Pregnancy #11 Update: The Last One

Can you believe that there is less than a week left in this pregnancy? Next Tuesday, August 21st I’m scheduled to have a c-section. Many of you have asked what would happen if I went into labor earlier than that. We’d just head to the hospital and have a c-section then.

Baby flipped

Last week during all the painting and mega-nesting, little one flipped from breech to vertex. As soon as that happened the nausea and vomiting vanished so I’m thinking it may have been related.

Since we already knew we would have a c-section, the baby being vertex doesn’t make a big difference, BUT it does mean that I’m a better candidate for more of the options in a family-centered c-section. I’m really looking forward to that experience and am grateful for our OB who loves our God, desires to serve and glorify Him and is open to making this the best and safest delivery for me and the baby!

I’m thankful that our baby will be placed directly into my arms and can hardly wait. Because of the complications and injuries to many of our babies, this hasn’t been the norm for us, so I’m thankful that even though it will be a surgical birth I should, Lord willing, get to hold the baby immediately.

New van

On Saturday, God provided our family with a new (to us) larger van. With this baby our family outgrows our reliable 1994 12-passenger van lovingly dubbed The Plum (because of the black exterior and red interior).

The Plum

Our new van is terrific with bucket seats, lights and air conditioning vents for each of the children and a center aisle for accessing the back rows.

The ‘new’, as yet, unnamed van

Edited to add: This is a 2008 Ford E350 with an upgraded seating package that was available back in 2008 (too bad it’s no longer available). It seats only 14 as is, but since it’s a standard E350 we believe that, if needed, we will be able to replace the back row with a standard 4 seat bench to make it a 15 passenger.

Another plus is that, in addition to a CD player, this van has sensors in the back bumper that sound when you’re getting close to something. It even sounds if you’re getting close to a curb, (right Mark?). I’m just sayin’ that that is a pretty nice feature…

Project progress

Yesterday we got back to our ‘regular’ school day schedule and plan to be finished with our 5th week of school before baby arrives.

The baby clothes and car seat are out and cleaned, so we’re feeling more ready.

Here’s the progress that we’ve made on our to-do list:

  • Buy a vanย 
  • Buy birthday gifts and plan birthday dinners for Amber, Alyssa, Sadie, Colby, Mark and Isabella. We have one more to celebrate, but preparations are completed.
  • Prepare car seat It just needs to be strapped into the car.
  • Wash baby clothes and blankets
  • Finish Big Brother/Big Sister T-shirts

Still working on those T-shirts.

The next time that I think about making something for all of our children, someone please remind me that 10 (or 11) is a lot of ‘making’ and urge me to pick a faster-to-complete project. I definitely should have painted each shirt instead of choosing to applique and sew them…

Pregnancy buddies

This pregnancy has been made extra fun by the fact that we have several friends who are expecting babies at the same time we are (three of us share a due date and the others are within a week).

One of those friends had her baby the same day that Bella (2) was born. This time we’re due within 4 days of each other. Wouldn’t it be fun for these babies to share a birthday as well?

The kids

In the last week more of the children have started kissing both me AND the baby good night. I’m not sure what started this trend, but it’s funny to me to have the childrenย  whispering to and kissing ‘baby’ each night before bed.

I’m grateful that our children rejoice and enjoy each new blessing just as much as Mark and I and am looking forward to introducing them to their new brother.

The plan

My mom will come down next Monday evening. Mark and I will head to the hospital early Tuesday morning and my mom will stay with the kids during the time I to spend in the hospital.

With my last c-section we let each of the older 3 girls spend some time with me and the baby at the hospital and we plan to do that again. It provided special time for each of those girls to spend alone with momma and baby and gave them some time to hold and get to know Isabella. It also provided someone to be with me and to help in case I needed help with the baby.

A picture

Yes, I’m ready to be finished, but at the same time I’m cognizant that this may be our last child and wish to enjoy the last few days of pregnancy.

Note to self: Enjoy this.

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40 Responses to Pregnancy #11 Update: The Last One
  1. Suzanne
    August 14, 2012 | 8:16 am

    You look beautiful! We are so excited for you all and praying for a safe delivery.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hope you are feeling well. We love you and so appreciate your prayers!


  2. Mrs. White
    August 14, 2012 | 8:44 am

    Such a precious post! Thank you for sharing so much with us!!

    Mrs. White
    The Legacy of Home


  3. Blair @ The Straightened Path
    August 14, 2012 | 8:46 am

    First off, you look BEAUTIFUL!

    Secondly, I am thankful that you posted pictures of your vans. We are expecting number 5 in October and have considered buying a 12 passenger. Our will technically hold this baby but there isn’t room left over for strollers, diaper bags, coolers, groceries, etc. At what number did yall upgrade to the Plum?

