Large Family Update
We have some fun news to share about our big family! Baby number eight is going to be here the beginning of January!
I’ve been meaning to write up this blog post for quite awhile, but haven’t had a moment to sit down to gather my thoughts. We are so excited to welcome a new little life into our family. I’ve always wanted a big family, but never thought I would be a mother to EIGHT! We know this is a tremendous blessing and this little life is one that is already so treasured and loved. I always struggle sharing these announcements because I know there are so many out there who so desperately want to have children and aren’t able. It’s one of the things I’ll never understand this side of heaven.
We told the kids the week after we found out. By baby number eight, my older children are pretty keen as to when I am pregnant. When I’m not pregnant, I never take naps. But when I’m pregnant- the first dead giveaway is an afternoon nap. When they see me laying on the couch they know I’m either A. sick or B. pregnant.
I thought I would answer some of the questions I typically get after announcing a pregnancy. In years past I haven’t shared a ton about pregnancies, but I wanted to document it a little better this go round to hopefully encourage younger mamas out there!
LARGE FAMILY FAQ’S
I’m due Jan. 8th, which is the exact same due date as our 7th little guy. He was born on January 2nd, so I’m hoping for maybe birthday buddies?! My brother and I share the same birthday exactly a year apart. I think it would be sweet for my two youngest to share the same birthday- we shall see!
I’m 14 weeks.
Yep! By the 8th baby, my body knows what to do and my belly instantly pops around week 6. By now it’s near impossible to hide the belly, which is why I needed to get this post up in case anyone saw me out and about ha!
The past few pregnancies I’ve struggled with some pretty intense morning sickness (more like all day/night sickness). This pregnancy is no different and I was sicker than a dog the first trimester. I finally turned the corner a few weeks ago and am so grateful!
I tried some prescription nausea meds the past few pregnancies because my sickness was so bad. Some pregnancies they worked but this pregnancy they didn’t even touch the nausea. I did find a little relief from this product that a friend recommended. I took it morning and evening, and could tell that it took the edge off a little bit .
We actually have already found out the gender through a blood test. I’ve done the blood test the past few pregnancies (they can see the babe’s DNA through a blood sample taken from the mother) and it’s always amazing to me that you can know gender within that first trimester! I’ll share in the next few weeks whether babe is a boy or a girl!
Yes! I already have a list going of my must have baby items like car seat, stroller recommendations, diaper bag favorites and such. One of which is my Solly Baby wrap. I did a tutorial on how to use it here.
I’ll also be putting together a list of what I pack in my hospital bag (for myself, Travis and the baby).
This question always makes me smile because it’s a running joke in our family that I was done after the fourth baby. And here we are, expecting an eighth. I’m pretty sure this will be it. But- then again, I’ve always said that. After the fifth child everyone stopped believing me haha!
YES! We are a house full of baby lovers and they’re all on cloud nine about a new baby joining us after Christmas. My favorite part about having a new baby with older siblings is the excitement that comes with them anticipating a new little one coming as well.
Nope! I love my hospital births, adore my dr. and am so grateful for the amazing nurses that I have always had (some of whom I’ve kept in touch with). I have had wonderful experiences with my hospital births and am so grateful for the care I have received.
Travis and I both wanted a big family when we got married. We never really had a set number of kids that sounded right, but we both knew that we loved large families and wanted built in close friends for our children. I think initially we thought a large family to us looked like four kids, but here we are at eight kids and it officially feels like we are large family status. My own childhood was filled with four other siblings and growing up with them was/is a gift.
Congratulations! I love you blog, the mother & person you are too- I can’t wait to see pics of the new baby, so sweet!
Congratulations! Such exciting news! I’m so happy for you all. I’d love to know where the area rug is from in your bedroom 😍
Thanks Stephanie!! I think that one was from Rugs USA?!
You are amazing! Happy for you and your family.
Thank you, Jamie!!
Aww Congratulations!!!! I can’t wait to hear gender! Excited for y’all!!
Thank you friend!!!
Congratlations! that is exciting!! I was so sick my last pregnancy as well. It tapered some in the middle but picked back up at the end. It was really hard and I know exactly how you feel. Prayers for you and baby.
On a side note I am absolutely in love with the gold overalls with the huge pockets. Can you please tell me where I can find them? I need them in my life and could see them becoming my uniform! Thank you and blessings
They’re from Free People! HIGHLY recommend the splurge! They’re super well made and so comfy!
Thank you, Vera!
Congratulations!! I actually thought about you about 2-3 weeks ago and realized I hadn’t seen you on Instagram in a while, and just had a feeling you were pregnant again! I searched for you and found your new page! So happy for y’all!
haha yep!! Been in first trimester hibernation haha!
Oh Ashley I’m so excited for y’all!!! Hugs
Thanks friend! Love you!
I have enjoyed and taken great inspiration from watching your fanily grown over the years! Im probably disproportionatly excited for the pregnancy of a stranger haha congratulations!!
hahah I love it!! Thanks Kristen!
I love this so much, Ashley! Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing with us, and for always being an inspiration to us other “large families”.
Congratulations!!! Love following your journey ! Praying for another healthy babe ❤❤❤
Thank you, Jacklyn!!!
Amazing! What a sweet blessing to your family ❤️
Thank you Christina!!!
Love this so much!!!!! Yes to a million babies!! Xoxoxox
Congratulations! So excited for y’all. I love the belly pics, you look so cute.
Thank you Tiffany!!
Congratulations!! So excited for you and your growing family. Praying for a smooth rest of the pregnancy.
Thank you, Jamey!
So happy for you!
Thank you, Kendra!
Thank you, Jennifer!
Congratulations!! I’m so excited for y’all! We are due with baby #4 January 6th!
That’s so exciting!! Those after Christmas babies are so fun!! Congratulations to y’all too!
Congrats!! So happy for you!!
Thank you, Leah!
This is the best kind of post. I’m so excited for you all!!! I love those overalls, btw. 😍
Thanks friend!!! Love you!
That’s wonderful! I’m so happy for you!
I would never minded a large family myself, but we stopped at 3, well #3 was a surprise 😅 You definitely have a beautiful family!
Love those surprise babies! Thank you, Sharon!
So so exciting!! Congratulations Ashley! Praise the Lord for babies!!
Thank you friend!!! Hope you guys are doing well!
How exciting!!! Congratulations!!!
Thank you, Melissa!
Well you know how excited I am about this!!!!!! And you are DARLING in your dress and sneakers and that bump. Congrats to you all, sweet Ashley!
So happy for you!
Congratulations!!!! So excited for y’all!!
Congrats!!!!! My birthday is January 2!!!! 🙂
Ahhhh! I love that! A GREAT day to be born
I’m so excited for you guys!!! 🤩
Thanks friend!!! Hope you and your crew are doing well!
I’ve enjoyed watching your family grow over the years! What a sweet blessing! Congrats Ashley!!
Congratulations!!!! Such sweet news!!
Thank you 🙂
You are so cute! Congratulations to your family!! So excited for you! (I’ve love a link to that comfy mustard jumper/overalls in one of your pics too!) 🙂
Thank you! And it’s a Free People overall! Worth every penny and super comfy!
Congratulations. I an having a hard time being fine with 5!
Awww thanks girl!
Congrats beautiful mama!!! What a blessing! ❤️
Thank you friend!!