Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New Baby on the way!

Regular readers will not be shocked to hear that we are expecting another little one! :) This makes Baby #10 on earth - double digits! 

 Nine week ultrasound - yes, there's only one!


I am currently 12 weeks pregnant, with a due date of mid-January 2018. That will make five babies in my 20s, and five babies in my 30s. Who knows what my 40s will bring?!?

Anna's 'family'


Now for the million-dollar question: How am I feeling? In a word: fantastic! This has been my best pregnancy by far. It has only taken me almost two decades to figure out how to overcome hyperemesis! I will do a detailed blog post on what new improvements I have discovered this time around.




And now for a fun little fact that was entirely unique about this pregnancy: I did not know I was pregnant until I was almost 8 weeks along! (TMI coming, so stop reading now if you don't want to know) When I was 4 weeks pregnant, for the first time ever in 15 pregnancies (five of which ended in miscarriage), I had a cycle after becoming pregnant, at the exact time that cycle would normally have been due. It was a little lighter and a day shorter than a normal cycle, but I thought nothing of that because the difference was so minor and I was still nursing Chloe every few hours. Just before my next cycle was due, I had a few days of nausea that felt an awful lot like morning sickness. I took a cheap little Dollar Tree test in the middle of the afternoon a few days shy of 'being late'. Normally, only the super sensitive early pregnancy tests show up for me, if taken first thing in the morning, after I am a couple of days or more late. The fact that this cheap test, taken in the afternoon, days early, came back BRIGHT and BOLD positive was a first for me. Plus, my morning sickness does not start quite that early. I knew this could only mean that 1. there was more than one baby in there, or 2. I was farther along than I thought. It was at this point that I remembered my previous, lighter than usual cycle and the penny dropped. I did go for an ultrasound the following week just to make sure of dates and rule out multiplicity, both of which it did. 



In spite of having done it so many times, pregnancy is still not my cup of tea. Being four weeks further along than I usually am when I found out was a huge bonus, because I find every day of being pregnant a chore. Babies are a blessing, no doubt about that, but I think pregnancy and birth are part of the curse. It's definitely not the wonderful, magical time my romantic brain imagined it to be as a child. With this pregnancy being so much better in regards to nausea, I actually did for the first time ever almost enjoy the first trimester. I only felt despondent for one day, when nausea and fatigue coincided with a day that my little people were all sick and throwing up. In bed. In the middle of the night. Yeah, that was rough... Thankfully, my big boys volunteered to do all the cleanup and laundry the next morning.

I was able to stay active and go bike riding with my husband many evenings. I was able to eat sensibly and healthy and only gained a couple of lbs during this time, compared to the typical 15 lbs in the first trimester alone as the only way to stave off nausea in previous pregnancies was to munch on something non-stop. I was down to being within 6 lbs of my Weight Watchers free lifetime weight when I found out I was pregnant, and no longer allowed to go to the meetings (they do not allow pregnant members). Needless to say, I didn't want to undo much of my hard-earned progress in a matter of weeks. 

Size M maternity clothes for the first time since my first pregnancy? - Yes please!


The other kids are excited. They could hardly keep from spilling the beans to their friends before we were ready to announce it. 


Cute little Boaz in church

Enjoying some cereal on the sofa with me on a particularly tired day. 



I'm hoping for a little sister for Chloe. It would also settle the score of five boys and girls each. Plus little girls are just the sweetest!


52 comments:

  1. Congrats!!! #10 thats wild and amazing!! what a blessing. I'm hoping to have a positive soon as well. I know it's all in god timing and it's a test for me each day to be patient and have faith. i'm so thrilled for your family.

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    1. Gods timing is right. i got a positive yesterday YAYYYY!!!!

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  2. All of our family's love and congratulations!!!! We are so excited for you all, and to get to welcome another Anderson baby soon!! :)

    Plus, that's so neat about the lighter cycle thing! Wow!! I've heard of that, but I've never experienced it or known anyone who did. How awesome is that? A "free" four weeks!! :)

    Congrats again!!
    Diana

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  3. Congratulations to the Anderson family! Babies definitely are blessings. I would like to get married and have many more children. :) I look forward to the updates.

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  4. Congrats congrats congrats!!!! So excited for you guys!!! I have to agree there is something extra sweet with little girls!!!!

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  5. Congratulations !!! I've actually just started reading your blog and I thoroughly enjoy it !

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  6. Awe, congratulations! So glad you're feeling better this time. Super woman you are!!!!

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  7. Oh how wonderful!! So great to hear you are feeling well also! And you look great, good for you :) Chloe's little grin is just the cutest.

    Prayers for a continued healthy happy pregnancy!

    Jessica

    PS - please don't leave us hanging too long from your last post! :)

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  8. Yay!! Congratulations! What a blessing! So glad you're feeling better this time too! God is good!

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  9. That's so exciting,congratulations!

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  10. Wow congratulations!!!! And you look AMAZING! I'm due in January too! Here's to our winter babies.

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  11. congratulations!!!!!

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS Anderson family!!! Sending many prayers for a happy & healthy pregnancy! You give me zero confidence that I will not be expecting again before expected haha! God bless!

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  14. Wow! Szuza!! You look amazing! Good job 👏 your hard work has paid off. And it is hard work I've been changing my eating habits for a few months now. I'm almost down to my target weight👍🏼- Ashley mcmurray

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  15. Youhave the life I dreamt of as a child. Might be to late for me, but still dreaming.

