Thursday, December 15, 2011

The big news of the day...

... is that we are expecting again! Predictable, huh?

We have actually known for several weeks (I am about 8 weeks along). For those of you who suspected something was up when I mentioned a triple stroller some time back - that was not a tip-off. I bought the stroller right before finding out the big news. In fact, I promptly turned around and sold it again (at a profit) because at over 50 lbs, it was too much of a behemoth to haul in and out of the van while pregnant. I will be looking into buying a trusted Graco double stroller as soon as I feel up to it.




Which brings up the dreaded subject of morning sickness: For those of you who have been reading here for a while, you may know that I have suffered from severe hyperemesis with all but one of my previous pregnancies. This time around, I tried various things I have researched since the last time I was pregnant, and was able to mostly keep the nausea in check for the last four weeks.

This last week, however, I was graciously passed along a lovely cold that has been making the rounds. First, Anna got it, and inevitably I ended up with it a couple of days later. Except that in me, due to the fact that pregnant women tend to get sinus infections easily as it is, it developed into a bad case. All the mucous buildup has made my nausea so much worse, to a degree where I can no longer control it. Whatever fragile peace I was enjoying has been completely thrown out of balance. I have little hope of the nausea and vomiting improving once I am over the sinus infections, since once I go down that road, there is usually no relief until I hit the 16-week mark (or thereabouts).

This bleak outlook notwithstanding, I would much appreciate your prayers for my swift and complete recovery. Me being out of commission is a huge burden on our family in every area imaginable. Not to mention that for me, it is literally harder to endure than labor- and who has ever been in labor for 8 weeks or more, nonstop?

Please, do not leave me any comments suggesting ***ginger*** or ***crackers*** or anything the like... it's like suggesting that someone who got shot in the chest put a band-aid on the wound and get on with it already. In fact, please do not suggest any foods, because if you mention anything besides what I happen to be craving this very second (slim chance), you will give me violent fits of nausea.

Thank you for listening, and thank you all in advance for praying. In spite of the challenges, we are always very happy and excited to be blessed with yet another child.

64 comments:

  1. Wow congrats! Are you hoping for a boy or girl this time? So sorry you are not feeling well.

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  2. Congratulations! I know the thought-induced nausea, it is awful. I hope it passes soon, and the rest of your pregnancy is enjoyable and healthy.

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  3. Praise the Lord! I'll be praying. -Taryn

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  5. Congratulations!!

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  6. It's strange but the smell of lunch meat and/or heavily seasoned boiled chicken (like chicken stock freshly made on the stove) is the only thing that helped during my last pregnancy. Congrats!

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  7. Yay Congrats again! I am so excited that we are pregnant again at the same time for the second time. I know that's weird but I get a kick out of it. I am the same weeks along too. Praying you feel better!

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  8. Did your amber necklace help at all?

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  9. YAY!! I am so happy for you! I have been very nauseous with this pregnancy (odd, because I was not sick AT ALL with my first two). Even in week 20 I am still feeling ill most of the time. Thankfully though the vomiting has subsided...for the most part. :) Hope you are feeling better soon and CONGRATULATIONS to you all! May you be blessed with MANY more! :)

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  10. Commenters here, please please PLEASE honor Z's request not to mention food. Food suggestions really can cause uncontrollable nausea/vomiting in an HG mother. So even if it worked for you.... please don't mention food names. Seriously!

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  11. I truly wish I had something to offer that would help with the hyperemesis. I have a friend who has it very severely also. She has it so badly that she has to have IV fluids regularly. She had complications (not related to hyperemesis) with her 8th pregnancy that claimed her fertility.

    I am surprised that the fossilized amber you bought for yourself didn't help, especially after the wonders it worked for Anna.

    I used Sea Bands in my last pregnancy, which helped a lot. Of course, my morning sickness is more like 24 hour nausea and very little actual vomiting.

    Have you considered acupuncture? I have a friend who uses acupuncture for many conditions. For example, with her 4th pregnancy she had placenta previa. Her doctor told her to go ahead and prepare for the section because her placenta was on the absolute bottom of her uterus. She had just a few acupuncture treatments and her placenta moved into proper position! Just a thought.

    I will be praying for you and also for Pastor Anderson and the children as they work together to stand in the gap. :-)

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  12. I know you said not to post about food but I HAVE to share this: cooked onions. It totally works. Keep onions stir frying on your stove all day and let the aroma drift through the house! Bless.

