Baby news!

December 5, 2010 | 172 comments

For those of you who were wondering why I’ve been unusually quiet on Twitter, or why I’ve been even worse about replying to emails than usual (what? nobody was wondering? anyway…) it’s because I’ve been battling major morning sickness.

Yep, baby #5 is on the way! We’re about 10 weeks along, and he or she is due June 30. For those of you keeping track, we currently have a six-year-old boy, and three girls ages four, three and one. As with all my pregnancies, this one is high-risk, involving daily shots, induced labor, and countless doctor visits (that story here), but we’re really excited!

Hopefully morning sickness (which for me is “all day and night” sickness) will pass before Christmas, and I’ll be able to join normal society again. Until then, I apologize if I’m slow responding to emails, tweets, etc.

Blessed Advent!


  1. Tootie


    • Elizabeth

      Congratulations! I feel creepy saying this, but I thought so too! I guess it’s not a shot in the dark to guess this about a devout Catholic woman, but woooooo! I will have you and baby #5 in my prayers everyday!

      • mrs.marcus

        Haha…me too! Congratulations!

  2. Cora

    Congratulations! That is so exciting!!

  3. Kathy Schiffer

    Congratulations! It must be particularly difficult to care for a brood of small children while feeling so under-the-weather; but what a joy!

  4. Jen G

    Congratulations on your little blessing! I’ll be praying for you!

  5. Claire

    Congratulations, Jen! This is wonderful news. I’ll be praying for you. God Bless you and your family.

  6. Camille

    Congratulations! What wonderful news! May God bless your pregnancy and keep both of you safe all the way through to birth. You’ll be in the prayers of many!

  7. Kara

    Congratulations!! I am expecting my 4th on June 16th!!! Thanks to your blog, I reached a level of acceptance for my growing family just in time to find out I was pregnant with this one. So thank you! Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  8. Erin Ward

    Yay! Congrats!!

  9. kg

    Congratulations! How very exciting!

  10. MrsDarwin

    Our prayers and congratulations!

  11. Jenny

    Yay! Such happy news!

  12. ACL

    Congratulations,Jennifer! God bless you and your newest little one!

  13. lisa

    congrats!! I was diagnosed with two genetic bleeding disorders AFTER the birth of baby number 5- Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome and Von Willebrands.
    sure explained so much, and in hindsight many Drs say all of those babies were miracles!
    We just had baby number 6 two months ago., and now have 5 boys and a girl.
    I will keep you in my prayers- and looking forward to your visit to our DIocese- Peoria for the Behold COnference!
    I’m a fellow convert and dh works for Diocese here- Marriage and Family Life πŸ™‚

  14. Judy Farrell

    Congratulations! I will pray for a safe and happy pregnancy for you. In other news, I tried the recipe you recommended–the pudding, graham cracker, chocolate frosting one–and all the members of our Catholic book club went crazy for it. So simple, but deadly effective! Thank you!!

  15. Rose A

    Congratulations!!! Baby #6 is due in January for me and my heart goes out to you in that difficult stage of pregnancy!!

  16. Therese

    Congratulations Jen. I hope the morning sickness settles down soon for you. Our 5th child is now 10.

  17. Angie

    Congrats from one of your silent followers!

  18. Jules

    Congrats! Babies are awesome!

  19. Kimberlie

    This is wonderful news! I will add you to my daily prayers so that you will be feeling better soon and that no complications will arise with this pregnancy.

    Many blessings!

  20. Marcy K.

    Oh I’m so happy for you and your family. I know this will be a difficult time, but how exciting to be bringing another wonderful little human being into the world. I found that two things helped me with my last little one and morning sickness, SeaBands and Altoid Tangerine Sours hard candy. God Bless!

  21. Ela Nelson

    Congratulations! Prayers to St. Gerard Majella are being said for all you. πŸ™‚ Hope you feel better soon!

  22. Eliz

    Congratulations! God bless this new little one and your entire family!

  23. Loretta S.

    Lovely lovely news Jen! Congratulations to everyone!

  24. Gina

    Congratulations and blessings!

  25. Kelly

    Oh, How wonderful! Praying you will feel better very soon! I have seven and my youngest is 11. I actually miss the stage you are in now. I know it is tough when you feel ill, but *try* to treasure it! It flies by!
    Blessings and Peace,

  26. Elisa | blissfulE

    Congratulations! Fabulous news! My fourth in less than five years is due 20 June! It will be wonderful to walk and pray alongside you during this time.

