Christina Montoya Fiedler: The story you are about to read is true. It involves good old-fashioned baby making, a large, lively Mexican family and the rhythm method. If you're a good Catholic woman, you know what I am talking about.
I've known my best friend Sarah (who is also my son Joseph's nina by the way), since we were in high school. She comes from a big family, but the reality of this never really hit home until I decided to start my own.
Sarah's mother, Sandy, comes from a family of 17. You read that right -- seventeen.
Abuelita Elena had eight girls and nine boys. For those of you who are keeping tabs, that's three more children than Octomom currently has. I hope she isn't reading this article, lest she try IVF one more time to out do them.
But, here's where it is gets interesting. We're talking 17 unique births. No multiples. If you do the math, here's what we are looking at: 126 total months or 10.5 years total of being pregnant. That's about one eighth of her lifetime -- all for the sake of raising a healthy, happy, big family. She had her first baby when she was 17, her last when she was 47.
Today, Sarah has 50 first cousins. These guys could populate their own city. In fact, they kind of do. Most of them live in a small town south of San Diego, CA called Brawley.
There's even a street named after the family. It's such a small town, that Sarah says every time she's even been out in Brawley shopping, eating or what have you, she's run into at least one cousin.
I thought of Sarah's family when I first heard of the Octomom, the now famed single mother who just gave birth to octuplets, bringing her total kiddie head count to fourteen.
Unlike the Octomom, Abuelita Elena did not become famous because of her children.
There were no press conferences. People didn't follow her around and ask for autographs. No one mailed her cases of baby food or jumbo packs of diapers. She didn't her rely on her parents to support them financially. She did it all herself, with her husband, and had each of her children with the intention of loving them unconditionally. It was a simpler life back then, and all she asked for in return was to be blessed with happiness and health.
Isn't that what we all want for our families?
|Christina Montoya Fiedler resides in Los Angeles, CA, with husband Andy and her son Joseph. She juggles baby and work from home as a freelance publicist and attributes her strong love for life and sense of humor to her loving familia.|