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  13. What wonderful news! Another reward on his/her way! I'll be praying for you for sure!

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  14. Congratulations!! You'll have a summer baby. How exciting!!

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  15. Diana - THANK YOU!

    Seriously, people, please do NOT suggest any food. Particularly not overdone chicken or onions. For the record, the smell of the first made me severely ill last week when I walked into the kitchen where my husband had forgotten to turn the stock pot to a low simmer. Unless you have suffered from HG, you should not suggest foods for it. And if you HAD suffered from it, you would know better than to suggest the aforementioned.

    I am not sure which of the many things that I am doing is helping. I am better than usual in that I have more "functional" windows, plus I held the whole NVP off for weeks now. It may be the necklace, the morning sickness comfort pills, the baking soda, the Reed's, the blessed thistle capsules, the extra probiotics, the fish oil - or all of the above.

    I have tried acupuncture years ago with no success. Sea bands do nothing for me except maybe a very slight placebo effect.

    Prayers - very appreciated. Food suggestions - NO THANK YOU!!

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  16. Congratulations! Could you write a post about how you find the baby names? Do you keep a list of names?

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Every blessing on your pregnancy. Dylan and I just prayed for you! Hope you feel better soon!

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  18. Congratulations! I also had severe hyperemesis through all my pregnancies. I was hospitalized many times and finally given medication to take. If I ever get the opportunity to go through it all again ( not likely, because I'm 43, but hopeful) I will try a cell salt for nausea. I'm not sure which number cell salt it is, but any good health food store should have it. God bless you and your family!

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  19. Congratulations!
    Hope you feel better soon.
    M

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  20. Zsuzsanna, I got this tea from my sister which has been very helpful during my two pregnancies. I started each morning drinking a cup of this tea. It's called Sonnentor Bio-Tees. I don't know German but the particular one I prefer has the following ingredients: Anis, Ingwer, Bohnenkraut, Koriander, Süßholz, Fenchel, Petersilie, Kümmel, Thymian, Birnenstücke.
    Perhaps you can find it somewhere on the internet. Good luck!

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  21. Congratulations!!! I'm trying desperately to concieve and I get so exited whenever I hear another married couple's Big Announcement. (Yeah I have a frenzy bit of 'why not me?' But I'm sure everything will happen in HIS timing.)
    Good luck with everything I pray you will find a safe, natural, and effective remedy for your hyperemesis. ((I knew someone named MaryJane who used a natural not quite legal, fairly controversial method. MJ claimed it was the only way she could keep her illness under control enough to function and get nutrients to her baby.))
    Good luck again -Petra

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  22. I won't offer any suggestions, only understanding, This time around ( my 4th) I even had a first time, newly pregnant mom try to give me advice, and also to tell me " well you're almost in the 2nd trimester...it'll be over soon."
    My nausea this time started off lighter than usual too, but it just hasn't eased up ( at 18 weeks). We have had some unusual stress and far too little sleep lately though, so I am optimistic that after the holidays, I will feel much, much better. I am just so, so grateful for this little person ( as I know you are of yours). I am willing to go through this, and God brought that point home when we though that it was turning out to be an ectopic pregnancy back at 6 weeks---- I knew I was willing to go through even worse sickness than in the past, if God would spare my baby and what I was worried the doctors were going to try to make me do to him/her. anyhow, my biggest complaint about it this time, is that being so sick makes it hard for me to eat healthy, and that has been an even bigger struggle this time than in the past. So I feel bad, because I don't feel like I have taken very good care of this baby because of that :(
    Bless you- I am excited to go along in a pregnancy with you this time :)

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  23. Congratulations ! I'm sure the new baby will be as sweet and beautiful as the 6 others !

    This is the time to ask : do you know the gender of the baby before birth ? I didn't find any trace of that on your blog, so I assume you don't. Why is that ? Do you prefer to keep surprise ?

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  24. CONGRATS Zsuzsanna!! God has blessed you with the best Christmas present this year :-) Many many prayers coming your way! I hope you feel better.

    Sarah

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  25. Congratulations!! I'd wondered if something was up when you mentioned your difficulty at keeping things moving along. I know, it's between holidays and routines are anything BUT routine, but from what I know of you, you usually keep things rolling along. I do hope the nausea abets soon.

    I've been following your blog since you were pregnant with Becky.

