I am hospital free! Woot!
Long story short, I was rushed up early Tuesday with severe, uncontrollable vomiting/diarrhoea, and only have just gotten out. That would be four and a half days in hospital :-o. They still have no idea what caused it, but they definitely were concerned: enough to keep me in longer than even I expected. It ended up being this huge drama. Ugh. Well, I did say the year would end with a bang, but it wasn't the bang I was expecting, somehow.
The Duggars are also ending the year with a bang. Michelle Duggar gave birth to number 19: a little girl named Josie. She was 25 weeks early actually, due to complications. I posted my thoughts on the then upcoming birth here....I said it then, and I say it now: Michelle, it's time to stop. It's time to praise God and thank him that you, little Josie, and all the other little Duggars are alive. Your girls and other children are ultimately going to pay for your choice to have another child: they will lose precious "mummy minutes" and your older girls will be placed into a position of having to fill those "mummy minutes". Like I have said in the past, I am not judging your choice to have so many children, I am judging your choice to continue having them, despite the fact that you knew that you had several risk factors, all of which ultimately led to this disaster of a pregnancy. As a woman who has little to no physical hope of ever carrying 18, 19,+ children, and as one whom has decided that the risk factors are just too high to ever consider having any more than 4 (at the very max and heavily dependant on my health status), your constant pushing of the boundaries of sense and at times good taste, is just plain painful and a kick in the guts. I can't even imagine how your perfect family persona is impacting other large QF families...I know that you have set the perfection bar far too high for many of them to ever reach, particularly in terms of lifestyle: most in the movement struggle to put food on the table, let alone travel all over the country, and have the huge house, the bus and the multiple cars. Think of the others your choices are having an impact on, Michelle. It is what God would want you to do.