Today, I am a part of the statistic that approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage.
|Taken the morning of our |
8 week ultrasound.
We went in for the 2nd ultrasound and found out that there was no heartbeat and our wee one had stopped growing at 6 weeks. We had to wait again to talk to the doctor about what happens next. After leaving the doctor’s office, we drove to our vet’s office to visit Omar and then to my mom’s house. I was able to talk with husband and her about my options and we scheduled a D & C for the following morning. The holidays were pretty much a blur after that … I slept very little and cried a whole lot. I had a hard time celebrating much at all. Luckily, we were able to bring Omar home after he was healthy again.
Why am I waiting this long to share this? Mainly because I was trying to figure out if it was something I wanted to share. But recently it has been on my heart to do so. You see, my due date was July 31, 2012 – Today, I could already be a mother.
|We put together Christmas gifts with stuffed storks |
and Prego spaghetti sauce to surprise our family.
I am so very thankful for our Mister and the path that God has put us on with this pregnancy. I know that His timing is better than mine. I am healing more and more each day. If you would have asked me in January if I thought I could be this happy, this soon, I would have said “no.” I would still be grieving and totally unsure of when we could get pregnant again. I would be mourning the loss of a child that now gets to spend every moment with Jesus, my grandmother, and all the other children that never made it into this beautiful and cruel world.
There are so many women that go through this silent loss from no fault of their own. It breaks my heart to know that today a lot of women will lose a child they never met. Some will be so early on in their pregnancy that they don’t think it’s worth telling someone about what they lost … who they lost. Unfortunately, some women will be far enough along in their pregnancy that they will have no other choice but to share it with others … constantly, with almost no way to escape it.
I wanted to share this with you for a couple reasons. One, is because I naturally over share. I like to be an open book and share my experiences in life. We are made up of our experiences and if I want someone to know and understand me, then I must share with them why I am this way. This is how honest and open relationships are built.
The main reason I wanted to share this is remind you that we don’t always know what others are going through. I am sad to say that I snapped at a few people after the miscarriage. Without any knowledge of what I was going through, they would say something like “well, don’t you think it’s about time you two started having kids!” It was by no means their fault, but comments like this cut me to the core. Sometimes I would change the subject and a few times I came back with a quick reply that let them know it was none of their business. There are times I feel guilty and want to call these people to apologize but on the other hand we should always be mindful of others when we talk to them. Don’t get me wrong, I have been a very insensitive individual in my past, but things like this start to change you.
There are many women out there that have had a miscarriage or several of them. There are women that have been trying to get pregnant for years and can’t. They often feel like their bodies are failing them and end up taking all kinds of treatments and hormones to make possible what might have only taken you one night of too much wine. We must be more sensitive to others and what they are going through. If you are pregnant, you might not realize that you constantly complain to someone that would give anything to be in your swollen feet. Know that questions like “when are you two going to start trying to get pregnant?” is NOT small talk. Unless you know someone well enough to get or give an honest answer to this question, then it is not appropriate to ask.
I would like to apologize to anyone that I might have offended with my insensitive questions in the past. I would also like to ask forgiveness from anyone I was unkind to when asked an insensitive question. As much as we should be sensitive to others and what they are going through, we must also offer grace to those that don’t know better. I should have been more patient with others and for that, I am sorry.
Today, someone will have a miscarriage. Today, we will all have an opportunity to be kind to someone and sensitive to their needs and what they are going through.
Today, I will still be healing. I will get up and get ready for work and take 26 week bump photos for my pregnancy update this week.
Today, I will continue to prepare for this life I have growing inside of me and anxiously wait to meet my son.
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.