Fourth + Final

• 29 March 2010























I told myself that the moment I started feeling "better" (as in medicated, nauseated, tired, but keeping down real food!), I would share with you some big news. Yup, that kind of news. Crazy, right?

When pregnant with my third, and PICC-lined (HG was in full swing), I swore I would never become pregnant again. I didn't feel I could emotionally or physically sustain another pregnancy (if I could even conceive). But inside my heart I knew I wasn't done with having children. I've heard seasoned mothers repeatedly say 'you just know when you're done having kids' and I've often reflected on these words as I looked around at my own little family. I believe everyone has a different plan in life; and if that plan includes children--that we each have a different "magic number". My heart told me four was mine.

p.s. I am just over 15 weeks along, which is about 3 1/2 months along in case you don't feel like doing math today.

image by Rebecca Mudrick of Darling Art

109 comments:

Simply Mel said...

Congratulations! Your lucky 4 are so blessed to have you as a mama!

abby said...

wonderful news! congratulations.

LobotoME said...

congratulations steph!!!
xoxo, jenny :)

katik said...

Such exciting news! Congratulations.

Stacey H said...

So great! Hope its a wonderful pregnancy!!

hairyshoefairy said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful! I'm glad you're past the ickiness stage.

BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

Congrats! What wonderful news!

P.S. I'm having a little giveaway on my little blog, and I'd love for you to stop by!!!

:)

jdavissquared said...

congratulations! that's wonderful news!

Ali said...

Congrats! I am a friend of Cher's and therefore found your blog through her. Let me say, it's good to hear someone else out there is lucky to keep down food while pregnant! I am the same as you and I swear, if I hear one more person say, "If I don't eat some crackers in the morning, I feel like I might throw up" I'll scream!:) Congrats, again, and I LOVE that picture of you holding one of your babies. Precious!

Heather said...

Congratulations to you guys! I am just ahead of you...I'm 18 weeks today with number 5 (which I think is my magic number). I hope you are feeling better, it's so hard to get through the nausea.

Allison said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news. I felt the same way with my third (and last). Can't say why, it just felt complete then.

Kathy said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news! I'm baking your chocolate chip cookies right now!

berkley and Kallie said...

Oh I'm so excited for you Steph. I'll have to call Lindsey and give her the good news! So.... are you feeling ok? Sick? Need help? I'd take your kids in a heart beat if you need a relaxing afternoon ALONE!!! Let me know. I know how hard it can be when you're EXHAUSTED!!!! Congrats though.... 4 is PERFECT!!!

loves....

berkley and Kallie said...

Sorry! Looks like I'm using my daughters account. This is Julie Pia, not Berkley and Kallie! Loves anyway!

Jeanette said...

Exciting news - congratulations indeed! 4 is a nice round number - best of everything, can't wait to follow along with you.

jennifer said...

Hi Steph! Congratulations!!! I wish you the very best and have a wonderful pregnancy. :) I only have a few weeks left to go. Talk soon.

It's Always Sunny in Portland said...

woooooooooooooowwwwwww! congrats steph! this is such beautiful news! thanks for sharing. so happy for you. FOUR! wow! amazing, awesome! xoxoxo love to you all!

the emily said...

Hurray! Congratulations!!! I really hope you get feeling much better very soon.

Sarah said...

Congratulations! How exciting.

Mary said...

Congratulations! Wonderful news. And you're so right - everybody knows their magic number. People ask me all the time if I'm done, and they don't believe me when I say yes absolutely. I just know my little family is complete.

Jill said...

congrats to you and your growing family!

Horsley Family said...

Wonderful news! I can't wait to hear about your pregnancy, see nursery photos (hint:), and follow your adventure! Congratulations Stephanie!

Pauper said...

Congratulations!! I've just found your blog and love it :) Best wishes growing your new little one!

Mel said...

What a blessing! Congratulations! I'm so excited for you and your family. Thanks for sharing your life with us out in blogland. :)

Janssen said...

Congratulations! What exciting news.

Ashley said...

Very exciting. Congrats!

pneuwarum said...

Happy, happy news! I really hope this time around gives you unbounded energy instead of sickness...

Lissette said...

Wow, congratulations! I read your blog everyday and was delighted to see this. :)

Mrs. Potts said...

Oh my goodness, congratulations! And best of luck for the coming months... I'll be eager to hear how you're doing.

Mary said...

I suffered through HG with both of my pregnancies as well. 'Morning sickness' doesn't even begin to describe what a pregnancy with HG entails, and I empathize with you completely!
People ask how much I gained with each pregnancy, and I would say, "after the 25 I lost?"
I digress...
Congratulations and keep hanging in there!

molly ruth said...

congratulations to you and your family!! what a blessing! sending good thoughts your way!

Lesley said...

Congratulations to you! I think 4 is the perfect number. Hope you are feeling wonderful!

Iman said...

Congratulations!!! So happy for you and your family :) :)

Stephanie said...

Congratulations!

dandee said...

