The Announcement:

[Note, this is an old post from 2011.]

In case you didn’t get the insinuations in the quiz, or just didn’t feel like participating…  Here is the announcement:

(borrowed from the brilliant and creative couple at LittleDewBaby… as my attempts at such choreography would not be nearly as clever…)

We’re expecting #5… due in the spring!

And not that any of you would ever ask, but I figured I’d proactively include these answers in case the random people I meet in the grocery store happen to read my blog:

  • Yes, we do know what causes that (and yes, we rather enjoy it!)
  • Yes, we do have a TV
  • No, we are not crazy (ok, maybe a little)
  • Yes, my hands are wonderfully full, I am blessed
  • Yes, actually, we are Catholic
  • Yes, I’ve heard of birth control, I’m not a fan of artificial hormones actually
  • Yes, they are all mine
  • Yes, they have the same father
  • No, it really isn’t your business if we are stopping or not (specifically addressed to random checkout clerk at the store who has asked the same question 5 times, including asking if I’m going to have any more while I’m visibly pregnant)
  • No, we are not getting “fixed” as clearly nothing is broken
  • Yes, we do get time to ourselves sometimes (obviously)

Thanks so much for reading and for playing the brain teaser challenge! I promise won’t turn into a pregnancy blog, though I do plan to take the opportunity to once a week write on a pregnancy/birth/fertility related topic since I get a lot of questions about them.

Do you have any specific pregnancy or birth related questions you’d like me to write about in the coming months? Let me know in the comments below!

If you have kids, how did you tell family/friends that you were expecting? Share below!

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Reader Comments

  1. Susan says

    Congratulations! I have five myself and they are awesome! I totally understand your post though. I was recently pregnant with what we hoped to be our sixth. I wanted to wait though before telling people because of the reactions I knew I’d get, especially from my family. Sadly, I miscarried last week so I didn’t have to face any of the criticism. But I am sad that I didn’t get to share my joy over expecting a baby. Babies are always good news, even when times are tough. My first came at a tough time and, even though he developed autism, I am SO happy to be his mom.

    Acck! I am being such a downer! I truly have been enjoying your blog and all your wonderful resources. Again, congratulations!

    • Erin says

      Hey Susan in Saskatchewan, firstly I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. I suffered 2 miscarriages between my first and second babies and I know how difficult it is. Also wanted to say I’m from Sask too and just recently found this blog and have been reading it steady for the past 5 days! Small world!

  2. Sandy says

    Congratulations! I have two children. One is 34 and one is 17. I’ve always admired moms who could handle multiple little ones at the same time. One at a time was all I could handle :). I’m blessed with one granddaughter and thanks in part to your inspiring blog, I’m becoming healthier every day. Wishing all the best to you and your family,

  3. Krissy says

    I didn’t answer all the questions but this news is more important. hehe. Congratulations on your growing family. How exciting is that! I love pregnancy and babies! My husband and I are on our last though. Our baby (of 5) is almost 11 months old and we are cherishing every moment of it because she is our last…goes by too darn fast! 😉 I’m excited for all your posts to come!! Thank you again for Wellness Mama, you are a such a blessing!! ?

  4. Wendy says

    Congratulations!! We have 6 — oldest is 18, youngest is 1 — and my answers are all the same as yours. :) I’ll be 45 in a few months, so our youngest may be our last, but we’d love more. Dh’s family thinks we’re insane. My family thinks we’re a little too extreme, but they’re too polite to say anything. LOL. We tell everyone fairly early, ’cause I’m usually exhausted and sick as a dog by about week 6, so they’d figure it out anyway. No special way of announcing it, though, just “I’m pregnant!” The ensuing conversation is usually entertainment enough. :)

  5. Charmaine says

    Congratulations! I think you’re one of the best people to have kids, let alone loads of them. You actually bother researching and putting into practice the best lifestyle for your kids. God bless and take care!

  6. Magnant says

    Congratulations! We are expecting our 3rd this winter and we got all the questions & raised eyebrows. Which makes me question whether I can handle it. Especially with an active & sassy 3yr old.

  7. charity says

    I am excitedly expecting baby number 5 as well. I am 19 weeks and due in march. We couldn’t be more happy and would Love more if God chooses to bless us with more.

  8. Chantel says

    I had a suspicion you were having another! Congratulations! The thing with the baby corn and baby carrots reminded me of Full House back in the day when Aunt Becky was trying to tell Uncle Jesse she was pregnant by serving baby carrots and various other “baby” foods. Anyhow, i look forward to reading more pregnancy-related articles and the fifth installment of your birth stories! We don’t have any bio children yet (currently have foster children who are 4, 5 & 6) but i appreciated your circumcision article, since I had never really thought twice about it before. I am soaking up as much of your info as possible so that I can make the best pregnancy-related decisions when that time comes. You are so loved and appreciated! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Sarah says

    Congrats!! I just started following you and trying the whole paleo/no sugar thing while running after 5 (and nursing another) at home!!

