November 18, 2017

We’re Really Having a Baby!

Our 9th Baby Belly |

Yesterday I saw my lovely midwives.  It was a cram-packed day for me, since I had that appointment, then an ortho appointment an hour later for our oldest, and then chiropractic appointments for most of the boys.  (We see our chiropractor two to three times a week right now and he is helping several of us with different issues.  So thankful for him.)

But back to the midwife appointment…  I try to be as drama-free as possible when it comes to my own health and anything pregnancy related, because, hey, I already have 8 boys worth of drama at home every day, right?  And as it turns out, thankfully, this pregnancy has been almost completely drama-free.  As in, I’ve had no complications, little to complain about (really nothing), and just a wonderful, easy-ish pregnancy for the most part.

And maybe that’s why it hit me so hard standing there as I was about to leave the midwives’ office  yesterday.  See, I’m 32 weeks plus.  And my next appointment, I will be 34 weeks.  And the next appointment, we start making birth plans and preparations.  WOW!

We’re really {really} having a baby.  Like… a cute, tiny, sweet, cuddly, rock-our-world, feed-every-two-hours-then-change-then-repeat little baby.  And very soon.

I guess I have sort of been in a bit of denial about it.  Not that I don’t whole-heartedly embrace the idea of this very precious person joining our family.  But about the timing.  Oh my goodness….  So many things need to be done, and I suppose I’ve been procrastinating.  What with taking care of all these boys and all.

I’ve got quite a list of things to do before his arrival.  (Yes, it’s a boy, yall.  In case you somehow, someway missed that.)  And I haven’t even written the list down, if that tells you anything.  So yeah, I’m procrastinating.  And it’s time to accept my reality.

This boy’s room, as of right now, is the last room in our new house to be unpacked.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that we used his room as a temporary storage for the boxes we didn’t know what to do with.  You know the ones….  Filled with old fleece and sewing material, crafts supplies, old reel-to-reels from the 1900s.  And so on.

It’s time to find a place for those things, give that room a thorough dusting and air purifying, and set up this baby’s bed and furniture, wash and stock a few outfits, and alas, decide once again if I will cloth diaper this baby or just use the ol’ disposables.  Maybe both.

Then I still need to finish decluttering a few things from our room and get things completely baby ready, order our birth kit, birth tub, etc.  I know it sounds like a lot, but with a good concentrated effort, I know we can get it done in a couple weeks.

It’s just surreal that it’s snuck up on me so quickly…  The preparation time.  I really am excited to meet this new, sweet addition to our family.

And in the meantime, I want to try to enjoy the fun of my big, round belly …  Such a precious season.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.


  1. Hi Brandy! On occasional I take the time to stop by to read your inspiring and encouraging posts. The last one I had read was when you announced your 9th pregnancy! I was so thrilled for you! I have to admit that deep down I was secretly hoping you would have another boy after all I didn’t want to lose my only link to another mother of a large family of all boys! /:). I know EXACTLY how you must feel though, during each pregnancy. I have 7 sons. Six months ago we welcomed fraternal twin boys into our family. With a few, not all, of my pregnancies there was the maternal longing for my own flesh and blood daughter. When we found out we were having twins we thought surely at least one of them would be a girl, but The Lord had other plans. We LOVE all of our boys and of course wouldn’t trade any of them for the world! I have to admit, it’s fun being a ‘unique’ family. We sure get lots of stares, asked a lot of questions (nice and not so nice) but we also get lots of smiles. We’ve always believed that God is in control of all things and that included our family. I was just thinking about you and wondered if you had announced your baby’s gender yet. I can’t believe you’re this far along already! Time does fly. Anyways, I just wanted to say “congratulations” on another son/arrow!! How exciting! What a beautiful family He has blessed you with! The Lord doesn’t make mistakes and He has a plan for each of your sons. May He continue to bless you and your husband as you raise them for His kingdom!!

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