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July Recap


Yay! It’s August! Is anyone else as excited about August as I am? Our family, along with my two best friends and their families, will be going on a vacation together this month to the Outer Banks. We’ve been planning this trip since the beginning of this year. So it’s exciting that it’s almost time! Also, please pray for us as we drive the 15.5 hour (one way!) drive with 6 kids! I may be walking home if I lose my sanity haha. I can’t wait to share all of our pictures!

If you’re new around here, each month I like to do a little recap of the month before with pictures from my iPhone. Usually, about half are pictures that have also been posted on Instagram (for family and friends who don’t use the app) and the other half are just photos that didn’t make it to my IG feed, for one reason or another. I usually also post the funny/cute things my kids have said in the past month–but the past couple months have been so crazy that I’ve been totally slacking in that department. So that will be back soon…I promise!

 

July started great. I love pulling out all our red, white, and blue clothes and wearing them as much as possible on the days leading up to the Fourth. I love being festive at all times. It just makes life more fun!

We went to a firework show–which was totally worth it for the funnel cake below and the chilled out Evangeline, resting on the blanket. Oh yeah, and the fireworks were alright too haha.// Also, Clem with her two best friends. I’m so excited to watch these 3 girls grow up together.

As I’ve already shared, as we were enjoying our 4th of July, the evening took a turn when I thought I was miscarrying. In the following week, I was on a roller coaster of emotions. But one of the things that kept me going was the way the kids were able to bring a smile to my face. I’m pretty sure they also drove me crazy more times than I can count. But I just look back at these pictures and I don’t even remember the crazy moments. I remember the smiles and the laughter and the sweet sleeping baby that I snuck pictures of as I walked by her bed.

Thankfully, as you probably already know, the ultrasound showed a healthy baby squirming around. And he/she even waved their little hand at me. I truly don’t feel like I deserve this outcome. But I thank God for the gift that He has given us. The day after my ultrasound was Desmond’s 2nd birthday. And like all Roberts’ birthdays are celebrated, we went out for a donut breakfast. Desmond’s little hand below as I was trying to get a picture of the donut box–totally the cutest thing. He loved every bit of that day…being showered with love and attention from both parents and 5 siblings! It was a hot day so we also took a trip to the very crowded Science Center.//Also below, two very summery photos–the one from National Ice Cream Day when we stayed home and celebrated. And the other filled with pineapples. I don’t know if you can tell but her bow has pineapples. It’s from Purple Rose Bows.

After our pregnancy announcement went viral, I got very discouraged and once again, kind of stopped taking pictures. Or at least, stopped trying to get anything great. But one day Clementine fell asleep standing up and I was so glad I was able to snap a picture really quick before I picked her up. Poor girl was actually sick but it was the cutest thing ever.// Also, that picture of Desmond in Clementine’s bed is one of my favorites! He likes to climb in there in the mornings and pretend to sleep.

How anyone could look through my pictures and think we are living a miserable life with so many kids is something I’ll never understand. I look through my pictures and think about how blessed we are. Even if last night we were so frustrated with them because they were way too wound up at bedtime. I’m so glad I get to call all these children my own.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on with us this past month. Lots of ups and downs. Multiple social media breaks. And now tons to catch up with. Now that everything is slowing down, I hope to get back to taking pictures and sharing them! And of course, responding to as many people as I can because I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to write to me! I may sound like a broken record but I truly am so thankful for all the encouragement! It encourages me to keep sharing.

One more thing–we have a family vlog that my husband works very hard on!  We’re going to be working on a video to share how the kids feel about a new sibling–but for now, you can watch the Month in a Minute from this past month. And if you don’t want to miss the videos, make sure you follow the link to subscribe!

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First Trimester Bumpdate and My Thoughts on Going Viral


Wow! This has been one crazy week! I already mentioned it on my Instagram, but last week, after sharing my pregnancy announcement photo, my picture went viral. I’ll talk a little bit more about that (the good and the bad) below, but first I wanted to answer a few questions and share how my first trimester is going so far.

bumpdate at 11 weeks

My due date is February 12th, which puts me just over 11 weeks right now…which is just crazy! I feel like I JUST found out. I’ve been blessed with pretty easy going first trimesters ever since my pregnancy with my Evangeline (my 4 year old.) Minimal/zero sickness, extreme hunger/cravings, and lots of fatigue. That’s about it. I’m really thankful for that because I know a lot of women really struggle in the beginning. My pregnancy with Clementine was my easiest pregnancy from start to finish so I’m hoping for a similar experience this time!