  10. Stefanie Stantchev says

    Congratulations dear Katie! I cannot believe what people at the grocery store asked you: whether/how many kids to have is such a personal decision which no one should be allowed to judge. Best of luck and I will be reading all your great advice in the coming months (as usual)!

  11. Sammy says

    Congratulations and bless you! I am the oldest of 8 children (21 year span from me to the youngest). I always wanted 6 kids but was only blessed with two. I always laugh when people say that they can’t ‘afford’ children. I think mine would have benefited tremendously from having more siblings. It’s a totally different environment and doesn’t allow for a lot of self-centeredness by the kids or parents.

    We’ve been talking about foster care or adopting since the last one left the nest.

  12. Karen Kempf says

    Congratulations, Katie!! I was thinking it was about time for another! :-) I am very excited to read your posts on pregnancy (especially how to avoid morning-sickness!!!), because pretty much the second I had my baby, I became terrified of becoming pregnant again because I can’t stand the thought of going through first trimester again :-( Knowing that I could have some tricks up my sleeve for when the time comes will definitely help put my mind at ease :-)

  13. Auntie Amy says

    Congratulations and welcome to the club! You sound just like me, nearly 11 years ago when our 5th child was born…(and yes, all five have the same father, yes, we know what causes it, thank you very much and…agreed, no one else’s business!) I have found it interesting to hear through the last several years from many empty nesters about how if they could change one thing, it would have been to have more children than having two..because that’s what they felt was the right thing…or what they could afford…. I love big families! and it’s been hectic, yet I feel so richly blessed as I’m sure you do too! (Our children range from going to be 11 in a month to 27. (First 3 beautiful daughters and then two ever loving fun sons!)

  14. says

    Congratulations! I have 5 kids, too! :-) They range in age from 12 years to 9 months old. I get questions and shocked looks because I have 5 kids….all the time. Oddly, I’m still not used to it. I grew up in a big family, and it’s normal to me to be around families with lots of kids.

  15. Laci says

    I played the song from I Love Lucy…we’re havin a baby, my baby and me…because I married my Ricky! Congrats!

  16. Amy says

    Congratulations!!!! That is sooo great! I love how you answer those questions. I get asked almost the exact same questions on a daily basis, it’s rather annoying. I have four kids 4 and under (youngest are twins) and each one was planned (ok, we didn’t plan to have twins). We are so blessed! I’m shocked at how people respond to this as if it’s any of their biisness, especially the “you don’t plan to have anymore, right?” Really, and why not? And yet all these comments are asked in front of my children and I’m left to explain when my four year old asks, “Momma, why doesn’t she want you to have more kids?”
    Congratulations and here’s to a healthy, wonderful pregnancy!!!!!

  17. melissa rogers says

    wonderful :) congratulations!! I enjoy your Web site so much and thank you for all of the helpful information you provide. I’ve been making my own lotion bars and giving them as gifts. Everyone loves them! Anyway, thanks so much and best wishes for a healthy and “easy” pregnancy 😉 Sounds like you’re doing super! And you make me laugh…I love the way you made your announcement with your bullet points. So funny.

  18. Gaina says

    So excited for you! We have eight children and have heard mostly good comments, but I’ve gotten a few of those! Good comebacks!

  19. says

    Congratulations! We just had our first a year ago (almost 13 months, actually) and are already open to (and not doing anything to prevent) #2. I think my husband would keel over of shock at the thought of having 5, but we’re older, too – we’re both 36, so we’re starting late. I look forward to reading your pregnancy related posts!

  20. Lydia says

    Congrats!! I have two little boys (4 & 2) and since discovering your website I have been trying recipe after recipe and altho I absolutely love it all, it definitely keeps me busy. I have learned so much from wellnessmama! Thanks and god bless on the new addition to your fam!

  21. Cecilia says

    I am happy for you. I was blessed with three, lost three, and completely support letting God choose and IMO, the more the better! Bless you!

  22. Nik says

    I’m the very fair skinned blue eyed wife of a hispanic man and I have 5 boys who all take after their daddy. I get asked all the time if they’re mine (one women even had the nerve to recant ‘are you sure?’) Like I’d seriously be crazy enough to take 5 boys under 10 into a grocery store voluntarily. Come on people!!! 😀

  23. Mary says

    Very exciting! My fiance and I read the blog often. When we talk about child rearing, housework, cooking, etc. we often end up saying something like: “Wellness Mama does it like this….” or “Wellness Mama makes her own….” =D

    You are an inspiration to all people who are trying to live healthy lives. Congratulations! Your family is in my prayers!!

  24. Christina says

    Congratulation! I’m currently expecting #6 and have had the exact same experiences and questions you’ve had so I know how you feel! Big families ROCK! Thanks for sharing your joy and for everything you do :-)

  25. Jen says

    I once found this poem that someone gave their family when they, too, were expecting their 5th child. it was beautiful and I will see if I can find it.

