Pregnancy #11 Update: 35 Weeks – Names, Nausea and To-Do List

Now that we’re about 4 weeks from delivery (scheduled c-section) the reality of having a new baby in the house is sinking in and we’re getting more excited.

I hit the “pregnancy wall” last Monday. Do you know what I’m talking about? Does it happen to you? It’s that point in the pregnancy where your DONE, when the days turn into weeks and you don’t see how it is possible to live until your due date.

This is why I’m a procrastinator in pregnancy (all the time really). This is the point where I put together a to-do list of things that must be accomplished before the baby is born. I also make a list of simple, fun, little fun things to do before the baby is born (i.e. schedule a hair cut, finger paint “welcome” signs for the baby, blow bubbles, play with a new (purchased on clearance) slip ‘n’ slide, go to lunch with a friend, etc.).

Before we had to have c-sections, I would schedule a dinner date with a girl friend (someone who’d had multiple pregnancies) ON my due date. This provided a type of win/win situation. If I didn’t have the baby, I got to go out to dinner with a girl friend (something I think I’ve only done on my due dates πŸ™‚ ). If I did have the baby, well I had the baby. It gave me something to look forward to regardless of whether baby decided to show up or not.

These things simply help me to focus on something other than wishing I was no longer pregnant.

Isabella decorating her birthday cupcakes

I’m doing great physically, no gestational diabetes, nice low blood pressure, no abnormal swelling, no unusual aches or pains. Oh, I amΒ  dealing with third trimester nausea, no fun. I’ve thrown up more during the third trimester than I did during the first trimester of this pregnancy. I feel lots (LOTS) better than I did during the first trimester, just generally nauseous and, at times, unable to eat. I imagine this is how women with average morning sickness feel during their first trimester, just a little queasy with occasional vomiting.

I’m convinced that my OB is one of the best!

  • He often prays with me and quotes Scripture during prenatal visits.
  • I was extremely nervous about having my first c-section (pretty please read this link before you give us suggestions about how we should birth our babies πŸ™‚ ), but through the entire surgery, Dr. V hummed “Amazing Grace”.
  • While still in the OR, he assured me that everything looked great and that we could have as many more children via c-section as God sends our way.
  • Dr. V made sure that Isabella never left our side and thatΒ  I was able to hold her while he was finishing up the c-section.
  • He’s used to large families. I know several other moms who use him as their OB who have as many or more children than we do. (He has one momma who has 18.)

God is good and Dr. V is one of God’s good gifts to our family.

Isabella snitching some birthday cupcakes

This has been one of my most project-oriented pregnancies. I generally tackle some around the house painting or other smallish projects during pregnancies, but this time we tackled several large house projects


in addition to dozens of small sewing projects. We also painted trim, closet doors and dining room chairs. We’re still trying to get everything finished up (those closet doors have slats, lots and lots of slats).

I’m finally formulating my list of things to do before the baby is born:

  • Buy a van – our old 12-passenger will be outgrown when this little one makes his arrival.
  • Buy birthday gifts and plan birthday dinners for Amber, Alyssa, Sadie, Colby. (I just marked Isabella and Mark off of this list.) Baby is due smack in the middle of birthday month.
  • Prepare car seat
  • Wash baby clothes and blankets
  • Finish Big Brother/Big Sister T-shirts

Isabella enjoying her birthday cupcakes

When we know the gender of the baby we generally pick out a name and call the baby that name giving us some time to adjust. This time however, we keep ‘changing’ the baby’s name. We had picked a name and I had even made a blanket with his first initial on it and then last week, we changed our minds again (and now the blanket is obsolete). We’re not sure why this time we’re so indecisive.

Did you know that our children’s names have a pattern? It’s pretty disguised, but it’s there and would involve naming this baby either a “N” or an “I” name.

Can you figure out our vague naming pattern?

Have any suggestions for boy names that begin with a “N” or “I”?


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64 Responses to Pregnancy #11 Update: 35 Weeks – Names, Nausea and To-Do List
  1. Jama
    July 25, 2012 | 9:20 am

    LOVE the last picture of Bella. Trying to figure out the naming pattern is driving me crazy! You will solve the riddle for us, won’t you?!?


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I will solve the riddle for you….eventually.


