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This is the first year I really realized that it isn’t easy getting older. I’m 33, and although that may sound relatively young, the aging process doesn’t think so.

I recently went to see a doctor about hormonal imbalance. She told me I would probably be one of those women who starts to enter perimenopause earlier than some. She gave me five years. My mind couldn’t quite process what she was telling me at first. She then put it this way, “If you want anymore children, do it now, not later.” Wow. Okay.

My mind started to realize, five years from now, and I probably won’t be able to get pregnant again. That opened a whole jar of emotions. I was already trying to decide if we should have one more baby, but I thought I had a lot more time to decide. 

When I entered the stage in life where I started having babies, I felt like I belonged to a special club, where I could talk about my hormones and how my body was changing and what it would be like when nine months were up. But there was always an end goal; a baby. A sweet baby to love, cherish, hold and nurse; the milestones, hopes and dreams.

Next Stage in Life

As a woman, you feel so purposeful being a mother. You feel as though the moon has been handed to you. With that being said, how do you transition to this next stage in life, where your body no longer is the type of environment a baby can grow in? Your hormones are tired and the process is aging. 

I’ve been given an incredible gift from God. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that this process of having babies and aging isn’t up to me and can’t be completely controlled by me. I have two beautiful blessings. A boy and a girl. And the road wasn’t easy with three miscarriages along the way. 

Just because one part of my life is changing, doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. It’s just a different stage—a time for me to figure out what I want—the other dreams and hopes I have on top of already accomplishing the one to have children. For me, it’s not just a decision to have another child or not. It’s more of how to say good-bye to this stage of life and transition to the next knowing God has amazing plans for me yet again. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

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By Erika Gladden. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the English Standard Version ©.

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