Saturday, August 22

As some of you may have already heard, we are expecting another baby! This will make #12 (in case anyone is counting), so we will get to find out if that old adage "Cheaper by the Dozen" is really true!

The news totally shocked me as I was pretty much thinking we were done since I was well over 1 yr beyond the biggest gap between babies we'd ever had. Savannah just turned 3, so she will be almost 4 by the time this baby arrives. Our biggest gap so far is 2 yrs 7 months, which is between #s 9 and 10, Reuben and Jesse. Since my last 2 babies had been c-sections, I figured perhaps scar tissue had formed and given me a natural tubal or something.

Anyway, my due date (at least that would be given by the medical community) would be April 17, but since I always go at least 2 and sometimes even 3 weeks past, I don't expect baby to arrive before May 1. That is, of course, assuming I can even find a provider that will let me go without cutting me open again, simply because I've had two prior sections! I SO want to VBAC and I think I may even be prepared to go it alone again if need be. Scott isn't quite for that option, but he does know how important it is to me, so I believe he will go along with whatever we need to do.

I have a Christian midwife friend who I have spoken with on several occasions, who has indicated that she would probably take me on if/when I do have another baby. I contacted her this week to let her know I am expecting and so I am now waiting to hear back from her. I guess she is seeking God's will for her in this situation.

I am thinking I may just go ahead and do the standard prenatal care with an OB, just to make sure everything is working as it should and baby is growing healthily. I mean, I *am* 41 yrs old now and expecting my 12th. I'm sure no spring chicken anymore! Not to mention, I weight a LOT more than I ever have before, even when I was full term with each pregnancy - UGH! I need to get more exercise - I sit on my butt at work for 8 hrs a day!

Speaking of exercise, I went to the city pool and swam twice this week, it felt so good!! Hopefully I can keep that up once school starts back up in late Sept. My schedule is always so full though, between work, school, homework, trying to get enough sleep, trying to maintain some semblance of family life, home business stuff, etc.... I recently took on the night shift at work, from 9pm - 5:30am, because I am allowed to do homework between calls, since it is like 45 mins to 1 hr between calls most of the time.

I hope I will be able to find time to update here regularly, so if you have any friends who you think might be interested in following along, feel free to share the link. I did a pregnancy journal once with baby #8, Charles, and by the end had over 150 followers. That was really fun. If I missed a week updating, I'd get like 10 emails requesting I get to it - lol! Not sure how often I will be able to this time, we'll just have to see.

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