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Fourth UP/UC, Second Son (Sixth Child) born on 12/25/2015!

We were so thrilled to learn that we were expecting our sixth child on April 4th 2015! I had no clue I was pregnant but took the test just for fun. We shared the news with our friends and family after surprising the kids with the news. It was a lot of fun to see the expressions on my kids’ faces and to hear everyone we told be excited with us. Here is the video of us telling the kids:

I determined by what information I had that I was due around December 5th. The pregnancy was full of emotional healing and growth from other  events in my life as we enjoyed doing my own care ourselves. The pregnancy went very fast for the most part and I enjoyed watching my belly grow.


Once I reached 38wks pregnant, I began to get a bit antsy but was determined to continue trusting in the Lord and allowing my body and my baby to do what was needed to prepare us for the day our newest blessing would be in our arms.

The following weeks leading up to the birth were a mix of high spirits and meltdowns. I did my best to stay positive and had an amazing support system surrounding me who were compassionate and understanding, yet helped me focus on the benefits of being patient and laying my life down for my child(ren). I can’t say I didn’t have bouts of fear, but I can say that knowledge and wisdom, and most of all God’s peace, overcame each of those bouts.

At 42 weeks and 6 days pregnant, I woke up to a very strong and sharp pain and an intense contraction followed. In hindsight, I realize that the baby flipped from posterior to anterior. From there, active labor began.

The night before that however, I had a mini freak out. I told my husband that maybe we should head to the ER and get an ultrasound just to be safe that baby can in fact be born. He had not engaged in my pelvis, I wasn’t dilating nor effacing, and he kept floating in my uterus. He was still moving, so we knew all was well, and the Lord constantly spoke to me through those last few weeks, reminding me that He is near and that all was well. It was a walk of trust and faith that pushed me to my ultimate limit. My husband reminded me of all these things about the Lord and he encouraged me to rest and prayed over me and the baby, for our protection and for the Lord to lead our steps in wisdom and prompting.

As I slept through the night, I dreamt of a rural community that was united and loving and each person came to me and encouraged me and helped me to push the baby. I woke up with contractions that were more intense than they had been but still not engaging the babe. I practiced bearing down and moving my hips around with each contraction and I heard the Lord tell me that the people in the dream were all the people who were praying for us. I asked the Lord what I should do and I felt led to rest. I prayed hard that He would continue to lead me…

When I awoke the next morning to that strong pain, at 7:45am, it was sudden and I startled my husband awake. Contractions were 3-5mins apart and really strong. We began to prepare that this was it. From 8-9am, I sat on the ball and rotated my hips and felt lots of pressure with each contraction. I got very hopeful that baby was finally able to engage and was coming down. At 9am I got into the tub and the contractions got even stronger but I got a bit of relief from floating… but then it got to be too much.

When I got out of the tub, I was a bit discouraged because I checked to see if any dilation had occurred. Baby was still high, no dilation or effacement had occurred but thankfully there was a bit of bloody show to indicate that the baby was coming within the day or two. I got back in bed around 9:30 or 10 and continued working through the contractions that were now 1-3mins apart and lasting over a minute long. My husband was amazing, we watched the show American Pickers on his phone in between contractions (or I rested) and when each contraction came, he tracked each one and told me how much longer I had to go… I listened to his voice as he said, “20 more seconds babe, you’re doing great. These are doing great work. 10 more seconds… and 5 and then it’s going to start coming down. You’re doing great. Great job babe. 2 more seconds…”

11:15 came and I felt the need to pee so I went to the bathroom. I couldn’t go at first and was overwhelmed at the intensity of the contraction that came next. My husband could tell the time was coming because I began bearing down with the contraction and he encouraged me to come to bed, but I couldn’t… I was staying in the bathroom. haha I checked my dilation and while my cervix was low, I was completely closed and not effaced. I became concerned about the fact that my body was pushing. I told my husband that I can’t push because I could tear through. He reassured me to listen to my body and relax, that God was in this and I can do this. I listened and focused on doing what felt right and didn’t rush or fight it. I couldn’t stop the sensation to bear down. I pushed hard but tried to go slowly and I felt my cervix opening as the baby’s head pushed through it. I told him the head is coming…

