Susan and Ambrose Samulski used fertility treatments to help conceive their three children.
So it was a bit of a surprise when, 12 years later, they found out they were pregnant with a fourth.
"I thought I'd gone through menopause," says Susan, who was 47 at the time.
"I went to the doctor and had a list of all the things that were bothering me.
He said, `Could you be pregnant?' and I said, `No way.'
"I made him test me twice – I just didn't believe it."
It was a total shock, agrees Ambrose – he had worried his wife had a terminal illness.
As for the children, "My son said something like, `You crazy kids,'" Susan recalls. "But we were all thrilled."
Their baby was born Dec. 23, 2007, in Calgary where the family lived for a short time before moving back to Brooklin in Durham Region.
It was a 21-hour labour. "I thought the fourth one would just fall out," Susan jokes. Because there were more than 12 years between babies, it was like giving birth for the first time.
For Ambrose, that was a short-lived retirement. He returned to work after they learned they were having a baby. "That expression Freedom 55?" he jokes, "It's turned to Freedom 75."
This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TheStar.com
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Originally posted on September 20, 2009.
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