Our family has been blessed by the Billings Ovulation Method for nearly 14 years of married life. Over the years, we have used the BOM to achieve pregnancy, postpone pregnancy and help manage my health (including PCOS, endometriosis, and hypothyroidism).
With that being said, I think the biggest blessing of using the BOM has come in the form of our fifth, and currently youngest child, Lucy.
With her pregnancy, things went smoothly and we were all excited she made it to 38 weeks (longer than her two siblings right before her)! Her birth was uneventful, and she was given a clean bill of health by her pediatrician. We were home and adjusting to being a family of seven when, on her fourth day of life, her breathing quickly deteriorated over a couple of hours and we rushed her to our local Children’s Hospital.
Her tiny body went through so many tests trying to discern what was going on—blood draws and swabs, echocardiogram, spinal tap and more. She was hooked up to antibiotics, fluids and other things. In the wee hours of the next morning, we were admitted into the PICU with things being ruled out, but the cause of her distress was still a mystery.
I distinctly recall standing at the foot of her little bed, rubbing circles on her belly, praying the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet as the sun began to rise and thinking, “Lord, I don’t know what is wrong with our Lucy." This is hard and I know we are simply entrusted with our children while they are on earth—however long that may be. But I KNEW God had a plan for Lucy and wanted her to exist, even if it turned out to be for a short time. You see, as a couple we charted well and had strictly followed the rules to postpone pregnancy for 4 YEARS, taking no chances by breaking or “fudging” any rules. One night, on a day of what we knew to be possibly fertile, before giving our combined “yes” to each other and God, God used that yes and that marital act to co-create Lucy with us.
Lucy is now two. Her doctors have learned that she has a rare metabolic disorder and when we took her to the children’s hospital as a newborn, Lucy was using Kussmaul breathing to compensate for very high ketone levels in her blood. Lucy’s care is often a lot: we have to keep up with measuring blood ketones at least daily, give her medication, coordinate her care among multiple specialists, limit her fasting times and, most importantly, keep her on a protein restricted diet, but she is thriving under this care. Yes, there are hard days, but because we charted with the BOM, we know the exact act of love she came into existence through. Knowing that, and knowing that our hearts were willing and open, I am always encouraged that this particular little girl, at this time in our lives, was willed by God, and that strengthens our resolve.
BOMA-USA provides education and training for The Billings Ovulation Method® which is a natural method of fertility management that teaches you to recognize the body's natural signs of fertility.
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