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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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So Many Helpers

I got a glimpse into my former life when I parked at the grocery store the other day. A young mother, with an infant in a baby carrier and a toddler, was trying to get a cart with a car attached to the front of it out of the cart corral. The basket of the car would not open so that she could put the carrier into the cart and so she was forced to head into the store carrying the baby carrier and making her son very unhappy when he had to get out of cart. When I had only two kids I remember struggling with two kids to make a trip to the store. The struggle was definitely real then but it is much more real to me now that I have added 5 more kids!

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We don’t have a lot of storage space so we tend to make lots of trips to the grocery store. Trips any where with seven kids are an adventure.  Depending on how much stuff we need I put the baby in the stroller or in the back of the cart. On trips for more groceries the 2-year-old sits in the front seat of the cart and the 9-year-old pushes either the stroller or the cart depending on the mood of the 2-year-old who is very opinionated about who she wants to push her in the cart.  All the others walk with us. The three-year-old is usually the one who likes to run ahead and lag behind us so I usually have to assign her the job of holding the side of the cart or stroller and if that doesn’t work I stick her into the cart with the groceries!

I know my crew is quite a sight to behold! I field questions from strangers almost every time I go any where with all the kids but people are mostly friendly. I enjoy watching the kids interact with the cashiers and other staff at the store. I use trips to teach them about grocery shopping, budgeting, and meal planning.

The other day a gentleman asked me, “Why did you bring so many helpers to the store,” to which I responded, “We do what we have to do sometimes.”

 

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Encouragment for Today

smDSC_8597b It’s feels like it has been a really long week, but I got several doses of encouragement just when I needed them!

My kids folded a whole couch full of laundry and two laundry baskets full of laundry and they put almost all of it away! After dinner one of my girls started putting away the dishes that were in the dishwasher without being asked. Then she asked if she could do the dishes. I said YES!  I wish someone could have taken a photo of my face when I asked her why she wanted to and she told me that she wanted to do it for me. One kid has been really wanting his Minecraft time so he’s been helping clean up around the house for the past week. It is encouraging that my kids want to help out around the house!

Today I took the kids on a little walk for a fall photo super mini session. I have to confess . . . These are totally my “beautiful” confessions here . . .  It was a extra tiny session because my camera battery died but I was able to take 40 photos in 5 minutes. I got some really good ones along with some that are just plain funny!

While we were on our walk we met a white-haired gentleman who was sporting a black NRA hat and walking his little schnauzer. He smiled as he let all of the kids pet his dog and he asked me, “Are these all your children?” I proudly replied, “Yes they are.” Oh my goodness he said. He told me that when kids grow up and move away they will start repaying you. He said, “That is what my kids did, they repay me so much.” He told me right now I am paying while they are young. I am sure the gentleman didn’t know at all how much his words meant to me. In the chaos of every day life I can’t look ahead at what life might look like some where down the road, but I am encouraged when I think about how blessed I will be some where down the road.

I’ve been sharing some recent photo shoots with my oldest son and asking him what he thinks after all the other kids have gone to bed. The other day I asked him to choose a favorite of three different photos and he shook his head no. He couldn’t pick a favorite and told me they are all great. Tonight I was showing him photos of our family friends and he said, “You are really good at taking photos.” I am so thankful that people trust me to take photos for them, because they think that I’m a good photographer.

It is so good to be encouraged!

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Life with Seven Kids

DSC_6036It feels like forever since I’ve written a blog. I have a few drafts of blogs that I have written and not published in the past 7 weeks. It has been a crazy time since my baby girl was born. Usually I bounce back pretty quickly after deliveries, but this time was much different. Soon after arriving at Labor and Delivery it was discovered that my baby girl was breech and I needed to have a c-section.

C-section recovery with seven kids is tough stuff. A couple of times I called the doctor’s office to ask questions and the nurses told me to rest. It was hard not to laugh out loud at them. Seven kids need to be fed and clothed and kept alive. Resting seemed nearly impossible. There were times I would fall doze off only to be awakened by kids yelling. Thankfully I had a lot of help. My church family made us dinner here and there. My mom came to help me with the house. The kids pitched in to help. My husband was amazing as always. He can get everyone bathed at lightning speed!

