Nine will be fine

I could have titled this seven will be heaven, since that’s how many Edglings there will be come January ~ but rhyming  fine with the total number that will be in our family sounded better right now since I am still in a wee bit of shock and heaven isn’t exactly where I’m at yet.

I’ve been here before.  This time has been a little different though.  For the last year or so, I’ve been walking the road of saying goodbye to new babies and giving birth.  No more sweet bundles or deliciously scented heads to smell.  No more watching siblings take to and love a new little one.  It was hard at first, but little by little, it got easier. I thought of all that we would be able to do without diapers, strollers and the works.  We started taking steps to make things permanent. I’ve struggled with cutting off God’s blessing in this area, but finally felt comfortable moving into a new phase, child-bearing years behind me.

We weren’t aware of any oops, until the time came and went. And denial set in, along with nausea, fatigue and congestion.  And depression.  So many plans I had for the upcoming year – some selfish, but many with my loved ones in mind – helping my senior with college plans, redoing the school room, getting away with hubby, getting in shape again.  How will I accomplish those things, along with the everyday and carry a baby? I’m not as young as I used to be 🙂 We don’t even have a vehicle big enough to carry us all!

The truth is, I don’t know.  Some of those may not happen.  Some may look different.  But I know that if anything is to be accomplished, it will be with only by the strength and through the grace of God. Because that’s the only way I’ve ever been able to do it before.  It’s His plan and He will see it through.

Bill has been great.  He and I have sort of switched places from earlier years. Now I’m the shocked one and he is the one who takes it in stride and holds me up.  The kids are happy for the most part.  They just keep rolling. The 4-year-old asked at bedtime if the baby would be here tomorrow.  I think we’ll have to make a paper chain to help her count the days.  That’s going to be one looooong chain.

Me ~ I’m adjusting.  So if you’d be so kind if you see me not to ask me if we figured out  how this happens.  Obviously we have 🙂  And I won’t ask you if you’ve figured out what makes you overweight or in debt or rude.  That sounds harsh, but if you think about it, people feel like they can ask or say whatever when you’re pregnant, that they would never dream of saying any other time. And when you’re still dealing with the revelation yourself, it’s kind of tough to answer without hauling off and smacking some people. And I am not prone to violence.

If it were up to me, right now, I would cocoon myself , not come out for nine months and then just send out baby announcements. (It would be so awesome!) That’s kind of hard to do when you’re surrounded by friends and family and already have six kids who wouldn’t take well to being locked up with you.

We have shared our news in many ways with each baby, making it special.  This time, I decided that the blanket approach would work best for me. A baby blanket if you will.  Thank you Facebook for making this possible.  Family will have to forgive me for not making personal calls.  I just can’t do it (see above).  If you’re thrilled, feel free to comment, call, send meals 😉  If you’re shocked, just sit on it for awhile and when you’re ready, when you’ve adjusted, then I’d be happy to take your call.

Just remember, there are many other things that are a lot harder to adjust to  than a sweet baby made in the image of our Creator.

I know I will.

24 responses to this post.

  1. I am wearing a hugely enormous grin over here. So happy, pleased, excited, ticked-pink, loving this news of yours. What amazing parents you two are. Yeah!


  2. Posted by Debby Morton on June 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Very happy for you and Bill. Congratulations on your news I guess that from Heidi’s posts on Facebook she might of already been in the loop. Seems like there will be lots of new babies in your neighbourhood soon at least you have the help of your other kids which should make things easier for you. Enough of the old stuff you are by no means old that can be said about me raising a 1 year old LOL. Let me know when the baby shower is would love to come and welcome the new little Edger.


    • Posted by Kerri on June 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks, Debby!! You know Heidi – if there’s dirt to sniff out, she’s like a Hoover vacuum 🙂


  3. You know I love new babies! Two in the same neighborhood. Great, great news!!!


  4. Posted by Heidi Stearns on June 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Congrats to you and your family! What a blessing!


  5. I’m really happy and exited for you! What a blessing! After the hard part passes (however long that might be), you’ll still have another wonderful child and all this craziness will be a distant memory. I’ll pray for you tonight as you continue to sort through it all :0) Praise the Lord!


  6. Congratulations on your little blessing! So happy for you! Don’t know how you do it. You and Bill should get an award and honestly, if anyone knows how all that works, the two of you certainly do. Bravo for having more courage than most. Grace and peace. Hugs! The English Family


  7. Posted by Terri Willoughby on June 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Children are a Blessing from The Lord even when they are a Surprise! What delightful news for your family. I know God will provide all you need. Our family sends our prayers and congratulations upon this wonderful news.


