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Miracle boy's a precious gift from God

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 1 comments

Miracle boy's a precious gift from God
Anthea Nicholas made headlines last year when, at 50, she became "Australia's oldest mother to conceive naturally".

Anthea Nicholas and Peter Byrnes, who married in September 2010, were told their wish to be parents would remain unrealized.

As a result they fostered two teenage girls "for a couple of years to give something back".

Feeling unwell, 49-year-old Anthea visited her doctor who suspected the onset of menopause.

"Peter was devastated," Anthea said. "He bought a pregnancy test ... he picked it."

A positive result had Peter "jumping around and yahooing" while Anthea admitted to feeling fearful.

Nicholas Byrnes, who marked his first birthday on Friday (June 15), was baptized in Upper Coomera parish on May 12 amid tears of relief and celebration.

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Image: Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy, by Leslie Leyland Fields. Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 21, 2006)Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy
by Leslie Leyland Fields

-- Unplanned pregnancies happen to women in every season of life: the newly married, the never-married, the empty-nester, the teenager, the overworked mother, the career woman.

Yet we rarely talk about how lonely and confusing this experience can be.

In Surprise Child, Leslie Leyland Fields, who experienced two unplanned pregnancies in her forties, lyrically weaves her own story with the stories of other women who understand the isolation you face as expectations and plans are turned upside down to make room for a child.

Each year, more than three million women discover themselves pregnant–at a hard time, the wrong time, at a difficult place in their lives. I am one of those women...

Together, these women walk with you month-by-month through the physical and emotional stages of pregnancy, voicing with startling honesty their own anxieties and struggles.

Here you will find the companionship and hope you need to journey toward new life.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    1999: He was 21. I was 35. Due to amazing life circumstances, we were perfectly suited and engaged soon after meeting. I broke off the engagement based on lies by a third party-liar who has since been found out, and the long distance separation for over a year. I let go. He begged. I demanded it end. I disappeared, moved, lost touch. He searched for me for 11 years. I changed all contact info and moved to another state. He found me in June on Twitter. I found his Tweets August 16th, 2012. The truth is we want our family now, and he is 34. I am 48. Luckily, all my tests and health exam showed I am in perfect health & fertility, and I have been devoted to The Body Ecology Diet, prayer, yoga, and walking for decades, so I trust my body, plus I have Susun Weed's book which outlines all the wisdom on maximizing ferility naturally, inexpensively and effectively! "New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way, Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90." Onward with Aloha, me ke Aloha, Claire

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