Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I saw you!

My appointment went well.  I hated having to pee and weigh in but I know it is for the records....which I did not have at all with Chase.  But my relief was when I saw your little heart beating on the screen and heard it with my very ears.   Such a sweet sound!  I know I will begin feeling you soon...I can't wait!  Thank you, sweet Chase, for being there with me.  I miss you so much. 

Another view

I have been feeling all they sypmtoms....fatigue, nausea, fatigue, nausea, breast tenderness, very oily skin (don't need lotion!), gassy.   I am going in to the dr.s office to see another picture of you today, though.  For some reason (read: fear), I need a confirmation after 10 weeks that you are still okay.  I can't feel you yet, so I need something tangible.  I think everything is okay.  I have no particular "ill feelings" about this pregnancy.  I just need to know before I head out of the state this weekend to spend with family.  That's all.  I can't wait until my appointment in Abq so we can tell the kids.  They are going to be so excited.  Holding my breath until this afternoon.....

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I don't know what to familiar.  I remember this feeling vividly...... losing Chase and not knowing what about anything.  

Part of welcoming this baby is physical and our family is growing and the viability of the pregnancy.  We both feel that we need to get to the appointment on Aug 5th before we can celebrate much.    But there seems to be a much bigger and more complicated emotional component to welcoming this baby than I expected.  I would have to say I am excited....I dusted the baby's dresser and cleaned up a bunch of stuff in that "area".  I am very excited to have a baby....that feeling I had as Chase's due date neared.   The excitement!  But as I talk to Patric...and realize my own true feelings, what I really, truly want, is Chase.  I know he is very confused about this because he does not want to "neglect" Chase.  There is a degree of guilt at this point....why we are bringing this baby into this world.  Obviously we wouldn't have gotten pregnant if Chase was here.  We wouldn't have tried to get pregnant anyway, has diligently as we have been trying for this baby.  For that reason, I feel like Chase is a part of this.  He sent this little one to us...he is taking care of him (?) for us until we can take care of him.  I honestly feel this way.  But I told Patric last night that it was 1 year and 2 months ago that Chase died and I feel about 10 years older.  Physically especially.  I never in my plans wanted to be having a baby at 38 years old.  By this age I would be nearly bidding good riddance to diapers once and for all.  Mentally I am worn.....that the timing is off.  Things aren't right--or the way they were supposed to be, anyway.  The world is out of balance right now for me.  

I am worried that Patric isn't excited for this baby.  I'm worried that he's not sure if he wants this baby like he thought he would.  I know he's not letting himself get excited yet because we are not through the first trimester.  But I don't know how mentally prepared he is for this.  

And when I experience his hesitations, it makes me consider mine.  But life, though not what we may plan, is what it is.  And it requires adjustments and adaptations.  And it is how well we adapt that lets us be happy again.  I will always have this sadness in my heart.  I will always yearn for my little boy.  But I know I have room in my heart for another little one to love.  And I know Patric does too.  It is part of our new normal.

I have read this on many sites of those whom I befriended in this babylost blogging community and are now pregnant.  Each time I read it and each day that passes, it becomes clearer and clearer...
"Rainbow babies" is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn't mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover, but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy, and hope. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

We've Come This Far

I was so nervous this morning, and several days prior. see if you were there.  To see if your little heart was beating.  To see our fifth little one, hopefully.  I was so scared since the accident so today was mostly to put that fear at ease. 

And it did.  That fear.  That one fear.  There are still several more and we are still waiting to "celebrate" for 4 more weeks when we share you with your sisters and brothers.  Well, Chase already knows you and he's taking care of you right now.  But the other three are going to be ecstatic when they find out.

You are pretty cute already.  Your heart was beating 167 bpm.  And the doctor tells me you will be here a a week earlier than I thought--February 13th.  I am so happy I got to see you and hear you.  I will be waiting...patiently.....and as calmly as I can....until we make it past the next stage.  

Friday, July 2, 2010

Oh no

I have a whole new range of fear raging in my head.  I rear-ended someone pretty bad yesterday and though I don't think I did anything to the baby, I am so worried.  I read today that you are the size of a blueberry--wow, that's bigger than what I thought.  But the doctor I spoke with said I really needed to nearly break my pelvis in order to affect the pregnancy at this time.  My uterus was certainly tight a lot of the day yesterday.  I can feel it so acutely.  I did not feel cramps really though.  I am really excited about this pregnancy and can't wait until I can share my excitement and I just want to get to that point.  I am happy with everything about this pregnancy.  I started getting zits on my back and elsewhere so I think that means boy.  That makes me happy for Patric.  Of course I really want a little girl too.  (like in addition!) I just hope and pray and talk to this little bean all the time that he/she is okay and to keep growing.   Please, please, please......