    We, too, are Catholic and threw away the birth control pill after we had our first child. We began to grasp the beauty behind the Church’s teachings (and the nightmare behind the hormones) and decided that if we couldn’t hold to some of the teachings (all of the teachings) then ????? When I was pregnant with our 3rd, my parents flipped. After that, we had 2 girls and a boy so everyone assumed we HAD to be done. Afterall, we now had both sexes. When I was pregnant with the 4th, my family FLIPPED big time. What was wrong with us? Then I miscarried and I won’t tell you those comments … meant well, but not nice. Then I was pregnant again and miscarried again. I finally had my 4th at age 38. And he’s wonderful. I get questions all the time or statements (well meaning and they don’t get me upset at all). People say, “Ooops???” I say, “No oops … he just took his sweet time in blessing us with his presence. He made sure we were good and ready for him.” Or, “Remarried?” Nope … same man. I use it as a time to educate. I do not believe in the population overgrowth. In fact, many countries are now struggling with too much of a decline in population. I’ve never been blessed with more children, but I remain open. This is also wonderful to discuss with those who want to hear it. I think our culture is ready for some of this now. We are seeing the demise of a ‘sexually free’ society where sex and babies are no longer something that naturally go together. Lots of heartache.

    Long way of saying that many of us don’t think you’re crazy at all! And, if you have no serious reason not to have them, then why prevent them from coming? They each bring us some new piece of the face of God, I think. Plus, although each new child is a unique personality, you don’t double, triple, quadruple, etc your work each time you have another child. Once you’re cooking supper, who cares if you have to throw in another pound of meat? Once you’re doing laundry, who cares if there’s another load? Plus, as the kids get older, they all begin to do their fair share of the work. As I have two in college, I realize how much help they were when they were here.

    Congratulations and Best wishes.

  26. Monica says

    Congratulations!! We are only on baby #1 (4 months old) but would like to have six! I hope I can be as organized as you someday!

  27. Shana says

    Congratulations to you!!! I have 1 child (age 1) and am in complete awe and respect for all the women out there who have more than one…haha! I definately want more and 5 would be a DREAM!!! Thanks for sharing your wisdom with the world……..a woman with a family a 5 is an inspiration to new mamas like me:-)

  28. says

    Congratulations! I love the announcement and the answers to the ALWAYS asked questions. With six children, ranging from age 11 years to 20 months, I’ve had my share of question answering myself. What exciting news. Wishing you and yours all the best.

  29. Nancy says

    That is great news. Who cares what anyone else thinks or says! I have 4 boys. They are 4 years and 2 months apart. Our house was very lively, to say the least. They are now 17, 18, 19 and 21. I’m not sure what age range is harder, this one or when they were little!

  30. jessica kenney says

    Just wanted to say congrats! And to tell you that it is great to see another Catholic out there doing the “natural things.” More members of my church look funny at me when I talk about using natural remedies and foods for my children. You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work and relax while you can 😉

  31. Michelle says

    Congrats Katie!! You are truly blessed :) I am pregnant with my first baby currently and have enjoyed all your helpful advice related to pregnancy! I refer all my pregnant (or TTC) friends to your site!

  32. Eden says

    Congratulations! I am excited for you. I am the middle child of 8 kids and I have 25 nieces and nephews (one brother has 6 kids and two siblings have 5 kids each) and I love big families. I know it was hard on my mom when we were young but she has said as we grew up that it only got sweeter and sweeter. I feel very lucky to have so many people who love and surround me. I wish you health and happiness with your new addition.

  33. Nadja says

    Congratulations! I had 6 in 10 years–the gap being the biggest, with 3 whole years between #5 and #6. I’d have a baker’s dozen by now if I hadn’t started so late (had #1 at the age of 35!). Bless you and all your family, Katie!

  34. Mary Frances says

    So exciting! We are expecting our second little one in the Spring as well. I’ve been considering moving away from grains during this pregnancy. Would that be ok?

    Blessings, Mary Frances

  35. Cindy Essex says

    Congratulations Katie!!! Sooooo excited for you! When I was pregnant with my twins, I was totally appalled by the questions I got. At least you have a sense of humor about it! I can’t wait to hear all your pregnancy suggestions! Our “natural” family is complete because of the serious complications I had with my twin pregnancy, but my sister is looking to get pregnant in the spring and I would love to be an advocate for her to have a natural pregnancy and birth. It’s all about being educated and having support!

  36. Katherine Webb says

    How crazy! This video is my friend from work… Megan Dewberry! I have to tell her she’s on your site! So cool. And congratulations Katie :)

  37. Katie L says

    Hi Katie, can you start up a post with rude things people have said/asked when seeing the size of your family? Those of us subjected to the rudeness can reply with best comebacks…

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