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Baby Nine Update

My baby nine is due in about 49 days so I thought you might like a little update on how my pregnancy is going.

I passed my early glucose screen with flying colors and I was excited that maybe I wouldn’t have any issues.  No such luck! I failed my 1 hour sugar test by one little point and instead of taking the 3 hour test I opted to just start checking my blood sugar on a regular basis. What I discovered is that processed sugar is not my friend.  My younger brother has been a Type 1 diabetic for over 20 years and I do not know how he does it, except for the fact that it’s do or die. I am already tired of poking myself 4 times a day to test my blood sugar and I have only been doing it for a month. Being diabetic is not a walk in the park at all and watching what you eat to keep your sugar in check is a lot of work!  Don’t take your pancreas or eating what you want for granted!

I had carpal tunnel with my last three pregnancies.  This time has been different! I had some issues earlier but my carpal tunnel has actually gotten better over time. It’s a good thing because I have a lot of baby blanket crocheting that I still need to get done!

Heartburn is always an issue for me during pregnancy and it has been extra rough this time around. I am on a prescription that I take twice a day and sometimes when the baby is super active I still have heartburn. It’s the pits.

I have never weighed this much in my life or during any of my other 8 pregnancies.  The aches and pains are starting, but I am truly blessed that up until this point I haven’t felt too bad!  I’ve been able to do all the things that I want to do. I had to take off my wedding ring this time around but I still have the permanent indentation of my ring on my finger from 17 years of marriage!

I had a recent ultrasound to check the position of the placenta and our little mister looks to be healthy and well and thankfully the placenta is not low-lying any more! Hooray!

With Thanksgiving next week and Christmas following close behind I know the next 49 days is just going to fly and I’m going to try my best to take one day at a time! After all I know that babies are easier to take care of on the inside!

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Mother’s Days

For Mothers Day I got a sweet book about me filled in by my oldest son. I also got painted rocks, flowers, a big stack of cards and pictures, hugs, and mushy wet kisses . . . It’s wasn’t unlike every other day, but when you love being a mom like I do . . . every day is Mother’s Day.
 
Mother’s day also came with body fluids, falls, spilled milk, lost shoes, crying, 1 stolen donut, yelling, and protests of hunger and thirst! it is highly important to keep perspective about the good and bad of mother’s days.
 
They say the days are long and the years are short and they are not lying.

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My Important Stuff

There is a little shelf beside my bed that has my important stuff on it. My family recently moved to a new house so I have been thinking about what things are most important to me. A stuffed animal moose and a camping nightlight moose remind me of Alaska where I went on a mission trip that brought me closer to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

A little heart that reads, Always My Mother, Forever my FRIEND. My mom read different ones to my 5-year-old daughter at the store and picked this one out for me. It truly is my prayer that my kids will grow up and see me as someone who is their friend.

The footprint painting is a surprise find that was lost in our old house but my super awesome landlords/friends found and returned to me. On it are the footprints of our five oldest kids and it reminds me of my JOB and my kids. My mom job is the biggest, scariest, most awesome and most important job ever.

One book on my shelf is “14,000 things to be happy about.” It is just a quirky book that I bought a long long time ago that so me! Also on my shelf are the books, A Christian Mother Goose Rock-A-Bye Bible, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Many Ways to Say I Love You by Fred Rogers. My little prayer jounal with Bible verses, prayers, and quotes that I have been hiding in my heart is sitting on my Bible.

Another lost and found treasure is a plastic license plate that reads “Smile God Loves You!” My family got it for my grandparents who had displayed it in their kitchen years and years ago. I kept it after my Grandma went to the nursing home and now that both of them have gone to eternity in heaven it is a little thing that remind me of the BIG TRUTH that they helped me learn: God Loves Me and everyone else too!

I keep a little album of photos of my grandparents by my bed. The other day was 16 years since my Grandpa has been gone and though I miss my grandparents so much I celebrate that they are with Jesus! Photos are priceless memories!

