Friday, March 5, 2010


How does anyone get through this? How does anyone go for nine months not knowing with each passing day whether their baby is going to be born alive???
I don't know how much more anxiety I can take. I can't sleep, I have no appetite, I can't concentrate. I just worry 24/7... and then I feel a kick and am reassured for that moment... but it never lasts.
I haven't seen my baby in 7 weeks. The last time I saw my baby it was essentially a blob with arms... For 3 weeks I felt my baby move all the time, day after day I was reassured by punches and kicks and nudges and then nothing 3 days... then reasssurance but never as strong as it had been... now nothing again... we had some flutters yesterday but was it the baby or gas... how can I really be sure?
I just sit here and cry my eyes out... I just want to KNOW that everything is going to be okay. I want to KNOW that my baby is not going to die. I want to know that my daughter is not going to have to cry herself to sleep for months again because she misses her baby brother or sister...
I want to know that my body is not going to fail me again.
I want to have faith that everything is going to be just fine and that all of this is worth it because at the end of it all I'll be bringing home a beautiful healthy baby.
One more week until my next appointment.
One more week until I know for sure whether my baby is alive.
11 more days until the anatomy scan.
11 more days until I know whether my baby is healthy.
11 more days until I can see my baby on that screen.
If we make it that far.
I never had these fears with my son. I had confidence. I had never lost something that meant so much to me. Now all I have is fear. Fear of losing a baby all over again. Fear of that shelf in the corner having two tiny little urns on it...
I try to be calm, I try to hold it together and some days I succeed. Others, like today, I fail miserably... and while I should be getting ready for work I sit here with tears streaming down my face trying to will my baby to give me a sign that he or she is still alive in there.
I always have a hard time around the 8th of the month... mostly leading up to it. Being pregnant has only intensified those emotions in me. I'm a wreck usually from the 5th until the 7th and generally the 8th comes and goes without incident. It's not like it's different that any other day... I mean, aside from the fact that my son was born sleeping 8 months ago on the 8th of July... It's not like I think of him more or miss him more I cry for him more... How could I? I do those things every day of my life.
The 8th of this month is a little different. The 8th of this month marks the halfway point in this pregnancy. On the 8th I will be starting the second half of this pregnancy. I will be 18 weeks and 5 days of a 37 week pregnancy. It will be the second leg of this LONG journey and hopefully it will all be worth it in the end.


  1. Hey Girl, How sometimes I feel as if I could have written this post myself. I am so sorry that you are having one of the anxiety ridden days. Post tonight on ivillage and please let me know you are doing. I hate it when one of my board pals is having a bad day it makes me actually have anxiety for them. I am thinking of you and hope that today or maybe tomorrow becomes a little more bearable.

  2. Hi there. This is general response and not specific to your most recent post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences about losing your baby. My daughter lived a brief 2 1/2 days as she was born with trisomy 18. I find so much support in reading others' words and knowing I'm not alone.

  3. Oops - I just tried to post a comment but think it worked. I just wanted to say hi. This is a more general response and not specific to your most recent post.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings about the loss of your son. My daughter died in Sept 2009. She lived 2 1/2 days, was born with trisomy 18. I feel so much support in reading others' blogs, knowing I'm not alone in my journey and how I feel. Thanks for sharing!

    As for your current pregnancy, hang in there! I imagine it's hard being pregnant. As babyloss mommas, we all know now that things can go wrong. But as I've read in many of your posts, we keep going on despite the hard days, and keep hoping. How can we not? Take good care.

  4. Hi- I found your blog today. I lost my second son on the 13th of July. I am currently expecting my rainbow in August and I can understand those fears. I look at it this this point- It can either go two ways now, the way it's expected or the way we don't want it. You got to trust yourself that you are doing everything possible to make it go the way you want it to. There's no going back now.

    Hang in there.... While reading your post I thought someone had gotten in my mind and wrote exactly what I was thinking down. I totally get it. Please feel free to contact me.

    Sending hugs your way!


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