Why the wonder of a new life never gets old

So Oliver made his announcement yesterday that he is due to become a big brother sometime in October. To say we are thrilled is an understatement!

It doesn’t matter that we’re going through this yet again. The term “yet again” makes it sound mundane, boring, repetitive and another pregnancy is none of those things.

It’s always a miracle.

It’s always special.

It’s always a wonder.

It’s always amazing.


How can the miracle of a new life be something otherwise?

We never take it for granted. As you might now, we have experienced the sadness of miscarriage eight times already. I talk about it in our old blog.

It hurts.

We don’t assume a pink line on a test will bring us a baby a few months down the line. We don’t assume anything.

We just wait.

And pray.

A few weeks ago I got out of bed and promptly fainted at the doorway of our bedroom. Hmm, wonder what happened there?

Then, was it the same day or a day or so after I made a curry which I couldn’t stand the smell of. Now I make a great curry so it’s no reflection on my culinary skills which I might take the opportunity to state here are quite good. So I wondered.

And I took a test.

And I text Mike to tell him what I suspected.

And the test was positive.

And I text Mike to tell him it was positive.

And we were happy.

I was exactly four weeks.

A few days later we came home from church, where I’d prayed hard for this new, fragile life. I was bleeding.

We were devastated.

Thinking it was the onset of yet another loss we braced ourselves.

By the evening it had stopped.

The following few days were uneventful. My many dashes to the bathroom to carry out the obligatory checks were thankfully uncalled for.

Until the Friday. More bleeding. Again our hearts sank.

During the whole time I prayed. I prayed to God and I prayed to St Gerard, just like I did little over a year ago when Oliver’s health was being questioned. I prayed so hard and I struck a deal.

“St Gerard, if you help look after my baby – it will bear your name for it’s middle name if it’s a boy.”

I think he liked my offer.

Because last week, when I finally went in for an ultrasound to find out what, exactly, was going on we saw:

Sullivan baby no.9 at 6 weeks

A tiny, little baby measuring just over 4mm, fitting the dates exactly and with a strong, fluttering heartbeat. No visible signs of bleeding from the uterus.

All good!


We’re only just over seven weeks along right now. It’s very early days yet and we’ve a long, long way to go.

But we’re happy that we’ve come this far and we’re praying we’ll have a stress free and successful pregnancy.

Because the gift of life is so very delicate.

So very wonderous.

And still so very, very precious.

14 thoughts on “Why the wonder of a new life never gets old

  1. Oh congratulations! I missed your last post. Hope all goes well and you have a very uneventful pregnancy producing a very healthy little baby.

  2. Congratulations! I am so sorry for all of your loses, I have had at least 2 myself. I am praying for a healthy and safe pregnancy for you. You are right that it doesn't matter how many time you do it, it is always a miracle and blessing. Congratulations!

  3. We have a wonderful friend called Gerard, so I approve of that choice! And we know a Geraldine too, which is surely close enough if it's a girl!
    SO glad you had a good scan – hope it is a good sign for the rest…
    Much love to ALL!

  4. Congratulations! I'm so glad your ultrasound was positive. I will pray that good health continues for you and your baby. How exciting!

  5. Wow, I can't imagine going through that. It is so wonderful to see a positive ultrasound. Hang in there. My prayers are with you!
    On another note, I have a couple of awards for you on my blog. I know some of them came from you, so you don't have to worry about those, but there are two others if you are interested.

  6. Just discovered your blog. What exciting and wondrous news. Totally agree that a new pregnancy and new life is a perfect wonder every single time, whether it's your first time,or your ninth or 20th!. Hoping to be able to announce a ninth for us too, one day in the future (hopefully next year 😉 ). Happy and healthy pregnancy wishes to you.

  7. Thank you everyone. Your thoughts and prayers are all very much appreciated! Looking forward to sharing the journey with you!

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