Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ONE YEAR AGO...

One year ago today I was sitting in a hospital room with an infection in my port.  I was 14 weeks pregnant and feeling so lousy.  Steve was scheduled to be in Utah for his 20th high school reunion.  I remember being overwhelmed at the thought of being stuck in the hospital, my sister at home caring for my other children and Steve being across the country.  He sensed my feelings and offered to post pone his trip.  Part of me was feeling guilty that he would miss his reunion, but the other part of me was so relieved that I wouldn't be stuck in that lonely room by myself.  (he was my only welcome visitor at the time)  The next day was our anniversary.  It was the second year in a row we spent it in the hospital.  Good times.  One more day later...that was the day.  I knew that I wanted to hear the babies heart beat that day and I was going to ask the doctor if we could.  It was the middle of the day and I was taking a nap.  Time seemed to pass more quickly when I slept.  Besides...there wasn't much else to do.  My doctor came to see me but didn't want to bother me because I was sleeping.  I was bummed when I woke up later because I thought I had missed my opportunity.  She ended up coming back later that day, much later.  And it just so happened that Steve was officially off work for the day and he was eating dinner with me.  She came in and I happily asked if we could hear the babies heartbeat.  "Sure" she said and she left to go get the doppler.  She returned with machine in hand and started listening.  It seemed like a long time, but she wasn't picking anything up.  After about 5 minutes she went to get her little portable ultrasound.  I started getting nervous.  She came back and looked for quite some time.  She could never find that beating heart.  I was devastated....again.  It had only been a year since I lost Kadee at 20 weeks.  The doctor called in an ultrasound tech with the big ultrasound machine to confirm.  When I remember that time I can't help but think about all the tender mercies afforded to me.  Steve was prompted to stay home from his Utah trip...I can't even imagine having him way across the country when I found out that we had lost the baby.  I fell asleep during the time that the doctor came in to see me during the day, otherwise I would have known then and Steve would have been at work.  As hard as it was to go through that, I am grateful that things worked in my favor to have Steve by my side.  

I can't help but think THREE SUMMERS.  Three summers in a row now I have lost a baby.  (even though Ben was 8, he was still my forever baby)  So, so hard.  I am not bitter, or angry...nor do I question why.  But it's hard.  And I get sad.  And then I pick myself up again because life continues on whether or not you want it to.  It's summer.  There is a lot of fun to be had and I think I am ready.

15 comments:

Undaunted ~ My Life One Day at a Time said...

"Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come."

-Jeffrey R. Holland

Even in our darkest days the Lord blesses and watches over us. You faith astounds me and helps me with my own. I love you.

Meggan said...

Becky I am...in awe, of your ability to look into hard situations and find the blessings. It helps me to know that there is hope for a soul such as mine:) Thank you for your blog and sharing your life.

Michelle said...

Becky, you have been through so much, It is so easy to get discouraged and angry and want to crawl in bed and never get up. Thank you for your strong example of moving forward even when times are so dark.

Brian, Kristi and Keira said...

I can only imagine the sweet family reunion you will have some day with all of your babies. They are lucky to have you as a mother, even if they have to wait a little while to be with you.

Junior said...

Becky you are such a strong lady. Your ability to keep a positive attitude amazes me, I am so blessed to have found you in the world of blogging. Lots of hugs. We love you

Jo Jo said...

Yes, yes, yes and yes.

Amy said...

Becky, I hear your pain as I too have lost 3 babies before they were born. But, I also hear your joy knowing Ben and they are together. Remember them and enjoy your children that are with you on earth. Its ok to grieve and its ok to live.

Zion And Missy said...

This is a hard post for me to read, Becky. I cannot say that I know how you feel, but I feel for you. It is hard to loose a child, no matter what age or stage in their little precious life. I love you and your strength. Thanks for being an example to me.

April said...

Love that quote by Elder Holland. So true. I'm so sorry you're hurting and missing your little ones.
I'm happy your ready to summer! Dive right in. I love you.

Jenny said...

And I can't help but think that it's been THREE summers of tender mercies. Everywhere I look back.
You are loved.
xo

LL said...

I love your last line. You so deserve a fun summer....and many more.

The Kings said...

Wow - you are amazing Becky. What a great example you are to so many people.

shirlgirl said...

I certainly do remember your three summers--I even mentioned them to a friend when it all started in 2008. I'm glad you can write/talk about these sad events. It helps the grieving process and the living process. And, you are loved so much.

Wiggles said...

Becky, you depth of faith is amazing and inspirational. I'm glad that you are ready for summer. Rock on!!

kathryn said...

Thank you for sharing this. Your testimony is so strong. You provide us all with a great example of how we need to live our lives despite the tremendous trials we may face. You are such an amazing daughter of God.