My six-week postpartum appointment was this morning. It felt like a definitive “end” to such a long journey. No more pregnancy-related appointments, ever. I spent time picking out what to wear, as if I wanted to convey “See? Even five years older, tired, and dealing with a baby after loss, I can still bounce back!” The medical staff would not even notice my effort. It was more of an assurance for myself. Continue reading
I have had so many bad dreams. The one that reoccurred the most was a doctor telling me that something was wrong, or that I had lost a baby, followed by me screaming “No. No. NO!” I would wake from fitful sleep, often drenched in sweat or tangled in my blankets. Continue reading
Use the belief others have in you until you are strong enough to carry that same belief in yourself.
Last night, I said to Ger “I’m doing ok.” Then I woke up shortly before midnight, drenched in sweat, and realized “I’m really not ok.” It is now five days. And by the end of the day, it will be four and a half. Continue reading
You have to meet people where they are, and sometimes, you have to leave them there. -Iyanla Vanzant
We talk, about what it will be like “After.” After this baby is born.
“We must try not to sink beneath our anguish… but battle on.” -Albus Dumbedore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
In almost every SHARE meeting, it comes up: the innocence of pregnancy has been stolen from us. There are no “normal” appointments. There are no “easy” conversations about how we feel. I open the Baby Center app installed on my phone to do kick counts and I see the cute drawings of plump babies, or the smiling, leisurely photos of women. I have contempt for their complacency and cringe when I read about pregnancy complaints. I can barely allow myself to have any complaints of my own, without feeling guilty. The final few weeks should be excitement; instead, still fear, anxiety, and pragmatic planning. Continue reading