~ Meet Paige
Hi StorkNetters! My name is Paige Hickey. I am 38 years old, married to my husband Michael (48) for 14 years. We have three beautiful children, Stuart (12), Caitlyn (9) and Brigid (2). We live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains surrounded by magnificent mountains that charm us every fall. I am now pregnant for the fifth time and am expecting a fourth child sometime the end of June.
Michael and I had always wanted a litter of kids. We are both only children and had fantasies of houses full of family during the holidays. So we didn't wait too long to have our first child . . . Stuart. I was pregnant by our second anniversary on our first time with no birth control. He was an easy child and a joy to behold. Our desire to increase our family led to the second time with no birth control and 9 months later Caitlyn arrived. After Caitlyn's arrival, Michael and I decided no more birth control and we would accept what God handed us in the children department.
For some reason, God decided to wait seven years to bless us with another . . . Brigid was born just a few days after Christmas. Before she was 1 week old, Michael and I were ready for just one more. Much to our surprise and probably as a result of Brigid's enthusiasm for nursing and my "advanced maternal age," I did not conceive again until October of 2001. By this time my mother had been dead of lung cancer for 10 months and I was really ready for the great circle of life to bring another life to us.
Unfortunately this child was not to be for us. At almost 8 weeks I began to bleed and had a miscarriage. Ultrasound revealed a yolk sac of only 5 weeks gestation. In retrospect, I should have known there was a problem as my symptoms lasted only a day or two and then were gone.
So… it begins again. Michael and I, despite his living over two hours away several days a week for his job, have managed to create another life, with a lot of help from God. This journal is to record the hope, the fears, the glory and most of all, this precious gift that has been entrusted to me for a very short period of time. It is my privilege to share it with you.