  27. Jamie


  28. nicole

    Congratulations! Many prayers for good health and an easing of the sickness.

  29. Cottage By The Sea

    Blessings! Morning sickness is the worst – but as you know, this too shall pass. My daughter has been sick as a dog with all 6 children but the prize at the end is worth it all. May you be blessed with a healthy, perfect baby.

  30. Leila

    Oh my goodness! What a very blessed little baby this is! I will pray for you to feel better soon!

  31. Megan@SortaCrunchy

    Heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS, Jenn! I am so thrilled for you all. I genuinely had been wondering about the quietness here, and so this explains so much.

    Sending prayers that you are feeling much better VERY soon!

  32. Kerri

    Wonderful news! Praying for you and baby.

  33. Jessica Coleman

    Congratulations! Thank you for your wonderful example of love and openess to life!!

  34. Christine

    Hooray! Congrats to you and your family! What a blessing!

  35. Amity

    Congrats! I’m due in June, too. Joy!

  36. sara m


  37. Ashley

    Oh my goodness! I’m so giddy with excitement! Wow. I had to start this post over twice. Congratulations! I will be praying for your high-risk pregnancy daily.

  38. Lacey

    Congratulations! All the best! πŸ™‚

  39. Julie

    That is so exciting! Many congrats and blessings.

  40. Shelley

    Congratulations! You and your family must be so happy!

  41. Paula Kittle

    Congratulations Jennifer! I have five also. Mine are 12, 8, 4, 3 and 20 months. You’d think I’d have it pretty easy with the 12 and 8 year olds being in the mix, but they are less help than you think. ; ) Having the last three so close together has totally kicked my rear end, so I understand what it’s like! I homeschool my two eldest (I remember you blogged about starting homeschooling full time with your son) and it can be challenging when you’re not well and have little ones to look after too, I will be praying for you!

  42. ~Ana Paula~A CatΓ³lica

    Hi, Jen!!
    A Big HELLO from BRASIL!!

    Great news. Till this point of my Advento, it was the great notice, by far!!

    Stay in the Peace of God!!
    You and All Your Blessed Family!!


  43. Mary

    Congratulations Jennifer!! Wonderful news. may God protect you and your newest little miracle throughout this pregnancy!

  44. Tom Faranda

    Great! your own basketball team. One more and you’ll have a hockey squad.

  45. Elizabeth M

    Congratulations on the newest blessing for your family. Prayers too for a healthy and uneventful pregnancy. Your living faith is a wonderful inspiration.

  46. L a u r a

    Congratulations on your wee one on the inside!! You’ll be in our prayers for a healthy pregnancy, safe delivery…and that you return to feeling human again soon. What an additionally hope-filled Advent for your family!

  47. Kathryn

    that’s awesome! congradulations to you and your family! I will pray for your health and that of the baby’s.

  48. Rae


  49. gia

    Yay!!! Congratulations Jennifer!!! Keeping you all in our prayers.

  50. Marilyn Rodrigues

    I will say a prayer that God FLOODS your heart with peace during your pregnancy. It’s very exciting news.

    I had a suspicion after reading your recent post about the possibility of having more kids – it was a great post too. I’m sure God’s been preparing your heart for this pregnancy, which could otherwise be totally alarming, how wonderful he is!

  51. Audrey

    wooHOO! God is good!

  52. Maria

    Congratulations! So happy to hear this news! Be assured of my prayers for you all. May God bless you and your family abundantly!

  53. Laura

    Congratulations! Morning sickness and beginning to homeschool all at the same time! I will keep you in my prayers πŸ™‚

  54. Kaitlin @ More Like Mary

    Praise God! What wonderful news!

  55. Katie

    Congrats! What wonderful news! I will keep you in prayer for a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery. We are due with #4 right around that time and our oldest just turned 4.

  56. Jennifer G.

    CONGRATULATIONS!! We’ll keep you in our prayers! At least you have a nice opportunity to offer up your suffering, right?! πŸ™‚

  57. Terri

    SO happy for you. Will keep you in our prayers.

  58. Tara Meghan

    Gah! Congratulations!!!! πŸ˜€

  59. Monica

    Congratulations!!!!! What happy news!!

  60. Kim

    Congratulations!! πŸ˜€

  61. Kristy


  62. Megan


  63. Liesl

    I wondered when you said you’d been under the weather! Congratulations!

  64. amy2boys


  65. Courageous Grace

    Congratulations, Jen! I’ll definitely keep you in my prayers. I’m due on tax day with my 2nd (a girl this time!) and recently finished battling morning sickness for the first time.

