Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Very Special Announcement!

You may have noticed that the blog was more quiet than usual for a few weeks. I honestly just couldn't keep up on it for a while. I was busy doing something else.....like......

Growing a baby!!! :)

We are expecting our fifth, due January 9th, 2012! Cheers of joy are going up at our house, and the children are so excited! My morning sickness started at six weeks, and it's still not totally over now at 10 weeks. It was the worst I have had yet - I lost 10 pounds from not being able to keep anything down and the toilet became my new worst friend. :(


My two little girls trying to snuggle with a sick mama


I spent a lot of time in bed, and let me tell you it was hard sometimes to stay focused on why I was going through this. On top of the morning sickness I experienced strep throat for the first time in my life, and the combination totally wiped me out. I thought of my Mom a lot as I lay in bed with fatigue so bad I didn't even want to roll over, and wondered how she managed to stay cheerful and strong all those years of battling fatigue with her Lupus. The memories of how strong she was kept me going in my weak moments, and I praise God for her example and strength even after she has left this earth.

We were incredibly blessed with a Mother In Law who came over about every other day to keep up on the dishes and laundry, and make sure the children didn't turn into wild Indians while I lay in bed. :) My sister also came over and helped. Today my husband is blessing me with having some mother's helpers come and scrub the floors and bathrooms. My energy level is still pretty low, so I'm excited to have some clean floors again!

We will have 5 children 8 and under when the new baby is born! I have spent a lot of time re-evaluating our homeschooling methods, and what exactly will work with so many little ones. I *think* I have come up with a good fit for our next year, and I can't wait to finish up this year and start on the new books! We are not going to take much of a summer break, as I want to be able to take off plenty of time when the new baby comes.

In the next few weeks look for posts on dealing with morning sickness, homeschooling methods and what we have chosen, and in the next few months you will start seeing posts and pictures on being modest while pregnant! :)

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55 Comments:

At June 9, 2011 at 6:37 AM , Blogger Renata said...

Congratulations Caroline! What wonderful news! I hope you feel better soon & enjoy this precious time of growing another blessing!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 6:38 AM , Blogger Chari said...

congratulations!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Congratulations!

I hope your morning sickness will be over soon and you will have a good time.

Greetings
Stephanie

 
At June 9, 2011 at 6:44 AM , Anonymous Ivy said...

Congrats! I would love to hear more on how you handle the nausea. I am 9weeks. Also the worst nausea yet.

 
At June 9, 2011 at 7:20 AM , Blogger The Skaggs Family said...

Congratulations! That is exciting news! :) Praying that your morning sickness passes quickly so that you can enjoy growing your new little one! :)

 
At June 9, 2011 at 7:21 AM , Blogger Raising Mighty Arrows said...

Congratulations! Hope the morning sickness goes away quickly. :)

 
At June 9, 2011 at 7:30 AM , Blogger Ava Kinsey said...

Congratulations!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 7:36 AM , Blogger Lilyofthevalley - Tanya said...

Congrats!!! I pray your morning sickness soon passes, I was there not that long ago, not as bad as you have it, but still very tired etc...

 
At June 9, 2011 at 7:42 AM , Blogger Tanya said...

Congratulations Caroline!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 7:54 AM , Blogger Shannon said...

Congratulations :) I am a mother to 6, ages 9 and under...though when our youngest was born, my oldest was barely 8! With God's strength, you can certainly figure out your homeschooling. It may change in those first few months, when you are caring for a newborn, but you'll soon find your routine!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 8:08 AM , Anonymous Amy said...

Congratulations! I have a grown daughter and hubby and I have 2, ages 10 and 7. Today our first foster-to-adopt son arrives. We plan on adding many more children.

Praying your morning sickness passes soon and you can enjoy your pregnancy.

 
At June 9, 2011 at 8:35 AM , Blogger Miss Linda said...

Congratulations!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Congratulations!!! What a blessing!! I certainly understand how you feel. I too have hyperemesis, and it is still going on at 25 weeks...Ugh... Lasted until 27 weeks with my first, so I am hoping it will ease up soon. My daughter will be 11.5 months when this baby is born, and I am already wondering how all you moms with multiple young children do it! You are definitely an inspiration! (Especially since I am not even close to the homeschooling phase of life yet!) Praying that your sickness will pass soon!

God Bless!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 8:43 AM , Anonymous Jennifer said...

Congratulations to my sweet sister! :-) I am very much looking forward to welcoming a new niece or nephew! Happy news indeed!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 8:45 AM , Blogger Amy said...

Congratulations Caroline!!!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 8:47 AM , Blogger Shay said...

Congratulations! :) That sounds a lot like my last pregnancy - in the first 3-4 months I lost 20 pounds from all the morning sickness. I will be praying for your health!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 8:58 AM , Anonymous Anne Jisca said...

Congratulations! So very happy for you!!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 9:20 AM , Blogger MotherHenStevens said...

