If you happened to miss the season finale of Parenthood, then do I have a spoiler for you. Kristina, who already has a teenage daughter and a son with Asperger’s syndrome, found out that she was pregnant just as her husband tells her he’s been laid off.
Personally, the thought of becoming pregnant again at my age (not that I’m old or anything) scares me. Right at this very moment, I feel as if my kids are at the perfect age (12 and 9) for all of us to start traveling to incredible places — plus, nobody throws tantrums in restaurants anymore. With a baby in tow, exotic vacations and fancy restaurants would probably be off the grid for a very long time, and I’d miss the window where we could all travel together as a family because let’s face it, once kids become teens, they want to assert their independence and leave their parents at home.
On the flip side, there is nothing that quite compares to holding a newborn in the crook of your arm, or the way they smell after you’ve given them a bath, or the moment they smile for the first time or take their first steps. And on the bright side, if I ever did have another child, my daughter has finally hit the perfect age to babysit.
I guess at the end of the day, if I were to get caught by surprise with a pregnancy, I’d embrace it and bring the baby along on the adventures we had already planned to create as a family.
What about you? If you have older kids and became pregnant unexpectedly, would you be happy? Would you sob? Or would you be in a state of shock? Check out “Parenthood” and the clip above to find out how they dealt with this unexpected news.