Let me tell you, being pregnant at 25, compared to being pregnant at 37 is definitely different. I think most would say they would prefer to be pregnant in their twenties, which I do like being younger with my children, BUT knowing what I know now puts me at peace. When I first found out I was pregnant with my first son, Brayden, I was 25, was with husband (then boyfriend) of only 6 months, just moved to TN, barely knew anyone, only had one new friend and was completely overwhelmed and scared. I think first time moms can agree that the unknown feelings and the whole not knowing of what's going to happen, can definitely be worrisome.
I had my first healthy baby boy in 2007. We tried again for a second child in 2009. Fast forward, 6 years later, I finally became pregnant with a second boy. Then a third boy a year later and we decided we were done. Having two being 15 months apart was wonderful but definitely a handful. To find out I'm pregnant for the fourth time was definitely a surprise but I found it just as amazing as the first time I peed on the stick. I truly always wanted to have a big family where my children had more than one sibling. I had an older brother growing up and always wanted more siblings. Even though I said I was done having children, I still felt a little incomplete knowing I didn't have a girl. To find out after three boys, this was a girl just feels like a dream. I can finally say I know we are now complete. I think everything happens for a reason. Even though it took us six years to have our second, I believe it was totally meant to be with way.
So being 37, yes I'm older but also I think it's just a number. Do I want to be the older mom at my daughters high school graduation? Not really, but I am more at peace being pregnant now in my thirties, knowing what I know of experiencing three pregnancies, and all of ups and downs life brings and definitely feel more content and calmer. In my twenties, I was rushing to the next thing. Being older reminds me to slow down and truly enjoy these little ones while they are young. I feel more grateful now looking back and seeing what my parents did for me growing up and being appreciative now as a parent. The days are long but the years are short. This is so true. My oldest Brayden is now 11, and I'd give anything to go back in time to when he was younger and slow down.
Here are some fun beach pictures we took on the beach for our pregnancy announcement and gender reveal announcement. I bought three matching swim trunks for my boys. Do you know how hard it was to try and find matching aqua buckets to match their swim trunks? Haha, I had a hard time! And do you know how hard it was to try to convince the boys to sit still on the beach? Especially a 1 and 2 year old. I actually like the out takes a lot better than our actual announcement!