  2. harmonyl
    July 25, 2012 | 9:29 am

    If it’s an N or an I, that would mean naming him the same first initial as one of the previous children?

    Other than that, NO idea….


  3. Anita Chamblee
    July 25, 2012 | 9:31 am

    Hmmm…..your youngest two are N and I….seems you have a couple of A names and maybe a couple of C names….I need a refresher course in all of the names. We have a pattern with our names as well. Can you figure it out? To me it is obvious, but some others don’t see it until I point it out. We have Lauren, Devin, Jordan, Aaron, Kaelan, Jackson and Caedmon. Praying for you!


    Kristin Reply:

    All of them end in an “n”? Still can’t figure out Raising Olives pattern πŸ™‚


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Your children all end in ‘n’. πŸ™‚

    This page introduces all of the family.


    Heather Reply:

    They all end in “n”. So do mine. My last 2 start with N and I Nathan and Ian.


    Jeri Reply:

    More so they all end in the “un” sound. Well, depending how southern you are. :o)


    Anita Chamblee Reply:

    Yes, but they also all have two syllables!! Got a little tricky towards the end!


  4. Tori
    July 25, 2012 | 9:39 am

    I’ve also hit the wall. πŸ˜€ My blood pressure is creeping up, so my ob scheduled my c-section for 37 weeks, which is tomorrow. Yikes! This is my second section, but the first one was an emergency situation, and I wasn’t conscious, so it feels kind of like my first….does that make sense? I’m a little nervous about it, but sooo anxious to see my baby girl!

    No name ideas, tho I know your “system” from surfing the comments over at Life in a Shoe! lol We don’t have one picked out either…maybe this is just a bad summer for nomenclature!


  5. Jenny
    July 25, 2012 | 9:41 am



  6. Lora
    July 25, 2012 | 9:42 am

    My guess is that you choose to have two people in your family with the same first initial, and you include you and Mark when making those pairs. Up to this point, your pairs have been same gender, so your request for boy names of “N” OR “I” threw me off, but I would guess that I’m wrong about that detail.

    As for a suggestion, I love the name Nathaniel.


  7. Kim Porter
    July 25, 2012 | 9:47 am

    Isaac is a good name. It means laughter.

    we named our 5th boy isaac benjamin and so far in his 14 months of life he has brought much laughter to our family. Another reason it fits, is because when we found out we were having another boy, well, we laughed =)



    Amy Yarger Reply:

    I was going to suggest Isaac too. My firstborn is Benjamin Isaac πŸ™‚


  8. Erica
    July 25, 2012 | 9:48 am

    I just had my 6th child 3 weeks ago and the last few weeks seem to draaaag on. I think part of it was the atrocious heat in TN plus we had problems with our AC. My little guy was due in June but made his appearance on July 3rd. Anyhoo, I have no idea what the pattern is lol. But I like the name Noah(my first son’s name) and Isaiah. That’s the only suggestions that popped in my head πŸ™‚


  9. Lora
    July 25, 2012 | 9:54 am

    Kimberly, I’ve never been very subtle. It occurred to me after submitting my comment that perhaps I should have said I figured it out and left a bit of a clue (like, I was a bit confused that the baby boy’s name could start with an “I”) so that others could keep guessing.
    Feel free to delete my previous comment if you’d like to maintain the suspense. πŸ™‚


  10. Kate
    July 25, 2012 | 10:03 am

    I’m a fairly recent subscriber and am so blessed by your blog. What an inspiration you are! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    My husband and I have 2 kiddos, an almost 3 year old daughter, Madelyn and a recently turned 1 year old son, Isaiah. What a blast they are and what joy they bring!
    Anyway, I read your latest post and thought I’d suggest 2 names for your new little boy to come!
    How about


    Blessings to you! Praying for you!


  11. Stacy
    July 25, 2012 | 10:21 am

    I think you have a Nicholas, but I have always liked the name Nicodemus πŸ™‚


  12. Kami
    July 25, 2012 | 10:23 am

    I’m pretty sure I have it figured out, though what I see is more of a rule than a pattern… Hmm.