  66. Christine


    So hard now. Hang in there.

    I had mine close together and now my oldest is almost 15! It does get easier and a lot of fun when they are bigger.

    Then I had my no. 5 baby at the age of 42. The kids love love love her.

    ALL babies are blessings at any time and any age.

    Just hope you feel bette soon.

    And take it easy. Do not stress out so much about this or that. Enjoy your babies.

  67. JoAnna

    Congratulations!! Best wishes for a happy and healthy pregnancy! (By the way, with my last pregnancy, I drank tons of Gatorade and that helped keep me out of the ER during the first trimester – first pregnancy I haven’t needed IV fluids!)

  68. Sheba

    Many, many congratulations!!!!

  69. Amy

    I’m leaving lurkdom to rejoice with you in this wonderful news! Our families look very similar (our five are 7,5,4,2,4mos). Thanks for blogging – so often I get caught up in trying to be a good mom that I forget to be a good a daughter of God too. Your writing reminds me that I have to cultivate that relationship as well. You have a lot on your plate right now with morning sickness along with high risk care along with homeschooling along with taking care of you family and writing a bit. You will sincerely be in my prayers.

  70. Roxane B. Salonen

    Yay, Jennifer! Welcome to the Club of 5! So happy to hear your news. I have to admit, now that I have no children in diapers, I feel envious. Yes, that’s right. I envy you. In a good way, though. I’m really very, very happy for you. God bless!

  71. Bethany Hudson

    CONGRATULATIONS, JEN!!! I’m so excited for you and I’ll pray for a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery. I had to do induced labor with my first, and I know it is TOUGH! You are a champion! Love and prayers, Bethany

  72. Theresa

    Congratulations, Jennifer!
    I am an RN and the mom of 14 children (three in heaven and 11 living on earth). I assisted homebirth nurses and a group of homebirth physicians at home births for seven years. Most of my pregnancies I suffered with ‘all day’ sickness. It wasn’t ‘fun’, but it helped to know that it was only temporary! Our beautiful bunch of children are now ages 33 down to age 9. I would like to share something with you that I wish I had known about many years ago. Our family has found something which has truly a blessing and gift of Mercy from The Lord. If I had known about it years ago, perhaps I wouldn’t have had to go through the ‘all day sickness’, nor would two of our children have been born prematurely (one 7 weeks early, and one 6 weeks early). Let me know if you would like more information. Advent blessings to you and your family!

  73. Kathy

    Congratulations! πŸ™‚

    I will pray for you and the baby.

  74. Tami

    Congratulations! It actually crossed my mind recently wondering about a #5 for your family. Our #5 is due March 2011.

  75. ~ Nona

    Wonderful news!

    Just today I found a baby photo of my father. He was the youngest of…13. Thank God my grandparents had him!

    Sometimes I look at my youngest sister, the youngest of 12, and I’m amazed: She’s the 12th of a 13th.

    Parents’s generosity is a wonderful, wonderful gift — the only gift that is eternal.

    ~ Nona

  76. Elizabeth Mahlou

    Jen, first, congratulations. Second, re the morning sickness, I sympathize. With my first three children, I was sick 24/7 for a full nine months. In fact, I was unaware of much of the pain of labor because I spent so much time vomiting during labor, with doctors shaking their heads, saying “this was supposed to be over six months ago.” Yeah, supposed to! I was given a raft of medicines; none worked or even helped, but one might have caused my daughter Noelle’s birth defects. All the vomiting also led to a weight loss during pregnancy (I lost 25 pounds during my first pregnancy), which, of course, worried doctors no end and meant that my babies were born emaciated. Then, with my fourth, I happened to eat rye bread one morning, and, amazingly, I kept it down. In fact, I kept everything else down for a while that day. So, the next day I tried another slice. Same wonderful response. I mentioned this odd but terrific reaction to rye bread to an older, country friend, who responded, “Of course! It has carroway seeds.” Apparently, country women where she grew up (Poland) used carroway to control nausea routinely in the absence of access to modern medicine. Carroway seeds can also be purchased separately from rye bread, and I did that, too, although I mostly just ate a slice of rye bread at every meal. In this way, I was able to keep my morning/all-day sickness at bay for the remainder of the pregnancy and did not vomit during labor. I even gained a little way. If you are still suffering from morning sickness, I recommend that you try it. I cannot promise that it will be the panacea for you that it was for me, but, heck, it’s worth a try.