  8. Posted by Jennifer Rothwell on June 10, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Oh! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the Edglings! Now you have a reason to drop everything, come over, drink some ice cold cokes and let the kiddos run wild in my backyard! Then leave them and go take a nap. 🙂 God bless you, we are sooooo excited for your FABUOLOUS family! 🙂 We will be praying for all good things!


  9. Congratulations!! God bless you and your family for all you do; you guys are awesome!


  10. Posted by Donna on June 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Hang in there honey….It does get harder the older you get, but hey they are worth it. You see that little face looking into your eyes, all the other just seems to make sense……If you need anything let us know….I am so excited for you and Bill and the kids…God Bless


  11. This is my first time visiting your blog, but I just want to say congratulations. What a blessed child this new little one will be, with so many surrounding him or her with love. Beautiful. 🙂


  12. Excited for you, even though I’m brand new to your blog. 🙂


    • Posted by Kerri on September 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      Jamie, thanks for stopping by. I have enjoyed getting to know your blog lately, so I was pleased to see you here.


  13. Posted by Kim on September 4, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Congratulations to you! I’m brand new to your blog, but, I too, am Mommy to 7 precious ones. I’m with you, though, on the struggle to move on with the bigger ones, be free from diapers and all the rest that comes with babies, but oh how sweet those babies are! Every one has been a treasure and the joy of watching my older ones with the baby are not to be compared to anything else. I find myself getting caught up sometimes with thinking about all of the things we could do if we didn’t always have little ones around, comparing to other families, etc., but then I back up a little and remember why it is I’m here in the first place…to Glorify our Heavenly Father. He gave me each child for a reason; and gave them to me at the time He gave them to me for a reason, that’s enough for me! Glory be to Him!!! And I pray that He will continue to use me, however weak I may be, in whatever purpose He may have for me. I pray that for you too! Enjoy that sweet baby!! #7 grows so fast, you just may miss it if you’re not careful. My #7 is already 10 months old. I feel like I”m watching her grow in fast forward!!!


    • Posted by Kerri on September 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement, Kim. You’re so right. The baby in our family is almost three and I still feel like it was yesterday that we were bringing her home. I know this one will be the same, but I do look forward to it. I’m glad you could stop by.


  14. Congrats on the pregnancy, Kerri. Nine is going to be better than fine. 🙂

    Best wishes for a safe and speedy pregnancy, delivery, & recovery.


  15. Kerri, I have already commented on your pregnancy but just now found this post. As your belly grows and I see you take it all in stride as you continue your daily activities, serving your family, my respect for you grows as well. No complaining about the mountains of laundry, dishes, driving kids around, etc! Just a sweet-spirited lady who welcomes others into her cozy nest with warm friendliness.
    I am the opposite of “shocked” at your pregancy…I am jealous! I regret not having more and will admit it publicly. You go, girl! “Happy is the man (and I’m sure the Lord meant woman, too!) that has his quiver full of them.”
    =) Kim


  16. Posted by Krista on October 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    So I was just “visiting” your blog tonight to see if you’ve posted anything new, any anecdotes about my crazy nieces and nephew, etc., and just revisited this post. I am thrilled to see that you have such a support network of friends, neighbors and church family that share in my delight of this new baby and are there to be supportive. I hate being an “absentee” aunt and always wish I was there to do more and see everyone more but I am happy to see you’ve got a local cheering squad.

    Sadie was kind enough to come into the world on my Christmas vacation that year but no matter when this one comes I will be so happy to meet her!


  17. Posted by Kim on October 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm


    I just wanted to say congratulations. 4 years ago, when I was 39 years old, I found myself in the same situation with a lot of the same feelings you have expressed. My oldest was 19 and her 5 siblings went down to age 5 at the time. My husband was happy but I was in shock and worried about all the things you have mentioned. I turned 40 before our last daughter was born. A very difficult year followed with many nursing troubles and a baby with an extremely high need to be held all the time. She is now 4 and is the light of our lives. Hubby and I joke that God gave her to us to humble us and teach us that we didn’t know anything about parenting, even after having 6. She is an extraordinary person already and it will be a joy to see what she does and accomplishes with her life. God will definitely give you exactly what you need, and no, it won’t be easy. I grew more as a parent in the last 4 years than the previous 20. I am more tired because getting up for feedings is tougher when you’re older. But you will love the little one He blesses you with and you’ll even laugh at the tough times, eventually! Many hugs and prayers.
    Kim Woodard


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