Oh, this is such happy news Stephanie. Congratulations to you!

The Good Report said...

Aw, congratulations. And here's hoping you feel great.

Jordan and Jandee said...

Congratulations! and I love the photo, it makes me smile.

Brooke said...

Congrats to you guys! I think four is a lovely number.. Hooray for growing bellies!

by Sara Hicks Malone said...

Congrats! More power to you. Two is definitely my number, but I celebrate those with more in mind! Here's wishing for a smooth pregnancy.

Georgia said...

Felicitaciones, m'ija! You're a brave woman!

Amy said...

Congrats! What wonderful news! I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well!

Lulu Belle said...

Each day I come to your blog I am met with such goodies - and this is the best! Many blessings to you and your growing family. May God grant you health and lots of energy!

Rachael said...

Many congratulations!! What wonderful news for your family.

Incidentally, thank you for posting this. I've been nervous about a fourth pregnancy after emergency surgery during my last pregnancy to repair a pregnancy-induced hernia and all the veins in one leg. This gave me the "I can do it!" feeling! As always, you're an inspiration. :-)

chelsea said...

Oh how wonderful!! Congrats, Stephanie!

Staci said...

Hi Steph, I am on my third round of HG (though I just had to have my PICC removed due to a nasty allergic reaction to the dressings. I had oozy, scabby nasty rash.) I am 17 weeks and hoping that I am out of the woods though I still can't make it downstairs yet or be near most food and smells.

I know all about the magic number. I now have the peace of knowing that this 3rd child is the magic number. I am thrilled about not ever having to go through this again. Of course, I didn't mention yet that this was a very surprise pregnancy and that due to HG we had been in an adoption process for the last year. And we just got a referral of a little boy in Ethiopia. Which we accepted. So, babies 3 and 4 will be about 9 months apart in age.

We may be done with biological kids, but the fun of being adoptive parents is just beginning. :) Good luck! Surviving HG is no small feat. 4 times is darn heroic.

hannie bailey said...

congrats steph! this is exciting news!

Kate F. said...

Congrats! I'm 5 weeks ahead of you with my first. Glad you're feeling better...

Emily said...

Congratulations, Steph! I am so excited for you and sending lots of good thoughts your way. Our fourth was our final and yes, I knew. ;)

Jennifer said...

congratulations. I have awful HG and with our fourth I was in the hospital for several stays, the last one being two months long. I am so glad you are feeling better, I truly know how awful it can be. Hope you continue to feel better.

liz stanley said...

yeah!!!! great news! geez, that HG sounds horrible, hope this pregnancy treats you better!

Happy SAHM said...

Congratulations! My wishes for wonderful pregnancy and easy delivery!! Be Blessed!

michelle said...

Congratulations - wishing you a healthy pregnancy!

michelle said...

p.s. love the photo

Anderson said...

Congratulations. I'm glad you're feeling better.

CMN said...

Oh wow, Steph! That's simply so outstanding and exciting!! Congratulations to you and all of yours!

So... need a babysitter anytime soon so that you can take an afternoon off? :-) Give me a call!

- Christine

kelli said...

you're such a trooper, steph. and amazing to still be doing all that you're doing with how awful you feel. I'm glad things are looking a bit better! I still wished I lived closer and could bring over good magazines and gatorade.

I love your little family and am so excited that it's growing! and a bit jealous that you're done. congrats again..

Anastasia Lubke said...

Congratulations! That is so fantastic. I am so happy for you and your family. wish you the best pregnancy ever.

Jenn Kirk said...

Stephanie! Congratulations! Hugs to you! And hang in there -- hope you get back to feeling like your old self soon.

sevenalstons said...

Congratulations!!! That is the best kind of news :)

Amanda said...

What exciting news for you and your family!! Congratulations!

Karen said...

Lovely story. HG hit me in severe form for all of my pregnancies too, up to the 6 month point or so...my husband thought I was a complete kook when I suggested trying for a third. In my heart I knew I was not done at 2. With fortitude (and fantastic medical intervention!) we made it through. And three is wonderful...

Congratulations to you Stephanie! No easy task, but clearly worth the reward.

Megan said...

Congrats! What a thrill. We have one so far, and I always wonder how many others we'll be lucky enough to have if possible. Here's to a wonderful pregnancy and a special little baby!

monique said...

Congratulations Stephanie! What wonderful news. Hope you feel well and get the much-needed rest you deserve!

Kathryn said...

Happy news!

I'm in the same boat - 15 weeks pregnant, happily medicated & keeping down most of what I eat - finally.

But it's just my first. So I'll have to look to you as an example when I consider having more someday. :)

marian said...

That's fantastic news! Happy pregnancy! - Marian

marta said...

so exciting for you, steph. congrats!! what a fabulous li'l adventure for you. enjoy every minute of your final pregnancy.

ansley b. said...

i am one of four and love having such a big family! congrats!

lynne said...

