Surprise Announcement!

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I have some exciting news to announce. I am pregnant! I am 8 weeks along and due in August.


We have always planned on having (3-4) children if you are my husband and (4-5) if you are me. For a long time after McKenna was born, we wondered if we were done having children. Almost two years ago (so right before McKenna turned one), I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It was something that came on for whatever reason after McKenna was born. 


PCOS is a syndrome that typically means you do not ovulate and comes along with it many undesirable side effects.  For a long time, I did not ovulate. During the whole course of the years, we prayed and prayed wanting to know if we were done having children or not and never felt fully confident in an answer in any direction. I tried to remain patient (it was very hard).


This last Fall, I started to feel anxious to settle this. My husband and I continued to fervently ponder and pray on the topic. We finally came to the decision to just try for a baby–but through natural means. My OB had already offered Clomid if I ever wanted it. We felt like drugs were not the right choice for us. We thought we would try to get pregnant for several months and if we didn’t get pregnant, we would call it done.


Much to our surprise, we got pregnant on our very first try. We were (and I am for sure still) shocked. The odds of me being able to get pregnant seemed rather slim. We know this was a miracle and feel fully confident the Lord wanted us to have another child. 


It will be a whole different experience than we have ever had. McKenna will be close to the age Brayden was when she was born. We have never had a baby while having any other activities to take children to. Two of our children will share a room. We have always had spring babies, and this will be a summer baby. 


Pregnancy is always very difficult for me. So far, I have felt pretty good. Very tired, and some queasiness, but no throwing up yet. I am hoping for an easy pregnancy–just one? Just one sounds reasonable to me :). We shall see. 


This summer, we will welcome another child into our home (just one; I have confirmed through ultrasound 🙂 ). 


I plan to do a series of posts on pregnancy–if you have any specific requests, please let me know and I will add them to my list! 

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Ashley
    January 20, 2012 / 5:14 PM

    Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3Congratulations!

  2. AnnDee
    January 20, 2012 / 5:20 PM


  3. Scott and Jenny
    January 20, 2012 / 5:38 PM


  4. Nicolette
    January 20, 2012 / 5:50 PM

    I'm so excited for you! I also have PCOS. My first baby was conceived through fertility treatment and when the topic of the second came up we weren't sure we wanted to take that route again but were realistic that it may be the only option. We decide that we would try until October then go back to the Dr. Well to our surprise I conceived in September and I'm due in June. McKenna and our first daughter are about the same age. You and this blog were such a blessing to me with my first. I feel blest again that our new babies will again be close in age and I can share the journey with you. Congrats!

  5. Becky
    January 20, 2012 / 6:22 PM


  6. Rich and Brianne
    January 20, 2012 / 6:29 PM

    How wonderful! Congratulations!

  7. Kelly Ford
    January 20, 2012 / 6:29 PM

    YAY!!! Congratulations!!! Very, very exciting 🙂 And while I believe (and think you do, as well) that EVERY baby is a wonderful gift and creation of God, I think its even more wonderful when against odds, you find yourself preggo and thinking… "this was TOTALLY God"!

  8. Sproot
    January 20, 2012 / 6:43 PM

    Oh, congratulations! Babies are such wonderful gifts from God!

  9. Tara
    January 20, 2012 / 7:23 PM

    Congratulations! So happy to hear this news, especially in light of your PCOS. What a miracle from the Lord! I am almost exactly as far along as you with baby #2. We're due at the end of August too! :)I hope and pray you have an easy pregnancy this time around!

  10. Jennifer
    January 20, 2012 / 7:41 PM

    Congrats! I was diagnosed with PCOS while we were trying with our first. I found out i was 20 weeks pregant with our first in 2008…it was the shorest pregancy ever! I just had my second in November! Congrats!

  11. Bethany Haid
    January 20, 2012 / 7:45 PM

    Congratulations! I read this blog when my son who is a 30 months was an infant, and applied BW with my 8 month old, too. It is much trickier to get everything together with an older and a younger child! Especially sharing rooms, that is tough. I hope this pregnancy and child give you good topics to blog about – you are an excellent writer and distiller of information!

  12. Amber
    January 20, 2012 / 7:47 PM

    Congratulations! I was told I likely couldn't have children (for a different reason–advanced endometriosis). But when married, my husband and I decided to go ahead and try. We've had three in the 4.5 years we've been married. They certainly are a blessing!

