Some Notes About Pregnancy #11

Before this pregnancy I had big plans:

I wanted to do a series on health and natural living. I wanted to share our journey into making kefir, moving to all sourdough, using more natural cleaners and eating only whole foods traditionally prepared. For now I’ll point you to the site that gave us the oomph we needed t0 take the plunge, GNOWFGLINS . If you’re interested in learning more about whole foods, healthy eating and traditional food preparation I highly recommend looking into taking a class or two. (The girls and I are taking both the Sourdough eCourse and the Fundamentals eCourse.) We also*heart* their weekly menu plans with shopping list.

I hoped to write more about homeschooling and everything that God continues to teach us.

For the time being, we’re focusing on just getting by, but hopefully these things will be coming soon. If you want to keep up with us you may want to ‘like’ the Raising Olives Facebook page.

If you’ve asked a question via email or in the comments, I’m not ignoring you, I’m just behind.

In the meantime, here are some facts about this newest pregnancy and our family:

  • We found out we were expecting on Christmas Eve.
  • We told the children on Christmas morning by wrapping the positive test and putting it in Amber’s stocking.
  • Due date August 28
  • This will be our 4th August baby.
  • August/September is my favorite time of year to have a baby.
  • This baby will be 25 months younger than Isabella.
  • This will be our second longest gap. (longest-27 months between Nick (3) and Bella (1).
  • We’ve had 3 un-medicated hospital births, 4 births with epidurals, 2 home births and one c-section, in that order.
  • This baby will be born via c-section because of my history shoulder dystocia and Nick’s Erb’s Palsy.
  • We’ve always had more girls than boys and have never been ‘even’.
  • I’m 39 and will be 40 in August when the baby is due.
  • I’m still breastfeeding Isabella (18 months).
  • So far, this has been my most difficult pregnancy, but Mark says that I always say that.
  • I have not asked Mark to remind me that I don’t ever want to do this again because I finally realize that no matter how hard it is, it is worth it!
  • Green Smoothies, they’re how I’m getting in my fruits/veggies this pregnancy.
  • During this pregnancy I’ve been unable to eat at dinner time.
  • Mark’s hospitality rule for all of my pregnancies is, “No company during the first trimester”
  • Mark is the best ‘pregnant’  husband EVER!
  • In God’s providence, I’ve never experienced a miscarriage.

Any other questions I didn’t address? I hope to write some posts in answer to your questions….soon.

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43 Responses to Some Notes About Pregnancy #11
  1. Renee
    February 7, 2012 | 4:23 pm

    Congrats!!!!

    we had 3 miscarriages and 3 beautiful daughters, it weird saying that I’m a mother of 6 because only are with us.

    Praying for a save pregnancy

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    Robin Reply:

    We are exactly the same!!! I have had three previous miscarriages, have three living daugthers (a 2yr old, 1 yr old, and 7.5month old in the womb!) Like you I say I’m a mother of 6 as well…which can lead to crazy looks! KWIM?

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  2. Kami
    February 7, 2012 | 4:29 pm

    Love the facts! I had an early miscarriage in December; had I not miscarried, baby would have been due August 24. So, I think it is kind of neat to read about this pregnancy. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Stephanie
    February 7, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    Congratulations! We just had number 6 on December 8th. We thought our family was complete with the 5 but after an 8 year gap (yes eight YEARS lol)God revealed His plan and we are so thrilled with our baby girl. Now we are wondering if we are really done this time or with such a gap should we give her a sibling. So crazy but she really has brought new life and joy to the whole house.

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    Brianna Reply:

    Same with us, Stephanie! I had six one right after another and then 8 years later, surprise! Baby Wesley is now 7 months old, and he is a HUGE joy to our family. The children enjoy him so much! We decided to have another, and baby Carter is due in June. I was hoping for a girl since my oldest three are girls and my youngest four are boys, but we are still thrilled. We are already talking contraception and it makes us sad.

