Eight Really *Is* Great: I’m Pregnant!

Fridays are usually reserved for my 7 quick takes. But, today you’ll just get six, for obvious reasons. Forgive me, Jen.

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Yes. I’m pregnant!!!! And I really, truly couldn’t be any happier than I am in this moment. Scott and I have been sitting on this news for what feels like forever. We found out waaaay back in the middle of August. I’ve been permanently happy (and slightly nauseous and tired) since then. We felt like we had the best secret and it was so lovely to just hold onto it for a while. Just us and God. But, now that my belly is giving me away, it’s time to tell you, too. Due date is April 30, 2014.

I think I’m going to defer to Jim Gaffigan’s chapter on big families in his new book, Dad is Fat. One, I can only hope to be that funny. In the meantime, I will laugh myself into oblivion. And, two, why is my fertility and the size of our family such a personal topic for the entire northern hemisphere? Jim and I share that soapbox. He’s a funny man. You know, for a guy with five kids.

Speaking of Gaffigan, Scott’s been listening to his book on the drive home. Every night, I get the chapter synopsis. It’s almost as funny as the book. You should see Scott stop breathing because he’s laughing so hard. “I mean, with the first kid we had the baby showers and the parties and the endless celebrations. With the fifth, I was all, ‘let’s just announce it on Twitter.'” Hold on, gotta catch my breath.

The kids completely wigged out when we told them. Yes, they were the first to know. That’s how we always roll. Scott caught it all on video. Thank you iPhone for capturing one of my most precious memories to date. Last Friday pretty much rocked. We decided to tell the kids first so we could ride their wave of happiness.

In answer to all your burning questions: Β NO, we’re not finding out; YES, we are elated; NO, I have no idea how we’ll figure out the rooms or if we’ll buy a new van and YES, the first ultrasound showed a beautiful, healthy baby. The kids tell me it looks like a spider in the ultrasound photo. And, they’re all wondering if a new kid means no leftovers. It’s a good thing somebody worries about the details around here.

There is so much more to say (y’all know me), but you’ll have to wait until next week. Now that the news is public and my jeans are officially too tight, I guess we’re really having a baby! I’m off to enjoy some Italian soda and caffeine-free Dr Pepper.

St. Gerard Majella, pray for us!


  1. Melissa Buttry on October 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Love the kid’s description, Charlotte is a nice name for a girl ;). Congratulations and blessings to your family.

  2. Jenn Northcutt on October 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

    What a wonderful blessing! Congrats!

  3. Barbs on October 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you and your family (I have tears in my eyes)
    I wish you all the best!

  4. Karen on October 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations to you and your beautiful family! I am just beginning to feel that my husband is coming around to a #3 and I want to take this as a good omen for our own journey. Maybe I should look into this book? I wish you a healthy pregnancy!

    • Kathryn on October 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Don’t be drinking anything when you read it – hilarious!

  5. Laura Ruiz on October 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Congratulations! May our Lord bless you and your beautiful family!

  6. Kim on October 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, CONGRATULATIONS!! How spectacular! Many blessings and caffeine-free Dr. Pepper!!

  7. Nena Castro on October 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    wow! wonderful news!! wish all the best to you and ur husband!! i wish i had a younger brother or sister… i’m the “baby” (22) lol…

    lots of blessings!

    hugs!!!! πŸ˜€

  8. Pamela A. on October 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations!! I am just so excited for your entire family!!

  9. Ann-Marie on October 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    This is so exciting!!! Many congratulations! Thank you for sharing your joy with us!

  10. MJ on October 11, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations to you and your family!

  11. Tricia on October 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Congratulations!! Prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy and baby!

  12. Lynn on October 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  13. Racheal on October 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Congrats. It is very exciting we are expecting our eighth as well due the end of this year.

    • Kathryn on October 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      You’re two ahead of us – what awesome news! I pray the last trimester goes smoothly. Congratulations to you!

  14. Lynne Neiers on October 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!! St. Therese, you are so faitfful! πŸ˜‰

  15. Kendra on October 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Congratulations to you and Scott! How exciting!

  16. Nicole on October 11, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I guess that explains your hiatus for this week. We’ve missed you!
    Couldn’t be more excited to hear about the adventures of your growing family. Your stories are amazing, and I feel privileged that you share them. I wish you a happy and healthy pregnacy, all the way through delivery!

  17. Doug A. on October 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Spider, huh? Well, I guess if it’s a boy he should be “Peter Parker Whitaker”. πŸ˜‰ Again, congratulations and hope you feel better.

  18. Megan on October 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    May God bless you and your family! My husband and I just finished reading “Fat Dad”. It got me through the 3rd Trimester!

  19. Dianna on October 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Hooooray! I want to see this video!

    Here’s to lemon drops and hopefully feeling better soon.

  20. Nicole on October 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Hip hip hooray! Congrats!!! What a miracle and blessing… Such a gift! The world will be a better place with another Whitaker in it! Enjoy this special time…

  21. Amanda on October 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Congrats! I always love the news of new life! And your excitement is beautiful and infectious! Prayers for your pregnancy!

  22. Britt on October 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Oh Kathryn, what wonderful news!! So, so happy for you all! We’ll be praying for you!

  23. DPugh on October 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    GREAT NEWS! Kathryn, you have always done everything first class. Your blog reminds me how special and classy you are! It has been fun to follow your growing family and to remember when you were one of those kids.

  24. Cristina on October 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Congratulations!! and we love Jim Gaffigan – his family pieces are hilarious!!

  25. sharyn on October 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Congratulations! Such wonderful news!

  26. Michelle F. on October 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Congratulations! We’ll be praying for a happy and healthy pregnancy journey!

  27. Rita @ Open Window on October 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Congratulations! So exciting!

  28. Susan on October 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I’m screaming. Right now – screaming!! Wahoo!!! Kathryn, I am so very happy for you and your beautiful family. God is so good! I will keep you in my prayers for a happy, safe, and healthy pregnancy. Deo Gratias!!

  29. Jennifer @ Little Silly Goose on October 11, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    What wonderful news! Congratulations!!

  30. Joel Whitaker on October 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    From one Whitaker to another, Congratulations!!!

  31. Lisa Schmidt on October 12, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Praying for you … lots! πŸ™‚

  32. verdinalouisa on October 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I am so excited for you and your family! My son and daughter-in-law have SEVEN! What a zoo… but so much fun!

    God bless you!

  33. Micaela @ California to Korea on October 13, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Congratulations! So excited for you and your growing family. Want to post the kids reaction video? I would love to see that. πŸ˜€

  34. Kristin on October 14, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Congrats on your newest Aggie!! I hope you come out of the tired/nauseous part soon. Love Jim Gaffigan too!! We got the big van for #6. Good thing too, #7 was 20 months later.

  35. Colleen Martin on October 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    yay! What great news! We are #6 pregnancy buddies now…I’m due March 23 πŸ™‚

  36. Aileen on October 15, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Congratulations Kathryn!! How exciting!!! God bless you and your lovely family!!!

  37. Monica on October 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Congrats!! I’m new to your page. Can’t remember how I just stumbled upon it but glad I did. God just blessed me with a child 8 months ago and I’ll gladly accept any other blessings he chooses to send me. It’s so refreshing to see that there are still women today who embrace fertility as the blessing it is. Thanks and congrats again. I look forward to following your journey πŸ™‚

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