My pregnancy with my oldest daughter was completely unexpected. My husband and I had been married for a little over a year and planned on having kids, but we had wanted to wait a little bit to enjoy our time as newlyweds. We were taking all of the necessary precautions to not get pregnant (I was on the birth control pill) and figured when we felt the time was right for us, we would start trying for a baby.
Little did we know that that time would come a lot sooner than we thought. In September of 2009, just a few days short of our second wedding anniversary, we welcomed our first daughter into the world. We knew we always wanted more kids and started actively trying once our oldest was nearing 2 years old. We were very blessed to get pregnant right away and have our second little girl nine months later.
I come from a family with four kids, so I wanted to have more, and didn’t feel “done” yet, but I knew that it wasn’t the right time for us. After all, raising two little kids in New York City has its challenges, and I wasn’t ready to add to that just yet. I figured when the girls were in school full time, my husband and I could start talking about adding another member to our family. Once again our plans were thrown out the window when we unexpectedly found out we were pregnant with our third child (again, despite being on birth control).
A couple of weeks ago, I came across an article by Tracy Moore on Jezebel that so graciously pointed out the many advantages to having an unexpected pregnancy. I love that the author describes her pregnancy as “unexpected, not unwelcome.” Despite the emotional whirlwind you have when you find out you are pregnant at what seems to be the most inopportune time, an unexpected pregnancy also comes with some perks for your life and the lives of your family members.
Here, I’m sharing a few of my favorites from Moore, as well as some of my own.
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