    Noah, Neal, Niall, Nathan, Nathaniel, Nolan, Ian, Isaac, Isaiah, Ivan…


  13. nicole
    July 25, 2012 | 10:24 am



  14. Lucinda
    July 25, 2012 | 10:32 am

    I don’t know all of your names so i don’t have a guess to the pattern. But for n names i like Nehemiah. or Nathaniel. for i it could be Isaac, Isaiah, or Ian. But i like Nehemiah πŸ™‚


  15. Lisa
    July 25, 2012 | 10:32 am

    Oh, I love the name ISAIAH JAMES! We almost named our second son Isaiah. I also like the name NOLAN JAMES! We’d go James because it’s a family name, but it sounds so nice with both of these choices!

    I know your naming pattern, but I’ll keep it hush, hush so others can try to figure it out too!

    Blessings on your decision of what to name your newest little Olive!


  16. Heather
    July 25, 2012 | 10:33 am

    One of my son’s best friends name is Nolan, I like that, or we know an Ian too.


  17. Blair @ The Straightened Path
    July 25, 2012 | 10:50 am

    I think I could just eat Isabella with a spoon! How cute is she?!

    N & I names…
    I have no idea what the pattern is. I really did try to figure it out.
    I love Issac or Isaiah for names.


  18. Jan
    July 25, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Ok, I’m mystified about a pattern. I even wrote all the names down, dividing up boys and girls. Can’t figure it out. But I love a good puzzle!

    As for name suggestions: Ignatius, Ivan, Nathan, or Norman (although that name implies that he’s born already 48 years old).

    And I totally get the “wall.” I spend the last 3 or 4 weeks feeling sorry for myself and taking a lot of naps or asking for foot rubs. I’m the whiny type.


  19. Janet... mamachildress
    July 25, 2012 | 10:58 am

    What a great update! I am pregnant with our #11 and I turned 30 weeks today.
    Although I feel big, clumsy, hot, etc…. I haven’t hit that pregnancy wall…. yet!
    I know EXACTLY what you are talking about though!
    Your OB sounds like such a blessing. I’m thankful you have him and that he ministers to you… not just being your “dr.” If we didn’t use a midwife, I’d be honored to have such a godly dr. attending me and my baby.

    4 weeks isn’t a long time to complete your “to do” list… you better get busy! πŸ™‚

    Blessings to you,
    Janet… mamachildress


  20. Janee Campbell
    July 25, 2012 | 10:59 am

    My vote of course would be for Nathaniel because it means a gift from God and it is our sons name πŸ˜‰ but I also really like Isaac. Have you tried praying about it and see if God will give you a name?


  21. Kelly
    July 25, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Can’t figure out your naming pattern, we have a rule that all of our names have to have an “L” in it (my kids are Clara, Lindy, Charles, and Elise. My husband is Will and I am Kelly)
    Suggestions: Iain(Ian) or Indy for I and for N Nevan or Nolan


    rachel q Reply:

    Our coming baby will be Clara =) At least so far!


  22. Janee Campbell
    July 25, 2012 | 11:10 am

    Your right, not at all obvious. But if you stick with it you absolutely must have another child or someone will be left out of the pattern. Hope that’s not too much of a hint. Delete this post if it is.


  23. Mama Mirage
    July 25, 2012 | 11:24 am

    Hmmm… I see pairs of each beginning letter. Two A’s, Two S’s, Two C’s, An M, a K, an N and an I. Besides N and I being the two most recent names that don’t have a matching initial sibling yet, I don’t see any sort of a pattern at all.


    Laura Reply:

    I think you’re totally on the right track! Is the pattern that there are two people with the same letter at the beginning of their names in your family? Even though the K and M kids don’t have a sibling match, with your name and your husbands name, there are two Ks and two Ms in the family? So N and I are the names with no match yet?


    Mama Mirage Reply:

    OH I hadn’t thought about the parents’ names being included… that makes sense then.


  24. Thyme
    July 25, 2012 | 11:26 am

    With my third baby, born in April, 3 weeks late, my husband bought me tickets to go see Wicked, a musical I’ve wanted to see for the past 6 years. So, on my due date a good friend of mine and I went to see the musical. We went out to eat and had a great time. Her sister was on-standby and willing to buy my ticket if I had the baby before then. My other friend is a police officer in that city, (which is actually in the next state) and he told me that if I went into labor during the play he’d give me a police escort back over the bridge, and we’d call my midwives to come get me, lol. It would have been a VERY humorous birth story if it had happened that way! πŸ™‚


  25. Jenna
    July 25, 2012 | 11:30 am

    Our son’s name is Nathanael. The days leading up to his birth, we thought his name would be Malachi (Nathanael was always a possibility, but we were really leaning toward Malachi), but then we he came out, all we could exclaim was, “What a gift from God!” which is what Nathanael means. It just fit! I also love the name Nathan, too. As for “I” names….I have no ideas!