    - Sally

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  26. FJ hags say they will be kindly making food suggestions to make you sick.(the onion comment above) The hags can only think of mean things. Like that verse in the Bible that says the wicked wont rest till they have caused harm to someone. That reminds me of them!

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  27. Congratulations, I am sure you are just elated. I hope this pregnancy goes very smoothly for you. I know that your NUMBER ONE concern is for God to give you a healthy baby, but down deep, do you have any longing at all for a particular gender?? Just curious...

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  28. When will you be moving into a bigger house?

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  29. Actually the ONION comment was mine. I am not a "FJ hag" whatever that is, as you so crassly put it. No, I am a follower of JESUS CHRIST and I was just trying to help another sister in CHRIST with my suggestion of ONIONS. I've had two babies and that really helped me. Apparently this was a mistake but you don't have to call me a hag.

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  30. Congratulations!

    I get it, smells were always the worst for me while pregnant and even reading about food or seeing it on TV would make me sick.

    Praying for a quick recovery from your sinus infection and that the next 8 weeks go by quickly and in a healthy way.

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  31. Those wonderful food suggestions are coming from those vile fj women who planned to send you disgusting suggestions and pictures so you would vomit what a disgusting bunch of women they are. I hope you have a short bout this time, I had it bad with 3 of my pregnancies to the point of losing a lot of weight so I can truly empathize with what you are going through. I hope your husband is supportive of you through this difficult time of your pregnancy.

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  32. You fj hags are a despicable bunch of women!! You dislike what Zsuzsanna believes and has to say so you set out to make her sick on purpose? You people are sick! I would warn you Zsuzsanna if you get any comments with pictures or links to delete them immediately without reading them because this nasty bunch of hags were planning on sending you some horrible pictures to make you sick.

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  33. Congratulations on your pregnancy. I hope the nausea eases as time goes by and that you recover from your illness swiftly.

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  34. Congrats on your pregnancy! Also can someone tell me what fj is please?

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  35. Congratulations!

    I'm sorry you're having trouble with morning sickness. :(

    I've heard from many people that Sea-Bands help make morning sickness less severe. Maybe they'll help?
    You can get them on Amazon, or at Walgreens.

    Feel better soon,

    Kathryn

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  36. Congratulations! I'm sorry to hear you are having such a tough time lately though. I hope you're feeling much better soon.

    Would you prefer a boy, girl, or either? I hope it's a boy, simply because you've never blogged about a baby boy before and it would be very fun to read :)

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  37. don't believe it for one min anon. why is the word onion in all caps????

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  38. Congratulations on your pregnancy, how exciting! I'll be praying for a swift recovery from the sinus infection and that your "morning" sickness eases up soon!

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  39. Congratulations again! So happy for you. I'm praying that you have an easier time with this pregnancy and all those things do help. Also, that your cold clears up quickly.
    -Karen E

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  40. :):):)

    So sorry you are still feeling ick!
    I pray you get better fast and if not, it is so worth all the sickness.

    Jessica

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  41. Congratulations! I have nothing to help you with the nausea, but as for actual coping, maybe you could get Solomon and Isaac to take bigger leadership roles with their siblings? It might save you some hassle but then again knowing 10-year-old boys it might make things worse. You know what your kids are capable of, so it's just a suggestion.

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  42. You know, even when you say you have HG and ask for no foodments, you still get foodments and 'use seabands' comments, as if you've never tried it before.

    At 7 pregnancies, rest assured ladies, there's nothing you can suggest, unless you've suffered HG yourself, that she hasn't already tried!

    I'm so sorry for the cruelty of the FJers, they don't understand how cruel they're actually being. HG is no joke. But if I remember right they have some idea in their heads that we pretend our morning sickness is worse than theirs because we need to feel important as baby making machines or something. Anyway, I hope your husband is filtering comments for you :)

    Anyways, I have no suggestions, you probably know more on the topic than me, but a question. Is medication a possibility that hasn't worked or is it something you don't want? I ended up NEEDING it because my HG went the whole 9 months, and I was already suffering badly from malnutrition at 14 weeks (I don't throw up too much, about once a day, but I cannot eat, no cravings or safe foods or even safe times during the first trimester, though I had some safe times after that) , but for you, if it ends at 16 weeks, I suppose it may not be a nececity. It didn't take it away but it did give some relief, and while I am absolutely not a proponent of drugging up during pregnancy, I also don't think, in many cases, it's near as dangerous as the doctors make out. They just don't want to deal with the issues when, inevitably, one day a baby passes while mum is on medication and the medication is blamed when they find no other cause. Sometimes we go too far in the other direction too.