    And lastly, thanks for explaining why the baby’s position is relevant when you are having a c-section. That is good information to know. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you.

    Our first van was an 8 passenger GMC Safari. We upgraded to The Plum when we were expecting our 7th. We figured there was no need to drive a bigger van than we needed. I suppose it also helped that all of our kids were still really young. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Cindy
    August 14, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Nice van! I think we’re going to be upgrading to a 12-passenger soon. We’ve only got 5 kids, but the mini is just not doing it for us anymore, and I don’t expect this to be our last baby. I feel a little bit desperate thinking about me (5 feet tall and bad at parking) driving one of those big ol’ things. Eep!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    The jump from a mini to a big passenger van was no fun. I still tend to park far away from the store where there is more space. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. F. Bittle
    August 14, 2012 | 9:42 am

    Another comment about the van: What kind is the new one? Our family of five is outgrowing our mini-van, mostly due to the need to adapt a wheelchair lift for our 1 1/2 year old. Sure would be nice to have those bucket seats in the new one!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Our new van is a 2008 Ford E350. Evidently the seating package was an option in 2008 (they no longer offer this as an option).


  6. F. Bittle
    August 14, 2012 | 9:43 am

    P.S. That should have been: “family of seven” since it is five children and two partents. Oops.


  7. Becky
    August 14, 2012 | 9:43 am

    We love the van. ๐Ÿ™‚ We hope you enjoy the last week of your pregnancy.


  8. Laura
    August 14, 2012 | 9:56 am

    I’m wondering what kind of van you got? It looks amazing.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    It’s a Ford E350 with a seating package that was an option in 2008 (the year this van was built).


  9. Annie
    August 14, 2012 | 10:05 am

    You look amazing! Praise God for no more nausea and a new van!


  10. Heather
    August 14, 2012 | 10:06 am

    You look great! Enjoy your last few days of pregnancy! Your new van looks awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. nina the mom
    August 14, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Wow! That van seems so neat, it [almost] inspires me to have a dozen kids! I love the center aisle. And, the bucket seats must be great for car seats! You do look lovely! Praying that you have a safe, healthy delivery… and that your little guy is extra cute! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    <3 <3 <3


  12. Jama
    August 14, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Love the van. I’ve never seen one with a center aisle. How does that work and still seat 15?

    The picture of you is beautiful!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    It actually seats just 14.

    We believe that since it’s a standard Ford E350 (with an upgraded seating package) that if we need the 15th seat, it will be simple to purchase one of the standard back bench seats that seat 4 and have that installed.


  13. Heather
    August 14, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Just curious as to why you think this may be your last baby?


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I’ve always been aware that each baby may be our last. There are no guarantees.

    My mom had cancer at 35 and that was the end of her fertility.

    Also, I turned 40 this year and babies at this age are a particular grace and blessing from God.

    Basically, I just don’t want to take this baby and this pregnancy for granted. We would welcome as many more as the Lord will send us.


  14. sara
    August 14, 2012 | 10:39 am

    you look amazing for the end of pregnancy! I hope your family centered c-section goes wonderfully! and what kind of van is the “new” one? our family will be upgrading from a mini soon and yours looks fantastic!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    It’s a Ford E350 with an upgraded seating package that was available back in 2008.


  15. Tiffany
    August 14, 2012 | 10:52 am

    You look terrific! Prayerfully, the c-section will go smoothly. Enjoy the new addition to the family.


  16. Rachel M.
    August 14, 2012 | 10:58 am

    You are BEAUTIFUL, good job MAMA!


  17. Lori Lynn
    August 14, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Congratulations on “baby week”!

    As a side note, I’m so thankful to see you talking positively about your c-section! I am pro natural-birth, but at the same time, c-sections are necessary sometimes! I’ve heard some people look down on c-sections and it just makes me sad. Natural, epidural, c-section, home-birth, hospital-birth, etc. It doesn’t matter, what matters is that after it’s over there’s a precious baby in your arms. Sorry about that rant! I just wanted to say that you are an encouragement ๐Ÿ™‚


  18. Janet
    August 14, 2012 | 11:26 am

    I’m really happy for you that your nausea is gone! Praise the Lord! It will be a nice few more days to not feel sick.

    What a blessing on the bigger van! I remember when our family went from an overcrowded (shhh!) mini van to a 15 passenger. It was WONDERFUL!

    And I must ask…. where did you get your skirt & shirt? I’m expecting our 11th baby in 5-7 weeks so I obviously don’t want to do too much shopping for me, but I’m in desperate need of another skirt & shirt!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Janet,


    I found the shirt at JC Penney’s and the skirt is actually a non-maternity skirt that I wear with a Bellaband. I actually don’t have any maternity skirts, just use my regular skirts with Bella bands. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I really love Bellabands. I wear mine throughout and after pregnancy and am able to get by with a lot fewer maternity things.


