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Old 02-27-2013, 08:38 AM   #46
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First of all, Congratulations!! That is great.

Second, Have you thought that maybe they are just worried for you? I was so excited when I found out I was having #3 & 4 (twins!). My family, not so much. My mom was VERY upset. She didn't know why we would want more. She complained about having to buy more presents at Christmas, more travel expenses for us, EVERYTHING. It was hurtful. But, in hindsight, I think she was mostly worried for me. We had 4 kids in 5 yrs. We were very busy! I think she was concerned about how it would affect my oldest two children, how we would afford it, how my health would be carrying twins. I think her worry masked her joy and all she could think about were the negatives. Now she is much better. My family loves all 4 of my children. They still say stupid, hurtful things sometimes. (Don't all families? ) Like, "Well, if you only had two this would be so much easier" and stuff like that. I just ignore it. I don't regret for a second my decision to have more children. We are a large, chaotic family but we are a happy family. All 4 of them bring me much joy. Is it hard at times, yes but it is sooo worth the work, struggle, and financial sacrifice. It is even worth the saggy skin and the "NO BIKINI EVER AGAIN" body! Congratulations again and enjoy your baby!! Try to ignore the comments. Your family will come around. No one can resist a baby!
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:38 AM   #47
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First off, congrats!!!

Don't let anyone try to define your happiness! I'm sorry you have had such an icy reaction to happy news- I kind of get where you are coming from. I had somewhat of a dicey pregnancy with my daughter, and when I announced I was pregnant with my son when she was 6 months old, I had people tell me I was crazy. But it's what we wanted, and I couldn't imagine life without my son.

And FWIW, if another baby = needing to move, then I'd also tend to think you were already on the cusp of outgrowing the space in your home... KWIM? (Assuming you couldn't just fit another bedroom in somewhere).
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:41 AM   #48
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Congratulations! Sounds like this baby is very much wanted and loved by you and your little family and that is what is most important. I'm sorry you got less support from your extended family but they may come around after her shock wears off or when baby arrives. It is tough to hold a baby in your arms and be upset about anything . I'm sure my family would be less than thrilled if we added a third. It would bother me too to have them not be rooting for me and baby, but I think I'd give them some time to come around and adjust to the change and realize that it isn't their baby so it isn't any of their business to criticize, just give love and support. Congratulations on growing your family!
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:49 AM   #49
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First of all, Congratulations!! That is great.

Second, Have you thought that maybe they are just worried for you? I was so excited when I found out I was having #3 & 4 (twins!). My family, not so much. My mom was VERY upset. She didn't know why we would want more. She complained about having to buy more presents at Christmas, more travel expenses for us, EVERYTHING. It was hurtful. But, in hindsight, I think she was mostly worried for me. We had 4 kids in 5 yrs. We were very busy! I think she was concerned about how it would affect my oldest two children, how we would afford it, how my health would be carrying twins. I think her worry masked her joy and all she could think about were the negatives. Now she is much better. My family loves all 4 of my children. They still say stupid, hurtful things sometimes. (Don't all families? ) Like, "Well, if you only had two this would be so much easier" and stuff like that. I just ignore it. I don't regret for a second my decision to have more children. We are a large, chaotic family but we are a happy family. All 4 of them bring me much joy. Is it hard at times, yes but it is sooo worth the work, struggle, and financial sacrifice. It is even worth the saggy skin and the "NO BIKINI EVER AGAIN" body! Congratulations again and enjoy your baby!! Try to ignore the comments. Your family will come around. No one can resist a baby!
When we told my parents I was pregnant with #4, my mom tried to be nice (since she knew it was not planned), and said "as long as it's not twins!" We got pregnant with #1 soon after we were married (we had been dating for almost 6 years, but had not planned to start a family yet), and my moms reaction was "and are we happy about this?" Number 2 was planned, and everyone was happy, #3 was planned, but my mom couldn't understand why we wanted 3 kids. Now that they are all here, they are loved liked crazy by the grandparents.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:22 PM   #50
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First off, congratulations!

We had a few cold reactions over our #4, smart remarks like, "well, as long as it's a boy..." (we have three girls and yes, it was a boy, but we'd have been just as thrilled with a fourth girl) but I will say, as the pregnancy progressed, those with the icy attitudes became much warmer toward us and now that he's here, everyone's thrilled. Like one of the previous posters said: no one can resist a baby! Good luck, and congratulations again!
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:04 PM   #51
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I'm 40 years old & just found out we're having a baby...number 3! My husband & I have discussed adopting over the years, but it never seemed to be the right time. Right time or not, here comes baby! Our kids are thrilled. My husband is thrilled, absolutely happy. A new baby is just more love, he says.

The problem is family. They are stunned & rather frosty about our news. A few are excited, but most are not. Really not. One even said to me that our news was "crazy". My feelings are hurt. I'm guessing my age is a factor, and the fact that we will need to sell our house in a lousy market to make room for baby. I believe they think we're irresponsible?

