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Barbara's Pregnancy Journal

Introduction
~ Meet Barbara

BarbaraHi everyone, my name is Barbara and I live in the Great Northwest (Washington) with my husband (Jerry) and five out of our six children. The oldest one is grown up now, so she is doing her own thing, but she still lives close by. My children are Stephanie (21), Katie (17), Jacob (14), Dominic (9), Quinton (6) and Alainna (3). We have one dog, named Princess and one cat, named Serena. They get along most of the time (the pets and the kids ). I homeschool my younger kids; the older ones go to a local high school really close to our house. They have done really well. For anyone who is wondering how the transition is to go from homeschooling to a public school, my kids have all transitioned really well. I actually don't know anyone who hasn't. This is my twelfth year homeschooling now. Wow! We use a lot of Christian Curriculum and I try to stay somewhat organized with our studies. We started back when my oldest daughter was beginning third grade and my daughter Katie was in Kindergarten. We also are part of a homeschool organization through our school district. My kids have a lot of fun with their homeschool classes. They have taken so many interesting classes and learned a lot. Time really does fly too fast and it seems the more our family has grown the faster it flies. Life is full of changes!

Ok, so here is a little information about me. I am 35 years old and my husband and I have been together since I was 18 and married since I was 20. I like to hike, love the beach, I crochet (but don't have a lot of time these days), I like scrapbooking, I like to read (Terri Blackstock is really good), I like to help at church in the nursery or pre-school class. I enjoy baking, I have written some poetry (but haven't in awhile)…Ok, now I'm gonna guess that a few of you calculated my age and my kids' ages and are wondering if I started having babies when I was 14, the answer is no. My husband had the girls when we started our relationship and I was very blessed with being able to adopt both of them after some time. I had to do their adoptions separately, but "adoption days" were two of the best days of my life.

In addition to that, I have added my own schooling to my to-do list the last few years. I have been working on getting my nursing pre-requisites completed and getting my Associates degree at the same time. I have not been going full time the entire time though, so it's taking a little while to finish up the AA degree. Recently I decided to drop my nursing plans; I still have mixed feelings about that, but I don't want to go to nursing school with a new baby and if I wait too long, my pre-requisites will begin to expire. Life is full of decisions. I really don't want to be in school with a new baby. I would feel torn and I don't feel as I could do as well as I would need to. After the baby is born, I just want to be a mom and do homeschooling and be involved in church for awhile. I was a stay-at-home mom for a long time and I miss it. I also worked graveyards for a year until the middle of August taking care of developmentally disabled adults. That was rewarding, but my schedule was just too much, so something had to give. I am grateful for the experience though.

Now, for the exciting news, and the reason I am writing this journal in the first place. A few days before Christmas I found out I was expecting again. This was a total surprise, completely unplanned and I am so excited at the same time. I won't lie; I went from excitement, to OH MY GOODNESS, to excitement, to is this really happening? Then I got excited again. However, I believe that God gives life and I feel blessed to have another little one. To be able to experience pregnancy is a miraculous, beautiful thing and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I did keep the news to myself at first though. I figured it was a few days before Christmas (the 22nd) and my husband didn't know, so why not tell him on Christmas? It sounded good to me, and I was never able to surprise him about something like this before. I couldn't keep it a complete secret though, so the next day I told my best friend (Cora) and my sister (Lynne). I wasn't sure how I was going to surprise him at first, but after a little bit of thinking I decided I would purchase a few newborn things and place them in a gift box. I bought two newborn girl onesies, and two newborn boy onesies, as well as two pairs of little newborn socks for both a both a boy and a girl. Along with all that, I put the positive pregnancy test in the box too (inside of a plastic bag of course). I then decided to write a little riddle for my husband to read before he opened the box. It read . . .

A Christmas Riddle

The month of December holds a Christmas riddle for you
Yes, I like riddles and you should too
I have a little flutter that you cannot see
Yet I'm more amazing then the Seven Wonders of the
   World could ever be
I could be compared to a grain of rice
Once you discover my identity you will think I'm quite nice
If I were an equation, I might equal seven
Created by God, the Creator of earth and heaven
If a little more help is needed still
I will give this clue, I could very well arrive with a bill
Now peek in the box for your final clue
The answer you seek has been given to you

Psalm 139:13
NIV
For you created my innermost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb

Inside, the box I had another little note about my approximate due date . . . I guessed it was August 12, which is one day after my son Jacob's birthday. I had it sitting on our bed and gave it to him as soon as it hit midnight on Christmas morning. He was actually speechless and got all teary-eyed. It was sweet. I told him he could announce it to everyone on Christmas too, which he did.

I had my first doctor's appointment on January 16 and then went and did all the fun lab work they have you do. I got a little nervous when they were going to poke me in the arm, but was a good girl and sat still just like I was suppose too. . The doctor's appointment was just the initial visit where we see the nurse, weigh in, get a due date . . . They gave me a baby bag and I got a pregnancy calendar, magazine, a newborn diaper (how cute!), and stuff like that. My approximate due date was pretty close, but they gave me August 10th instead of the 12th. That works for me! I am hoping to not have this baby on my son's birthday though, he has requested that he does not want to share his birthday. I told him that I would do my best to keep his birthday just for him.

The last thing I was going to add before I say good-bye is that this is actually my second time writing a pregnancy journal for StorkNet. I very much enjoyed writing my journal entries during my pregnancy with Alainna (3 years ago) and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to share another pregnancy journey with you all again. I want to thank Maribeth for accepting my application and allowing me to have this opportunity. God Bless and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Until Next Time,
Barbara

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