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  4. Rebekah
    February 7, 2012 | 5:01 pm

    Thanks for the update! I’m so sorry for your difficulties – I have similar first trimesters to you (5 children) and while it is definitely worth it, going through it is just overwhelming at times. I’m wondering how you’re managing to breastfeed while you’re so sick. I can’t even imagine it. Fortunately for me, all of mine had just weaned themselves before I got pregnant again.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Good question. We cut way back on breastfeeding and at this point have mostly weaned. This was the first time that it was super difficult to breastfeed because of the morning sickness.

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  5. Jessica
    February 7, 2012 | 5:06 pm

    Congratulations!!

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  6. Sarah
    February 7, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    “I have not asked Mark to remind me that I don’t ever want to do this again because I finally realize that no matter how hard it is, it is worth it!” – Love that!

    Congrats! Will pray for you during your pregnancy!

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  7. Melanie
    February 7, 2012 | 5:11 pm

    Congratulations. Funny about the dinner thing, I rarely ate dinner second trimester with my Zachary (8 months). I forced myself third trimester due to gestational diabetes.

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  8. Brandy
    February 7, 2012 | 5:12 pm

    OH! Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you!!!! Blessings to you. Do you “do the bean cure”? It helped me some with this 8th baby.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’ve tried, but have just had a very hard time with even the thought of beans. How long did it take for you to notice improvement and how much improvement did you notice?

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  9. Brianna
    February 7, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    Congratulations! Babies are such blessings! You are such a strong person for being able to keep up with nursing during your pregnancy- it is so hard to take good care of yourself with a big family. Sometimes I live on Odwalla smoothies too!

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  10. mary
    February 7, 2012 | 5:53 pm

    Congratulations, what a blessing!!!!

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  11. Annie
    February 7, 2012 | 5:53 pm

    Thank you for the update as I have been thinking and praying for you and your family during this wonderful time. Now that I know a little bit mole, I am better able to pray for more specific things concerning your pregnancy! Take care and get some rest!

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  12. LR
    February 7, 2012 | 6:48 pm

    Congratulations!

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  13. Rachelle
    February 7, 2012 | 7:16 pm

    HUrray for you and your family. I had to comment because our 5th baby is due August 25th. The youngest of ours will be 2 on August27 and the oldest will be 12 on august 26. I like August deliveries too ;)

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  14. Tristan
    February 7, 2012 | 7:25 pm

    Yay Kimberly! Babies are such blessings! It’s always fun to read facts like you shared. I now have a 3.5 week old baby Mason who came with some special needs. He’s baby #7 but technically pregnancy #10 as we have had 3 miscarriages so far. Pregnancy is not my favorite state to be in but I love having each new addition to the family. They are all so individual! A few random facts for me:

    - My oldest is 10.5 and my hubby and I have been married for 11.5 years.

    - With 10 pregnancies I’ve pretty much been pregnant nonstop.

    - My last 4 in a row have been boys, with another brother up the line between the two sisters.

    - Eating beans helped my all day sickness some. Morning sickness has lasted longer with each pregnancy – the last one was 16 weeks of nausea.

    - We’ve had 6 natural, vaginal hospital births with a midwife and the last was a planned c-section to protect the baby’s open spine. I’m hoping to try a vbac for any future babies.

    - I’m 30. I’m one of 2 children. Most of my family thinks I’m nuts for letting God send children in his own timing. ;)

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  15. Nikki
    February 7, 2012 | 11:32 pm

    I’m due just after you. My due date is September 2. Unfortunately, I will never make it to 11. The doctor says for the sake of my life, this is it. :( But I do feel like it’s the answer for us. But a little sad.

    Green smoothies are working for me too!

    And I love your husband’s hospitality rule. So very, VERY smart!

    I’m also still nursing the baby (who’s currently almost 15 months).

    And we have 5 boys and 2 girls.

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  16. Carole Lynne
    February 7, 2012 | 11:33 pm

    praying for you. (liquid chlorophyll with mint for liver cleansing, iron replacing, and threatening miscarriage) just some random unasked for advice to let you know we care and have been there too

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you. We miss your family!