  26. Christine
    July 25, 2012 | 11:50 am

    I was almost there, but I wasn’t looking at the whole picture. Once I did, it became obvious. πŸ™‚


  27. Susan
    July 25, 2012 | 11:56 am

    Oooh, I love baby names! Two of my favorite boys’ names are Nathan (or Nathaniel) and Isaac.


  28. Sara Louise
    July 25, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    Good friends of ours named their first son Noble. Great name. May God bless you and your family!


  29. rachel q
    July 25, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    OOOh I vote for Isaiah! And I have no idea what your pattern is!


  30. Monique
    July 25, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    Ichabod or Neville !! And I’ll totally make my husband figure out the pattern and then tell you like I figured it out myself. πŸ˜‰


  31. Heather
    July 25, 2012 | 12:26 pm

    My last two are N and I Nathan and Ian


  32. Michelle in OK
    July 25, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    I’m not quite to the wall, yet… I keep telling myself I have a-whole’nother-month to get stuff done around here!

    Another vote for Nathaniel because I love the meaning and the short form “Nate.” I agree with Tori’s comment above about it being a bad summer for naming things–I will be 36 weeks tomorrow and while we are discussing a name, we haven’t completely settled on it–it’s more unusual than we normally choose…though maybe it’s because this is girl number seven for us? (I do keep teasing my husband that the u/s tech could have been wrong and we’ll end up naming him “Reuben” πŸ˜‰ And why are you and KimC having boys when I am having a girl, anyway? I was hoping to glean some names from the two of you!


  33. Stephanie
    July 25, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    I like the name game you have going, I did figure it out πŸ™‚


  34. Megan
    July 25, 2012 | 2:41 pm

    I vote for Noble or Nico.


  35. One Happy Mommy
    July 25, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    I love Noah, Nathan, and Isaiah. I am sure you haave already considered those. It is a cute pattern and I think an N name would be great. The only pattern we have is that our children’s first initial spells out REC, do we may be in trouble πŸ˜‰ Looking forward to heating his name!


  36. Delilah
    July 25, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    hmmmmm….I can’t figure it out. Our theme is Hannah and Haley, Bryson and Brayden(who does not exist yet, lol), Lydia and Leah:) and we do not know what the next letter will be for a girl, but I am not worried about that yet, because #5 is only 7 weeks old, lol!! Anyways I like Noah and Nathaniel(those are my nephews’ names)!! Also I saw your profile on arrow collectors we live in the same area:) If you decide to sale your 12 passenger van please let me know, we will be looking for one very soon!!! I know what you are talking about when you say you have hit the wall, that happened to me at 36 weeks and those last 3 weeks were miserable!!! I will pray for you and your little one:) Before you know it, you will be holding that precious baby in your arms:)


  37. Ellie
    July 25, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    A godly man who’s last name is Nelson took his orphaned cousin under his wing, sending him to college.


  38. Ellie
    July 25, 2012 | 5:16 pm

    You could name him Nelson.
    A godly man who’s last name is Nelson took his orphaned cousin under his wing, sending him to college. That cousin named his son Andrew Nelson. Andrew and I named our first born Nelson James.
    Nelson is our son’s first name and we pray that he will have the kind and generous heart that George Nelson had. Before his death a few years ago, Mr. Nelson was said to have read the sermon on the mount and 1 Corinthians 13 every day for many years.


  39. Joy
    July 25, 2012 | 5:52 pm

    You birth whatever way is best for you and baby – judging by the link of your birth history you’re doing what is necessary. I’m very pro-natural birth but I also recognize when there is necessity for medical intervention. We must all make the right choice for our unique families. Your OB sounds amazing!!!

    As for names… I love Nolan! How cute is that?!

    Is your pattern that you have two kids who share the same initial?


  40. Joy
    July 25, 2012 | 5:54 pm

    Or I should say that at least two PEOPLE, not kids, share an initial.

