February 11, 2014
It was just last week when I called my husband into the bathroom, bawling my eyes out. I couldn’t even speak while handing him the little test, that showed two pink lines, clear as day. I was crying for three reasons:
It has been about three years since my last pregnancy, and an ultrasound close to week 10 showed that baby stopped developing at nine weeks. The actual physical miscarriage happened at thirteen weeks. Our children are now ages 5 & 6, and well out of baby stages. Yet, my daughter has prayed on more than one occasion for a baby in our family. We always told her, “It’s up to God.” The past two moves, I haven’t quite had the heart to get rid of our favorite baby items. In recent months, I had assumed we were probably done having children, and was planning to give most things away. This pregnancy is a big surprise (but welcome).
Children are a blessing. I consider a baby a precious gift, and I’m one of those baby people. Nothing makes me happier than the opportunity to hold a baby. I am thrilled at the thought of a new child joining our family.
So why am I feeling fear? Not so much because of my age. Never mind the fact that two days ago I received an invitation to my 25th year high school homecoming festivities! It’s the fact that there are other health issues of concern, such as blood pressure, arthritis pain, and my weight. I went to see my family doctor a few days after seeing the positive test. Everything was confirmed. She wrote “high risk” on my paperwork and sent me to the referral department. So here we go. I’m expecting lots of tests, lab work, doctor appointments and ultrasounds over the next many months. That is…..if we don’t miscarry again.
I am feeling overwhelmed. I told my husband the first evening after we found out that I don’t want to live in fear. I have spent the past week or two digesting this exciting news, yet struggling with anxiety and obsessive thoughts. I am thankful to report that I have been having major pregnancy symptoms. With the miscarriage, I noticed that the symptoms went away after only a few weeks, and were mild. Frequently I am nauseated and have food aversions. I am having to eat every couple hours or I get shaky (and I’m not diabetic–but have had issues with hypoglycemia in the past). I’m glad to be on the prenatal vitamin along with with extra iron and hoping that will boost my energy level a little bit.
So that’s the story. That’s where we are at. This is brand new, fresh, hot-off-the-press news.
I am clinging to Psalm 138:8.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
What I really see in this entire situation, is an opportunity to TRUST God. I cannot control the outcome. I can only take care of myself and this baby the best I can.
March 10, 2014 (nearly one month after previous entry)
Went in for our first ultrasound a couple of weeks ago. Based on dates, I figured we were close to 8 weeks. What we saw on the screen was a five week, one day gestational sac. The doctor told me that it was still well within the realm of possibility, and to remain “cautiously optimistic”. It was torture waiting 9 more days for the next ultrasound. Over and over my husband and I prayed for peace, no matter the outcome. In the meanwhile, pregnancy symptoms continue as strong as ever including extreme exhaustion.
Nine days later, we were disappointed and sad to see a sac measuring 5 weeks, 3 days. No sign of our baby. How I had longed to see that little heart beating, but it is not to be. My body still thinks it is pregnant, but at some point (unless there is a miracle), we are expecting a miscarriage. The last miscarriage took nearly 3 weeks from hearing the news before it happened. At least this time I know a little bit what to expect.
March 15, 2014- Late at night
This is the pits. The past three days I have been exhausted and nauseated and food tastes gross to me, just like normal pregnancy. By my original calculations, I should be ten weeks by now. Everything in my body feels like I’m ten weeks pregnant, but according to the doctor, based on the ultrasound, there is no hope. I am hurting. I keep hoping that somehow the ultrasounds were wrong. I am sad that most people don’t know what I’m going through. We only shared our news with a few people. I feel alone and like I’m “hiding something”. I don’t want a bunch of sympathy and advice. What I really want is to drop off the face of the earth for a few weeks till this is past.
This pregnancy is called a “blighted ovum” and I feel like I’m a failure. I wonder if this wee little fertilized egg means anything in the Kingdom of God and how that all works. Do I now have two little ones in heaven? Will I see them some day? How can this be when they are so little, never really developed? At other times I am calm and very accepting. In other words, whether I want to or not (and I don’t want to), I am in the middle of some hefty grieving again. I just want to be alone, but I want other people to know too. My heart is aching tonight and I am finding the whole situation unbearable. I don’t think the hormones are helping my emotions either. I TRUST GOD. I am disappointed. I go to church and other places, but only a few people know about it. I don’t want to hear a bunch of trite stuff. But I do want to hear some kind words. I wish I had someone to talk to right now, but it’s the middle of the night. This could take weeks yet. And then there are the fears about going through the actual miscarriage. The last one I went through was painful, difficult, and scary at times. I am really dreading it.
