Jenny McClendon – Thoughts About Having Another Baby…Just One
Chances are you know Jenny McClendon better as Jenny Masche, one of the stars of WETV’s “Raising Sextuplets” along with her adorable sextuplets and ex-husband Bryan Masche. Jenny and Bryan have since divorced and as reported earlier this year Jenny married Levi McClendon in March and shared all the heartwarming details with Imperfect Women. Imperfect Women is excited and happy to share this Exclusive news from Jenny…she is expecting! Read all about it in Jenny’s own words.
By Jenny McClendon
The last week of May 2012, Levi and I were serving on a medical mission in Belize with my parents. It was the second year we had gone to Belize and shared this amazing experience together! But we also got a little surprise. I took a pregnancy test, and after one month of trying to get pregnant… it was POSITIVE! I honestly could not believe my eyes and honestly did not believe it was true. I took a few more pregnancy tests over the next week, and much to my surprise, they were all positive.
Levi and I married early March and we knew right away that we wanted to have a baby, to share the experience together (if possible), of a pregnancy and a child of our own. Levi was “fixed,” so I started researching doctors to get him “unfixed,” and we found someone amazing somewhat close to home. We scheduled the surgery for the end of March and all was successful. Of course, I had no idea what the chances were of us getting pregnant post-vasectomy reversal and with my prior experience of infertility for 3 years, but we were going to at least give it a good try. However, we promised each other we would do no fertility treatments (fear of what may happen rolling that dice!) and just let things happen if they were suppose to be. Genuinely, I had no idea what to expect. My first shot at trying to get pregnant included 3 years of unsuccessful attempts, one round of Follistim and 6 beautiful babies 7 months later! Also, I had friends whose husbands had gotten vasectomy reversals with no success post-reversal. So we just let it go and hoped for the best!
I’m writing this as I’m approaching my 28th week and I really still feel somewhat speechless! Once I found out I was pregnant, I didn’t think much of it because of prior miscarriages… of course my mind raced imagining all the reasons why this just wasn’t going to happen and not to get too excited. However, we are SO excited… elated….and still in shock that we are getting to experience this amazing miracle together and add another precious life to our already precious and abundant brood! All 8 children are so excited. They talk to the baby; kiss the baby; fight over who is going to sleep with the baby, hold the baby and help with the baby. It is so very, very sweet to see their little minds work and the fondness they have towards this unborn sibling of theirs! I’m so excited for the sextuplets that they get to experience being the “big” brother or sister. My son Blake said just the other day, “Mom, I love my brothers and sisters, but especially my new little brother.”
Levi and I are trying to gear up and imagine what life is going to be like in our already busy household with a newborn. In my head I think, “This is going to be so easy, it’s only one!” However, I imagine that even this one is going to give us some sleepless nights and an even crazier household. We love every second that we get with our kids and the time we spend as a family. We feel blessed beyond words that God would give us this little one so quickly and so far with an uneventful pregnancy. I’m not sure how to even put my amazement or thankfulness into words. At this point we are praying that the next 12 weeks go smoothly and that this sweet little boy will come into this world with a loud cry, rosy cheeks, healthy heart and mind, and a family of 10 ready to embrace him and love him! We’ll keep you posted.
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Jenny McClendon (Masche), star of WETV’s “Raising Sextuplets”, blogs about her journey and her passions: motherhood, faith, family, fitness.