    AND I also forgot to mention how much I love your kitchen/dining transformation! Makes me want to do a big home project, hee hee!


  41. Gina, book dragon
    July 25, 2012 | 7:02 pm

    “we changed our minds again (and now the blanket is obsolete). We’re not sure why this time we’re so indecisive.”

    are you sure they isn’t two?

    My husband had to give a 20 minute talk in church a couple of weeks ago but only 5 minutes were coming to him and he was a little worried. Turns out speakers were double booked and he only had 5 minutes to talk.

    That’s why I was wondering if there was a second one hiding in there


  42. Sarah
    July 25, 2012 | 9:53 pm



  43. Nicole
    July 25, 2012 | 10:08 pm

    I recently found your blog and I’ve just begun my blogging experience myself. I thank you for your wisdom and transparency. I am a homeschooling mom of 5 (soon to be six any day now). Being the first in either of our families to have a lot of children as well as homeschool, I so appreciate the mentoring that is available from blogs like yours. I just wanted to say thanks!


  44. Emily M.
    July 25, 2012 | 11:31 pm

    Oh Kimberly, I can remember SO well hitting that pregnancy wall last year at this exact same time. Our 5th baby was due August 8th and didn’t show up until the 15th! As I read about how you are feeling about being DONE, I remembered the feelings so well. I will pray that God gives you all the extra energy and grace you need to get through these last weeks! πŸ™‚

    As for your pattern, you stumped me! As for names, I am partial to Noah as that is the name of our second born whose birthday we just celebrated yesterday, and of course he is an incredible blessing to us. Had our third child been a boy (She turned out to be named Grace), her name would’ve have been Isaac. God keeps blessing us with girls, but should He ever give us another boy, Isaac would definitely be on the list! I am also partial to Nathaniel (my nephew’s name), Nathan (my brother’s name), and Isaiah (just because!) I’m sure God will direct you in your decision very soon!

    Hang in there!


  45. Susan
    July 26, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    Newt or Nute


  46. Rebecca
    July 26, 2012 | 9:31 pm

    Figured out the pattern. Very subtle- wouldn’t have even noticed had you not said something.

    Maybe you’re so indecisive because it’s really a girl : ).

    Boy names: Isaiah, Israel, Isaac,
    Noah, Noble, Nathaniel/Nate,

    Didn’t have many names to add. I’m 11 weeks preg myself and my mind is not working well on the thinking stuff : ).


  47. kelli
    July 26, 2012 | 9:47 pm

    Our 4th’s name is Isaac. πŸ™‚ A good “I” name.


  48. Jenny
    July 27, 2012 | 12:20 am

    I’ve hit that wall. I’m due Aug. 19th with #8. It’s so fun to read along with your experience. I keep saying, “Yes! Yes!” in agreement.

    Wouldn’t using an “I” name break the pattern a little? Everyone else who shares an initial is of the same gender.


  49. Sarah
    July 27, 2012 | 11:47 am

    you mentioned finishing big sister big brother t shirts what do you do for these? I am pregnant with baby number 8 and know that my kids would love t shirts. Thanks.


  50. Sheila, Mom to Seven
    July 27, 2012 | 4:55 pm

    Nathaniel or Naphtali.


  51. Shari
    July 29, 2012 | 9:10 pm

    Congrats on the new baby! No idea on the name, but I am sure it will be something wonderful. It doesn’t matter how your little one gets here, just so long as you and baby are safe and healthy. My 8th baby was stillborn last Oct at 34wks(2wks before we normally deliver) and I am now pregnant with baby #9. I am in love with natural delivery, delayed cord clamping, etc. I am being watched super close this time and even though I am hoping and praying for a natural, non-induced birth, I really have no idea what this little one will bring. First sign of trouble and we will have baby, even if it means NICU time. My point is that we can’t always have exactly what we want for birth, but as long as everyone is healthy that’s what matters. I will hold you in prayer.


  52. Babychaser
    July 30, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    Nathan or Isaac were the first to come to mind. πŸ™‚


  53. MAY
    August 1, 2012 | 1:58 am

    Noah or Issac


  54. Sarah
    August 14, 2012 | 1:27 am

    Imri: hebrew for either father of the builder of walls, or, my words. I LOVE it, but my hubby doesn’t so I decided to share. πŸ˜‰ I know this is a little behind, have you chosen yet?


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