5 Little Pumpkins…

First of all, don't worry, I'm ALIVE! I'm sorry for the serious absence over here! I spilled water on my computer last week, completely fried it, had to get a “new” (refurbished) one, Bubba was out of town and had our only other computer, so I'm just barely getting back in the game…which is why you haven't heard from me in an ENTIRE WEEK!

…But not that you care.

You are all here for our big Halloween announcement, I assume? Well let's get on with it then…

5 little pumpkin coming this May!

That's right, you guessed it…

Our 5th little pumpkin is coming this May!

That's right folks, I'm prego with baby #5. Now, to answer allΒ the burning questions I'm sure you have…

Was this planned?

Yes, believe it or not! I LOVE having our kids so close together.Β And heck, we've gone this far, let's just keep going.

How close in age are your kids?

They range between 18-21 months apart, so just over 1.5 years. So yes, that will be 5 kids in 6 years.

Are you crazy?

You better believe it!

Have you been sick?

SO sick. And tiiiiired. It's been REALLY hard not to mention anything, especially on Periscope! It's almost slipped several times. But we wanted to make sure to tell all our siblings and parents first, and some of them were on vacation. So if I seem lame-o lately, you now know why!

How far along are you?

I'm going to be honest…I don't really remember. I am always so nervous at that first appointment, I just hold my breath, hoping for a healthy heartbeat. Everything else goes in one ear and out the other! But I believe my due date is around May 10 which puts me at 11 weeks-ish. I'll verify at my next appointment when I'm paying better attention, I promise. πŸ™‚

Do you want a boy or girl?

Since we are 2 and 2, this will be the tie-breaker child. I truly don't care what we have, as long as it's healthy. Girls are way more fun to shop for (clothes, Christmas, hair bows…) but boys are simpler (give them a snack and room to run and they are good! Girls are so emooootttiiiooonnnaaaallll……). I love them all so bring it on, whatever it is!

Do you have any names picked out already?

I've had a running list since high school, so I always have names running through my head. But we don't name our kiddos until they are born and we can meet them in person, so we will probably narrow it down to 3 names then decide once he/she is born. Nothing is standing out yet, we will wait until we know the gender to really start thinking. AKA we are VERY open to suggestions! (Boy names are SO hard! Or is it just me?…)

Is this your last child?

Not sure, honestly. We've never said a number. When we first got married Bubba said 4-6 and I thought that sounded fine, but committed to not every saying a solid number. I prefer to take it kid by kid. I told God I would have as many as He wants me to have, as close together as He wants me to have them (because having them this close was NOT the original plan), just so long as He lets me know in plenty of time when we are on our last one so I can savor every minute.

…and preferably keeps us all healthy.

What do your kids think?

They are excited! Beck (2 years) doesn't really know what's going on. He keeps lifting my shirt, asking to see the baby. But Hutch and Priya (4 and 5) are older and “get it” a little better. Hutch is super excited to have another baby brother (since that's what he's decided is the gender). Priya, naturally, wants a girl.

Will you continue blogging?

You bet! Hasn't slowed me down so far. Luckily I work smarter, not harder, and have learned to do a lot during nap time and bedtime. I have some exciting things coming up that will shake things up a bit, but don't worry, I'm not going anywhere.

Have you sold your house yet?

(Many of you keep asking.) No, still for sale. Which, now you know part of why we are moving! We are looking forward to (hopefully) getting into a home with a huge yard, perfect for raising a herd of Page's.

How many shots did you have to take to get this picture?

Almost 50. …and the one above is the best we got. #LifeWithKids.

We had 5 minutes before church and shoved everyone on the (freezing) front step. It was NOT easy! Here's an idea of how it went…

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We are SO excited, and pray every day for a healthy baby. Thanks in advance for your love and support, we feel so blessed that God has given us the gift of these precious kiddos.

 

Comments

  1. Congratulations!! That is so exciting! I hope you get over feeling sick quickly. You truly are inspiring. I love your optimistic attitude! πŸ™‚

  2. You’re such a wonderful, down-to-earth lady and I’m so happy for you! Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy and baby! Can’t wait to follow along with you.

