Laura, Dumfries VA (4/4)
"I didn’t want our son to be an only child. The age difference is so significant between him and his older siblings that I lobbied pretty hard for a fourth baby. And we got one! With my last daughter, there was a certain amount of …’You’ve had enough babies!’ There was a lot less attention towards her from my extended family. But she’s just as special, you know! When she came it was the best birth I’ve ever had. My midwife kept asking how I was going to do this. I had options! It was amazing. Done in three hours. She was little but she was perfect. And breastfeeding went better with her. My husband was also able to take two full weeks from work. I didn’t go back to work after her. We pulled our son out of daycare. We made some sacrifices and I got to fulfill my wish to stay home with the babies. There are days when I feel like my soul is being sucked out of me, but there are also these moments when I’m like ‘This is SO the right thing.’ For everyone. The older girls get to come home from school and talk about their day. Who knew they did this in the first half hour and not at 6pm when we’re all exhausted! And it goes so fast. You’re going to blink and it’ll be over and they’re going to pull out of the driveway in their Jeep to go to Chick Fill ‘A because they’ve got a work shift. Their life with us, this is a season. We’re lucky. Even on the days where it’s overwhelming… we’re lucky."