Monday, May 16, 2011

Baby #6

...feels like Baby #2 since it's our second post infertility baby.

...is considered Baby #4 for medical purposes since it is my fourth pregnancy.

...is due mid-January, thankfully, right before my 35th birthday so I won't be given the AMA label. (Advanced Maternal Age- I think it means more tests that I would just refuse anyways.)

...is three weeks old. (I am considered to be 5 weeks but that's because they start counting from the last first cycle day.)

...has been giving me a few symptoms over the last couple of weeks; irritability, overwhelming tiredness, lingering hunger, darkening freckles. Not constant and not life-interfering but enough to make me decide to take a test. Often PMS symptoms are similar to pregnancy symptoms, and I've gotten my hopes up so many times. I just didn't want to be disappointed again.

...has inspired me to make the most of these symptom-free days. I'm trying to get as much accomplished as possible including hiring and training some domestic help. One of Tyler's friends came today and it seems like she will be a big help. She lives nearby and only goes to school once a week. She's done lots of babysitting and had a job cleaning cabins. Perfect! All that is left is teaching her how to cook and prepare the simple meals our family eats.

...will be the third baby born in our little neighborhood. I was feeling a little left out when my other two neighbors found out they would be having December babies. We were all pregnant together last time. I rationalized that our life was crazy enough and I was still nursing and pumping for two babies so that fact that I wasn't pregnant didn't mean I still carried the "infertile" banner.

...has caused quite a bit of excitement for us. Getting pregnant with Tali left us with so many questions: Why? How? Are things fixed or was it just a fluke? We realize rational people might wait for a significant amount of time before telling people, but we didn't. We are so excited!

...didn't phase the boys much. They are teenagers and life is all about them. "What? You're pregnant again? Seriously? Did you call about getting my phone fixed yet?"

...caused a bit of confusion at our church. Mike is a musician and is up at the front of the church, so when he shared that I had handed him a plate with Uno card #6 on it, he looked out to the congregation and saw looks of confusion and bewilderment on all of the men's faces. The women were already getting excited.

For the record, Mike's thought process when I handed him the plate went something like this, "She wants me to play Uno with Amanda. Why is there only one card? Is she saying we're missing the #6? Does she want me to go to the store just to find the number 6? Why can't I just buy a whole new deck? Why is it the number six? Wait a minute! We have five kids!"

...was not alluded to in the previous post about needing a third baby. The possibility for number six has always existed since we were not avoiding and maybe were doing a little bit of trying. But it seemed like such a far fetched possibility. Almost every month for eleven years, I wondered and hoped that I might be pregnant. So yes, since I started cycling again, the thought was there, but it's only been a few days that I felt sure enough to plan a trip to the store to pick up a test.

Ironically, the same day we found out (Saturday) was also the day I got fed up with the baby drama with the girls and asked Mike to go get the baby doll that had been in the garage since Christmas. (I wanted the third baby to have Amanda's skin tone so I was going to give that one away.) Mike had already told Amanda about our new baby, so I thought she was confused when she asked, "Did Daddy go to get the new baby?" I thought, "Oh boy, it's going to be a long nine months for her." No, it was about five minutes before he brought in the new baby.

...has made an impact on my milk supply already. I'm no longer pumping for Ana. I've only been able to pump a little extra that I'm freezing for Tali. She seems to be spending more time nursing these days. I don't want to give up nursing her yet but time will tell how my body handles everything.

...has changed my summer plans dramatically but it is a welcome change! :)

16 comments:

Nicole Marie said...

"What? You're pregnant again? Seriously? Did you call about getting my phone fixed yet?"

Haha!!! LOVE IT!

Jessie's Girls said...

I love both your sons and your husband's reactions to the news. :)

jodilee0123 said...

This is such exciting news! I simply cannot believe it!!!!! Wow wow wow wow! You are going to need to buy the lot next door to your house for more space! :0) What a miracle! I am so very excited for you! :0)

The Earnshaw's said...

Wow, Congrats. That is so exciting, you are so very blessed.

snekcip said...

Congrats Mike and Katie!! What a blessing! Wondering if this will be a boy to make it a "Brady Bunch effect"!! :)

Ailmik said...

Wonderful news for you and your family. I love your blog and the way you write about your kids and their experiences in such a practical way.

Nancy said...

YAY YAY YAY! Congrats! :)

Danielle said...

I was so excited to hear that you are pregnant! I don't know if you remember me, but I left a comment once about how the ages of our children are very similar. We have 3 boys; almost 11,8,& 6 (their birthdays are in the summer). A foster daughter, almost 3. Her brother, 1 1/2 and our baby girl 11 1/2 mos. We're planning to adopt the foster children late summer/fall. (Parental rights are being terminated.) We found out May 20th that we're expecting another baby! The due date would be around Jan. 11. Like you, I didn't expect to be able to have another baby so easily. We had 4 miscarriages after son #3. We both feel, though, that I won't miscarry this time. I can hardly imagine what life will be like. I'm looking into getting the book about large family logistics. I heard it's good. God bless you! So glad to "know" others that see another baby as such a blessing.
Danielle -from Indiana

Mike and Katie said...

Hi Dannielle,
Yeah! That's so exciting!!! I often think of you and wish I could share more about how we manage but I'm often too busy flying by the seat of my pants! :)

His Hands His Feet Today said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Danielle said...

I understand that. I wish I had a blog so you could see us, but I'm not very computer savvy. I think you do very well updating your blog with all you have going. I'll be 35 in November and we haven't told family yet. My mom might not take the news very well. I wonder if a lot of people will think we're crazy to have another baby now. I try to trust God and not worry about what people think.
I think we'll move our play kitchen outside next week-close to the sandbox-looks like fun.
God Bless!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, what an amazing and wonderful blessing :)

-Jill

Muliebrity said...

So excited for you!

Chasing Rainbow said...

Oh my goodness, I am so happy for you. I cannot believe I missed this post.

*CONGRATULATIONS*

Home Instead said...

Congratulations!!!! How wonderful. You have such an amazingly beautiful family. God Bless

Laura said...

Whaaaaaat!?!?! Oh my goodness, congratulations!!

"What? You're pregnant again? Seriously? Did you call about getting my phone fixed yet?" - HAHAHA too funny.

Oh, and my birthday is January 15th, that's a good day. ;)