Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pregnancy or Period?

The one I waited for
(My 1st born at 4 months) 
Have you (mothers) ever noticed that the start of a period is strikingly similar to the early days of pregnancy? Swollen, achy breasts, mild cramping and the sensation that your bladder has shrunk? Every month I wait in anticipation for the proof that it is just a period.

Yet, I can remember not so long ago when I desperately hoped for the very opposite. Those days and months and years of waiting, hoping, trying, wanting...

It seems like we women go through stages:

Stage 1: The Virgin's Period - Yuck. I hate this time of the month. Mother nature sucks!

Stage 2: The Sexually Active Period - Thank God!!! Yes! I have my period!

Stage 3: The Ready and Willing to be a Mom Period - Darn. No baby this month!

    *** Repeat Stages 2 and 3 until you have all the children you want (or more), then back to stage 2 until:

Stage 4: Hey, Where's My Period? Is this Menopause?

For some women, there's one more stage in-between 3 and 4: Stage Infertility: Another period. Heartbreak. Keep hoping. Keep praying. Some, like me, go on to become mothers naturally after some intervention; some become mothers through adoption; some never become mothers.

That's as far as I can get in my own experience. Well, I haven't experienced Menopause yet, but as my doctor mentioned in response to my irregular periods since having the boy, I am getting older!

Currently I'm full-on in Stage 2! I love my babes, but I'm happy (and slightly crazy) with three. So, come Aunt Flow! Show yourself!

In which stage are you?

11 comments:

  1. We are going to start trying again in May!! Also, my Indian friends have shared a method that can help lean towards boys or girls ... So I guess I'm in stage 2.5 haha :)

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    1. Good luck! You'll have to write about whether or not it works!! ;)

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  2. I'm pregnant again:) We have been blessed to not have to wait long once we start trying and hope it goes that way for the next 3 we want. I know a lot of people who have gone through the wait and hope stage for long periods time and I feel for their pain and sadness.

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    1. Congratulations, Shannon!! I wanted 5 kids... until I had 3!!! :) I'm going to be visiting your blog now! Thanks for following mine!

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  3. I'm in the "I can't wait for Menopause to happen someday" period. Is that an option?? LOL. It's so funny this post, because I remember all that! And it's true, every month it feels like how it did when I found out I was pregnant and I get that "Uh oh?" feeling...but then I remember, hubby was snipped hehe ;)

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  4. I'm not really sure is there a really moody stage. I am always moody.

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  5. I love this!!! IT is so true! I guess though I'm stuck somewhere between a 2 and a 3. I'm so relieved when it comes each month since I already have 2 kiddos...but at the same time I may be a little dissapointed that I'm not having another little one!

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  6. Hilarious! I think all of the stages are definitely accurate...lol! I am stage 2 right now. We have a 19 month old daughter, and we're not quite ready to start ttc again.

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  7. So funny ;)))I am stage 2 now... but also crazy with 3 children
    of different ages 17, 4, 2 OMG

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