My stuffed animal purple turtle that my husband let the kids pick out me because they know my favorite color and my favorite animal! James was pretty surprised to find it because they knew what they wanted to get me! a purple turtle! It reminds me that they do love me (even if it sometimes seems like they are just trying to make me crazy)! An Ewok from my sister who knows I love Star Wars. A Precious Moments white porcelain cross that was our wedding cake topper, and a plaque with part of the Footprints poem are on the bottom shelf. They are symbols of my two best friends my James, and my Jesus.

The shelf itself was made by my husband’s late great-grandfather. He loved his family and he loved to make useful things for his family.

It is hard work to unpack and organize after a move. It has made think about what is most important to me and why it is important!

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Tomato Soup

With 4 out of 8 kids recovering from a stomach bug I opted for a super simple dinner.  I suggested soup, and even one of the kids who hasn’t been sick wanted chicken noodle soup. I suggested sandwiches to a healthy kid and the kid was not impressed. All of the things he wanted required extra cooking and time. I went to the pantry and looked for other options and found one single serving microwavable tomato soup cans and offered that to the healthy kid. The tomato soup was approved. Sandwiches and soup were prepared and dinner was served. After the kids prayed, one of the sick kids said to me, “Thank you for making supper.”  The healthy kid flashed a big grin at me. It made me feel like the best mom ever just because the kid was so thankful for the tomato soup.

I am happy that I could make my kid happy by heating up some tomato soup. It seemed like a very small thing to me, but it was a big thing to the kid. You never know how the things you say or do no matter how big or small affect those around you!

I am happy to report that no one has been sick since early this morning and everyone seems to be feeling better! We are so thankful for the prayers of our friends and family!

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The Final Week before BB-8

Hooray! My due date is now only seven days away!

grand multiparity n. the condition of a woman who has had five or more previous pregnancies.  This means my pregnancy is considered high risk, but I really haven’t had many complications!

One fun fact are that babies of “moms of many” sometimes don’t get into birthing position until labor starts. The other day I had an ultrasound just to check to see if my little one is head down. She is head down but not dropping so all the contractions that I’ve been having aren’t productive in changing my cervix. Did I mention that I believe Braxton-Hicks contractions are evil?

Another not so fun thing is that I have lots of Braxton-Hicks contractions and they get worse with every baby. This week I had three days in a row of misery where I couldn’t get the contractions to stop. Thankfully I’ve been given a couple of days break from them, but I know very well that this is just the calm before the storm!

I’m trying for a VBAC delivery, because #7 was breech I had to have a surprise C-section, but chances are a VBAC will go off without a hitch!

We’re ready and waiting!!! My bag is packed. The car seat is ready and the tiny clothes are washed and put away.  Now if only we can find the “safe place” where I put the Pack ‘N Play bassinet!

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BB-8 Gender Reveal

Our sweet “BB-8,” also known as Baby 8 has caused quite a stir among our friends and family! So many have been wondering and praying that our new addition is a boy because we have shared God’s promise of three sons!  We have a deal with God! James and I are up for whatever God wants and how ever many kids He wants for us!  We have been trusting Him and He ALWAYS has a better plan for us than we do!  If James and I would have stopped at three kids we would have missed out on a whole lot of love!

Here’s a video of us telling the kids the news by giving them some gifts to open! You may need to turn the volume down at the 1:40 mark!

BB-8 Gender Reveal

Gift number one: A little ornament

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Gift number two: a totally neural outfit

Gift number three:  A note that read, “You get to find out today if a brother or sister is coming your way.”

Gift number four: a tiny snowman sleeper

It should still be nice and cold in Indiana in mid-February when our sixth baby GIRL comes home and we can’t wait! Our ultrasound showed that she is healthy and well and an estimated 15 oz.  Praise God!!!

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A Sweet Little Moment

In the midst of chaos a sweet little moment can be so rich. I had a moment with the girls tonight. With the littlest one in my arms, the others took turns giving me hugs and kisses, and just like that I knew I was exactly were I was supposed to be.

These moments don’t last, but I can only hope and pray that I cherish them while they do last. Next week we’re sending our oldest off to a week-long church camp and I am struggling with remembering that the boy who was just a baby only a few short moments ago is growing up and becoming more and more independent every day.

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