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29 minutes ago, LaughingDonuts said:

Yes, or “I just like the attention I get from having a lot of kids” or “I don’t actually have any sense of identity or purpose outside pregnancy or babies”. 
 

I love my child, but was a complete person before motherhood and don’t stake my entire identity on being a mother. It’ll be bittersweet having her grow up, because she’ll be our only, but missing this phase isn’t a good enough reason to do it again. I also didn’t like the attention around my pregnancy, so that isn’t a draw for me either. 

I hate pregnancy attention too. I am not a touchy person and people know it. You could tell they wanted to touch my belly but my face said, “you might lose your hand in the process.”

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2 hours ago, JermajestyDuggar said:

I hate pregnancy attention too. I am not a touchy person and people know it. You could tell they wanted to touch my belly but my face said, “you might lose your hand in the process.”

Same. Unless you put the baby in the belly, don’t touch it. 

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7 minutes ago, LaughingDonuts said:

Same. Unless you put the baby in the belly, don’t touch it. 

That's the only positive thing about being pregnant during Covid-19: no belly-touchers 😁

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39 minutes ago, Dutch_girl said:

That's the only positive thing about being pregnant during Covid-19: no belly-touchers 😁

LOL, I was about to say the exact same thing. I was JUST starting to show when we went into lockdown, so I never had to deal with people wanting to touch my belly. Now I don't have to deal with people being all over my newborn. One of the few perks of COVID.

Congratulations on your little one!

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12 hours ago, JillyO said:

LOL, I was about to say the exact same thing. I was JUST starting to show when we went into lockdown, so I never had to deal with people wanting to touch my belly. Now I don't have to deal with people being all over my newborn. One of the few perks of COVID.

Congratulations on your little one!

Exactly! Congrats to you as well! 

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15 hours ago, Dutch_girl said:

That's the only positive thing about being pregnant during Covid-19: no belly-touchers 😁

Yes! I had LO in May, so in the third trimester I was spared. 

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So yesterday Courtney did a "Labor Day" q&a where she answer pregnancy related questions. She reveals that she delivers each baby at the hospital without the support of her husband there as there is no one to watch the kids. I mean to each their own, but if my DH couldn't be present for the birth of our child because there were too many kids at home already, the last thing I would do is keep having more. 

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I can't get over how awful that seems to me. I mean, I know there are a ton of reasons a woman would be alone to give birth, but i'd be willing to bet most are not by choice.

So, they have too many kids for her husband to be with her to push forth another one. Go, Jesus! But, is there a person who could be with her anyway? A friend? A church member? Anyone? 

They don't seem to be very close to their "flock". Is that a major purpose of a church? To worship together? To be a "church family"? 

I don't get religion. I don't get excessive breeding. I don't get being involved with however many people through your very own church, yet not having actual relationships with any of them - not a single person can come hold your hand and support you while you birth yet another human.

We all make choices. I am just immensely grateful that the life I live and the things I was taught & believe do not lead me to deliver a child alone, even when there is a husband. 

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9 minutes ago, fundiefan said:

I can't get over how awful that seems to me. I mean, I know there are a ton of reasons a woman would be alone to give birth, but i'd be willing to bet most are not by choice.

So, they have too many kids for her husband to be with her to push forth another one. Go, Jesus! But, is there a person who could be with her anyway? A friend? A church member? Anyone? 

They don't seem to be very close to their "flock". Is that a major purpose of a church? To worship together? To be a "church family"? 

I don't get religion. I don't get excessive breeding. I don't get being involved with however many people through your very own church, yet not having actual relationships with any of them - not a single person can come hold your hand and support you while you birth yet another human.

We all make choices. I am just immensely grateful that the life I live and the things I was taught & believe do not lead me to deliver a child alone, even when there is a husband. 

I’ll be honest. I’m a loner. I don’t need any sort of support from my husband when giving birth. He almost fainted at the second birth so he’s kind of useless anyway, lol. HOWEVER I wanted him there because he’s the father. I want him to see our children coming into the world. I want him to experience that. And so does he. I think he would be so incredibly disappointed if he couldn’t be there to witness the birth. 

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37 minutes ago, fundiefan said:

I can't get over how awful that seems to me. I mean, I know there are a ton of reasons a woman would be alone to give birth, but i'd be willing to bet most are not by choice.

So, they have too many kids for her husband to be with her to push forth another one. Go, Jesus! But, is there a person who could be with her anyway? A friend? A church member? Anyone? 

They don't seem to be very close to their "flock". Is that a major purpose of a church? To worship together? To be a "church family"? 

I don't get religion. I don't get excessive breeding. I don't get being involved with however many people through your very own church, yet not having actual relationships with any of them - not a single person can come hold your hand and support you while you birth yet another human.