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  17. Lollie
    February 8, 2012 | 12:08 am

    We’re having our 6th in April. Our 3rd in April. (we have 2 in Aug. 1 in Sept. great time of year:)
    Congrats to you all!!:)

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  18. MomStarr
    February 8, 2012 | 6:26 am

    Please share your green smoothie recipes. I have searched but would rather get some suggestions from someone I know who has found some they like.

    My baby (#9) is due the end of March and am so ready to deliver….so I can hold her and so I can stop being pregnant!!

    40 huh? Wow you’re old. Are you feeling older these days? I have to pick on you since I am 42…and I doooooo feel old!! Pregnancy does that to me.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    1 Kale leaf, 2-4oz. spinach, half a banana, half an apple, 1/2-1 cup frozen blueberries (or other berries), 1/2 cup water and 1 tsp coconut oil. We don’t have a super, high-powered blender so this smoothie tends to be a little ‘chewy’ because of the concentration of greens.

    We blend the greens with the liquid before adding the other ingredients, but it still tends to be a little ‘chewy’.

    WooHoo, March, you’re almost there. Can’t wait to meet your newest.

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  19. Emily
    February 8, 2012 | 7:13 am

    Congratulations to you and your husband! Thank you for sharing the details of this pregnancy…how fun for us to know. SO sorry that pregnancy makes you so ill. May the Lord continue to be your strength. Thank you for your servants heart your most encouraging ministry. Your an on-line light in this very dark world!
    Blessings!

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  20. Allison
    February 8, 2012 | 8:59 am

    Wonderful post. Thank you for sharing the details of your pregnancy and family. It was a great encouragement to me. I am 37 and expecting our 6th in May (actually our 8th because we have lost 2 babies to miscarriage). Thank you for your encouraging blog and ministry to women. Congratulations to you and your family on this sweet blessing!

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  21. Courtney
    February 8, 2012 | 10:44 am

    We have quite a bit in common, Kimberly! I just found out a few days after Christmas that we’re expecting our 10th. This will be our 2nd biggest gap as well (25 months). I’m due in September. I was also still nursing my 18 month old, but we just stopped two weeks ago. I’ve had no miscarriages either, and one c-section, but that was the first time around.
    I’m having quite a bit of first trimester “yuckiness” as well. Praying you get back to normal quickly!
    Blessings!

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  22. Michelle G
    February 8, 2012 | 10:48 am

    aww hooray for August babies :)
    We have an August 17th 27th and 28th :)
    (then a sept 26, Nov 3 and Jan 13)
    Worlds of congrats to you! Take good care of you – everything else can wait ;)
    M

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  23. Shannon
    February 8, 2012 | 11:03 am

    I just watched their webinar on grains last week. I have bought grains and grinded them for years, but I too am excited about learning to soak and spout them.

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  24. lori Poppinga
    February 8, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    Congratulations! I hope you are feeling better soon and while I had a great “last” pregnancy with #9 at 40 I definitely think it is harder at 40 than 22! ;)Those large spaces in between can be nice…more big hands to help!
    Keep up the God work.

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  25. Kirsten
    February 8, 2012 | 7:00 pm

    Thanks for the fun facts! For a little variety, you can make green smoothies into popsicles :) Praying for you!

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  26. Jamie
    February 10, 2012 | 10:08 am

    I sent you a comment yesterday and was wondering if you got it.

    Jamie

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  27. Shannon
    February 10, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    Congratulations. I haven’t been by in soooo long but you have a beautiful family and I pray the pregnancy starts going smoother. :)

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  28. Laura
    February 13, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    We are also due in August (the 19th) with baby #8. This will be our 3rd August baby and August/Sept. is also my favorite time of year to have a baby. We also have the same rule–no company during the 1st trimester. I am just starting to make dinner and eat “normal” foods again. We also eat whole foods, but when I am in the middle of morning sickness, I eat whatever sounds good. LOL! Congratulations to you and thank you for sharing! It is so nice to know I am not alone in being pregnant and feeling yucky (and pregnant with already a large family!).

