Baby on the Way!

We are very excited to share…
that we are expecting!
Ben and I tried to keep it a secret but my horrible all day-morning sickness
and my bloated tummy made that impossible!
(My body is like ohhh yeah I remember this. Hormones are going crazy over here. haha.)
Our girls kept asking questions about why I kept throwing up and was so sick…
I would wake up and eat a cracker while they got off to school, “Mom, why do you like crackers so much now?”
It was ok at first… but then we could tell they started getting worried
about me because of how horrible I felt (and LOOKED)
so we let them in on the secret when I was around 7 weeks.
We had had our ultrasound done that day and the heartbeat was strong!!
I cried like a baby! So grateful.
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In between throwing up we filmed a little video to
share with our family far away, and now with you!
We were pretty sure Sophia already knew because she kept making comments.
One day I loaded the kids up in the car to grab dinner.
“Mama wants fried chicken!”
Sophia looks over at me, “…do you want…. pickles???”
It was hilarious.
Having a large family, each child adds to the joy and crazy.
But seeing the big kids experience a new baby… is an incredible thing!
Love how excited they are! Asher will be two and ready to be a big bro!

We told our families the same day as our kids. My older brother and his wife had just had a baby…
and my little brother and his wife shared a few weeks earlier they were expecting…
so it was fun announcing this batch of cousins would be so close in age!


Kids can’t keep secrets…
and It’s been hard to explain to people why I’ve been such a hot mess lately…
So we decided to let everyone in on the secret!
Baby is due this November and I’m 8 weeks!
We found out very early and I immediately had horrible nausea.
I was very anxious about the pregnancy because of our past miscarriages…
and thought my stress and fear was why I was so sick.
But I quickly realized that it was more than that…
that I had horrible morning sickness and we counted it as a blessing!
It felt like a very good sign! I’ve been pretty much not functional, and just getting by.
But I’ve never been so happy about having constant nausea!

I’m on medicine and it’s starting to help me keep food and liquid down.
Not feeling as woozy and eating more when I can.
The fatigue is incredible and I feel like a total mombie these days!
Ben has been incredible helping and keeping us afloat.
My mom came into town to save us this past week, doing TONS of laundry and cooking
and helping with the kids and grocery shopping. LOVE her and miss her already!
Finding out we were pregnant was such a crazy mix of emotions.
Before our past two early miscarriages, we never really thought of what could happen.
We had four smooth sailing pregnancies.
But this time around, we are way more anxious and trying to just trust in
God! I started on Hormone pills soon after we found out.
We know that at any moment something could happen, but we are grateful for this life in me.
We are hopeful and moving forward… wanting to celebrate this life
and enjoy all the excitement that goes with it.
Thanks for rejoicing with us!
We can’t wait to see who this little person is that is supposed to be in our family!
We are excited to share this next adventure with all of you!
We have two girls ready to be little mamas!
Our tie breaker baby… the girls want a girl and the boys want a boy.
Well, Micah decided that for Asher. ;)
Thanks for celebrating with us. Please pray for this sweet babe! xoxo.

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  • Mandy
    April 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    What a blessing!! Prayers for a smooth rest of preganancy! Thanks for sharing with us! 🎉

  • Martina
    April 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Omgoodness God is so good! And this prego is now crying! So excited for you and your rainbow baby!!

  • Joy
    April 6, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    God is so good! I’m so happy for your family. I’m due with #6 a few weeks before you and when my husband and I told the kids they were elated. Hope you feel better soon and praying for a easy pregnancy for you.

  • Britt Hensley
    April 6, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Congrats & God bless!!!! That morning sickness is no joke, and I pray that you stay healthy!!! Eek..tie breaker baby! #teamgirl

  • Kristen
    April 7, 2017 at 10:34 am

    So happy for you. You and Ben have a beautiful family.

    April 7, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy! I am so excited down for your sweet family!

  • Shawn
    April 7, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I remember the feeling I had when we found out we were pregnant after our late loss. It is amazing and scary all at the same time. Praying for you and your family! Congrats and good luck with your tie breaker….our tie breaker was a girl!
    Side note: One thing that gave me peace of mind throughout the first months was a personal feral heart rate monitor. You can buy one online for around $50 and it helped me get through those crazy worry moments up until you can feel baby kicking!

    • Shawn
      April 7, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      Fetal…not feral….oops!

  • Melissa
    April 7, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I’m so happy and thankful for you and your beautiful family.

  • Jenny
    April 7, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    So wonderful Natalie, praying for your little bebe!

  • Elizabeth Reyna
    April 7, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    So excited for you and your family..God Bless you your growing lil bundle of Joy..

  • Lisa
    April 8, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Wonderful news! Congratulations!!!!! Loved the video. Hope the sickness doesn’t stay around too long. God Bless

  • Stephanie
    April 10, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    How exciting! We’re expecting our 3rd baby this November as well. Your story literally sounds the exact same as mine. Always sick, always sleep, not eating and the kids were worried. We had to tell them and because our son can’t keep a secret we had to tell the whole family too. Congratulations!

  • Bel
    April 10, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Congratulations to you all! Such beautiful news!!!!

  • Laura Radniecki
    April 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I am thrilled for your guys! You are one of my favorite families to follow on IG.

    I know I’m seeing the highlight reel through social media but I have to tell you that watching you and Ben parent your kids so well is so inspiring to witness. I have one son and to be honest, now that he’s one, I’m starting to have some nerves when I think about adding baby #2. I know that’s normal to be a little apprehensive, but knowing that you have welcomed several beyond where I’m at, and done it with happiness, grace, joy and all while raising your kids in the Catholic faith… I’m inspired and encouraged by what you share with us.

    Thank you for opening your family up to us and for giving me courage to embrace the next hopeful addition to our family.

    Praying for you guys!!

  • Mallory
    April 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Congrats! I love following your beautiful family!

  • Colleen
    April 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    So happy for you. Do you mind sharing what medication you are taking this pregnancy? You mentioned starting a hormone pill shortly after finding it you were pregnant?

  • Jordan
    April 28, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Congratulations! I just came across your blog, and your family is so cute. We have a Micah and a Sophia also, with a 3rd due in June!