We all make choices. I am just immensely grateful that the life I live and the things I was taught & believe do not lead me to deliver a child alone, even when there is a husband. 

They are always doing activities with the church, it does seem surprising that someone would be able to help out. Or even a family member to fly in. What's the point of church if not for times like that? 

I would have had a hard time if my husband hadn't been there while I gave birth. I'd find a way to make sure he could be there. 

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We don't see as much posted here on the Girotti family (Mountain Musings) these days, but Sarah Girotti who married Eric Hartel in 2015 apparently had her 4th child, a daughter, in 2020.  They already had 3 boys.  Her first pregnancy was problematic requiring lots of bed rest for the majority of time, and that resulted in her first son being preemie.  

The latest Mountain Musings post features the anniversary of Deb and Tom Girotti.  Apparently they had their four in rapid succession and then no more.  Will be interesting to see if Sarah and Eric go beyond four now that they have a daughter.

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6 hours ago, anjulibai said:

They are always doing activities with the church, it does seem surprising that someone would be able to help out. Or even a family member to fly in. What's the point of church if not for times like that? 

I would have had a hard time if my husband hadn't been there while I gave birth. I'd find a way to make sure he could be there. 

She said on another IG story that most church families have multiple kids of their own, and they would have to spread out the kids, which isn’t usually doable on short notice. 

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1 hour ago, G33kywife said:

She said on another IG story that most church families have multiple kids of their own, and they would have to spread out the kids, which isn’t usually doable on short notice. 

I would likely hire someone ahead of time to take my kids short notice when I went into labor. If you pay someone enough, they would likely come babysit your litter of kids on short notice when you go into labor. 

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1 hour ago, JermajestyDuggar said:

I would likely hire someone ahead of time to take my kids short notice when I went into labor. If you pay someone enough, they would likely come babysit your litter of kids on short notice when you go into labor. 

This might just be me, but we didn't hire a lot of sitters till our kids were older and I can't imagine with that many littles getting a single sitter. Theyd need a team most likely and it's just a sign of how big their crew is. 

I can't say I'm surprised she delivers alone - they seem dedicated to their cause. Whatever it takes. 

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22 minutes ago, lexiloumarie said:

This might just be me, but we didn't hire a lot of sitters till our kids were older and I can't imagine with that many littles getting a single sitter. Theyd need a team most likely and it's just a sign of how big their crew is. 

I can't say I'm surprised she delivers alone - they seem dedicated to their cause. Whatever it takes. 

It’s funny because Zoo always flies her mother in law in when she has a baby! Too bad Courtney can’t fly a relative in to watch the kids when she goes into labor. 

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3 hours ago, JermajestyDuggar said:

It’s funny because Zoo always flies her mother in law in when she has a baby! Too bad Courtney can’t fly a relative in to watch the kids when she goes into labor. 

And I think she (Courtney) has younger sisters who are not yet married, so I am sure they are homeschooled. Looks like her mom and sisters would come. I agree, this is sad. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I sense some pride from Courtney, as in "oh I'm an expert, birth is no big deal to me I've done this 11 times already, I can handle myself". But that pride might come back to bite her some day because birth is inherently dangerous and she is high risk for complications after so many pregnancies.

I would hate to be alone at the hospital if anything went wrong - even being wheeled into theater for an emergency c-section is incredibly scary. For people who love children so much, they don't put much importance on bringing them into this world. 

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I’ve always found the idea of strangers touching a pregnant woman’s stomach (I hate the word “belly” haha) weird, and pretty rude. It’s not normally ok to touch a stranger, so why does pregnancy mean it’s suddenly a free-for-all? I hate being the centre of attention anyway, pregnancy would just make things worse. I wouldn’t mind talking about it, but keep your hands off.

I’m not pregnant by the way, nor will I be any time soon. 

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23 minutes ago, catlady said:

@mango_fandango, I’m not fond of “belly” but I can tolerate it better than “tummy.” The latter is just too much like baby talk and thoroughly annoys me.

I 100% agree. I don’t like either but tummy is a million times worse. Or the dreaded “tum tum” could set me right over the edge. 

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On 9/7/2020 at 4:14 PM, LaughingDonuts said:

Alyssa Webster is having a live gender reveal Saturday (9/12) on her YouTube channel. It’s 10:00 EST

Ok it's a boy then . No way she'll allow an uncensored  "it's another girl "disappointment face .

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9 minutes ago, raayx01 said:

Josie Bates had a miscarriage 

Oh, I thought she was pregnant a bit back but never said anything bc people here flip out if you comment on physical changes. But there was one picture on her Insta that made me think she was expecting. That's too bad. She's so young.

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