  77. Alhana

    Many many congratulations, Jen & family!!
    And take care~

  78. C Dyan

    Awesome news! πŸ™‚ I’m jealous, too – but in a good way! Being single, I still don’t know what my vocation would be, but if I would become a wife and mother, I want to receive that gift of motherhood as joyfully and faithfully as you do! πŸ™‚

  79. bwya


  80. Andy D

    Wow, congrats! Hope everything goes well and that you and your family enjoy the newest one when he or she gets here!

  81. Sheryl


  82. Jennie C.


  83. Diana

    Congrats!! the Lord bless you! You and baby are both in my prayers…

  84. Nzie (theRosyGardener)

    Congratulations, Jen! Also, with my youngest sister, my mom had really bad morning sickness, and someone suggested ginger, and it helped a lot. I also use it myself for motion sickness. There are pills or you can chew on the root or on candied ginger, drink ginger ale, etc. Best wishes to you and your family!

  85. Trish Yandell

    Many,many congratulations. This is the most prayed about baby EVER. May God keep you and your little one safe. It is so beautiful to follow your life of faith with all its ups and downs.

  86. tgz

    Congratulations and blessings!

  87. Kathleen@so much to say

    Congratulations! Something you said a week or two ago made me wonder…don’t remember what it was now, but I’m not surprised. Wonderful news!

  88. Lisa V.

    Congratulations! Don’t know how you handle morning sickness along with four little ones. Well I do know as a mom myself… you just do. Hope after you’re out of the first trimester the morning sickness goes goodbye.

  89. Jeana

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!

  90. Sarah

    Congratulations Jen and family!

    I am due (with our third) on the EXACT same day! πŸ™‚ I’d say something about “great minds” but I don’t think it’d be quite appropriate for the subject . . . Ha! πŸ™‚ And, I too, am battling morning sickness day and night (the last two I haven’t been sick, so this is new to me! Ugh.:)

    You and your family will be in my prayers, Jen! Have a happy and healthy nine months!


  91. MichelleH


  92. Jennifer


  93. sara

    I’m sure you don’t feel inspirational while barfing, but your generosity is truly inspiring. God bless your family and get you through this difficult time!

  94. MelanieB

    I’ve already said it; but one can never say congratulations enough o so joyful an announcement. So Congratulations again! We’re praying for you and your little one.

  95. Adell Neulander

    Congratulations!!!! Take care of yourself and I will keep you and all women in high risks pregnancies in my daily prayers.God bless you and your husband for being open to more children. BTW I am seeing more and more larger families in an array of different churches and out an about, which is absolutely wonderful. Maybe this is a trend?

  96. Mary

    Congratulations. May God bless you and your family for being so open to life.

  97. Smoochagator

    Oh, Jennifer, that is wonderful! Congratulations, I am so happy for your family πŸ˜€

  98. Marie

    What happy news! Will send prayers your way.

  99. Tienne McKenzie

    How exciting! Congratulations!

  100. Jess @ Making Home

    What great news. Congratulations, Jennifer! I hope the all-day sickness stops soon.

  101. Young Mom

    Congrtatulations! This is the first pregnancy I haven’t spent the first 2 trimester’s next to the toilet, so I feel your pain! Hope you are feeling better soon. πŸ™‚

  102. Allison

    Congrats! You’re due a week after me πŸ™‚

  103. Kelly @ Love Well

    Oh Jennifer! Congratulations! God’s richest blessings on you.

    (And if you’re anything like me, you have permission to come back and read this when the morning sickness subsides. Until I get through that first trimester, I can’t truly be excited. People would say, “Oh that’s so wonderful!” And I would blurg “Eh.”)

  104. Amy

    congratulations! you will definitely be in our prayers. πŸ™‚

  105. Susan

    Congratulations! Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby! Oh, and a Merry Christmas too!

  106. Love2learn Mom

    Congratulations and many blessings! Will pray for good health and peace and joy for all of you this season. πŸ™‚

  107. Nicole

    Many blessings! Five was when we officially felt weird in the world. It was great.

  108. Kate J

    Bless your heart… I know what it’s like to care for little ones thru morning sickness… I hope you will be done with the worst of it soon. Prayers headed your way for a safe, happy, healthy pregnancy!

  109. priest's wife

    LOTS LOTS LOTS of prayers coming your way! My last 2 were also lots-of-shots-and-drugs-babies …not easy, but you know it is worth it- and of course, your husband has to be in awe of your strength πŸ™‚

  110. Mary

    I thought so!!! : )

    Morning sickness aside… I love being pregnant in Advent. You and your family will be in our prayers during this blessed time! Congratulations!!!

