My husband and I use NFP. We have gone to theology of the body seminars , and read books by Christoper West. We have also read books on "Catholic marriages" " remaining faithful" etc. I think as a couple, we are fairly well read in the subject.
Last March, after carefully monitoring my temp DH and I abstained from days 9-17. ( it was a while ago, but I believe those were the days) and still ended up pregnant. It was a HUGE surprize to us, because this time around, we had been the most careful..scrupilously monitoring both cervical mucous and Basal body temp. We had been told previously by my GYN that I could not conceive anymore children due to a medical issue 6 months prior but was still meticulously chartting due to having 3 sons under 3 and being a full time nursing student at the time. I admit, hubby and I wanted more children, and so I had prayed quite passionately to St. Philomena asking for her intercession that some day I might conceieve again...imagine our surprize when 8 weeks later I found out I was 3 weeks pregnant!
I am struggling now dear friends. I am so overwhelemd with my 3 sons..now 5,3, and 2. I cry almost daily. I can't imagine adding another baby to this mess. I am so blessed because this is finally our precious baby girl that we have wanted so long for..our little Annabelle Philomena. But as my due date approaches..Dec 27..I find myself going through panic attacks. how will I fit a girl into this house? how will I raise one? I feel like I have absolutely no patience left for another child. Hubby feels the same...he keeps saying he doesnt want another baby and how will we afford another one in this economy. I feel so lost, my DR keeps asking me what my "plan" is after this baby..."are u tieing your tubes?" "will you start the pill" and my personal favorite..."obviously your NFP is not working" I feel so desperate right now.
sorry so long.