  19. Michelle I'm OK
    August 14, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    With our number eleven due in just 10 days, I am just a little envious of the ability plan…though not enough to pick surgery. (I am very thankful that I have the option when I know so many don’t.) I have the blessing of older children at home so I don’t have to plan as much, but it would still be nice to know “the hour and the day.” That’s a different discussion, though, isn’t it?

    I was actually commenting to add to the discussion about big vans. ๐Ÿ™‚ We drive a 12 passenger van and don’t have to upgrade because our older ones keep moving out! It’s been bitter sweet but is obviously God’s plan for our family. I do like your new van, though.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I agree that it’s certainly not a reason to pick surgery (I’d love to be able to have another home birth), but being able to plan is a super nice aspect of needing a c-section.

    Although, despite being able to plan it looks like Mark may have to be working right after the baby is born, NOT what we had hoped for.


  20. Michelle
    August 14, 2012 | 2:26 pm

    I’m so excited for you to meet your little one face to face! what a beautiful pregnancy picture. You look wonderful.

    I am drooling over your new van! Those seats are fantastic. It’s too bad they don’t offer that seating package anymore. We would have been all over that!


  21. Monique
    August 14, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    Hey, nice van!! What kind is it? (tehehehe, just kidding ;)).

    You look lovely as always. Can’t wait to meet the new little man! You’re in our prayers daily friend.

    (Side note to Mark-beeping sensors aren’t always entirely reliable. See Chris ๐Ÿ˜‰


  22. Serenity
    August 14, 2012 | 3:03 pm

    You look beautiful! We will be praying your c-section goes beautifully and that you can hold your little one immediately.

    Also, your new van is gorgeous!!!


  23. Lisa
    August 14, 2012 | 8:45 pm

    Awww, a little Leo ๐Ÿ™‚ August 21st is my sister’s birthday…and she’s always been happy with it ๐Ÿ˜€
    Very excited, on your behalf, that you’re opting for a family-centered C-section–yay, mama! Wishing you an early happy “birth day”


  24. Kim Meinen
    August 14, 2012 | 9:06 pm

    You look beautiful! Praying all goes well for the delivery.


  25. Mindy at Grateful for Grace
    August 15, 2012 | 12:37 am

    I’m praying for your c-section and can’t wait to hear about it!

    in Him,


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you Mindy and thank you for the ebook. I do hope to read it this week!



  26. Nikki
    August 16, 2012 | 12:40 am

    You look amazing! I didn’t want a camera anywhere near me at the end of my pregnancy– and I regret that I didn’t take more pictures. I knew it was our last. I have just the one pic on the way into my c-section.

    Your new van looks AWESOME! Sometimes I wish we had gotten a 14 or 15-passenger van so that we could actually take people with us or be part of a scout carpool or something. As it is we use 10 out of the 12 seats we have. But with 3 toddlers in 5-point harness carseats, 1 rear-facing infant seat, and 2 kids in boosters, they take up more space than just the regular seats. Pretty much the only people who could fit in the last two seats are slender 8-10 year olds– old enough to not be in a booster, but small enough to fit between carseats!

    And I love the name of your old van. How fitting! Can’t wait to hear the new van’s name. Our van is named Brutus.

    And I can’t wait to hear about the new baby! Praying for a healthy delivery for you and baby!


  27. Becky
    August 19, 2012 | 8:42 am

    Praying for you this week. I go in tomorrow at 6:30 to deliver my 6th via my 6th c/s. It’s been fun to follow along with you throughout this pg. Our baby boy decided to flip breech probably around the same time that your’s flipped vertex. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s amazing what they can do in a tight space at the end.


  28. Abby
    August 21, 2012 | 2:15 am

    Hi Kimberly,

    I’ve been following your blog for a few months now and it’s a huge inspiration to me. Thank you. I live in New Zealand, am a wife and mother of one with another on the way. Also, I’m one of eleven children (I was ninth) and am grateful every day for my parent’s trust in God which resulted in the blessing of my family (which just keeps growing as siblings marry and have children!). I am praying for you this evening, as you head into your morning and the birth of your eleventh child.

    But he said to me, โ€œMy grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. โ€ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christโ€™s power may rest on me.
    2 Corinthians 12:9

    I’m very excited for you and can’t wait to hear news of your new little one.



  29. Rebecca
    August 21, 2012 | 4:04 pm

    Thanks so much for your birth stories. Your faith is really encouraging me to trust God in my journey of motherhood. I have 5 children and it can sometimes be overwhelming to think of how many more there could be. You help me be excited again!
    I am praying for you and you baby and your family today.


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