Baby Number Five: 7 Quick Takes

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1. There’s been one thing on my mind the entire week.

Baby #5

2. For those of you unfamiliar with that little square — it’s a pregnancy test. One line is the control line, the other is the test line. Two lines – you’re pregnant. Well, not you, but me.

3. Keeping count? That makes Baby #5. I’ll have a newborn, a 6 year old, two 4 year olds, and a 17 year old by this summer. Yes, that’s a busy house. I thought this might not be good timing, but my amazing friend Kaye (who plans to live vicariously through me with this pregnancy) reminded me that I will be off from work all summer. BONUS!

4. Am I nervous? Not at all.


I’m going to savor every last minute of this pregnancy.

5. Yes, I contemplating NOT telling people for a bit. All for about 30 seconds, when I immediately emailed my friend Angie. (No worries, folks. My husband was the first to know. Angie doesn’t check her email at 3 am anymore)

6. With baby #5, I’ll have reached a whole new status – the grandmultipara. And, since I’m SO OLD, I’m also a senile gravada. Whoever coined that offensive term must have seen me in the morning, covered in children in the queen sized bed, hair all standing on end, before I’ve had my coffee.

It’s currently referred to as ‘advanced maternal age’ — as if that is any less offensive. I prefer – “Like wine — she’s just getting better with time”.

7. I know this may sound silly, but I’ve gotten rid of most of my baby stuff! I was in the decluttering mode, and some things were sold, some were lent out, some were given away. I need your best ideas for things that I simply MUST have. I’ve already got the milk supply covered, no problem.

7 quick takes

For more Quick Takes that don’t involve baby announcements, visit Jen at Conversion Diary. I’m sure she’s got some scorpion tales for you, just in time for Halloween.

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  1. Congratulations! How exciting. Babies are such a sweet blessing.

  2. Congratulations! I think you planned well, you’ve got built in helpers! Looking forward to reading all your pregancy posts πŸ˜‰

  3. Congratulations!

  4. I’m ridiculously excited for you!!

    I’m so happy to hear that you’re already savoring the pregnancy. You’ve got the right attitude, sister πŸ™‚

    I might have to live vicariously through you, too. πŸ™‚


    • I’m trying to keep the right attitude — along with the fact that God doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle. Right?

      You, and Kaye, and a whole host of friends are the Vicarious Girls! Sounds like a band!

  5. Congratulations! I am so happy for you.

  6. I am so happy for you. I was all distracted at Mass today, running through appropriate Saint names for the newest Kaboodle member πŸ˜‰ You know I haven’t had a little one since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but if (God and modern science forbid) I had a little one on the way the first things I’d buy would be a Boppie pillow and a blanket they could use as a “comfort item”. Everything else is negotiable.

    • Tee hee! I’ll have to tell Father Scott to excuse you, since you were thinking up baby names!
      I found an old post I had made to a forum, back when we were PG with the boys. I had potential names there, and many of them still sound good to me.
      Boys –
      We’ve discussed Paul, and that’s as far as we’ve gotten.
      Girls –
      I still LOVE Sarah, and Anne (Modern Mrs Darcy will be proud!), and maybe Maeve as a middle name. I also adore Julia.

      Of course, Brett thinks I’m nuts to discuss names when we’re 1000 hours pregnant.

      The Boppy is residing at Jill’s house with Max, and will be returning to my house in the spring!

  7. Hopped over for 7 Quick Takes…
    Yippeee! Babies are so great!! Whether it is the 1st, 5th, 7th!!! πŸ˜‰ The one thing that I ABSOLUTELY could not live without when my last baby was a baby (and I still occasionally still use since he is 20 months old): a baby sling or a wrap. Love snuggling baby to me while being able to have arms and hands free to get a few things done!

    • I completely agree!
      I didn’t wear my oldest daughter, but I definitely wore my second daughter — until she outgrew the Baby Bjorn. I didn’t wear the boys, because it put too much pressure on my bladder — yuck! This time around, I plan to buy an Ergo – I want the option of wearing the baby on my back!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!


    That is all. Have a great weekend and take good care of yourself!! not like I need to tell you, I’m sure πŸ™‚

  9. Oh congratulations! Number 4 for us is due in May so we will have 5, 4, 2 and an infant. I think a playpen is a must with toddlers and infants in the house…K

    • Kyndra, your house sounds about as busy as mine! We’ll both be up to our eyeballs in children and diapers come this summer! I’ll keep you in my prayers for a safe, healthy pregnancy!

  10. How wonderful! Congratulations to you and your family!

  11. I am so so happy for you, my friend! Although I do feel a little anxiety on your behalf. I’m out of the baby circuit but apparently baby wearing is the way to go. Get yourself some fancy sling/holder/carrier with lots of back support.

    Guess that mean bourbon is on hold for a while. CONGRATS AGAIN!

    • Thank you, Fadra! I’m feeling enough anxiety for the both of us …. I’m trying to keep calm. Running helps, when I can get motivated to get out of the house.

      I’m planning on buying an Ergo – I’ve been jonesing for one of those for years. And yes, no bourbon, no tequila,and no California Wine Club. Sigh. The little things I give up …

  12. Woot! Woot! Congratulations, D!! (There must be something about getting rid of baby stuff . . . I donated my last 2 boxes of baby clothes and was finally free of all baby paraphernalia; 2 weeks later I found out was pregnantβ€”with twins)

    • Luckily, the big stuff hasn’t gone too far — just to my sister! I’ll still need an infant car seat, and a single stroller. My breast pump finally bit the dust after 3 children, so I’ll have to replace that as well.

      Twins …. you know I’m living on the edge until I see the doctor. I’ll be demanding an early ultrasound!

  13. Congratulations, I hope that your pregnancy is going well.

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