I mentioned in my last post that I had a major scare a few weeks back when we thought we had lost the baby. We discovered it was a subchorionic hemorrhage. I don’t wish that scare on anyone but at least I get to see our baby on the ultrasound quite a bit more!

I went in yesterday to check on the SCH and was relieved to see our little healthy baby and hear his/her heartbeat! The SCH is healing but it’s still there so I will be going back for another ultrasound in a few weeks. Even though I’ll be pretty early, we’re going to try to get a peek to see what we’re having! I’d be completely happy either way but part of me is hoping for another girl because of all the cute stuff we have from Clementine.

One reason I was so anxious to announce is because I was already starting to majorly show! I mean, it’s our 7th baby–my body knows just what to do. I was afraid that we’d announce and people would say “Oh yeah, we noticed you were getting chubby so we kind of figured.” Hahaha. Needless to say, I’m absolutely already back into maternity clothes.

I got this loose, flowy maternity dress from PinkBlush. This style is without a doubt my favorite style for the first trimester, when I feel chubby and don’t want anything clinging to my body. And the best part–it has pockets!! I know you ladies understand how big of a deal that is! I ordered multiple dresses from them last time around so I’m excited to wear them again.

pink blush online dress boutiques

I’m also really excited to order some Rockstar maternity jeans from Old Navy. I’ve never loved any maternity jeans before but I bought a pair for $2 at a local thrift store and they are pretty awesome! I’ll have to size up as soon as I get bigger (so basically in a few days) so I’ll be sure to share my thoughts on them when I try them out. They are pretty pricey (in my frugal mind) but I think they will be worth the investment if they fit well.

Anyway, going back to the craziness of this past week. When I shared our pregnancy announcement, I was afraid we’d have a few rude comments. I was amazed when nearly 24 hours had passed and I was overwhelmed by all the people who were so happy for us. Before long, it was being shared across the internet. We were featured on Popsugar, Babble, and Parents, to name a few.

At first it was really fun and exciting until the hateful comments started rolling in. I tried to avoid reading comments on other pages but I did see quite a few. It amazed me that people could be so hateful about such a joyful moment, forming judgments based on a simple picture.

It was kind of funny to me that some people were saying that it “must be nice to be so rich.” But then there were other people who were saying that we were obviously depending on government assistance (completely opposite judgments…neither are true.) I even saw one person say that my poor kids looked like orphans in their cut off shorts and flip flops hahaha. It just goes to show you that you can’t judge from a photo. It is very possible to have a large family, not be rich, and still have a wonderful life.

A lot of people have asked how we make it financially so I will be sharing a bit in a future post about how we make it work on one income, without feeling like we’re struggling.

The most frequent comment I saw was the famous “the world is already overpopulated.” I’m pretty sure that every person who is saying that doesn’t actually know if it’s even true. They are just repeating what they’ve heard someone else saying, just because they want to be angry about something and we seem like an easy target. I will admit that I don’t know much about the “overpopulation” issue but I did take the time to search the internet and found that it does seem to be a myth.

I was so tempted to respond to these internet trolls, and not in a very kind way, but I realized that would make me no better than them. So I started blocking people and tried to ignore it. Moral of the story: going viral is not fun and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But in the end, I can tell you who is living a happier life (me!) 
dress boutiques by pink blush maternity

But with the bad also came the overwhelming good. I have received numerous messages, comments, and emails from so many people, filled with encouragement. People from big families, small families, those who are going through miscarriages, infertility, cancer, etc. So many people sharing their stories and thanking me for sharing mine.

It encourages me to keep on sharing, even though part of me wanted to hide for a very long time. No stranger on the internet is going to steal my joy. I would much rather have my family than the approval of those grumpy strangers. But I wanted to thank all of YOU who took the time to write to me with encouraging words! It really helped me get through this past week. I’m still trying to work through getting back to everyone–so please be patient!

One more thing–I shared on my instagram but I never mentioned it here. Before I found out I was pregnant, I was interviewed for a blog post over at Little Miss Dessa for a blog series called “How Does She Do It?” The timing was funny as it went live the day after I made my announcement and had numerous people asking me “How do you do it?” So make sure to go check out that interview if you want to learn more!

I started writing down questions and blog post suggestions so make sure to leave a comment if you have anything specific you would like me to write about. Like I said before, I’ll be sharing about how we manage financially. I also will be sharing more about how I homeschool while taking care of the other little ones. But if there’s anything else you’d like to know, just let me know!

P.S. please be patient with me as I relearn how to not look awkward in front of the camera with no babies/kids haha. And don’t tell my neighbor we were out taking pictures in front of his tree again 😉

Sorry that this post was all over the place and thank you all for reading along!!