Anyone gone through this? Tips, advice?

We're planning on WDW for May, when I'm at 20 weeks. (We were originally hoping for Sept 2013, in hopes of free dining, but I'll be giving birth that month instead!) We're not telling the in-laws...they are rather anti-Disney & we don't want any more reasons for more "cold shoulder"!
First, congratulations! Family can be fickle sometimes. Have you tried to sit down and have a rational conversation to see why they are so upset over this? That seems the best way to at least understand why they are not as excited as you and your family are. Maybe they are nervous or have concerns that need to be addressed like your health, the baby's health, etc... It is possible that the reaction is due to not understanding (and not realizing they hurt your feelings).

In any event, they are family and will come around. Celebrate your blessings with those that are excited and don't let it stress you out.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:05 PM   #52
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First I wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Babies rock!! I agree with others who have basically said if your family doesn't like it, they can suck it! We have 3, a daughter who was a "if it happens it happens baby" My parents were so mad!! My husband and I were engaged when I got pregnant, and we eloped before we told anyone I was pregnant, so I guess I can see why they were mad, but I was 20, so not like I was a 16 year old kid or anything, anyway, our second came about while I was on the depo shot, we were really broke, but made it work with him, our families didn't talk to us much then, our third pregnancy (I was on pills) ended with a miscarriage, and I think some of our family were relieved, still weren't doing great financially. We however were heartbroken. I stopped everything, we were careful, then our fourth pregnancy was about 2 years after that and some were happy-ish about it, but I will tell you one thing, the first time they met any of our babies, it was love at first sight!! My hubby and I would love to have another, but if I talk about it with my mom she gets all snotty about it, saying we don't need a 4th child!! It upsets me, but I have learned to just keep my mouth shut. I had an IUD placed after our youngest was born and this past summer it shifted and had to be removed, when my husbands step mom heard about it she asked if I was going on some other birth control, I am not, because pills make me sick and the shots don't work!! So we lied, and said I was, we are careful in other ways, but we do both want another (hopefully girl) one day, it annoyed me when she asked that because she said something about having to spend more at christmas, I told her if I did have another, they could buy all our kids less, they get them way too much anyway, she didn't care for that!!

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:56 PM   #53
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Yes, we went through that with #3 as well. Didn't realize we filled our quota with two kids.

Congrats OP.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:06 PM   #54
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Congrats! I'll be honest, I have occasionally judged internally some friends and family for extending there families... But...it was generally because they were trying to save a marriage or to stay home/avoid work. (These things were stated rather publicly.)

You are happy! You're husband is happy! This is a child being born into a loving home.,sounds like a lucky kid to me!
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:52 PM   #55
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OP here...You guys rock! I've been reading every post & loving it. I think you're all right about giving the family more time to adjust. And I will be praying for them!

Looking back, I believe one of my biggest mistakes was allowing our family to know our pregnancy was not planned. For some reason, planned vs. unplanned is a big deal for some people. It's none of their business anyway, and it was naive of me to share that personal detail w/them. Crazy as it sounds, I think "unplanned" might be the root of their bad reactions. Admitting the baby is unplanned makes it sound like an accident, which it is NOT!

My husband has been very careful what he's told his co-workers, friends & extended family. He has not said a word about planned or unplanned. All reactions to his news have been quite positive. He recently cautioned me that anyone who asks if this baby was an "oops" is looking for something to gossip about, and not to tell them. I think he's right! So thankful I'm married to him!
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:12 PM   #56
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OP here...You guys rock! I've been reading every post & loving it. I think you're all right about giving the family more time to adjust. And I will be praying for them!

Looking back, I believe one of my biggest mistakes was allowing our family to know our pregnancy was not planned. For some reason, planned vs. unplanned is a big deal for some people. It's none of their business anyway, and it was naive of me to share that personal detail w/them. Crazy as it sounds, I think "unplanned" might be the root of their bad reactions. Admitting the baby is unplanned makes it sound like an accident, which it is NOT!

My husband has been very careful what he's told his co-workers, friends & extended family. He has not said a word about planned or unplanned. All reactions to his news have been quite positive. He recently cautioned me that anyone who asks if this baby was an "oops" is looking for something to gossip about, and not to tell them. I think he's right! So thankful I'm married to him!
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:13 PM   #57
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It must be fate that I stumbled upon this post... we've been having this very same debate for the last few months. I just turned 40 and every fiber in my being wants #3! Our girls are turning 9 and 7, and would be close to 10 and 8 by the time we had another. My stepchildren are 19 and 21 and out of the house, and this would be like adding a whole new "generation." My sister had #3 at 35 and we saw how everyone reacted bizarrely, and they certainly would hate us for sure. When the only reason on the "pro" list is "because I really want to," is that a good enough reason?
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