    I'll be praying for it to pass quickly, and that once the cold is gone you'll be able to get a handle on it once again.

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  43. You know, some of your beliefs- the ones about other people, really- make me very sad and angered/frustrated.

    but i would never suggest foods or smells that could make you sick. because i'm not that kind of person. i find it cruel and see no humour in doing so.

    and i'm someone you would call names and declare to be hellbound and perverted and evil.

    to anyone out there, fj or otherwise, who thinks it's somehow a great idea to make a pregnant woman feel severely ill, i ask you what it proves? pointless, aside from making you look bad. if nothing else, think of her baby.

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  44. How absolutely wonderful!! I'm sorry you are feeling so sick, that is awful when you have 6 little ones to take care of. I will pray for you and the precious new baby.

    in His peace,
    Miriam

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  45. There are online forums concerning "morning sickness". Here is an interesting one with various suggestions and comments:

    http://www.mothering.com/community/t/618836/preventing-reducing-morning-sickness-and-hyperemsis-gravidarum-herbs-more

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  46. Have you ever considered a jogging stroller? I used to have a double jogger (Schwinn), and I LOVED it. It had a big basket underneath for storing stuff, cupholders, held two kids side by side (they can both see), and huge bike-style wheels which came in so handy "off road." I could go anywhere with that thing. I got rid of it years ago, because I was an idiot. I missed it so much, I got another jogging stroller (single) when my 1 yr old was born. Joggers are wide strollers (since the wheels are on the sides), but the double DID still fit through doors, etc. I just had to find wide pathways in department stores, which I rarely ever enter these days. This time I got one that I can flip a switch so the front wheel can swivel (so I can turn without lifting the front wheel off the ground). Joggers are made so the front wheel doesn't turn- for safety while running (which I don't even do), so I got one that the front wheel can turn. The reason I go for the joggers is the bike tires. They push so much easier than the strollers with small wheels. And, I don't have to find a ramp to use it. I can trek it right over the curbs, a couple of steps, or whatever. This is helpful when I have a crew of young children with me crossing parking lots or streets, because I can get them up on a sidewalk quickly without worrying about where the ramp is or fumbling with a small-wheeled stroller. And like I said, they push so much easier. You can give a jogging stroller a light push, and it will keep rolling for a bit (even with kids in it!), while the regular kind require a lot more effort to push (especially with kids in them). I love the strollers with bike tires. I think that they should be lighter than regular strollers due to the aluminum construction and being designed for running. I've never noticed them being any heavier. I don't think I'll ever own another kind, just because I love the way they handle. Maybe I feel that way, because I never had an expensive regular stroller. I don't mind spending more on a jogger, because the design and the bike tires allow me to go anywhere easily. I wouldn't spend the same amount on a regular stroller, because I don't think they are worth the ridiculous prices I've seen (even used prices are not worth it to me). I don't want to spend $50+ on a used stroller (single) that I don't know how much life is left in it. So, if I am going to buy new and spend 2-3 times that much, then I'd rather buy a jogger that can go up some stairs, hop curbs, go over rocks and sand easily, and that even my kids can push easily. Anyway, just a suggestion if you've never tried one. I think it would be a lot easier for your boys to push "off road" LOL! But the AZ stubble did pop my tires a few months ago. But no big deal- my husband just got some standard bike tubes from Wal-Mart and fixed them right up. If I need a double again in the future, I'll still go for a jogger. Pushing two kids around is when you really notice the difference in ease of pushing and steering with a jogger. I am no stroller expert, but this is my opinion based on my experience.

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  47. What in the world is a FJ hag and why would they spend so much time plotting against Zsuzsanna on the internet? Especially since she doesn't have to post any comment she doesn't like.

    More likely it is just someone who can't follow directions.

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  48. YYYAAAAAAAAAAAYYY!!!! I am soooo excited for you! Very very blessed! Merry Christmas :)

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  49. Update: I'm feeling much better again, about 50% normal. Thank you for the prayers!!!!!!!

    "FJ" stands for "Free Jinger", a vile website for foulmouthed busybodies. They love to hate me, and yes, have left a handful of food suggestions they thought would make me ill (I didn't publish them except for the onion one). It made me laugh and - if anything - more resilient to the inevitable food mentions I face daily.

