Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Flying solo, day #4

Yesterday I went in for my monthly prenatal exam, and we couldn't hear the heartbeat. My OB reassured me that often happens, for whatever reason--the location of the baby in my uterus, the placenta being in the way, etc. So he asked me to come in a couple hours later for an ultrasound, just to be sure everything was normal.

I brought Jimmy and Audrey along, thinking they'd be thrilled to get a sneak peek at their new sibling.

Right away, my doctor knew something was wrong: no movement, no heart beating. It was surreal in those first few moments, because I had felt the baby move, a gentle flutter, I thought, earlier that morning, and hadn't been worried even when the doppler didn't pick up the heartbeat.

Over the next few days I'll be undergoing a procedure to help me deliver the baby, and will probably be in the hospital for a couple days starting tomorrow afternoon. Already I've had so much support and help from family and friends, which has made this burden much more bearable. I'm so grateful to know that I'm not alone through this experience.

I also know that in the coming weeks as I sort through it all, that support will continue to be an anchor to me, as well as the deep faith inside me, which has actually grown stronger even in the last few hours. I don't know anything about how or why or what, but I know in time I'll be blessed with the grace to move forward, even not knowing.

If you call or email me and I don't pick up or respond, please know that I'm still grateful you're thinking of me--just in a very raw place right now--but no less grateful.

6 comments:

John and Chantalle said...

Love you Katie. You are in my prayers.

limugurl said...

oh honey...I'm so sorry...wish I could be there in person to give you a hug.

Sieler-Lindsay Family said...

My heart is broken for you! I am shedding so many tears. Why oh why ...
I love you my friend, be strong
I pray that you will be bless with strength to go thru this horrible terrible trial.
Debbie

Tanya said...

You are in our prayers. Please call if you need anything. Food. Babysit. Anything.

Kim said...

Oh, Katie. I am pouring out love and sorrow for you, from afar.

Julie C said...

Love you.