I was certain that once Madeline was involved in pre-school and began making more friends who had siblings, Madeline would begin asking for a brother or a sister. Amazingly, Madeline never really did this. I have heard many stories about children relentlessly pestering their parents for a brother or a sister and I, considering David's & my fertility history, was happy that this was never the case in our home. That is, until about November.
Out of the blue, Madeline began asking for a sibling. Of course, considering our history, how exactly do you respond to such a request from your 5 year old? My response would simply be, "If that is what you want, Madeline, you will have to ask God for that. You can say a prayer. Only God knows what is right for our family. Just because you say a prayer, that doesn't mean that you will get what you want, however if God thinks that a baby is right for our family He will give one to us." Keep in mind that although this was my response to Madeline's request, I whole-heartedly did *not* believe that a baby was in our future. And so, for a few DAYS, Madeline would bring up her request for a sibling. Each time, I would respond in the same manner. Finally after a few days of this Madeline brought up the sibling topic again as we were sitting down for dinner. After once again after getting the same response from me, Madeline right then and there stopped and said her prayer for a sibling as a before dinner prayer. Speechless, David and I just gave each other a "knowing" glance.....knowing in *our* sense of the word. We "knew" that Madeline's prayer was one that was not going to be answered. Amazingly, after that prayer, a few days after her request for a sibling began, Madeline no longer brought up the sibling topic again. David and I were relieved and didn't give these requests another thought until we found out that I was pregnant. You see, we estimate that these sibling requests occurred in November. November is the month we would've conceived. I would say that Madeline has some connections!!!!
|Madeline & Margaret at P.F. Chang's|