  3. Congratulations! How very exciting! I am prego with number 3 due May 3rd. My 2nd is only 14 months and I was scared the first week or so but really I figure 3 kids would be hard no matter what the age gap!

  4. I suspected because I’ve watched old videos of yours when you were pregnant and you kept talking about pregnancy brain…and on your recent Periscopes you seem to be having the same issues! πŸ™‚

    • HAha oh my gosh SO MUCH! I was honestly waiting for someone to ask. I’ve had so many questions lately asking when we are having our 5th, I figured people were noticing but no one had the guts to come outright and ask, hehe πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!

  5. Congrats! that’s awesome. I always wanted kids close together too.

    I’m on the other side of I can’t pick out girls names! We seem to be good at boy names so if you want help…. We always say go to family names from a few generations back. Back in style, normal recognizable, spellable names! πŸ™‚

  6. you are smart to have them close together. We have 4 kids with a 5 year gap between the 2nd and 3rd. If I could do it over I wouldn’t have done that. Congrats!

  7. My husband and I are just now starting a family,we are due with our first in Februray. We would love to. Have at least 4 kids and everyone these days seem to stop at 2. My husband mentioned having our kids 9 months apart, Crazy I know! I’m not sure of the health risks yet so we will base our decision on that. I’m curious though…we’re you ever concerned what family, friends your ob doc would say about having them so close together? Would they get annoyed. Of course our decision is what matters, but I didn’t know if you had to deal with any of that.

    • Yes we do worry about the opinions of others! Not so much as to change our minds, of course, but many people disagree with how closely we have our kids. For the most part our family and friends think we are crazy, but are supportive. We just really try not to be a burden on anyone and not let it slow us down any. It’s your family, after all! XO

  8. Congratulations!!! Kiddos are so wonderful and do bring so much joy into our lives. Sorry to be so mosue but since you are sharing thought I’d might ask. What type if budget would you have for a family of 7! Your family always looks so very well dressed, you make it look super easy and your home and is beautiful, good job on getting at a great price, but financially how much should someone making if the want a larger family?

    • Oh boy we are certainly not put together all the time, but you are so sweet! Honestly, our budget hasn’t changed too much because our kids are all so young. We believe in simplifying: 1 activity (like soccer or dance) per kid, we buy most of our clothes second-hand, and find deals to cover everything else. Thanks for reading! XO

  9. CONGRATS Paige! You are freaking rockstar mama! I’m so impressed! Sending best wishes yor way! Boy names are so hard! So many start with J, I swear! Our boys are named Maxson, Bryson, and Quinn. I have no more boys names I’m obsessed with in my arsenal so hopefully are next ones are girls so we can use those favorite names as well!

  10. Eeek, so exciting!!! Congratulations and prayers for a happy, healthy baby!! I am due about two weeks or so before you! You have yours close together and I will have an age gap of 13 YEARS (!!!!) between mine! lol

  11. Congrats!! I don’t comment very often but wanted to say congrats ans to also give you the names we had picked out when I was pregnant with my son, who is now 8!! They were Nolan, Brody & Carson. We finally decided on Nolan when he was born. It is my husband’s middle name and it is perfect for him. I always wanted to know how the relationship would be different if my two kids were closer in age but Nolan is 8 and Makena is 18!!

    • I have a Nolan too! He’ll be 17 in two weeks and is my baby. Love to hear about other Nolan’s in the world. <3

  12. YAY! We’re due within 3 weeks of each other!! I knew it was coming πŸ™‚ so excited for you guys and glad we’re not the only ones who want a big family!
    P.s. Dayton is still a great girls name choice πŸ˜‰ and I like chandler for a boy! Woohoo!

  13. OMG !! I’m due May 8 with our 3rd !! That is so exciting and I look forward to carrying a bundle of joy alongside you !!