Congratulations :) We are on baby #5 as well, due in July. This is also the sickest I have ever been. Never really experienced morning sickness until this pregnancy. I had a nasty cold & cough at the beginning (had to actually take codeine I did as little as possible), and had the flu 2x as well. I lost 20 pounds here and there over the course of the pregnancy and of course gained it all back so far! Praying the rest of the pregnancy goes better for you than it has so far! Enjoy all those youngun's :)

 
At June 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM , Blogger Angela said...

Congratulations!! :) And I send much sympathy to you over the morning sickness. I am 21 weeks with #6 and felt terrible until about 16 weeks. So all of that is still very fresh in my memory. I hope that you feel better very soon and can start enjoying this time. It's hard to remember what this is all for when you're so early and feel so bad. :)

 
At June 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

Congratualations! I hope you feel better soon. I'm one of those women who always has morning sickness through the qhole pregnancy - it can be so miserable.

 
At June 9, 2011 at 10:20 AM , Blogger Mama Chocolate said...

Congratulations! I pray the morning sickness disappears soon!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 10:22 AM , Blogger Katie said...

Congratulations! We are expecting #5 this fall (Sept) and I spent the first 16 weeks dealing with hyperemesis (severe nausea and vomiting) while trying to finish the homeschool year and manage our home. This is my first visit to your page but I will be visiting from now on and praying for you as well -as someone who knows all too well (and too fresh!) what you are going through!
Blessing to you all! ♥

 
At June 9, 2011 at 10:51 AM , Blogger Klasse Woods Natural Farm said...

I always have ms throughout, but it was worst with my fifth pregnancy too -- worth it all though when we were surprised to give birth to not one, but two baby boys! Yup, even following a 16wk ultrasound at which I asked if there were two!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM , Blogger Tami said...

FANTASTIC!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 12:01 PM , Anonymous Maudie said...

I just had #6 May 6 and my #5 just turned 1 yesterday, so I am praying about what to do as far as school scheduling and just our day to day routine. My newborn constantly nurses or cries, so he seems to ne quite a needy little one. I was just thinking about you when I got the email to your blog post. I can't wait to see what your plans are. Maybe I can glean off you! I hope you feel better soon. Had it not been for zofran the 1st 6 months of my pregnancy with #5 , I would have had to have a toilet attached to my face! I will be keeping you in my prayers.

Maudie

 
At June 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM , Anonymous Education Jump-Off said...

Congrats, praying for mom and a healthy baby.

Peace, <><

 
At June 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM , Blogger Mrs Mary Joy Pershing said...

Oh wow! Caroline!!! How exciting for you and your family!!! Congratulations!

I am SO sorry that you are so sick though! I understand the morning sickness part as I had severe all day sickness with both our babies for the first trimester. Yuck. And to have strep throat on top of it! Wow!

What a blessing that you have so many wonderful people there to encourage and help you during this time!

God bless you!!!

You are in my prayers!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 12:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on #5! What a blessing! I am looking forward to your modest pregnancy posts :o)Feel better soon!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM , Blogger AmyKathryn said...

Congratulations! This will be exciting. I know the Lord led me to your blog for a reason. I found it during the "She wears skirts" series as I've been wearing skirts since August, and we just found out we are pregnant with our first (I'm about 7 weeks.) Thank you for blogging!
Amy

 
At June 9, 2011 at 1:03 PM , Blogger The Mold-ee :) said...

Congratulations on another blessing!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 2:09 PM , Blogger Mrs. David Hankins said...

Congratulations!! What a joy! We also have five 8 and under so I can't wait to hear what you've come up with for homeschooling. It's an adventure! :)

 
At June 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM , Blogger GrammaD said...

Congratulations on the new addition to your family. I pray the morning sickness will be short-lived.
God Bless

 
At June 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM , Blogger Gianna said...

Congratulations!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM , Blogger Higgs Happenin's said...

Congrats!!! I hope you feel well soon

 
At June 9, 2011 at 3:09 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Congratulations!!

~Stephanie

 
At June 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM , Anonymous Anne S. said...

When I saw the photo you posted, Caroline, it really pulled at my heartstrings! That's exactly how I look and feel through the first 4 months of every pregnant. And yes, home schooling through this adds additional challenges. In fact, morning sickness is the reason we are almost 2 months behind on schoolwork right now, but that's ok because the beauty of home learning is it's so flexible.

I'm 32 weeks along now and number 6 is due in August - yep, just a few weeks before school starts - so I know just how you feel with the challenges facing you.

It's so good that you have your mother as a shining example, and don't ever forget you have us, your "virtual friends" here on the blog, praying for you and baby, and encouraging you in any way we can.

Blessings,
Anne

 
At June 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you, hope you begin to feel better soon.
Andrea

 
At June 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM , Anonymous Dyan Croushore said...

Congratulations! I will pray for a healthy baby, and an easier pregnancy. I know how difficult it can be having so many little ones at once, but it is a season, and the older ones grow and help with the younger ones. Enjoy your children, one day at a time! They grow SO fast. 6 of our children are 8 and under, so I understand the craziness! I am looking forward to your homeschooling ideas (especially dealing with babies, toddlers and preschoolers while doing school with the older ones). God bless you as you seek to please Him!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 3:51 PM , Blogger Brittany said...

