Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Waiting on a Desire.

The 2 years before we got pregnant with our 2nd baby wasn't all joy and happiness. I don't cry very often, i  have always been more of a suppressor when it came to letting my tears flow. There was an evening about a year and a half ago that i found myself bearing it all to my mom and good friend, Jerika. I remember people asking me very quickly after Isaiah's birth if we wanted more kids, when we were going to have more (etc. ) and it seemed to be a constant question up until we did get pregnant.

Growing up my desire was always to be a Mom someday and a stay at home mom at that. I didn't know when that would be, and when Dan and i got married we intended to wait at least a couple years. Like almost all things in life, they don't go as planned, and God blessed us with an amazing son at His choice of perfect timing. We hadn't done much to prevent having a baby, and so a part of me was a little bit surprised that it had taken a year, but didn't think much of it at the time. I was too Thrilled that we were going to be parents for the first time!
After Isaiah's birth i knew i wanted to do it all over again, and wouldn't have minded a bit if i had gotten pregnant right away. In fact i wanted to, but knew that financially we were certainly not ready. I felt so blessed to just have one, that it was easy to find contentment for a while. Then a while turned into a year which is about the time that it hit me of how much i desired to have another child. A couple months later and i couldn't stop thinking about it. It felt like something was missing. It was such an empty feeling. Every single month was a disappointment to me. I would feel my body start to change and i would work so hard at suppressing the hopes of being pregnant and a couple days later i would have my "monthly visit". It was almost as if i was mourning the absence of a child. I felt like i was crying all the time, it was ridiculous.
The only thing that helped me was continually telling God how much i wanted a baby and asking Him to give me contentment until His perfect timing. I knew that He was waiting for the perfect time and it frustrated me so much that i didn't know when that was going to be. I would get myself worked up thinking it might be another couple years, or wondering if there was something not working right in my body, or Dans.
I am not the most patient person, as anyone who knows me would tell you. There have been many times that God has tried to teach me patience and this was definitely one of those times! It was SO hard though, and even now as i am trying to find the right words to explain how i felt i feel like i am not doing it justice. I guess why i wanted to write a post about that time in my life is because i know way too many women and couples who have struggled to get pregnant, but for them it went far past a constant desire or worry into doctor offices and procedures. I know women right now who are waiting to get pregnant or are finally pregnant after waiting a few years for it to happen. I just want to encourage anyone who may be feeling the way that i did and remind you that God has his perfect timing. I can see in numerous ways how this next child of ours IS perfect timing and a part of me feels so foolish for the times i spent sad or discontent.....including the 7 weeks of being pregnant and not knowing it.
God has a plan for each of us and although wanting a child or another child can feel so lonely at times, God promises to give us the desires of our hearts. That may sound so shallow to some people, but it was the only thing that got me through that time.
You are not alone.


  1. This is so beautifully written, Cherith! I love your heart.

  2. Thank you for sharing! I was very frustrated that it took a whole year for Matthew and I to get pregnant when we began trying. My sister was a great comfort sending me gifts and things on Mother's Day because she knew the feeling. She has not been able to conceive but has been blessed with 3 amazing children (perfect for her and her husband) through adoption. It has been incredible watching their family grow and such a blessing! So often people do not realize how painful it can be when they ask "so when are you going to have kids" or second kids... that's something I learned after marriage. Pregnancy or lack of is not something everyone talks about publicly. The neverending questions don't help the situation. I can't wait to see your second bundle! I love that you are keeping the gender a surprise!

  3. LOVE this! Thank you!!!! It has been so hard for me to not be pregnant yet. Thank you for the encouragement!!!

  4. Every so often I pop into your blog and read a couple... I love your heart! I love how you KNOW how much God is in control and that you give it all to Him!

    I remember this feeling - years ago :) "needing" or "craving" another baby. It was almost overpowering!

    I'm at the other end of that now - "knowing" that I am done. We are blessed with four amazing kids - with a 10 year spread. It is more than I could hope for. Jonah was about 2 when I "knew" that we were just right - our little family of six.

    Blessings to your lovely growing family.