    I have a blog that I started this summer but ever since I got pregnant and very sick i have deserted it ! Here’s hoping 2nd trimester is kinder .. Take care xo

  14. Congratulations! But I have a BIG burning question though…HOW DO YOU DO IT!!!?!? You have 4 super young kids, with one on the way, AND BUSINESSES!. Could you do a post or periscope about how you do your day to day/week to week, balance your time, manage it all, do it all??? How do you give each kid individual attention? Is there time to give individual attention? What help do you have? Do you have a full time nanny that comes every day? Do you have a house cleaner? Do you have a driver? Do you get sleep? Your blog really comes across that you do it all and have it all! Like your super than a supermom! But I think the behind the scenes reality look would be really helpful to me, and probably others also wondering how you manage it all. I feel like I’m completely sinking managing my 3 kids under 6. And I have NO side businesses. I feel like I have to say NO to everything because caring for my kids take up so much time. Maybe I’m handling things totally wrong? Maybe I need to let go of my own mothering expectations? Or let go of guilt that they don’t always need constant one on one attention? I know realistically no one can have it all, and we pick and choose what we want to do with our time. What do you give up or choose to neglect in order to manage your soon to be 5 and businesses? I really hope this post doesn’t come across as rude, but I really want to know! Maybe you’ve got your kids trained super well? Give us some insights will you?

    • Yes I plan to do more! I recently did a day in the life video on YouTube and have several more that I still need to edit and post (they take FOREVER, hence the whole “you can’t do it all” thing, usually the long posts and videos have to get let go). But I promise to try my hardest!

  15. I love your blog.. never posted a comment though but felt I should tonight ! Congrats on baby #5 !!! I have 6 children VERY close in age… we have two girls that we adopted from Africa to start our family and then I had 4 bio children in 5 years.. I now have a 10, 9, 7,6,3 and almost 2…. 3 boys and 3 girls and yes its busy but OH so joyful too !!!! The main reason I posted is because with many children I know how hard the name picking can be.. especially for boys… we get a lot of comments as our names are unique.. anyways wanted to share our boys names, Yakim, Tarik and Zavier…I also very much loved Zaphael but everything is coded with their first letters in our house so we could not have another Z…… our last baby’s name is Dazzie (girl)… I heard Dazzia too…we get a lot of compliments on her name as well.. best of luck with your pregnancies.. all my symptoms came quicker with baby #4, I hope this pregnancy treats you well !

  16. Aw that is soo wonderful! Congratulations! May you have everything you need to do the things you want and everything you want to do the things you need! Keep loving on your babes as this time will pass quickly even when you aren’t feeling great….My 4 where 5, 3, and twin babes! So very sick with each one though the twins really did me in and i WORKED Smart/hard to Preciously keep documentation of their sweetness as i as sick with their sisters! May you a wonderful pregnancy! and A Lovely Time with your family! I loved hearing you in the Mom Conference!
    Warmly
    Stacy Harris and the rest of the Harris6family
    Somewhere over the rainbow is Right here Right NOW!

  17. I have no idea how I ended up on your blog, but I’m sure glad I did! I have five kids too (aged 7, 6, 4, 3, and 1) so can totally relate to you! Also, just started a blog! Anyway, congrats on baby #5! Fun times ahead for both of us I suppose πŸ˜‰
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  18. Such great news! I’m pregnant with my 7th. It’s nice to know not everyone has stopped having kids! ? I hope you start feeling better soon.

      • I wish! My oldest is 15. My youngest is 3.5. Most days I feel like I’m running around crazy but enjoy these years. Pretty soon you aren’t going to be their whole world but I have fantastic kids. And don’t listen to those naysayers about having more kids. You’ll never regret it but you will always wonder if you don’t have more. It’s nice to have to have like minded people to be around. ?? We gotta stick together. (Chest bump ?)

  19. Congrats! So excited for you. One of my daughters has 3 boys, the first two are 17 mos apart and the 2nd and 3rd are 15 mos apart. Close together and having fun. So rock on you SUPER STAR!

  20. How can you possibly afford that many kids?! Especially, with the high cost of food, education, toys & the list goes on…….?!