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  29. Irene
    February 15, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    Great picture! I realize getting that many children all dressed up and all together and smiling at one time is no small task. A precious picture of your precious family…what a treasure for you.

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  30. Melissa
    February 17, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Congratulations!!! That’s wonderful news. We will be praying for a healthy pregnancy and also that you start feeling better soon..

    We, too, have birthdays in July (1st, 11th, 20th) / August (22) / September (15, 22). We have been blessed with all six girls – all vaginal births without an epidural. We haven’t decided whether to continue on and “try for a boy” as our 2nd oldest has Down Syndrome and our chances of having another child with Downs increases exponentially as I just turned 30 last month.

    I look forward to reading your blog and watching your family grow. You are such an inspiration.

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  31. Heather
    February 17, 2012 | 10:40 am

    Congrats om #11! Great blog and name! We WERE PG with #8 and due the EXACT same date Aug. 28- but last Mon. we went in for the 1st ultra sound and my 1st OB appt. where I was 11 weeks. They measured the baby at 8 weeks and 4 days- and found no heartbeat. :( However they acted like all was still OK- maybe this was “noraml” BUT I knew something wasn’t right… I started spotting red that day and cramped over the next couple- thinking maybe it was just a bladder infection (holding onto hope) I went back to the Dr. Wed. a.m. but was still spotting and no sign of bladder infection- so cramping was from a M.C. although they still would not confirm it. I went home and later that day had one LONG contraction. Ran to the restroom-and the baby came out FULLY formed and it was a boy. What we REALLY had prayed for as we have 5 girls and 2 boys. This also would have been another long gap (4 years) between #7 and #8 as it was between #6 and #7. I’m also around the same age but am 38 and will be 39 in April. We have 3 August b-days (including my hubby) and were looking forward to another August birth as well. This has been a real hard time for all of us- b/c it’s been a while since having a new little one- and to see this sweet baby fully formed (whom we buried) and that it was a boy too- which we had hoped/prayed for was VERY hard on all of us. I’ve also had 1 tubal, and 1 blighted ovum M.C.- But this BY FAR has been the HARDEST- including pain wise as well- full afterbirth contractions landing me in the E.R. too from BAD pain for days!
    So TAKE CARE! That sounds like a good rule your hubby has for the 1st trimester- as our bodies age I really believe we do need a little more TLC to get through these later in life PG BLESSINGS! :)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    So sorry for your loss of that sweet baby boy. Prayers for your family.

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  32. Kimberly B
    February 21, 2012 | 10:13 am

    HI Congratts, I have been living vicarously (spelling is the worst) through you I always wanted ten but due to financialand other issues never got there. At this point I wish I could have more but god has taken away that choice as I am having a hystorectomy on the 27th. As much as I want more my body has said no. I was bless with 4 beautiful girls who are the world to me.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Praying that everything goes well with the hysterectomy. Praise God that He blessed you with 4 precious girls.

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  33. Jonnie Bernier
    February 28, 2012 | 3:25 pm

    congratulations kim! I just had #7 on the 9th- I feel so blessed, and am just falling more in love with this baby everyday. I have been very inspired by your blog over the last year. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  34. Kathi
    February 28, 2012 | 10:52 pm

    Congratulations Kimberly (and family). Been WAAAY out of the loop since before Christmas, catching up with some reading now, and am so very excited to learn you’re expecting.

    I’m sorry you’re not feeling well, this last pregnancy was a doozy for me too. But, he’s here now, and you’re right, they are SOOO worth it!

    I have to disagree that Mark is the best pregnancy husband though, I think Brian is :)

    Feel better,
    Love~kathi

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I suppose you’re allowed to disagree about the best ‘pregnant’ husband. I suppose I would be a little worried if you did agree with me on that score. ;)

    By the way, I’ve been loving the pictures of your newest blessing. So sweet.

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