April 4, 2014
It is moving so very slow. This is hard to bear. I want to plan my son’s birthday for the end of the week, but do not know how I will be feeling. At this point I do not feel safe traveling outside of my immediate area. It’s hard to plan anything. I’m hurting. Backaches and pain every day. I’m waiting. I thank God for the midwife who delivered our daughter at home. She has done more to reassure and comfort me the past few days about the waiting, than anything I’ve heard from the doctor’s office.
April 5, 2014
Feeling greatly comforted tonight after reading Safe in the Arms of God by John MacArthur. Read the entire book this afternoon and evening. If nothing else, I needed to go through this miscarriage to also receive comfort from the previous baby we lost, which I have been silently grieving the past three years. I am comforted tonight, because I know that I have two precious little ones who are glorifying God in heaven. I believe that they are among the saints, praising God and worshipping Him. They have been spared all the grief, sadness, illness and sin of this world, and they are complete and perfect because of the blood of Jesus Christ. They were sinners, as we all are, but they were not at an age of accountability. These little ones are with Jesus. Some day I will see them again. They will know me, and I will know them, and we will all know Jesus as we should know Him. Me, no longer through the lense of my own sin. I read several paragraphs from the book out loud to my husband tonight, which explained, based on Scripture why I can be confident in God’s kindness and grace toward my tiny babies. My conclusion tonight is this: This physical suffering is worth it, knowing our baby is with God my Savior. The babies are not suffering or missing me. I am grieving my little ones, but I am comforted by that same Redeemer, who holds us all. I praise God for comforting me through His Word.
April 11, 2014
I’m five days out from the miscarriage. So thankful that I was able to manage everything at home. It is similar to preparing for a home birth. There is a mini-labor involved, very painful. This time I was well prepared, compared to the previous miscarriage. I felt really good the day AFTER, relieved to be through with the mini-labor after all the waiting. Since then, I feel pretty lousy and down in the dumps.
April 15, 2014
I am feeling so low. The post pregnancy hormones have arrived. I have to keep myself together all day for the sake of the kids, and at night can’t sleep. I start to think about everything and need to weep and mourn and grieve my little one who I will never see until that day. I thank God for the hope of the resurrection.
April 24, 2014
My pastor gave me some good advice. I called him about something else, and then broke down a little bit when he asked how I was doing. He said (in better words) that I need to give myself permission to grieve, even in front of the kids if need be. He also told me that going outside always helps him feel better, and he would recommend going outdoors. Every day I have been going outside a bit. The best outside day was Easter Sunday when we took a very short hike at Snug Harbor. The air was fresh and cool, but the sun was warm. It was amazing to be among the trees, leftover leaves from last fall crunching at our feet. My daughter running ahead of us in shear delight, my son grumbling because he wanted to go back to the open area and play catch with Dad. It was truly bliss, especially after the long winter.
I am frustrated at the fatigue. My husband has had to pick up my slack in many areas, but I’m getting the children schooled every day. I’m managing to get supper together, but rarely have the energy to clean up. He still had to do the grocery shopping for me this week. I often hit a wall of exhaustion. I’m too tired to go any further and have to lay down. Perhaps anemia? I’m taking lots of iron.
May 8, 2014
Anemia confirmed. I am using every iron trick I know. Black strap molasses, cooking with my cast iron skillet, two types of iron supplements (have been taking those all along), herbal remedies, green leafy vegetables, ground beef. Still feeling very fatigued. Need multiple mini- naps to get through the day.
May 15, 2014
The iron must be kicking in. I am not needing the morning nap anymore and starting to get some energy back. Was able to do some extra housework again besides the bare basics.
May 25, 2014
We buried the little sac today, just my husband and I, right near the spot where we buried our other little one. We held hands, had a few tears, and prayed and committed our little one to God’s care. We believe, by God’s grace and kindness, we will meet both of these “glory babies” some day.
It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. -I Corinthians 15:43
I wrote a couple of posts about preparing for a natural miscarriage on Hub Pages here and here, while the experience was fresh in my mind. Hopefully they will provide some practical help for others in a similar experience.
We’ve had great support from people through this ordeal. We have seen the love of God displayed from friends, family and our church family. One gave me a bouquet of flowers. I was so happy to have them. They were a visual reminder of our baby’s life. When the miscarriage finally took place, we let our church know. We received prayers and cards, kind words of support, and people brought meals. Others helped by taking care of our kids for medical appointments and on days when we needed extra help. Another friend was going through an extremely difficult trial and sharing her struggles and hope via e-mails. Her faith and trust in God in a time of deep pain brought much comfort to my own heart.
As I edit and write this final section in June, physically I am feeling better. There are still days when I feel generally “low”. The feeling of loss is not as acute, but I am grieving that we may not have any more children. Yet after going through many years of my adult life longing for children, I am incredibly grateful to God for the two children we have with us. God is so good to me. I pray this situation, our baby’s life, our story will bring Him glory. The hope of heaven is sweeter to me now, than it has ever been.