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The Announcement {14 Weeks}

by Ali @ An Ordinary Mom on July 31, 2014 · 10 comments

I’ve been keeping a secret. I do that sometimes.

I have my reasons.

But since one of my children spilled the beans to one of my cousin’s children, and then my cousin spilled the beans to my mom, who spilled to one of my sisters…

“What? You didn’t even tell your mom?!” I know, I know…

“Or your sisters?!” I know, I know…

So, anyway, I suppose it’s time to just come out and share it with the world, right?


We’re expecting baby #10

I’m 14 weeks along, and feeling rather exhausted, with occasional bouts of nausea, but nothing too bad, so I’m feeling rather blessed. I’ve experienced hyperemesis gravidarum to the point of needing IV fluids on multiple occasions, so believe me, I do not take a healthy relatively easy pregnancy for granted.

Not announcing the last one until 20 weeks (I can hide a lot of baby apparently, tall frame and all, don’t hate me) made the pregnancy seem to fly by. Weeks and weeks less of comments and well-meaning “how are you feeling?”s helped things to seem to zoom right along. It was kind of awesome, especially considering the crazy hard things we were going through during that pregnancy.

I anticipate that this pregnancy will feel approximately 6 weeks longer than the last one. I may or may not be a tad bit grouchy by the end, especially considering my propensity for going a week or two past my “due date”…

Already having 9 children, I’ve probably heard it all when it comes to wisecrack remarks (let’s be honest, they usually don’t contain much wisdom) about the size of our family and the reasons and ways to prevent such a thing, so if you have opinions you feel the need to share which are anything other than loving, supportive, and encouraging, I’d like to remind you of the wise words Thumper learned from his parents, “If you can’t say something nice… don’t say nothing at all.”

Only 26 (or 28) weeks to go!


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Vel August 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

Congratulations! You are so blessed!


2 planetmommyhood August 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

Jenn and I over at Planet Mommyhood totally know what it’s like to hear all those comments and we get, 100%, why choosing to hide that bump is easier than an early announcement. But we are still totally excited for you and love hearing of a new blessing, another of God’s beautiful creations, being brought down for us all to watch grow! Congrat’s to the happy Mama and Daddy! I sure hope that “easy” pregnancy stays the whole way through, that’s great! Hooray for new blessings!


3 Jessica August 1, 2014 at 8:44 am

Yay! Congratulations. I hope you continue to feel well.


4 Charity August 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

Congratulations. We only have 3 and got that comment about how to prevent it when I was pregnant with #2. From my boss, at work. I guess he thought he was funny. I can be pretty mouthy and when he said, “do you know what causes that?” I replied, “Yes and apparently we’re pretty good at it!!!!” I guess 2 kids in 15 months was inconceivable to him (hahahaha–pun totally intended)


5 Rebecca Jo August 1, 2014 at 10:39 am

Congrats to you!!!


6 Adrienne August 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

Congratulations! Momma to seven here (with a Liberty of my own) and so understanding the comments. I hope your pregnancy speeds by!


7 child of God August 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Congratulations!!!!! I am so happy for all of you. Praying this pregnancy will fly by with you feeling great.

Ten children isn’t a lot, I know a family that has 18 and as far I know they want more. :)



8 Bethany August 6, 2014 at 6:12 pm

YAY!YAY! YAY!!!!! I’m so excited for you all! I only have half your number and get the comments. Yes, our hands are full and so is my heart. :) Easy pregnancies are a total gift. Glad you are getting one!


9 Trish August 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Congrats on the new blessing :)

I only have one, so I kind of get the opposite comments. “When are you having more?” “Don’t you want more kids?” “Shouldn’t you give Wyatt a sibling?” “You started kind of late so you better hurry and have more so you’re not too far behind.”

I don’t think moms can win :)


10 Katrina August 18, 2014 at 9:10 am

Well, hello and congratulations!
I had my 10th baby last year and I did the SAME THING, LOL. I waited until I was 16 weeks along before I told people that we were expecting. I am 5’9″ and it wasn’t so hard to hide the bump. My reason for keeping it hush is that between baby #9 and baby #10 there were 5 miscarriages (in the first trimester) and I was SO tired of people saying to me, “maybe this is God’s way of telling you ‘no more babies’” or ‘maybe you should stop’ …. or all those other comments. So, when we learned we were expecting again, we just decided to wait until we were far enough along and in the more “safe” zone of pregnancy before we told people. It was in December when we told everyone. We announced it in our Christmas card :)


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