The Great Announcement That Surprised No One


After seeing negatives for a year, but jaw hit the floor. I really shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. Ruth was in the bathroom with me (because privacy isn’t a thing when you have young children) and I asked her how many lines she saw. “Two!” she said without hesitation.

“Do you know what that means?” I asked her, my eyes as wide as saucers.

She looked at me quizzically, as if to say, “Should I, Mom?”

“That means there is another baby in mommy’s belly!” I pronounced, and waited for dramatic effect.

“Great!” she said nonchalantly, and continued playing with whatever she was playing with. Scott was on a work call at the moment, but I was banking on his reaction being more satisfying.

When Ruth and I went downstairs, I started dinner and waited for Scott to get off the phone. When he did, he came over to chat with me while I made dinner, and I called Ruth over.

“Ruthie, what news do we have to tell Daddy?”

“I slept in my panties and didn’t pee pee!”

I interrupted Scott’s praises and pressed, “What else do we have to tell Daddy?”

Scott was looking nonplussed as Ruth asked, “Can we have Popsicles after dinner?”

Before Scott could answer, I signaled Ruth and pointed theatrically toward my belly. “Oh!” she said, finally remembering. “Two lines means there’s a baby in Mommy’s belly!”


Baby number five is due in January! So far, baby looks great and the heartbeat sounds great.

I am feeling pretty crummy, hence the prolonged blog silence. I am throwing up every morning and feeling horrendously nauseated for the rest of the day. I spend most of the day and night lying down in the dark with my eyes closed waiting for the end. My saintly mother has been a lifesaver, bringing us dinner and taking the older girls for the day. My saintly husband has also been invaluable, doing the brunt of the house work once he gets home. Usually, I can function again come the second trimester, and I am really hoping for that. My nausea never completely disappears until the final few weeks of the pregnancy, though. Lots to offer up!

We are very excited, though. After thinking at the very beginning of our marriage that we might never have children, we can’t help but be incredibly grateful for our five blessings.


Bring on five, five and under! I can’t wait to find out if it is a girl or a boy. A girl would be great, we already have all the stuff we need and we know what to expect. If it is a boy, my mind will be blown, and our diaper changing routine will be completely thrown off.

Thank you, everyone, for all of your kind responses and reactions to our news. You never know what kind of strange responses you will get if you end up having more than two children, and I didn’t even know what to expect at five. Thankfully, everyone has been so kind. We love you all.

And no, we will not be naming the baby “Chicago.”

28 thoughts on “The Great Announcement That Surprised No One

  1. Rachel O

    Congratulations!!!! Praying the first trimester sick stuff passes quickly! And thank Heaven for mothers and wonderful husbands, you are so blessed!

  2. Blair

    Haaaaaaahahaha. I’m going to start thinking of Chicago inspired names that fit your naming convention.

  3. Alana

    I’m so excited for you!!!! I will admit, I’ve been WAITING for this announcement 😛 I love how the announcement played out in your own home. Lol!!!

  4. Linda Latuch

    Congratulations! I am so happy for the whole family. We have dedicated our little Florida retirement house’s back bedroom to sleep six children. And if we add trundle beds under the bunk beds we can sleep a minimum of eight. The front bedroom is for the adults. As long as you stay healthy and happy that is all that matters.My grandparents on both sides each had nine brothers and sisters. I wish I wouldn’t have been forced to choose a career path. I am so happy for you and Scott. Love Nanny

  5. Alicia

    A new baby! That’s very exciting, though not apparently as exciting as an accident free day or popsicles. 🙂 Prayers for an uneventful pregnancy and birth!

  6. Tamara

    Congratulations! Even though, I only know you through your blog, this news warms my soul – children are a blessing indeed!

  7. Rosie

    I kind of think that once you hit 4 and keep going, people all realize that you’re crazy and you’re just gonna keep being crazy, so they shut up with the obnoxious comments 😉 So excited for you guys!!! Congratulations again!

    1. Post author

      Smile and back away slowly from the crazy procreating people!

    2. Erin

      My midwife with #3 told us, “Once you have three you might as well have ten. You’re outnumbered anyway.” Congratulations!

  8. Chelsea Hernandez

    That is amazing! 🙂 I’m sure the other girls will be super helpful and affectionate. Good for you two! It is true that if it does turn out to be a boy, you’d have to start a whole new wardrobe. Depending on how you look at it, it could be fun! Have you looked into cloth diapering? I’m just thinking of how many diapers you must go through, it could be a good investment. It’s not as horrible as you may think- really!

    1. Post author

      I have heard good things about it and a lot of my friends do it, so I could look into it! With the other ones, I usually had two others in diapers when the baby came and I was just too overwhelmed, but I should only have Rhea in diapers this time and might have the luxury to do it. I do think the good old days of our grandparents when there was clean cloth diaper delivery and dirty cloth diaper pickup for washing service was vastly superior. We need to bring those back.

      1. Chelsea Hernandez

        Believe it or not, those services actually DO exist still. You just have to find it. There’s a pretty crunchy/natural following here in Des Moines so we’ve got a FB group as a great resource. Maybe there’s the same thing there.

      2. Post author

        Heyyoo, if they have that here, I’m all over it. I mean, I already ecological breastfeed and do NFP, so I guess I am an honorary crunchy mama anyway. Who would have thought?

  9. Sarah

    Congratulations!!! Wonderful news! You are all in my prayers! If you are looking for people to offer things up for, put me on that list! 😉

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