Becoming a Big Sister For the Fourth Time

Becoming a Big Sister For the Fourth Time

On Friday afternoon, I found out something that I’d really like to share with you guys!

My mom is going to have another baby. ❀

I wanted to write a post about this, not only to let you guys know, but also because … well … I have mixed feelings on it.

I wish I could say that I'm excited, and joyful, and really happy about this beautiful news … but because of some deep-rooted fears that I have, I feel way more worried than I do happy.

Here's why.

I'm scared that my mom will have to go through a lot of pain. When she had my little sister Elizabeth last summer, Elizabeth was born via c-section. It took my mom weeks to heal from that, and that time was hard on our whole family, especially me, as we did our best to take care of her and comfort her when she was hurting so much.

I'm scared that others will think we're weird. When people see big families, they tend to put them in a certain category, and that makes me feel so awkward.

I'm scared that others will think I'm a teen mom. I'm not usually the only one caring for Elizabeth when we're out and about, but when I do, people have gotten the wrong impression before. I love having younger siblings – especially babies! – but because I'm afraid of others' opinions, that has taken away my joy.

I'm looking forward to this baby. I can't wait to meet him or her … but that excitement is drowned out for the time being by the worries that are filling my heart.

It will take time to heal from how that hospital stay last June drained me. I'll have to write a post on that sometime soon. And it will take me time to learn that others' opinions aren't what matter. One day, I'll feel better about this, and over the next weeks and months, I will get to the point where I will eagerly anticipate the arrival of my new little sibling.

But for now … I am thinking things through. I am praying. I am giving myself room to heal.

❀

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Throughout my mom's pregnancy, I will be writing more posts about how I'm feeling, how her pregnancy with Elizabeth went, and other life updates. I would deeply appreciate all of your encouragement, support, and prayers.

Thank you so much for reading. ❀

— Maggie

112 thoughts on “Becoming a Big Sister For the Fourth Time

  1. Awww, congrats to you and your mom! I hope she will be ok this pregnancy. Try not to worry about other people’s opinions while you spend time with the new baby, so they won’t get in the way of the happy moments and bonding time with him/her. ❀ πŸ˜‰

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  2. Oh honey, I do understand where you’re coming from. No one ones to see their mom suffering or in pain. Just remember God sent this baby. You’re so strong in your faith, I know you will soon realize what a blessing this baby is for your mom, after what she has been through in the past few months. I hope you’re well. Sending a big hug. ❀

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    1. Thank you, Cheila β˜ΊοΈπŸ’— yes this baby already has been a blessing! I’m getting more and more used to it, and I’m starting to feel more excited. ❀ we have an ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow morning:)

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      1. with hugs….”we have an ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow morning:)” “WE”…seems your heart has already accepted this child, don’t let your mind convince you of something different. Remember the enemy comes to steal…he wants to steal this time of wonderment and splendor to the glory of God from you. Remove the “I” and replace with my God, “how great Thou art” as you pray for you mom, the new baby, and your family. The following is just as true for this new baby as it is for you…now is a time of rejoicing, not sorrow! πŸ™‚ Meditate on it in regards to your new sibling, the Lord will get you there! πŸ™‚
        Psalm 139:13 For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
        14 I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
        16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
        17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
        18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sandβ€” when I awake, I am still with you.
        Looking forward to the updates! πŸ™‚

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      2. Thank you so much for your kind, wise words! They were of great help to me. ❀ Yes!! This is certainly a time of rejoicing, not sorrow. πŸ™‚ Since I wrote this post, I've started feeling much better about the situation. I'll be writing an update post soon. ❀️ Thank you for sharing those verses!

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  3. How exciting! If you don’t mind me asking, how many years apart are you? I find the sibling dynamic to be so fun and valuable, especially in big families. How many children are there total and how close are you all? I always thought it’d be fun to be a young adult and have a very young sibling, because the amount of insight you have surrounding their experience is very different from that of an actual parent or even as a teenage sibling.

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    1. Yes, definitely! πŸ’• Sure, I don’t mind you asking! I’m 17, and my brothers are 13 and 5, and my baby sister is 11 months old. πŸ™‚ It is definitely sooo much fun to be a young adult with baby siblings!! I love it so much. ❀

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  4. I can definitely relate to thinking of all the things people will think about you and all the opinions they will form, but just remember that family can be one of the most wonderful, important things in life, and when you let it fill you up with love, what other people think doesn’t matter so much anymore. I know it’s easier said then done. I’m still learning right alongside with you. Good luck and congrats!

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  5. Maggie, you know how much I love your mom and your entire family. I feel like I’m getting another far away grandchild! And don’t let the looks of strangers bother you. It really says much more about them than about you. If someone looks down on you because they think you’re a teenage mom it tells me that person is judgemental and prone to jumping to conclusions. YOU are amazing and God sees how wonderful you are with your siblings and parents. Your mom is so lucky to have you, Maggie!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! ❀ That's very true. I'm having to learn to let go of their feelings, which don't matter, and hold onto those of my family, which do matter. Thanks again! xx

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  6. I’m a bit of a worrier as well, but everything always works out the way it’s supposed to. I’m an only child and I do not have kids, so I can’t relate to having siblings or any little ones running around, but if you’re happy and excited that’s all that matters. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

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    1. Thank you so much, Britney πŸ™‚ Exactly, how my family and I feel is what matters, not the opinions of others. Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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