Oh, congratulations Stephanie!!! Pregnancy is the pits, but having our fourth has been unbelievably joyful. There is nothing more wonderful than a baby. I hope you feel good!!!!

lesli said...

I am so happy for you. There is nothing more fun than a baby. I hope this pregnacy treats you a little better though!

breastfeedingkills said...

Congrats! I just had my fourth! So fun!

Amy said...

Congratulations Steph!
I know what you mean about knowing the magic number.
Hope you feel better!

Jennifer said...

That is wonderful news - Congratulations. Here’s to a healthy and happy pregnancy!

.caroline armelle. said...

wow! congrats!

i hope you get over the sick part soon, i know the feeling...

Lindsey said...

Congrats Steph! I hope you have a great pregnancy and have a healthy, happy baby to add to your lovely family.

Amber said...

Steph,
You are a brave woman.Congrats! I remember how sick you were with #3!
I just had #3 and I know we're still not complete. Good Luck with everything!

jen said...

congratulations! what wonderful news. health and joy to you.

Brooke said...

Congratulations! Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy!

Jessica @ A Bushel and a Peck said...

Congratulations! I am going to have #4 ANY DAY NOW, and I will say I know that 4 is my magic number. I am done, I know I am done, and I am happy. Good luck on a smooth and happy pregnancy!

s g said...

congratulations...hope you are feeling better, I can't even imagine being that sick!! this baby is lucky to have one incredible mommy :)

Joslyn said...

YAY! four is your magic number ;-)
i'm glad you're feeling better friend!

xox

loft2dwell said...

Congratulations! You're such a good mom - I'm happy you're adding one more. (L is still one of my favorite nursery kids.) :) Incidentally, I'm 6 months along with baby #1.

Carrie O

Kristyn said...

Congrats!!!

Becky said...

congratulations! That is so exciting!

lyndsey | paper girl said...

oh congratulations! that is so exciting. whenever a woman says "i haven't been feeling well" you have to wonder...i admit, i did wonder when i got that email from you :)

feel better soon!

Elaina said...

Congratulations on your wonderful and exciting news!

Becs said...

Congratulations!

Elsa May said...

Oh wow congratulations! What wonderful news indeed!!

Alison said...

Congratulations! I am very impressed that you have kept up with regular posting! I hope you are feeling good. :)

Andrea said...

Oh, how wonderful. Congratulations! Four is our magic number too.

likeschocolate said...

Congratulations!

Rebecca said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! I'm so thrilled for you ... you bring such beautiful children into the world and do such an incredible job raising them. xoxo

Holly said...

Congrats~

paula said...

congratulation! You are very blessed.

susan said...

Congrats on baby number four! Very exciting.

Erin said...

how very exciting. congratulations!

Milan said...

Congratulations :) What a wild ride.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful!! Simply, beautifully wonderful!

~ Jess

Lauren said...

Congratulations! You are such a great mom.

Marlo said...

Yea!!!! Congrats!

Carrian said...

I'm so late in reading this, but wanted to say I feel your pain. I'm sick months, still sick. I also have HG. No pic line for me though. I run too high risk for clots so I get to stay in the hospital A LOT. It's hard. I try to understand when all my friends complain and complain about their tiny little bit of nausea. I know trials are different for everyone. Doctors don't think we should try again since my weight goes so low in the 80's etc. (Although I didn't have a feeding tube this time!! hooray for prayer) We will see what the future holds. This is number 2 for us. Again, I so feel your pain.

Design Mom said...

Just realized I hadn't taken the time to tell you Congratulations! I'm super excited for your wonderful news.

stephmodo said...

Oh goodness! You are all so lovely. Thank you for helping me be more excited when I'm not feeling well. It helps a lot!

For those of you with HG, feel free to email me at any time with questions or for an empathetic ear :)

Thank you all again!

xo

joolee said...

congratulations!! that is so wonderful. four feels like a good # to us too...but we'll see. i'm due with #3 in july!

Eva / Sycamore Street Press said...

Congrats Steph! That's amazing :) Glad you're feeling a bit better.

AmberLee said...

Congratulations! What great news. So happy to hear you are getting by a little better. I can't imagine, the standard morning sickness is enough for me. Truly you are a hero. Feel better.

Stephanie K said...

Congrats!! How exciting!! You'll do an amazing job :)

Carissa said...

Steph, you are heroic to go for a fourth baby when you suffer from HG. I had it for the entire 9 months of all three of my pregnancies and it is a horrible thing to endure. I'm sure you'll get another delightful darling for your sacrifice. Congratulations!

Michiko said...

Congratulations! I am sitting around, killing time reading blogs, waiting for my #4 to come out. He isn't due until the 17th, but it would be awfully nice to have him while Jer and the boys are off work and school this week for spring break . . . Glad you are keeping down food! Pregnancy is the pits, but the babes that result are worth it. . . :)

Auntie Cake said...

Oh Steph congrats!!! I have been away with my family, so I am finally catching up with all your posts that I missed. I am so excited for you and your family! Too cool!
Kate

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