  111. Brianna

    Congratulations!!! SO excited for you! My husband I have five kids, ages 6 and under as well!

  112. Karen

    Oh, congratulations! I am just now 11 weeks along with #4 (I have boys, aged 10, 5 and 4), due on June 27th, and am so excited that one of my favorite bloggers is sharing my due date month! If that sounds creepy, I apologize.

    Also, congratulations on homeschooling. We have been homeschooling from the beginning with our oldest, and really enjoy it.

  113. Denise

    Oh, congratulations to you and your family! May the Lord relieve you of the challenges and shower you abundantly with the blessings!

  114. Lina

    Congratulations! Prayers heading your way for a safe pregnancy and healthy baby.

  115. Sue from Buffalo

    Congratulations!!!! It’s a happy day when babies come.

  116. Abigail B

    Congrats on the blessing! That is wonderful you are pregnant again. I think you need to round this family out with another boy.

  117. Bridget Adams

    Praise God for you openness to life and your courage in following His plan!
    May you be abundantly blessed and may your whole family treasure every moment of your pregnancy, even the difficult ones.

  118. Nina

    I am so, so, so profoundly excited for you. You stand for and are living HOPE in a world of fear and cynicism. I will be praying for you and your blessed family. Thank you for shining your light to the world, Jennifer. Your story (past, and continuing!) is such an important one!

  119. Diane

    Again, congratulations. I will pray for you and your precious baby.
    St. Gerard, pray for this beautiful woman and her unborn baby. Keep them safe, and help her to deliver her gift from God safely.

    • Diane

      I forgot to add that my first child, now 34 years old is my miracle baby. I had placenta praevia (spelling?). The doctor never told me. When my water broke, I was actually hemoraging, (spelling again?). I had an emergency C-section. The doctor told me later that he never expected me to have that baby. Before the surgery, he told my husband he couldn’t guarantee that either one of us would survive. God had other plans. Not only do I have that son, but I have a daughter and another son, and 2 beautiful grandsons. God has His plans!!

  120. kigwit

    Blessings! How wonderful.

  121. Victor

    We can offically play 5 vs. 5 basketball with our kids! Our fifth was just born two months ago. Congratulations!!!

  122. Mary

    Wonderful news! Congratulations! My second is due in April, and it’s the pits hahaha. Not the baby – just the pregnancy. :/

    I’ll pray for St. Gerard’s intercession for a healthy pregnancy and baby!

  123. Christina

    Congratulations and prayers on the way! I, too, had “all day and night” sickness right around Christmastime last year. The only thing that worked for me was lime Jell-O, though I’m sure you’ve got it figured out by now. Blessings and peace in this Advent season!

  124. Melissa AtLee

    Congratulations Jennifer! What wonderful news as we celebrate the Advent Season. Many many blessings to you and your growing family!!

  125. Catherine

    I am so very happy for you and your family! May our good God continue to bless you and keep you safe and well. You will be in my prayers

  126. Barb

    Congratulations! I’m saying a prayer that you’ll feel better soon and that all will go well. God bless!!

  127. Mary

    Congratulations. I will keep you in my prayers.

  128. Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith

    Congratulations! Children are definitely the best gifts. I will pray for the health of you and your baby.

  129. Marian

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Rest up: You’re working very hard right now– on the inside!

  130. Josephenne Kealey

    Woman, you are insane.

    I say this, of course, with a huge smile on my face.

    You and and your husband are incredible.

    And what’s kinda irritating in an a most affectionate way, you make me realize I’m gonna be one of “those moms” with lots of kids, too. And that’s ok.

    Isn’t it crazy just saying that, coming to terms with that? I sometimes say to myself, “Are we really doing this, my husband and I? Another one?! Now? Isn’t this supposed to be too hard?”

    It’s BLOODY hard, but I love it.

    God spoil you and your family.

  131. Lana

    Congrats and I am a little envious too. My dh just told me he doesn’t really want any more. You are blessed!

  132. Jessica


    • Jessica

      I forgot to mention…the little feet favicon is wonderful.

  133. Aubrey

    Congratulations!!!!! (That’s one exclamation point for each child.) Kids are great. Kids are so great! I’m so excited for you! I’ll pray for a healthy pregnancy for you and for Baby 5, and that everything goes smoothly. God is so good!