Congratulations!! I can so sympathize with how you're feeling right now -I've had extreme morning sickness with all 3 of mine, usually lasting till about 20 wks. It is the worst sickness I know of - just seems like nothing helps...except time. I, too, spent a lot of time in bed during those weeks - I'm so glad it's over and I really hope that yours gets better soon! I know how truly miserable it can be, especially with younger ones around to take care of.
Thanks so much for your visit to my blog, and your kind comments. I realize now that I've been to your online shop before :) Love your ruffle skirts! And, sure, you are more than welcome to post a link to my maternity post. I love clothes, SHOPPING for clothes, and maternity clothes were no exception - I had fun finding cute things to wear, and I hope that post helps other ladies who are looking for modest maternity things.
So nice to meet you, and I hope you feel better soon!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Canadagirl said...

Oh Congratulations! I pray many blessings on this wonderful time and pray it blesses your whole family, how exciting. [o= I pray you feel better VERY soon.

Blessings in Him<><
-Mary

 
At June 9, 2011 at 4:18 PM , Blogger HisBeloved said...

Congratulations!!! Another little blessing for your family and an added bonus for us getting to read more tips on modest maternity clothes. Who knows, I just might need that information again too! :D

 
At June 9, 2011 at 4:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you! I'll be praying for you, that you will feel better.
~Heather Joy

 
At June 9, 2011 at 7:10 PM , Blogger allison said...

congratulations! just found your blog the other day, praying your morning sickness passes soon. i had constant nausea all day with my little one (now 10 months) for months! :) i'm hoping we get to #5 or more someday!

 
At June 9, 2011 at 9:11 PM , Blogger mosey said...

What wonderful news!!! Congratulations and I hope you feel better quickly!

 
At June 10, 2011 at 12:48 AM , Blogger Eve said...

What wonderful news! Another beautiful baby, a gift from heaven. I am so happy for you. I am sending my thoughts for feeling better soon your way. Have you tried ginger capsules yet? That helped me in the first trimester somewhat. Time was the best remedy (and something I know you know, too). Hang in there!

 
At June 10, 2011 at 2:06 AM , Blogger Homequeen said...

Congratulations, and may God bless your family.
Try not to worry about that morning sickness though. When I was pregnant I got through the day by eating dry crackers, ginger biscuits and citrus fruit. Some say girl pregnancies are tougher this way. It was like that for me too.
(maybe, just maybe you will be blessed with a daughter!!)

 
At June 10, 2011 at 7:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! This is always good news..I just had my 4th a boy 2mths old now and Im patiently waiting hoping I will be blessed with more. I love children and want as many as God will see fit for me. Praying you have a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery.:)

 
At June 10, 2011 at 2:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Hoping the morning sickness will slack off soon. It does make it hard doesn't it?

 
At June 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM , Blogger Miss Sarah said...

I'm so excited for you, Caroline! I'll be praying for you and the new baby!

May the Lord bless you with the grace, joy, and strength you need to care for yourself and this new blessing as well as to care for and nurture the rest of your family.

 
At June 11, 2011 at 3:17 AM , Anonymous Amy @ Raising Arrows said...

Look at all these comments! You are loved, Caroline! And again, I am so very happy for you! I pray more enjoyable days are just around the bend. :)

 
At June 11, 2011 at 7:02 AM , Blogger Sam said...

Congratulations! So sorry to hear about your morning sickness, but I so understand it! Just had my 5th a year ago & was SO sick in bed for weeks....look forward to your posts on making it as minimal as possible.

 
At June 12, 2011 at 2:25 AM , Anonymous angelaayaz said...

Congrats!! I have 4 7 and under as well and with the first and third I was dying from morning sickness, and almost zero morning sickness with 2 and 4. When you have time and feel up to it, I would love a post about your homeschooling techniques. Thanks.

 
At June 12, 2011 at 9:53 AM , Blogger Karen said...

Congratulations!!!! Another blessing, sorry you've been so sick, that isn't fun. :( I hope you're on your feet soon. :)

 
At June 15, 2011 at 3:06 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Congratulations, Caroline! I am thrilled for you! Feel better soon!

 
At June 21, 2011 at 5:03 PM , Anonymous Amy said...

Congratulations!

I sounds to me like you have been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum and not morning sickness (morning sickness is far more mild).

I'm going through it for my fourth time :o) Thankfully I've been blessed with a wonderful Christian Doctor who has taken it very seriously.

I also started getting sick at six weeks. Eventually I couldn't move or even speak without throwing up. What worked for me was a combination of Diclectin (it's vitamin B with an antihistamine, most common drug for pregnancy nausea in Canada) and Maxeran (nausea drug used for chemo patients).

I'm 26 weeks now and still sick in the mornings, but it's normal morning sickness at this point, and not hyperemesis.

I'm so glad to see you have lots of help!! Tiredness and stress always makes the nausea so much worse.

When I can't hold food down I find meal replacement drinks such as Boost or Ensure are a good option, and since they are dairy free they aren't so terrible when they come back up :) Yogurt also worked really well for me when I was really sick - it's easy on the tummy and a good source of protein for Baby.

 

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