him. I am grateful that those around me have not been negative–I must run with a very pro-life crowd!;)

    Thank you for your article and know I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  2. God bless you! My mother-in-law had my husband (her sixth) when she was 47. Needless to say, I am immensely grateful to her and my father-in-law for their openness to life!

  3. Congratulations and thank you so much for posting this. I married late, and started having babies at 33. I am almost 37 now with 2 beautiful boys and we would love to be blessed with more. It seems like most others around me are so much younger and society makes me feel like I should be done now. But why should that be the case if God makes it possible? 🙂

  4. It is such a joy to read your post! We had baby #7 when I was 46 and my husband 56. I was a full time Mom and we were barely making ends meet. I was so thrilled to be having another child – I just never got tired of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding – but I was also worried about how we would survive. My husband reassured me that “everything always works out for the best” and our faith sustained us. Our life has been like the miracle of the loaves and the fishes! That little boy is now a happy, healthy 10 year old. We can’t imagine life without him. Some people said some ridiculous things during his pregnancy, but our friends were so supportive. It is so refreshing for me to read these posts! Best wishes to all of you – your children are lucky to have you!

  5. Congratulations! There is nothing greater as the proof God exists through the gift of a child. I must say that it fills me with want and desire to have another child, a child born into a relationship with a man who showers his and my children with the self-less love that only a FATHER can give. My older children have no idea what that means. My younger are blessed indeed by his love. Prayers for strength and protection from the Mother Thrice Admirable! Blessings to the rest of your devoted family

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