  13. Erin @ Two Story Cottage
    January 20, 2012 / 7:55 PM

    Congrats and best wishes for a smooth pregnancy! It will be fun to tag along on your journey!

  14. Sarah
    January 20, 2012 / 7:55 PM

    Congratulations, Val!!!!! I do hope and pray that this pregnancy is an easier one for you. Enjoy the pool a LOT this summer!

  15. Abi Spencer
    January 20, 2012 / 8:28 PM


  16. Stacy Coleman
    January 20, 2012 / 8:30 PM

    Congrats!! Our baby #3 will be here in July. Our first summer baby also!

  17. Leigh Anne
    January 20, 2012 / 8:31 PM

    Congrats! That's wonderful news 🙂 So happy for you & your family!

  18. Kendra L.
    January 20, 2012 / 8:37 PM

    That is exciting news!! Yay! You are great parents and I think it's wonderful you are bringing another child into your home. I think the world would be a much better place if there were more moms like you! Congrats!! I hope this pregnancy goes better than the past ones too!

  19. brandonlk
    January 20, 2012 / 8:40 PM


  20. Katie {My Paisley Apron}
    January 20, 2012 / 8:41 PM


  21. Jacqueline
    January 20, 2012 / 8:48 PM


  22. Dove
    January 20, 2012 / 8:49 PM

    Congrats! Your blog has been so helpful to me- we just had our 1st 4 months ago. We'd like at least 4 children as well :o)

  23. Heidi, Dallin, and Jacob
    January 20, 2012 / 9:32 PM

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you.

  24. Katie
    January 20, 2012 / 9:59 PM

    Congratulations! And I am due in august with #2! I followed BW with #1 and can't enough wonderful things about it. I am SO excited to follow you and your pregnancy and your posts, because I will be right there with you! (I also was diagnosed with PCOS a long time ago, but got pregnant with my first on the first try… second took a little longer, but no more PCOS that I can tell so for me, so that's good!)

  25. Kristin
    January 20, 2012 / 10:27 PM

    Wonderful news – congratulations!!

  26. RaVae Erickson
    January 20, 2012 / 11:15 PM

    Yay! Congrats! And hey, Thank you for sharing your Babywise Mom experiences. I now know what we will do different with our next one and our first is only 3 months old!

  27. hunniebee530
    January 21, 2012 / 12:29 AM

    congratulations!! PTL!! =)

  28. MaddiesMommy
    January 21, 2012 / 8:05 AM

    I'm so happy for you. I have been following your blog & I love it.From one sister-in-the Lord to the next, God Bless you.

  29. Lisa
    January 21, 2012 / 11:10 AM

    Congrats to you!!! God is so good! I will send up prayers for you right now and the precious one growing inside you!! I am due in a few weeks with my 3rd son and have been reading and relying on your blog for many years- you have been a blessing to me, and a wealth of wisdom and encouragement, Thankyou!!

  30. Mari
    January 21, 2012 / 11:22 AM

    Congratulations! Can't wait for the pregnancy post. And if you have to take it easy, pull back from blogging, do best of weeks, or have lots of guest bloggers… no worries. We aren't going anywhere as readers!

  31. Tori
    January 21, 2012 / 11:37 AM

    Congratulations on your wonderful news! I am looking forward to your insights on pregnancy.

  32. Kelly
    January 21, 2012 / 12:42 PM

    Congratulations to you and your family!

  33. the youngs
    January 21, 2012 / 12:46 PM

    Congratulations! Your blog was such a wonderful resource with my first baby. I am now 7 weeks along with #2 and very much looking forward to following along with you. Thanks so much for all you do! <3

  34. Tyler and Shea Moses
    January 21, 2012 / 2:15 PM

    Congrats! We are expecting #3 in August as well! Just rounding in 10 weeks…look forward to a series of posts on pregnancy! You are blessed!

  35. Scat6879
    January 21, 2012 / 3:03 PM

    So exciting!! We just found out Thurs we are pregnant with baby #2 due in Sept we are 6 weeks along. I followed you weekly summaries to a T with my first because she and your youngest are a yr and 2 weeks apart so same time of year it was so helpful to follow and now to get to walk with you through the pregnancy and newborn process will be so great!! So excited again and feel so blessed!!

