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We were never given the option of being able to become pregnant naturally. Five years of IVF cycles and countless FET transfers, we had resigned ourselves that March 2005 was going to be the last IVF cycle. We were sure it had not worked and had contacted a social worker to start the adoption process. Well that evening, I received the greatest news that I was pregnant. … Read more »
"You're going to be a big sister!" No comment. "Did you hear what I said?" After deliberate thought, she says, "I want to be an only child." It was a reasonable desire, after seven years on her own. Pregnancy was a surprise to her parents as well.
After she felt the baby kick through my bulging abdomen, she insists that the baby be … Read more »
My second pregnancy was unplanned like the first. Seizure meds tend to render the Pill ineffective, but a girl can try right? My doctors worried that I wouldn't survive the 40 weeks. So I convinced my husband that a second baby would be a good thing and that it'd be okay to eat mac-and-cheese for the rest of our lives, and we looked forward to welcoming the newest member of … Read more »
"Routine," the doctor had said. "Healthy!" exclaimed the nurse. "What about your senior year!" lamented her mother. "There go my dreams of the major league," mumbled the father. Rumbling in her belly, she rubs her tummy in a circular motion. "I guess it's us, then." and heads to the Orange Julius stand. She suddenly has a craving for Orange Julius and a salty hot pretzel. … Read more »
Impossible. I could not be pregnant again! They told me the IUD was 99.9% effective! I showed the test to my husband, who turned pale. The other six kids were excited. The next nine months were horrendous. The doctor never found the IUD, I almost lost the baby, and was in so much pain that I could not even sit down, sometimes. "It is normal," the doctors assured me. The … Read more »
Laying in my hospital bed, enjoying the silence that only comes during my time in the maternity ward, I started to miss my six little miscreants back at home. A few seconds later, they paraded in with daddy. The first five minutes of the visit were full of hugs and "We miss you Mommy!" After that wore off, life as usual resumed and a fist fight broke out...on my lap. … Read more »
I'd never touched a pregnant tum until my pregnant aunty and cousin let me touch theirs. The most amazing thing then happened. My Aunty's baby kicked my right hand directly and then two seconds later, my cousin's baby kicked my left. And on and on it went for another 2 minutes. A tango of baby tennis through my tears of joy and surprise. Everyone was laughing and enjoying the moment. … Read more »
"I need you to look at the screen" the obstetrician said when I was 9 weeks pregnant and having an ultrasound. "It's twins isn't it?" My husband gasped. "They are identical, but I can't see a membrane separating them in the sac. This may be bad news. Wait one week before the next scan. Without the membrane, I suggest you terminate."
Seven days can take forever: morning sickness, many … Read more »
Pregnancy is a blessing that should be celebrated. Having said that, I should add that celebrating does not equate to rubbing the bellies of people you have never met. Over the past six weeks, I've lost count of how many people have gone out of their way to fondle my baby bump. Cashiers, gas station attendants, and even waiters. I'm more than happy to display my belly proudly, behind a … Read more »
Two headstones. That is what marks the youngest members of the family. One is 3 years, 1 month and 6 days old, the other is 8 days shy of a year. Sister and brother. A day of life between them both. Millions of questions. Not enough answers. An eternity wondering what they would've been on Earth. Envying Heaven for keeping them. Tears every birthday, Mother's Day and Christmas. No one … Read more »
After laboring a few days at home, I crawl into my OB office only to discover I have reached 5cm, time to go! In the car and dreaming of an epidural, my Husband turns to me after hitting every pothole and says "you need a Hoagie" translation he needs a hoagie. I had not eaten in two days so the thought was sweet. He went in and I … Read more »
Five months into the Sara's pregnancy she had gained 10 lbs and in the 6th month, she gained over 50 lbs. Sara had severe preclamsia which resulted in extremely high blood pressure, severe swelling, fluid retention, and beginning stages of kidney failure. Sara and the baby's life were in great distress and they were rushed to the UAMS Hospital in Little Rock, AR. An emergency C-Section was performed … Read more »
My sister in law was about to give birth to her first baby. My 3 year old son became obsessed with baby dolls...taking care of them, feeding them, holding them. One day he said, "Mom, when we go to the hospital, who's coming out of your tummy, me or Jack (our 18 month old)?" I laughed out loud, and told him no one was coming out of MY tummy, especially … Read more »
9th hour of labor. Husband's stomach rumbles. Get something to eat, I coax, in between contractions. He reluctantly leaves for cafeteria and returns with food. Apple? Muffin? No! Chicken wings! They were calling my name, he says. The smell is delicious and nauseating. He eats with guilt in the corner. My pain increases. He drops the poultry, runs to me … Read more »
My life changed, irreversibly, 16 months before. I held my son; I desperately wanted another. The baby's due date I wake in labor. My husband doesn't believe me and leaves for work. I tell my son, "Your world changed. Forever. You have no idea." He jumps up on me. My water breaks. My husband comes home. My husband's world has not changed … Read more »
That day at the doctor we were trying to be patient, trying not to worry as she glided the doppler microphone over my growing gut. "Sometimes it takes a few minutes," she said, but those minutes were long and we could only hear my own heartbeat, nervous as usual.
But then there were the ponies--a loud galloping sound like little ponies in my belly, or one tiny angel riding … Read more »
I never knew how much Rapunzel's Mom and I shared until I got pregnant with my three children. Rapunzel's Mom craved radishes; I craved sugar, then pickles, then pork products. Each craving seemed to indicate something unique about my growing baby. Today, Elena has a sweet tooth, Sara is gaga for pickles and Jonathan loves breakfast meat. I got lucky; my husband quelled my cravings without having to barter with … Read more »
Grey mare bred to tall, dark and handsome stud. Her water breaks, should see hooves of the baby. Panic when hooves don't show. I call the vet and can hear him putting on his pants while we talk. Yes, I am sure her water broke. Vet arrives 15 minutes later and the foal is turned wrong. He straightens her out but mare won't lie back … Read more »
After laboring at home for days, my midwives gave me no other option: they would manually break my water, and if i didn't dilate to 10, then i would have to go to the hospital... that procedure was performed and dilation still didn't happen. i was driven to the hospital, and my 'boyfriend', my baby's father, in an amazing offer of kindness, volunteered to handle the admissions paperwork for me. … Read more »
Sitting on the rug in your bedroom, your baby jumping below my heart,
some new piece of evidence of your infidelity burning into my brain. I clutch the cd player remote and listen to The Band play "Don't Do It" over and over and over and over again.
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