I never fully dilated nor did I fully efface. The baby came out in the anterior position and flew out with just one swift push, so fast I nearly dropped him on the floor. At the same moment, because I was standing and the cord was short, the cord snapped and blood went LOL On the walls, all over the toilet and floor, all over the baby and I. We were in shock as all the kids swarmed the doorway. I looked and saw he was a boy… we were all so elated and crying. He was HERE!


11:30am, December 25th, 2015, approximately 7lbs, dark brown hair, and the most content and peaceful baby I’ve ever seen. He didn’t have any vernix on his body so I wiped him down and I sat back on the toilet. Within minutes I felt my placenta coming and it accidentally plopped in the toilet. haha We marveled at the newest member of our family as the kids cried and laughed and expressed how cute and little he was and that they had a new brother. About a half hour later, I got into bed and I nursed him. After he was settled in and cozy, we tied the cord that was now cold, white, and limp, and trimmed it down. From the moment I woke up to the moment he was born was a little over 3½ hours.

We are so in love… and as I’ve said to him, many times now, it really was worth it… all that waiting and difficulty surprisingly was all worth it… to be holding him and knowing him… I can now say I have sons along with our daughters. When I had my second daughter and could say daughters instead of just daughter… sisters… it was such a sweet moment! And now I can say boys, sons, and BROTHERS! ❤ We are so blessed…. 6 children! Unbelievable. I would never have known that this would be our life, 12 years ago when we made our vows to share our lives together in the will of the Lord…. but it’s full and blessed and enriching. I’ll take all the difficult and challenging for this beauty I get to live with these beautiful little people to share it with. ❤

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Into Week 29 With Baby #6!


I’ll be honest, the pictures I take of myself as I get closer to this baby’s birth day is blowing me away! My belly is so big! lol It’s incredible to think that a little human is inside of my body… cozy, safe, and warm. I love that we’re waiting to learn the gender of the baby again this time around, but man, it’s hard! Especially when I see others talking about their little girls and boys while taking their belly shots… but at the same time I’m reminded that while I don’t know the gender, God does… and it’s like we’re waiting for that birthday or Christmas surprise that we know is coming, but can’t open until it’s just the right time. The anticipation and excitement is all part of the experience and I love that. I can’t wait to see their little face, their little fingers and toes, and to call them by name according to their gender… the name that the Lord already knows is theirs. ❤

My baby is about the size of a large butternut squash now, with wrinkly skin since s/he is still accumulating the fat that will fill them out. I was thinking of how funny it would be to have a teeny baby. I hadn’t really pictured a teeny baby because all my babies have been 7lbs or more, but I have family who’ve had beautifully healthy babies that were smaller. I have family that are smaller too, so it’s not impossible for that to happen. lol So now I’m imagining this jet black haired baby at 5lbs. hahahaha Totally something different and unexpected from our normal light/brownish/reddish hair and chunky babes of 7, 8, 9lbs.

It just goes to show how amazing our bodies are designed – to form a baby with a sperm and an egg and have it grow into a person. It makes me contemplate a tomato, a cucumber, an apple tree! All formed from one tiny little seed… allowed to grow and be nurtured. And it all happens right here in the womb of a woman. What a gift… what an amazing creation He’s formed! That I can carry a little person inside my body for nearly 10 months while they are growing and developing… alive and precious and known and loved by the Father. ❤

I’m so thankful to have such a privilege once again. I pray I’d honor that privilege better and better with each day. With each year that goes by in their precious little lives. That I’d never forget that they are a precious miracle – every single one of them… and I get to witness their lives unfold into the beautiful purpose God has for them. Beautiful!