    • Living frugally allows us to live the life of our dreams and not be limited by income. Just keep reading and you’ll see how! XO

  21. Yay!! I thought this announcement was coming. Only because I watch you on periscope and everyone is always asking that question. A few times it looked like you were going to spill the beans. So happy for you and your family!!! I have a 7 month old and I am ready for another. Hopefully we get our finances in order (FYI I did email you) so we can have baby #4!!
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    • Thanks Mindy!! And congrats on the baby πŸ™‚ 7 Months is super fun. I’m working on catching up with emails, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for yours πŸ™‚

  22. Congrats! I love, love, love, that you told God you’ve had as many as He wanted you to. That’s so rare these days, even with the commandment to be fruitful and multiply still in effect. We have nine before the factory had to be shut down due to scary cancer cells. I wish I could have had mine that close together. They’re mostly around two years or so. I hope you feel better soon!

    • Nine! My hero! I secretly want 12. I doubt my body (or husband) would let it go that far, but I can’t imagine anything more fun. Best of luck to you and all your kiddos!

    • Not sure! So far I’m good as gold. They are getting a bit purple, but no pain or issues like last time. None of the veins the doc fixed will be an issue from now on, thank goodness, but that’s not to say that new ones wouldn’t pop up. Crossing my fingers and so far, so good!

  23. This is probably going to be overshare for the comments section, but I can’t find a link to email you directly, so here goes. I’m being induced in 3 weeks with our 4th baby due to preeclampsia (I’ll be 37 weeks at induction ) and I keep wondering about getting my tubes tied. My oldest will be 5 about a week after this baby comes, followed by a nearly 4 year old, and a 15 month old. We have not planned any of our pregnancies and have actively tried to prevent the last 3. We have had a very financially difficult life since the arrival of our first. We have needed lots of financial help from family, and have even been on government assistance several times as well. The financial crises have been the result of lack of employment, and not through any choices we have made. (Downsizing, companies moving out of state, etc). I love my kids, and its clear that my husband and I are not in control of our family size since the last 3 pregnancies should have been medically impossible, but I cannot see bringing any more kids into an already financially stressful situation. On the other hand, tubal ligation seems like such a slap in the face to God, like I’m telling him he doesn’t know what’s best. Can you offer any advice, opinions, thoughts? (I know you can’t make this decision for me, I’m just looking for a neutral party’s opinion, and I swear I won’t be get offended! )

    • Wow that is SO HARD. I really respect you for sharing such a private, and hard!, issue. Honestly, this is between you and God. In my humblest opinion (since you asked), God is at the helm. In the scriptures it teaches us to fear God before man. He will provide. If you are meant to have children, as you mentioned, you will have them. However, He also leads us to make our own decisions and try to do best with the tools He has given us. I’m sure your financial situation is temporary, and you will be blessed for your sacrifices. However, you do want to protect your family and make sure you have a great environment for your kids. We had our first baby in the climax of our financial disaster, because we felt as if that was what God wanted us to do. It was hard. We sold our car, literally sold our couches, stopped eating out and shopping entirely, even colored my hair at home. But we did it, and just a few short years later we are prospering (with hard work, of course). I think if you are fully willing to do God’s will – family AND work-wise – you will find blessings and happiness. Have you looked at moving out of state for a better job? Tossing that out there. Have a conversation with God and let Him know what you are willing to do. I believe if you are willing to follow His will, it will all work out, as long as you’re willing to work hard in the process. Best of luck!! XO

  24. Super-duper exciting!!! Congratulations! I have a friend who went with the “B” them with her 4 kids, but they’re all unique – and they’re in the order of yours too (boy, girl, boy, girl). They’re Brick, Beckitt, Brooks & Briar. πŸ™‚

  25. Congratulations! I too have 5 kiddos ages ranging from 2-8. Alas I have all boys though.:) and you are correct what’s one more right? Hope you have a wonderful pregnancy, and congrats again!

  26. Jordan~ I am they youngest of 6 kids (boy,girl,boy,girl,boy,girl) and it has been the best gift my parents gave me. I’m over the moon thrilled for you & your family….many thanks for your blog (YOU ROCK) & continued Blessing for your family!!!!

