The doctors told me that there was a 50/50 chance that the bleeding would resolve itself. It was a tear in the placenta, and they didn't know why. I left the ER feeling just fine. I was tired and drugged and everything, but I thought that everything would be fine. I'd be on bedrest, maybe for the whole pregnancy, but it would be fine. I didn't prepare myself for the other side of the 50% chance. I went home, arranged for some takeout, and sat. And sat and sat. The bleeding got less and less as the hour went by, and that had to be a good sign. The cramping was harder to gauge that the bleeding, but I sat.
the middle of the night I was tossing and turning. I was hurting so
badly, but the bleeding had stopped. I thought it was a good sign, that
the bleed was healing. I asked Kristopher for a blessing and I didn't get the
answer that I wanted. Only a few minutes after the blessing I passed my
sweet baby in my bathroom and held him in my hand. I was screaming. I
was screaming and crying and completely heartbroken. How could this be
happening? How could this be the end of this story?
the other room, probably because of my screaming, Abby woke up. How
would I ever be able to tell her in a way that she would understand what
had happened? How would she do? Would she care? Would she be
After a while, I tried to put myself back
together. Everything was a mess and it was the middle of the night and I
had this tiny baby. My mom came over to take care of the kids and we
went back to the hospital. Sometimes when I'm especially sad I think
about those moments- play them back in my mind watching myself go
through the motions. We had instructions from the on call doctor to
bring the baby to the hospital with us, and that I needed to be looked
at to make sure that everything was alright with me. We placed the baby in a
plastic box. It was so surreal. We drove to the hospital, and I held
that box all the way inside. I thought that people would think I was
crazy. I had my dead baby in a box in my lap.
at the hospital are a bit of a blur to me. I was in so much pain. They
tried to avoid doing a D+C but eventually decided that it was necessary.
I was surprised to find out that I would need general anesthesia, but I
was so glad because that would mean a break from the pain.
More again later.