[quote="Em_in_FL, post:1, topic:234873"]
I know that we, as Catholics, are often criticized for our choices... there are other threads here about negative comments on family size and such...
But I wanted to share a different experience... at least so far...
I just "announced" on facebook that I'm pregnant with our 4th... and I've had nothing but positive responses... and 2 people used the phrase "I'm jealous!" (I plan to keep those 2 families in my prayers... you never know... finances, fertility, these are hard issues for many families...)
I'm actually shocked! :eek:
I was really anticipating a snicker or two, or a chide comment... but it's far from that! :D
I'm a little nervous about announcing at work next week... but you never know, maybe that'll be positive too! :shrug:
Anyone else get positive remarks for your Catholic choices? :thumbsup:
My husband and I also have 4 children. (grown now and 13 grandkids) We truely wanted at least 7 or 8 children, but because of life threating problems and surgery to keep me from bleeding to death, we were blessed with 4.
But to answer your question. When I announced I was pregnant with our 4th child (the ages of our other 3 children at the time were 3 and under.) Some people would say, "Wow your children are so close in age." I'd smile and say, "Yes, they were all planed. You see I want to be a young grandma and enjoy my grandkids." Now the funny thing is I was telling them the truth. Of course their mouths dropped when I said this. I had our 4th baby at 24. It was planned to have all 7 or 8 by the time I was 28.
When I was growing up my parents had 7 of us kids. I was number 6. I do remember when meeting people as an adult and of course it was how many brothers and sisters do you have, when I'd say "I'm number 6 out of 7." the comment was always, "What are your parents Catholic?" :rolleyes: I'd always smile and say "Yep, my parents had a great sex life and we had enough kids to play kickball, basketball and any other game we wanted to play. It was great growing up Catholic and in a big family." Pretty much that would stop them in their tracks.
Just remember if anyone does give you snide remarks, let them know this baby is a true blessing from God and what a wonderful gift God has given you. It's really sad that some people today dont' see the blessing we Cathoics have in our large families.
May God Bless you and your family and Congrats on the new baby.