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  16. You look amazing and so thin.

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  17. Wow! You look fantastic! What a wonderful gift to be having another baby already! My husband and I often quip that if we had only met sooner we could have had so many more kids! God bless you and all the hard work you put into your family. I probably won't meet you in this lifetime, but I will in the next!

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  18. I love that you say #10 on earth to acknowledge that even miscarried babies are babies!

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  19. I'm also 12 weeks along. I was waiting for this post because I've been pregnant the same month as you for the last 3 pregnancies. I think we are same age too. 38. So it's fun to see all the pics and read the updates. Congratulations!

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  20. You look great! I just found out I'm due with #6 (on earth) in March. I'm one of the wierdos who loves being pregnant. I love everything about it!! Praying your pregnancy continues to go so smoothly!

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    1. I love everything about it too. I have 2 and one on the way, but at age 38 sometimes from a human flesh aspect I get sad I wont be able to have but maybe one more. However, with God all things are possible. Congratulations on your 6th.

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  21. Congratulations! God bless you and the baby.

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  22. Congrats to you and God bless,
    d

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  23. Only just learned of y'all when Chloe was born, now to be a big sister; praying for safe and healthy delivery.

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  24. What wonderful news! I'm so happy to hear that you have not been sick like in your past pregnancies. I will endeavor to keep you in my prayers for a safe pregnancy, safe birth and a healthy baby!

    Cheryl (from Canada and your afternoon partner in the Boston soul-winning marathon)

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  25. So happy for you! Yay for double digits! And yay for keeping your nausea under control! What a blessing! Love, Cassandra

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  26. Hey congrats. I just had my sixth miscarriage, no living babies yet, but sooo happy to hear that you're getting a tenth child.

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    1. Dear Kitty .. It must be hard for you reading all of the comments from pregnant ladies..I will be praying for God to send you a baby. Remember Hannah in the Bible! Don't give up :)

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    2. Please dont give up. I had a miscarriage then 3 children then had 6 miscarriages ( one was twins) while trying for #4. It was awful. The pain and sorrow, the anger. I got rid of everything, moved on, became closer to God, made changes in my life. I am 18 weeks pregnant. It's still hard to understand, but God had a plan for me that wasn't my own. My heart breaks for you and i will think of you in prayer.

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  27. Congratulations! I have my first who is almost 5 months old who my husband and I have as a wedding night baby hahaha! I am so in love with being a mom that I aspire to have a large family similar to yours in the years to come. Simply beautiful. God bless you and your family!

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  28. Congratulations ,it's encouraging to have u live out your faith as an example to others . I am a mum to 12 and a total of 17 pregnancies.the last being identical twin boys, indeed a double portion ! And indeed a blessing for us and all glory to our lord Jesus for his goodness and how I love that he stops the mouths of the naysayers . I'm 44 and my daughter and I were expecting together, that's different but a new season and we trade tips now .Continue your walk with all his strength xx

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  29. Congrats! We are due at the same time!

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  30. Congrats! I'm 33 weeks today. This is my first baby here in Arizona. Any tips for dealing with the heat with a newborn? Besides air conditioning, of course! I'm mainly thinking the safest way to transport them to a doctor's appt: what to dress them in for the car, how not to over heat them, etc. Any advice would be amazing from you or your local readers, and congrats again! - Anne

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    1. I just had my first baby 6 months ago so I don't have a ton of advice but what I've done thus far is dress him in a onesie only on hot days & nurse more often to keep him hydrated when its hot. I've also dabbed cold water on the back of his neck, wrists, etc when outside a while. Hope any of that can help! (:

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    2. Thanks for these hot weather tips! That's a very good point about hydration. -Anne

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  31. Congratulations! Our 5th baby was "preached into this world" by Pastor Anderson & I'm also 12 weeks along w/ our 6th. God is good,& you do look great!-Vanessa

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  32. Congratulations!! That's so exciting to be pregnant with #10. You look great!!
    -Victoria Nelutescu (Verity Baptist Church)

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  33. Congratulations. I am expecting my second in early December and also have an eight month old son who was born nine months after our wedding :). I was the oldest of 14 living children and 8 in heaven so I know what hard work a lot of children are. God bless you.

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  34. So excited for you! Also glad that you are feeling better this go round. Congrats!

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  35. You look beautiful. What great, happy news!

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  36. Congratulations! How exciting, we just welcomed our fifth addition on the 29th of June!

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  37. I will congratulate u but I definitely don't agree with your lifestyle. But yeah congrats, and I'm a women who works and my husband stays at home it's 2017 not 1917, please have respect for modern life just like we respect your life.

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  38. Congratulations but I don't want kids of my own, I can have children but I'm focusing on my right to a career, and I do hope u have a healthy pregnancy and birth.

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  39. Congratulations!!!! I am expecting my 3rd at the ripe age of 22. My husband and I got married at 18 and 21 and have been blessed with babies so close together. We have decided to let the lord lead us on how many HE wants us to have. Children are so much fun and I love being a mommy!!! God bless you all.

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  40. Congrats! I'm 6 weeks pregnant with baby #9

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  41. Oh snap! Im due with baby #10 a week after. �� hardly any morning sickness. Just really tired. We have 5 girls and 4 boys so far.

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