We survived those long weeks and now our girl is seven weeks young and this year is half over. I finally feel almost back to normal.  I can almost get my wedding and engagement rings back on! I’m packing away most of my maternity clothes and we are settling in to our new normal.

The day starts with one early morning nursing session with Miss A usually around 3 a.m.  Miss A usually nurses through breakfast around 7:30 and big brother gets all the other siblings started with breakfast. We are still doing some school through the summer but on a much more laid back schedule . . . not that our school routine is ever rigid by any means.  Nursing Miss A seems to take the most time because she is a spit-upper! To decrease the amount that she spits up she needs to be held upright for at least 15 minutes after she nurses! Sometimes I can hand her off to the two oldest boys but most times I just sit with her.  Feeding the rest of the crew hasn’t changed much. Lunch is always something simple. Peanut Butter Jelly time rules. Dinner has been what I struggle with most. Miss A always seems to be the most fussy when I want to try to make dinner.  After dinner Miss A likes to have nursing marathons. It seems like I nurse her and nurse her and nurse her for two hours or more every evening, but if she lets me sleep and wakes me just once in the middle of the night it is worth it.  She’s constantly growing and constantly changing! The boys have been given a few more responsibilities and the girls are used to helping out with different things.

We are living the life!  I’m up for the adventures that seven kids will bring. I’ve figured out that Mr. A is big enough to push our second stroller so we can all go on walks while Daddy is at work.  I took all seven kids to the grocery store by myself for the second time since I’ve had seven kids. I put the Miss A’s car seat into the back of the cart and Miss G into the seat of the cart and all 5 big kids had a hand on the cart. I paused for a minute and thought to myself, “I get to do this!”  It’s not all sunshine and roses all the time but I honestly love it!

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Never-ending Chaos

The sound of my fingers hitting the keys of my laptop . . . That is all that I hear. My sons are getting a taste of loading the dishwasher after dinner so that I don’t have to stay up doing it after everyone goes to bed.  Life is pretty crazy with six kids. A friend of mine who has 4 kids and I were talking about how people ask us, “How do you do it?” I don’t know how I do it. I just do and lots of chaos happens.

Yesterday’s chaos started with little people asking if they could have breakfast. I can’t think of any time when I have ever said, “No, you guys can’t have breakfast.” I think there are only some times when I tell them that they need to wait, but even that doesn’t happen very often.

For about the millionth time my son could not find any pants to wear. I do not have any idea how this is even possible because he has way too many clothes. I also know for a fact that he has more than 3 pairs of pants.  For a while he had been putting pants that didn’t fit “just right.” back into the laundry hamper. I have no idea how many times I was re-washing clean pants. I don’t really want to know at this point.

Another son could not find his library books. He was blaming it on our resident monster before he remembered that he left the books at school.

I fluffed an entire load of wet laundry without heat! I asked one of girls to empty the dryer into a laundry basket and so she did. When I tried to move the basket it weighed a lot more than it should have and that’s how I discovered that everything was still very wet.  I checked the dryer settings. The monster that lives at my house apparently discovered how to turn knobs on the dryer.

I pulled a various assortment of things out of the baby’s mouth. I have 5 other kids and I still do not understand the fascination of picking random things off the floor and putting them in your mouth.

The same monster was found using her brother’s booster seat to climb on top of her dad’s desk.

The monster and her sister were caught using the bathroom step stool to get lotion out of the closet.

A little girl threw a fit because she was not going to get a snack unless she ate more of her dinner, and so if only by some miracle she came to her senses and just at more of her dinner.

The baby crawled down the hall and into the bathroom twice and into her brothers’ room once.

All of that was yesterday!

To start our day the girls and I worked on cleaning their room. I found the Apple TV remote control shoved halfway the under the toy box and as an added bonus I found our extra van key in the toy box! After finding two toys that go together Eliana said, “It is amazing what you can find when you clean up.” Indeed it is.

The fun and chaos never end!

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