Friday, April 8, 2011

10weeks 3 days of worry

I wonder if I can live without fear. without worry. without panic and anxiety. I wonder if I can. I wonder if I even want to. Or has fear become my security blanket.

I sat on the ultrasound table, waiting (and waiting) for the u/s tech today. And I was absolutely frozen in fear. Even DH couldn't nudge me out of my state of paralysis. It struck me that instead of getting easier, these ultrasounds have me more and more of a wreck. And the thing it came down to? I realized that I never again want to get the rug pulled out from under my naive hopefulness. I felt so burned the first pregnancy when we joyfully and naively went in for our first scan, only to see an empty nothingness of a sac. And I felt so stupid. I know that is a strange word. It even sounds out of place to me- I just felt like I had had the cruel joke played on me and the universe was taunting me with that black empty screen. Taunting me saying "Ha, how dare you hope and believe in something this wonderful, this beautiful." My breath was taken away that day. And now I (almost) consciously feel like I prepare myself for the worst, I even expect the worst, so that never again will the rug be pulled out that fast and hard again.

But preparing for the worst isn't working for me anymore. It is taking up too much of my time and energy. And it is robbing me of the joy of this pregnancy, quite possibly the only time I may ever have this experience. I would rather to dive in head first and love this kid with all I have. Instead of imaging the worst, I want to dream of onesies, and family bike rides, and the first time Grandpa holds him/her. I want to live without this fear.

I saw my child today- who is all of 5cm head to toe- kick, and wiggle, and turn from side to side on the grainy black and white screen. I saw my child's heart beating, still beating strong, at 180bpm. I saw its toes and fingers. I saw the blood running through the umbilical cord. I saw a magnified version of the 1/2cm long foot. And it was all the most miraculous thing I have ever seen in my entire life. Ever.

I don't want to live in fear anymore. I really don't. I don't know how to shed it as it has been a constant companion, but the cost of continuing to carry it is far too great.

I have a kid growing inside of me!

P.S. And I have officially graduated to the abdominal scan. No trousers were dropped in the scanning of this kid today. Picture choirs of angels coming down from the heavens singing a Hallelujah chorus, that is how thrilled I was.


  1. Wonderful that you could see you little one so clearly... love for your developing child will help the fear melt away - focus on love and peace will come xoxo

  2. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you!!!!

  3. I'm SO glad your little babe is okay! Yay!

  4. I know how scary this all is, believe me. It will continue to be a daily struggle, but as you reach your milestones, it will help you tremendously.

    I'm so glad that everything went well! Hold on to that sigh of relief as long as you can.

    Have you thought about getting a doppler? I know that some people are against them and that it's a personal decision but I can say that it was often what got me through the days.

  5. I cried by the end of this post. I've suffered two losses and I am so afraid of not enjoying a healthy pregnancy if and when I finally have one. Please try to enjoy it! And if you figure out how - let me know! Thanks. :-)

  6. I'm so happy to read this wonderful update. Praise God everything is going well and you got to see your precious one! I hope you will soon be able to put those worries to rest and enjoy the miracle that is happening... although I know that is hard to do. You're living from appointment to appointment right now and I know it's impossible to forget about those past hurts, but I continue to pray for peace for you as the weeks go by. It does get easier, especially once you can feel your baby moving around in there. Oh, I can't wait for you to experience these next stages. Amazing!

  7. Not sure How I stumbled onto your blog, this community is such a giant web of interconnectedness, but really glad that I did. We are newly pregnant and I am having such a hard time relaxing into it. There are so many things to be fearful of and distractions from what I always thought would be a purely joyful experience. We've been through a lot, I know, and it is really hard to let go of the expectation that every visit to the Dr brings more bad news.

    I just downloaded the circle bloom healthy pregnancy meditations, hoping that they might fill my head with some positive thoughts. I think that a little exercise would do wonders for my mental health, but my RE has instructed NO exercise. DO you have other strategies to try and support your decision to experience this pregnancy full of love and joy and peace? I'd love any tips :)

    Much love and luck to you on this journey!