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Your daughter sounds a lot like mine. *LOL* She was only two and a half years old when an elderly lady called her "a cute little doll" in a supermarket, some time in summer 2007. Saskia's indignant reply: "I am no little doll! I'm a woman!" (The lady's face was absolutely priceless!)

A lovely post - I can't believe how the 2 of them have grown! I agree - I think your age gap is going to be perfect! And it's going to be so nice for you to mother 1 newborn, with the older 2 to help out!
One thing I disagree with - is the way you claim that it's because of your infertility that you appreciate your kids and get that "butterfly" feeling when they call you mommy. I haven't suffered from infertility, but I treasure each of my 3 babies, and LOVE it when they say "I wuv yoo mommy!" It makes my heart melt. Every time. I think that's a loving moms trait - regardless of how easy or difficuilt it was to have your babies.

Your children are lovely Tertia, and they give me a sweet inkling of what's to come since they are a little more than one year older than my son.

As to the having children post-infertility, I so know what you mean. Now I don't know what it would be like to have children without experiencing infertility, but on the other hand, the poster above doesn't know what it's like to be in our shoes either, does she? For me personally, I am positive that experiencing infertility gives the long awaited motherhood a special sheen. How it is for others, I have no idea, and I do not pass judgment. I am not saying that I am a better mother because I was infertile, but I know that I am different than I would have been without it, since the experience changed me.

They are little "Mini-me's"... Adam looks like Marko and Kate like you. They are lovely!

Yes yes four years age gap is perfect. My son and daughter have four years differences between them. I jokingly said it gives us extra four years to save college money for daughter.

I've done it both ways - oops first baby, hell to get number two (losses, infertility, IVF). There is no difference in the love I have for my children but with my son there is a sense of pure amazement (Tertia puts it's perfectly, it is visceral & it goes beyond love or gratitude) that he is here at all & an overwhelming sense that I really, really beat the odds. It is very different from that heart melting feeling of adoration you have for your kids generally.

Lovely post :)

This is such a beautiful post. I love reading your stories about Adam and Kate. Your children are so lucky to have a mom like you.

Happy holidays to you and your family.

Your children are absolutely delightful and are gorgeous!

"...running around the garden naked. They get that from me."

Must be quite a show for the neighbors (you running around the garden naked, that is...).

And, yeah, you forgot to explain the only white children thing (although my son's kindergarten is pretty white too...only one little hispanic boy in the bunch...).

How they have grown! And so gorgeous. I started reading your blog BEFORE they were born. Now look at them. I too loved the age 4 and had my twins when my first born was 4. Good age, had plenty of time with him before his siblings arrived. So happy for you.

Poor Kate, if she doesn't like hearing that she is pretty - that kid is gorgeous! They both look like so happy and carefree - the perfect picture of childhood.

Hi Tertia,

I just love these posts about your kids. I feel as if I know them...they sound so wonderful - their mommy (mother) does as well. You are all a lucky bunch :)

My thoughts are with you and your family during your mom's difficult time. Wishing you all good things (New York Size) that's kind of big!

I thought you may be able to make a suggestion for me. I have one beautiful, amazing child and I want another. To make a long story short every step of acheiving this miricle was like climbing Mount Everest. So I will never be pregnant again. I have three frozen embryos and would like to try and find a surrogate. I can't really afford all the agency fees and I was wondering if you know of people that use private surrogates and how they locate them. Any info would help.

Wishing you all a joyous New Year filled with health, love and lots of laughter.

Debi

There's a four year age gap between my brother and I, and my mum always said it was just perfect.

Lovely kids, and yes, I agree, almost four is such an improvement on two or three.
:)

GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS!!
So lovely to have the update, they will read this one day and be reminded of how much you love them and always have.
P.S Thinking of you all on the 30th!!!

What a beautiful post. Love hearing about their personalities. Been following you from before they were born, and it's just amazing to see them grow up.

You described the motherhood-after-IF so well. I wouldn't wish IF on anyone, but it definitely *does* allow you to enjoy the small things more, I think. Of course, we get annoyed too and sometimes want to mail our children to the north pole, but you get the best feeling of gratitude out of the blue as well.

It's also so nice to hear how Adam is doing with his SID. I have a son with the same dx, and right now we're doing a lot of therapy for it with not a lot of progress. Mostly we're working on food stuff now (as he only has about 8 foods he eats), and since you're supposed to feed your kids more than once a day I feel like I'm battling this SID thing 24/7, and it is exhausting. I don't let him see how frustrated I am, and our mealtimes our pleasant because I've worked hard to make them that way. But it just gets depressing to see your child gag on a bite of carrot while he lives on bread and butter. Sigh. So, thank you from a fellow-SID mom for saying that it *does* get better with time. My guy turns 3 tomorrow, and so you've helped me look forward to this next year instead of mourning the passing of 2, like I've been doing this morning! :)

I write this not to be snarky but because I'm genuinely curious: all the kids in your childrens' preschool are white?

Thanks for the update! You have a wonderful(expanding) family! I am thrilled for all of you. Max is one lucky little guy! LN7 indeed...

I started reading your blog three weeks before Adam and Kate were born. I have SO enjoyed seeing them grow into the wonderful little people they are today. And I am *thrilled* that they're getting a baby brother.

I understand your post-infertility feelings, although I had little trouble conceiving. I had a D&C when I was unknowingly pregnant but my baby survived. He was then born 8 weeks early. Sometimes when he is being extra cute, I get that combined loving-sick-grateful-terrified feeling of knowing how close I came to not having him.

Oh Tertia,
I have been a follower long before Adam and Kate were born, and I am so "f----ng" happy for you. Have your mom in my deepest thoughts, though.
Life, well, yeah.
Good on, you.

Xo from the States!

Kate's curls and little flyaways under her crown just melted my heart. Beautiful.

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