  134. LeAnn

    Congratulations! Wonderful news! I’m expecting our 4th mid-May. Will pray all goes well for you and your baby.

  135. Mrs. Parunak

    Oh, what exciting news!!! I’m so happy for you and your family. I’ll pray for you to be able to enjoy your advent despite the nausea.

  136. Theresa in Alberta

    Praying for you and your blessing(s)!! Congratulations…..

  137. Kevin

    From a father of six.
    God Bless,

  138. Joe Heschmeyer

    Congraulations! As Psalm 115:14 says, “May the LORD cause you to flourish, both you and your children.”

  139. Rachel

    Congrats! What an amazing blessing for you and your family. I’ll keep you in my thoughts & prayers.

  140. Elizabeth C.

    Congratulations!!!! We pray for a healthy baby and momma!!

  141. Calah

    Oh congratulations! I really hope this pregnancy is not as difficult. We’ll keep you in our prayers!

  142. priest's wife

    …congratulations, but keep posting when you can!

  143. Linda


  144. eileen

    Congratulations Jennifer! Prayers for a quick recovery from morning sickness… You are a true witness to God’s grace. May He continue to bless you and your family.

  145. Hilay Sloutsky

    Congratulations! I was so happy to read your exciting news.

  146. Wendy from Zoom

    Congratulations! You’ve been promoted from a Four Kid Mom to a Five Kid Mom. And the One giving the promotion is sure you are up to it!!!!

  147. Ismael


  148. Rochelle

    Congrats!!! We’re due July 11th with our second, and we’ll keep you in our prayers! St. Gerard and St. Gianna are wonderful saints to ask for prayers during pregnancy. Hope you have a happy and healthy pregnancy!

  149. Lisa

    After 159 comments, that’s a lot to read….. Congrats! I love your blog.

  150. Jay

    Congratulations!! I have four little ones close to your children’s ages. We’ll be praying for you and for a safe and happy pregnancy!!!

  151. Lauren

    This is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited for you!!! Blessings on your family!!! Praying our Lady wraps her mantle of protection over you and the baby throughout this pregnancy!

  152. Betsy

    Congratulations! Perhaps you’re already aware of this morning sickness remedy, but it was news to me when I got the queasies for the 1st time with baby #3…Unisom. It’s actually an over-the-counter sleep aid, but for whatever reason, a 1/2 dose taken before bed got rid of the nausea the next day just the way many a pregnant woman claimed it would. It was approved by my doctor and it’s made me a whole new woman! I’ll keep you in my prayers!

  153. Erin Kelly

    Congrats! Perhaps you might be blessed with a little Peter or Paul on their feast day of June 29 (also just happens to be my bday too). I’ve always felt great connection to these two pillars of the Church. I just found out (like this morning) that I’m expecting baby #4, which throws me into a quite a whirlwind of ‘what are we going to do??!” No car for 6, a house with one bathroom . . . . so it always inspires me to hear the words of your journey.

    Thanks, and again, congratulations and God bless.

  154. Jen Raiche

    We are pregnant with #5 as well–and due June 23rd! Our oldest is 7, then 5, 3, and 2!

    And, I too am sick, sick, sick. All the time. Thankfully, about every 3rd day is a good day. Then I do a marathon of laundry and house cleaning.

    Don’t worry too much about needing to ease up on homeschooling. There are many seasons in family life. You may need to rest now, but the second trimester is coming!

    Peace to you!

  155. descrito

    Congratulations! I wish many good things for you and your family!

  156. pharmgirl

    Congrats! I’ll pray for you and the rest of your family!

  157. AgnesRegina

    CONGRATULATIONS on the Future Baby! Hope all goes well and that you have a wonderful Advent and Christmas.

  158. Janet

    Congratulations! My oldest was a little over six when number 5 was born. So I now have a 7 yr girl, 5 yr old boy/girl twins, 3 yr boy, and 8 mo. boy. I rarely have time to comment, but I had to say, you are not alone! It can be grueling but oh, so rewarding! I’ll pray for a safe pregnancy and delivery.

  159. Jill

    Congrats! As a mother of 5 (ages 2-10), people ask all the time, “How do you do it?!”. My answer is simply, “God and a helpful husband”. It’s crazy and wonderful at the same time. Godspeed for a healthy pregnancy and delivery!

  160. Christine

    Just think of the beautiful family reunions you will have in 25 years when they’re all grown up, have spouses & kids of their own! Congrats & prayers for you and your family!

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