Let’s Make It Nine

There’s a certain point where, if you buy a pregnancy test, people feel compelled to comment on your purchase, to note the large numbers of children already milling about, to ask if you want to be pregnant, to wonder how many you intend to have, and to observe that cable television might be the solution to your “problem”.  I reached that point quite a while ago, so even though I’ve suspected for about a week and a half, and been pretty sure for several days, I had to figure out how to get my hands on a pregnancy test without attracting undo attention.  I figured it would be best to go to a store in another county, but not on post.

I finally got one yesterday, my forty-third birthday, and my little blue line appeared immediately, dark and bold.

pregnancy test with daisies

The children are extremely excited.  I told them all in dribs and drabs, and each time, there was squealing, jumping, laughter, and prayers for baby’s well-being.

And me?  I am nauseated, which is how I know everything is going along just fine, and otherwise contemplating my “advanced maternal age” and the trials and blessings of raising children long past the age that other women have thrown in the towel.  I think we’ve got to be insane, but then I look at Evie, and I know we are the sanest people on the planet.


Nothing is more important than this.  Not even sleep.  😉

Baby is due around April 9, and we’d both appreciate prayers for a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery!  And maybe a very mild case of morning sickness.  Thanks!


38 Comment

  1. I am crying tears of joy for you!!! Congratulations! Prayers that all moves along smoothly, and baby is born healthy! LOVE YOU!!! What a blessed birthday present!!

    1. Thanks, Jessie! I love you, too!

  2. Congrats, congrats, congrats!!! I read your title on my sidebar and got excited, thinking, “I wonder if that means what I think it means!!” And it does. So happy for you all!

    1. Thanks, Anne! It’s a little terrifying, but it always is, isn’t it?

  3. Aaaaaaaaugh! What wonderful, exciting news! I am so, so pleased for you and your family.

    1. Wow! That was loud! 🙂 Thanks for sharing our joy!

  4. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you and your beautiful family. Praying.

  5. That is the most awesome news I have heard in a while. Barring the news of my own grandchild, which I have not yet heard, I can’t imagine being happier about hearing anyone else’s announcement. Tears of joy — can’t see to type. Prayers for you, mama!

    1. Oh, thank you so much, Barbara. I love you, too!

  6. Yay! So excited for you all!

    1. Thanks, CMerie!

  7. Congratulations! What a blessing! Prayers coming for you and family.

    1. Thanks, Hannah! Prayers are very much appreciated. 🙂

  8. I have two April children… April 20th and April 26th.

    1. This will be our first April baby, but it’ll be following hot on the heels of a whole string of birthdays. 🙂

  9. Beckie R. says:

    Wahoooooooooooo! Congratulations my dear sister! I cannot believe it! Evie will be thrilled to have a playmate her own age (just about)!

    Congratulations to the whole family!

    1. Thanks, Beckie! I don’t know that Evie can possibly have it better than she’s got it right now, but we’ll see what we can do. 🙂

  10. Congratulations! Prayers for an easy pregnancy. ((((hugs)))) I’m very happy for you!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I’m nervous, but it’ll all be fine, right?

  11. Emily G says:

    Oh, wow! Congratulations, Coopers! What wonderful news! Praying for health and safety for mama and baby.

  12. Congratulations! What blessed news. Even though four of ours have come before I felt ready for more, it is always exciting to see that second line appear :^) I will add you to my pregnancy prayer list.

    1. Thanks so much, Kellie. I appreciate the prayers and the compassion. 🙂

  13. Wonderful news! And for the record, I would gladly mail you one any time! In a discrete package, and everything! 😉

    1. I never would have thought of having one shipped in, and I’ll definitely keep you in mind as a partner in crime, if there’s a next time. 🙂

  14. How wonderful! Congratulations! Praying for you and the new baby!

    1. Thanks, Jennie!

  15. Lillian says:

    Congratulations!!! I know exactly how you feel! You will be in my constant thoughts and prayers, even if I’m lousy at keeping in touch. I’ll be 42 when our little one is born. Advanced in wisdom is what we are!! ?

    1. I was thinking of you, too, when I saw the news. 🙂

  16. Oh, my goodness! I am so happy for all of you! Prayers for all those intentions that you mentioned!

  17. Congratulations! What wonderful news! God bless you and your beautiful family. You will be in my prayers and I am hoping for April 10th, since that is my wedding anniversary.

    1. Thanks, Beth! I’ve already been hearing some, “This would be a good day,” and I just say any day will be a good day. The closer to our due date, the better. 🙂 (I tend to go very late!)

  18. Elizabeth says:

    Ahhhhhhh!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!

    (pregnancy tests are what amazon was made for. A little extra shipping but no sidelong glances at the three toddlers!!

  19. so happy for you. 🙂 You give me hope, lol. I am going to be 41 soon…my baby is 3yo now…I wasn’t really intending to be done and hoping not to be!

  20. Emily G says:

    Yeah, gosh, I forgot to say that…Amazon and eBay have cheap pregnancy tests. Don’t buy them in the store! Goodness! I just bought 20 of them off eBay for less than $1.50 and free shipping. They’re the kind that you dip, which is fine by me, and the writing is all in Chinese but if you know how to use them (and believe me, I do…) it’s no biggie.

  21. Shannon Collier says:

    How amazing! I’m so happy for you! Many prayers!

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