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Time to share...........

Friday, January 25, 2013

Sooooo,.........I'm happy to say we are expecting a new bundle of love the first part of June. I am 20 weeks along and as ironic as it sounds, I am always so shy about announcing what is really exciting for us. As my long time Sparkbuddies know, we have a big ol loving family. This will be our 11th child. I always thought that 10 was our number but as we know, we shouldn't get hung up on numbers! LOL. Really, baby is no surprise if I am one thing it's open to family and happy to have an equally happy husband. We are blessed for sure.

Last time around I was so disappointed in how things during labor and delivery turned out so I am thrilled to have an opportunity to get back to basics there.

Since baby is being born after school is out for the summer I am going to attempt breastfeeding again like in the early years. I'm not sure if my older body and thyroid issues will cooperate but I at least have the time to try again since I won't be shuttling kids to school and sports for a few months and can dedicate the time to just nursing for the first few week to get established. We'll see but it is exciting to think about. Boy, did I take for granted those early years when all there was to do was some kinder homework and dinner for five!

On the health front, I have a goal weight in mind for myself and I will work hard to keep it close to that number. I am nervous about getting too big I kinda feel some pressure on my new hernia repair so I really want to be careful not to stress that area. I am most familiar with this state of life emoticon but I want to focus on making healthy choices for me too so that they stick post-partum. Usually I am good about making sure baby is well cared for while trashing my own health with coffee and sweets for energy after. Deciding to try and breastfeed will help there too. I am also emotionally preparing myself in case it doesn't work out that way and I will try to comfort myself with the sun and some rest in the summer instead of food if I am disappointed. God is good and timing is His specialty so I feel supported with the season emoticon

For now, thanks for your support, I always get a little nervous about sharing, there are some strong opinion about large family, but it's what I personally was called to and so thank you for letting me share my vocation on this journey with you.
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HDHAWK 1/25/2013 7:27PM

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CANNIE50 1/25/2013 5:32PM

    Congratulations on your new little blessing. You are in the honeymoon phase of pregnancy, right? Nausea subsides, teensy weensy feet start fluttering and kicking....... I love your attitude about the season supporting you, and about breastfeeding shoring up your efforts to take good care of the body you are blessed to inhabit. I am one of 9 children so big families are not quite as shocking to me as they are to others. Besides, I have a rule for myself - if someone asks me if they should have another baby, I am allowed to give my opinion (but why on earth would someone ask me?) but unless they ask me, what business is it of mine? So, really, the only proper response to news of a pregnancy is CONGRATULATIONS! PS I got to snuggle a little baby boy today - babies are joy, bundled up in sleepers emoticon Take care, doll! PS Hope your little one is over strep - ugh, so miserable, right?

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THOMS1 1/25/2013 3:26PM

    How nice for you. I wish you lots of luck with your pregnancy and I think it's wonderful that you can have a large family. There are a few large families that go to our church and they have the nicest and most well behaved children.

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/25/2013 1:43PM

    Really?? 11?? OMG!! I can't even imagine but I am absolutely thrilled for you!!! Sounds like you have a good plan. I remember your disappointment in last labor/delivery but can't remember the exact issue. Anyway, it is what it is and God will take care of it! You are amazing!!!!

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LADYIRIS313 1/25/2013 1:00PM

    Wow, girlie! Congratulations on your new bump (the kind you get to actually be thrilled about!!)

I wish you great energy and a wonderful pregnancy. I think it is marvelous that you are starting out with plans to do this a different way - because you are so right that mama needs to be taken care of first. Especially now that your family is so robust, making yourself a priority and taking care of your health will mean you can be an even more amazing mom than you already are. You can't drive a cross-country with bad gas in the tank, yes?
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