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea (28ish weeks)

So with my last 3 pregnancies, I drank Red Raspberry Leaf (RRL) Tea from about 16wks on, but with this one, I felt led to hold off for a bit longer and I just started drinking it here and there at about 26wks? I think. Well, I just drank some and now I have some contractions that are kicking my butt! haha And I think the baby is transverse so every time I have a contraction, the baby is like a football in my abdomen! Ohhh boy… I’m recalling some of the work that goes into getting this baby out… thankful for the help from the RRL Tea so my body can prep and be ready for the big day that we get to meet this sweet little babe!! 12ish weeks left! I can’t believe it! Woohoo!

Here’s the baby kicking from a day or two ago. It’s quick at the 15th second so don’t miss it! haha

I’ve Entered the Third Trimester!

It’s hard to believe I’m already 27+ weeks along now with baby number 6! It really does just feel like a couple weeks ago that I saw that faint line on the pregnancy test I took for fun. haha I wasn’t even late on my cycle yet, I just took it (at night no less) to satisfy this weird addiction of mine of peeing on strips of paper. hahhaha

It was really funny because I was in shock for a minute and told a friend I was talking to online at the time and trying to think of a creative way to tell my husband who was sitting near to me. She suggested dropping subtle hints about things we’ll need to get for “the new baby” and I said quite a few but apparently it just sounded like I was asking him about future preparations. haha “We’re going to need to upgrade our vehicle for the new baby, hun” wasn’t enough to reveal the news, so I decided to show him the test. “What am I looking at?” I laughed and told him that one line is not pregnant and two lines is pregnant. “It’s what we do best,” he joked.

I had just started a 2 month facebook break so I had to think of a way to tell everyone! haha I texted a few people and for the others, I was able to email them a video of me telling the kids the news. If you’ve not seen it, you can watch it here:

It was a lot of fun to see the kids’ reactions and fun to share it with others too. I think my mom’s reaction was the sweetest of all as the kids and I listened in on the phone with it on speaker. She didn’t realize it wasn’t a live video and was trying to talk to the kids and ask them if they were excited. So so sweet. We all laughed and enjoyed the excitement on the other line of her and my dad.

When I did return to facebook, I was surprised to see that there were still several people who didn’t know we were pregnant so it was fun telling even more people. 🙂 The video of the kids is by far my favorite. I am so glad I captured their reactions. They were priceless.

I didn’t throw up once though I did experience nausea off and on, especially when I ate certain foods or wasn’t eating certain foods. I’m experiencing some heartburn here and there but papaya enzymes have helped to decrease the frequency a lot. I just started feeling baby flutters a few weeks ago and it’s been awesome to see the kids faces as they feel the kicks on their hands this last week or so.

I’ve gained more weight with this pregnancy than my others and it’s been quite comical. Being that this is my first pregnancy out of Maine and in KS, I’ve been warmer and so have spent most of inside time in boxers and a tank top to stay cool. I’m excited to have a November/December birth since four out of five of my births have been in the summer. I’m glad I won’t be laboring in the Kansas summer though. Sheesh it’s hot here! haha

I’ve seen a chiro and my health is great and I feel great. I’ve been dealing with a bit of anemia here and there and had to attack some candida overgrowth in my gut but otherwise I’ve felt good and anything that’s come up, I’ve been able to address quickly and easily or with the help of some fellow experienced birthers who also practice alternative health care.

Well, there’s an update on the pregnancy. We’re just going about life and looking forward to when this little one decides to join us. It’s hard to believe we have 3ish months left to go. It’s exciting! I’m also really excited to have my sister able to come (if time permits) to take pictures. Woohoo!

Six Weeks!

My bebe is the size of a pomegranate! How FUN! I’m craving spaghetti with red sauce and turns out lycopene from tomatoes is perfect for bone health… and this little sweetie’s muscle and bone tissues are already building up! I bought some almonds to help with my dairy cravings. Still no sign of morning sickness so that’s pretty exciting! I still can’t believe I’m pregnant… craziness!! Yay!