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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Birth control

This is my first posting and I thought I might delve right into some of my more controversial views of modern motherhood. But first let me introduce myself. I am a happily married mother of three boys. I'm 26 years old. I'm a born again Christian and currently homeschooling, but next year I'm sending them back to public school.

Since the Pope has recently died I thought I would start with my views on birth control. I really admire the stand he took against it. I think birth control was the start of a downward spiral of womans liberation. Obviously, it removed the responsibility of pregnancy from the sexual act. It is a slippery slope from not wanting children before they are conceived to not wanting them after they are conceived. This is so demeaning towards women because the most important role a woman can play is that of creating and raising a child.

On a more personal level, my views on birth control have been slowly evolving. I have used the diaphram and one round of depo provera (it made me gain so much weight!!) in the past. But now, as a mother of three, it (motherhood) just seems so right and natural. So I have decided that, unless my health or our family circumstances change drastically, I don't plan on using any form of birthcontol again. I know God has a plan for each of the kids he puts in my life.

I also am breastfeeding (which I will blog about on another day). This is a wonderful form of natural birth control. I probably won't be able to conceive more then eight kids total and I had my first at 18 years old. My baby is almost one and there is no sign of impending ovulation. In fact, I long to be pregant again and I have to be patient. If you are not a mother you might think I'm crazy, but if you have a few kids yourself you can probably understand. Since I can't count on my period as a sign, I take pregnancy tests whenever I have a symptom (like a bout of nausea). Ha Ha. Luckily, I found this great dollar store that sells them for a dollar. And yes, I am aware of the signs of ovulation. I will blog on those another day. Well that is all for now. Don't worry I will also write about normal things in the future, like the joy of raising three boys but the longing for cute little pink dresses. And many interesting stories of my own life like the time my husband spent four years in jail. (Now you're interested!)

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