  36. Ruth
    January 21, 2012 / 5:16 PM

    So happy for you and your family Val! Congrats & God bless…I'm expecting too. I'm due in early July 🙂

  37. Ruth
    January 21, 2012 / 5:35 PM

    Idea for pregnancy post: Vitamins & Supplements.I'm having a difficult time finding reliable guidelines online. I see a holistic doctor for a thyroid condition that has been improving while under his care. He has me on a lot of supplements, which we have tweaked since I became pregnant. However, I just started seeing a new OB and she only wants me to take vitamins labeled "pre-natal." She said taking too much of certain non-water soluble vitamins can be dangerous for me and the baby. I got scared! For now, I'm doing just the pre-natal, omega 3, and folic acid like she advised. But I'm concerned that my thyroid will get all wacky like it did after delivering my first son…I have an appointment to see my holistic doctor in about 2 weeks. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

  38. Jennifer
    January 21, 2012 / 5:44 PM

    Congratulations! I hope you continue to feel "well". 🙂

  39. Dana
    January 21, 2012 / 6:34 PM

    Yay! So exciting! I'm 7 weeks, so right there with you! Looking forward to the pregnancy posts!

  40. Kristin
    January 21, 2012 / 8:05 PM

    Congratulations!! So happy for you! And looking forward to pregnancy posts! Praying for a smooth pregnancy.

  41. The Cibulas
    January 23, 2012 / 1:03 AM

    Congratulations! What beautiful news! We are also pregnant {with number 3} and due in August too {9 weeks}. I am so excited to follow along with your pregnancy series and onto the newborn stage!

  42. ndw
    January 23, 2012 / 1:03 AM

    Dear Val, I haven't posted in a very long time… But I still read your posts … We were both pregnant at the same time last time ….my baby Edward will be 3 in May. Congratulations. I wish you all the best. ndw

  43. Leigh
    January 23, 2012 / 3:14 AM

    So happy for you! A miracle and a blessing! And selfishly, I am excited (since I'm pregnant and due with number 2 in May) to get to see your pregnancy/newborn posts again in action – always so helpful! I've already been studying your newborn summaries about McKenna to prepare for mine. Praying the Lord protects your pregnancy!

  44. Leigh
    January 23, 2012 / 3:16 AM

    P.S. Post ideas: preparing for the baby while pregnant, and kids sharing rooms. We will need our toddler and baby to share, so I'm nervous as to when to move them in together, especially as I don't want to disrupt either of their sleep.

  45. Ellyn
    January 23, 2012 / 5:52 PM

    Val, congratulations! This is so exciting to read! I know so many of your readers are going to love reading about your new journey including myself.

  46. Noob Mommy
    January 23, 2012 / 7:06 PM

    Congratulations to you and your beautiful family 🙂 I also just made an announcement on my blog that we are due in May! Finally got over the morning sickness hump (4 months!). Girls will make ya sick!

  47. Nancy
    January 24, 2012 / 2:48 AM

    Congrats!! So exciting!

  48. The last Unicorn
    January 24, 2012 / 3:11 AM

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!!! I look forward to reading your pregnancy posts since I am pregnant too. Although I am 8 months along, so won't be sharing the experience for much longer. Isn't it amazing how the Lord knows the right timing before even we do? Congrats and I hope it is an easier one. The best things in life are sometimes the hardest though 🙂

  49. Julie
    January 24, 2012 / 2:48 PM

    Congrats! I am 9 weeks along and due the 25th of August! I think we are pretty close! 🙂 so happy for you!

  50. carole.k.lee
    January 25, 2012 / 11:39 PM

    Congratulations! I am a new mom of a precious almost 6-month old. And, I refer to your blog OFTEN. Thanks for all the time and hard work you have put into it. It truly is a blessing from the Lord!

  51. Plowmanators
    February 8, 2012 / 5:41 PM

    Thanks everyone for the congrats! And I loved reading the PCOS stories.

  52. Plowmanators
    February 8, 2012 / 5:43 PM

    Jennifer, I DREAM of not being able to tell I am pregnant until 20 weeks along. That is so amazing!

  53. britneytai
    February 9, 2012 / 12:39 AM

    Congrats 🙂 I am due in August also with baby #3. My oldest is also almost McKenna's age exactly – May 13 2009, so I enjoy following your age summaries for her. Looks like I will get to do that again with your updates on your newest little one!

  54. Plowmanators
    February 28, 2012 / 3:54 PM

    Thank you! Congrats to you too!

  55. april
    March 3, 2012 / 10:46 PM

    So happy for you and your family <3 Prayers for a smooth healthy pregnancy

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