Favorite Photo Blog: "Celebration Photo"
I was thrilled to give birth to a son at 46 years old. I felt richly blessed for this gift of life, and that I became pregnant naturally. It was a long- time prayer of ten years before that has come true.
I gained well over 35 pounds during my pregnancy due to gestational diabetes - A condition that can affect women over the age of 35 years old. My doctor watched over the baby and I cautiously. There wasn't a day that went by that I wasn't undergoing screening and testing, in one way or another. Between the doctors' meticulous care, and shopping for baby furniture, blankets, bottles, pacifiers, and diapers, there wasn't enough time for my husband.
Unnoticed: My husband was overwhelmed! At 50 years old, and becoming a father for the first time, he started to question some things? I've since learned that this wasn't unusual. However, I was too busy to read the signs. I was full of joyful pregnancy hormones that were keeping my thoughts on a high! I've even heard that for most women, pregnancy hormones can surpass almost anything that is usually uncomfortable or inconvenient as; doctors' visits, blood test, weight gain, examinations, and sometimes labor pains, and a missing husband too.
After my delivery, I looked exhausted and ten years older and carried excess weight. The glow and joyful thinner person that my husband fell in love with had disappeared, as well. Insecurity on my part; I assumed he looked forward to being out of town work and meetings because of my appearance. I did my best in staying focused on nurturing our son, and counted my blessings that we were richly blessed with more fortune to do this.
I began to feel the strain of being an older mother. The nighttime wake-up cries every three hours for feedings, changing diapers, and being tied at home raising a baby to a toddler, were painstakingly done for the next four years - I sometimes reminisced over the carefree week-end trips of times before, with just my husband, and I am having dinner, wine, and music in our summer shore house. Then, I'd quickly catch my thoughts and remembered for all the right and better reasons in life that I wanted children, which were faithfully true to the promise for both of us, which have brought my family together.
The blessing in disguise: Through the peak of emotional turmoil beforehand, I rapidly lost twenty pounds. The photo was taken in our home before going to an award banquet in honor of my husbands' outstanding service and contribution with the company. I was trimmed and fit to celebrate my husband's award, with the recognition of authentic love and mutual respect of our precious family, which impeccably shone through!
Causes Catherine Nagle Supports
Westwind Foster Family Agency, Christian Children's Fund, Compassion International, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Invisible Children, Save the Children