    MaryJane is a reference to using marijuana medicinally, which reportedly is effective for hyperemesis. In AZ, MM is legal. So are a lot of other things I would not consider doing (during pregnancy or otherwise). While I have never used street drugs and oppose them 100%, I do not think they should be against the law. The "war on drugs" is nothing but a money maker for govt. agencies.

    Anon, we have no plans of getting a bigger house. I'm sure we'll be able to tuck a 7 or 8 lb baby into here fairly easily... :) we love where we live, and we love our house where we have had 3 children born and made so many wonderful memories. On the other hand, we HATE moving. As it stands, we only use 3 of our 4 bedrooms (the fourth is an office/guest room), so there's room to grow yet. Not that any of this is your business. People used to have large families in one-room cabins, and they were happy. Now we have small dysfunctional families in mansions. No thanks!

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  50. If I were you I'd be trying the marijuana! haha. God created it for a reason, I'm sure you can find something organic ;)! Anyway all joking aside, hope youre feeling better. I hope that there is a nice lady from your neighbourhood or Church that can come by and play with the little ones while you rest. I'd volunteer to watch those adorable little ones if I lived closer.

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  51. How about trying a Beaked Hazelwood necklace for your HG? The amber seems to work with our little guy so I would think the Hazelwood may offer you some relief. It's worth a try.

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  52. Congrats! I'm so sorry to hear about your HG! I recommend researching supplementing with vitamin B-6. It helped me immensely! God bless!

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  53. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! I also suffer with severe morning sickness with all of my pregnancies. I know how you feel!!!

    If you get desperate, which I'm sure you are as a sick pregnant mommy of 6. I faithfully use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball on top of my nose. A nurse did this for me, and it takes the edge off. That's how I get through.I know it sounds ridiculous. But desperate times....
    God Bless you

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  54. mj is a lifesaver for morning sickness, imo. not joking.

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  55. try cutting out everything with sucrose: everything! table versions and other ways of sweetening...trying not to use food names here...but per my midwife, my own experience, and several homebirth moms i've known who didn't want to get a prescription, this will cut back on the bad feeling.

    I hope you feel better, and remember: the Bible never states that birth control is wrong, only that we should care for what we have. Adam and Eve only had what, 10 or so children, and they lived for over 900 years. So it isn't a contest to see who has the most children. Love the ones you have, and if you get overwhelmed, I hope you have people you can ask for help. I would help but I'm in TN. :)

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  56. Halley's Bible Handbook states that tradition says that Adam and Eve had 33 sons and 23 daughters. I don't agree with everything Halley's says but this question can be googled for some interesting reading. The King James Bible speaks of our God opening and closing wombs. Ruth 4:13KJ says that the Lord gave her conception. The books, Be Fruitful and Multiply(Nancy Campbell) and A Full Quiver(Rick and Jan Hess) are books on that topic. But the only book we need for anything(parenting,etc.) is The King James Bible. -Taryn

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  57. That is great news congratulations I will pray that you start feeling better ...

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  58. I notice you've been curiously silent about Michelle Duggar's miscarriage.

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  59. You should look at Urban Mountain Buggy double strollers. I have tried quite a few different double strollers, and this one blows them all out of the water. It is SO easy to maneuver, it fits through all doorways without any problem and I took it on the bus regularly. It is about 35 lbs and I didn't have any trouble loading it in and out of the car myself. They are really expensive new, but I got an old one off craigslist for cheap, the old ones were made in New Zealand and are super rugged and really last forever.

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  60. I have a PERFECT way to get rid of the morning sickness.
    QUIT GETTING PREGNANT!
    How are you planning on taking care of all your children if your husband can no longer work or die?
    Trust me it can and does happen. I became a widow last year at 41. For the sake of your children and your health, quit getting pregnant.
    I hope you are brave enough to post this. Keeping honest comments from your blog is a cowardly thing to do.

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  61. Just wanted to say, God bless you, and I hope you recover quickly. I am currently 19 weeks pregnant with my 3rd and usually get quite sick. But this time was so bad that I couldn't do a thing but lie in bed for 5 weeks straight, lost 30 pounds, and ended up in the hospital for dehydration. I don't wish that on anyone and so I'm sorry you are again dealing with severe nausea. I always hated when people offer all kinds of suggestions, because nothing works, ever, except to hang in there till it passes. I hope you have a friend from church who can help you out with cooking. I know that can make the nausea worse. And congratulations to you and your family!

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