Yup, you read that right. Family of eight. As in —>>> we’re officially expecting number SIX!!!!!!
For added fun…
I have no idea how far along I am.
This is my normal trick. I have been pregnant and/or breastfeeding for over twelve years. I’m one of those women who simply doesn’t have a regular monthly cycle while I’m breastfeeding, and of course I don’t have one while I’m pregnant. So there we go, that’s the last twelve years.
I’ve taken pregnancy tests every month for well over a year. Well, most months I take one and other months I skip it. I’ve felt more disappointment with each test. Recently though I’ve felt someone missing. It’s a strange and wonderful feeling. As I washed dishes one day I felt I needed to take a child inventory. You know what I mean – when you mentally have to run through where every child is located at that moment.
Jadin and Zion were on the trampoline.
Naomi and Gabriel were kitten catching (and, boy, is that fun ).
Liam was in his high chair stuffing watermelon chunks in his hippo mouth.
But I felt another child here and unaccounted for; that’s when I knew it was time to take another test.
We are thrilled!
What to Expect While I’m Expecting ~
I have really good pregnancies. I just do. I know the Lord says that He never gives us anymore than we can handle. He must know that I can’t handle much. I’ve never had morning sickness. My feet swell a little. I put them up. The swelling goes down. I usually drop weight before I gain. The other major indication that I’m pregnant is that I can no longer successfully spin my plates and only sleep 6-hours per night. Suddenly I’m back to eight hours a night, plus a 1 (or 3) hour nap.
Birthing Center or Home Birth ~
I’ve had all five babies in the hospital. For our last three babies I’ve seen and been delivered by nurse midwives. Using the midwives has been a wonderful experience. For this birth I’m looking into using one of two local birthing centers or possibly having a home birth. Please leave me any wisdom on both options. With each baby I grow increasingly weary of the hospital routine. In fact being a nurse doesn’t help me. I ask too many questions. When I had Gabriel in 2009 I stayed so on top of my medications and asked so many questions that the hospital staff accused me taking my medication record. I didn’t. But how funny that it’s strange to have a patient that is passionate about being well-informed. And don’t get me started on patient rights. I already feel my momma lion hormones getting in a knot. This is why I need a birthing center or home birth, Lord willing.
Our Homeschool Life ~
As far as the rest of our week we’ve been busy staking tomatoes in the garden, running through the field, and taking daily life slow and steady.
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