  27. You are awesome!! Congrats!! Having just two makes my head spin, so I am in awe of you… and also envy the big family a little bit. I haven’t been able to say yet that we are done… I’ve always kind of thought that I’d have three, and I think we may end up with another. πŸ˜‰ But probably not for a while, daycare is SO expensive that we couldn’t afford to have 2 in daycare at once!

    So happy for your family! Squeee!

  28. Congrats!! Your kids are the cutest! We had 6 kids in 7 years (no twins!) we LOVE them being so close. We have some 11mo, 13mo, 14mo, and 2 years apart. Makes for a super crazy, super fun life! God bless!

  29. First, congrats on your new addition! Hope you start feeling better soon!! Second, I hate to break the conversation about babies, but I have a question about your refurbished computer. I’m thinking of purchasing one, and I wondered who you purchased through and what you bought? From what I’ve seen so far, the price is incredibly discounted, but I wonder if it’s worth it?

    Thanks in advance,
    Julia

    • Yes of course! It’s THE way to go (for Apple products, anyway. I probably wouldn’t trust it with anything else). I buy mine straight from Apple.com. They sell refurbished versions of everything they make. Saves several hundred and still has warranty options. We’ve done it 3 times now and have never been disappointed!

  30. Mom of 5 boys here, although I went the other way in the spacing. We have 18 years between the oldest and youngest! Anyway, here are some name ideas for you. We have Trent, Kalin, Ashton, Brady and Ethan. Congrats on baby # 5!

  31. We have 9 blessings from 36 to 15. Six girls and 3 boys–Shelley-36 married to Mike and 3 wonderful grandbabies-Janelle-8, Eli-4 and Anya-3; Jake-34 married to Rita and they have 5 blessings-Jubilee-8, Thomas-6, Rose-4, Paul-2 and Beatrice-8 mos.; Amy-32 married to Daniel and they have 3 blessings-Sophia-born into heaven 3 years ago, Calvin-20 mos. and Savannah-born Sept. 2015; Erin-29; Luke-26; Julianna-24 married to Nick and they have Malik-2 and Asher due 2-14-2016; Grace-22; Bethany-20 and Zeke-15. Life is still busy in different ways, but I remember those days! We never set a limit on exactly how many children we had except I told my husband, we must have at least two! After each one I told him how much I enjoyed each one and God blessed us again. I do believe God will bless us for following His command to be fruitful and multiply. All of my children LOVE children and want large families if they are able. Enjoy them all and keep on going!

    • Oh my gosh blessings is right!! So much joy in your family! And I love the names. Grace is always a favorite. God bless!! XO

  32. Congrats! We named our son Jimmy after my husband’s late father. Not James, it’s legally Jimmy. MIddle name is MIchael after my dad. I LOVE using family names and “vintage” sounding names.

    • I love it! We have a nephew named James, but he goes by Jimmy…Jimmy Page, like the famous musician πŸ˜‰ Love it!

  33. Oh Jordan, congratulations! I have been waiting for this announcement, to be honest. ;-> Our number three is due in about two months and we will stop afterwards – being pregnant ist just too hard on me. I keep saying “If I find one at my front door, I will take another one. And another one. And another one….” ;-> I’d love to have more than three but on the other hand, I am just grateful for the two/three we are/will be having. They are wonderful, I enjoy them so much – keep going, you are a great mom and are doing a terrific job.
    all the best from Austria, evi

  34. Congrats! Love bug families and you are utterly amazing! I don’t know how you do it, but glad you do. You make such a difference!

  35. Yay congrats! What a cute way to announce! You’re just as crazy as me! I’m due June 1st with my 6th. I have 4 boys and a baby girl. 7, 5, 5, 3, 18m. Hoping for another girl! I love my kids close too. I work about 20 hours a week and have a traveling husband so I totally relate to life’s business! I just do the best I can. My house isn’t always the cleanest but my kid’s think I’m awesome and that’s what counts! Let’s hope our sickness ends soon! I’m 9 weeks. I love following your blog and I’m excited to follow your pregnancy! Camie

  36. Congratulations!!So exciting! Sending prayers for a healthy pregnancy & a quick & easy labor. πŸ™‚ Fun birth announcement!

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