Wednesday, August 24, 2011

second perfect baby

As I am about twenty months pregnant, ready to pop at any second (but in all reality, I have a couple of potential weeks to go. YAY for week 38!), I have been spending a lot of time thinking about this human being currently residing inside my uterus.

I feel the kicks. I cherish the squirms. I felt the pain of him flipping from breech to head down.

There is a tiny person growing inside of me.

Because of my somewhat unique pregnancy history, I have to confess that more than once I have wondered

"Will this baby have Down syndrome too?"

Towards the beginning of the pregnancy, this thought terrified me. Not because I was afraid of Down syndrome, but because I wanted Addison to have a "normal" sibling. I wanted to know what being the parent to an average child would be like as well. Because of all the extra health needs that I've had to deal with Addison, I felt like I deserved a lower maintenance child this time around.

Normal health. Normal intelligence. Normal number of chromosomes.

As this pregnancy has progressed, and I've spent a significant time on my book and contemplating what truly defines the "perfect baby", my perspective has changed.

As I have felt him moving, living and growing inside of me as he prepares for life on the outside, I stopped wondering if his eyes would have the oh so familiar almond slant. The fear that Addison wouldn't have an advocate in this sibling has decreased.

Because I know that he is perfect. Just the way he was created and miraculously placed into my life.

We didn't have testing done on this baby. Everything looked totally healthy at 20 weeks, but that really doesn't mean anything when it comes to testing for a genetic disorder like Down syndrome. I wanted to not worry and fret this pregnancy. I wanted to enjoy the thought of my baby growing and flourishing inside of me without fears whispered into my ear by overly concerned doctors.

The miracle of producing another life- of growing a baby- I wanted to enjoy every moment, thinking of the new life that I was being blessed with...I barely remember Addison's pregnancy. I only remember tears, heartache, fear that my life was over. ruined.

And honestly? I have enjoyed this pregnancy. Yes, my hip issue has been very painful, and this has been a very hot summer and I complain about having to carry around Addison around in the heat with my swollen body.

But I wouldn't change a thing. Because while I carry around my one perfect child who delights me more and more every day watching her grow and develop from baby into an amazing little girl...I also get to grow a little brother for her- who might have some of the same struggles...or who might not.

But what does it matter? He's my second perfect baby.

There's something so mysterious about being pregnant. You can see blurry pictures on a screen where the doctor attempts to get a glimpse into what's going on inside the baby cocoon. But you don't know anything about the person inside. Cheerful baby or cranky? Is he a sleeper? Will he love Addison immediately or take a while to not loathe her constant murderous attempts? Healthy or is there something that the doctors have missed? Why doesn't that picture show how many chromosomes he has?

So many questions.

And yet that perfect gift that was given to me to take care of and grow these past months was designed JUST for me no matter what the answers to those questions are. And that's exciting.

While the unwrapping of said gift is a mite painful...I am looking forward to getting to meet this little guy and watch our family grow by one...such an amazing experience. (don't worry, I will try to keep the gory birth details to a minimum...)

Meeting that baby for the first time is like a surprise birthday party combined with Christmas (except replace the awesome food with a throbbing IV line and try not to think about the cute party outfit being replaced by that embarrassingly revealing hospital gown) But the overall emotion is the same. Anticipation. Excitement. Joy. Over-the-top-I-can't-believe-I'm-so-blessed happiness.

Seeing his face for the first time. Kissing his slightly reddened forehead for the first time. Will he have Aaron's awesome head of curls? Will he have my humongous feet (unlike little miss Addison who still wears an infant size 2) Will he be 10 pounds or 7? (please oh please just somewhere in between) Will he be a cuddler? Will he do the breast feeding thing? (unlike Miss G-Tube)

Soooo many questions that I am thrilled to soon be learning the answer to.

The only question that remains to be asked?

When's this party starting?

(I'm due Sept 8th...any guesses as to when this guy will actually be born...and how big he will be? If a bunch of you say over ten pounds we might not be friends anymore...just warning you)

And this has absolutely nothing to do with having a baby, but check out what I saw out my front door the other day:
If a rainbow signifies a promise, then I felt like the promise being given to me was that....

I would have a baby soon...(-:




16 comments:

  1. I'm guessing Sept. 5th and 7 lbs 8 oz. And I love this post. That's all.

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  2. :) soon! I'm telling you, September is the worst month to be in the end of pregnancy! (Reagan was Sept 17) Yay for BIRTHdays hope little boy comes soon. and nurses. Promise pictures please ?

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  3. I'm hoping for September 7th! It's a great day for a second perfect baby to make his arrival! That's my Dad's birthday and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect Dad!

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  4. Hmmm you have been having contractions, right? I say Sept. 3rd. No real reason. Just a hunch. 8 lbs. 4 oz. Again just a hunch. But I'm probably wrong. lol
    I agree with Patti. This was a GREAT post!
    Love to you, Addison, and baby brother!

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  5. I think September 13th sounds nice - same birthday as Uncle Jonathan! Maybe baby boy will be 7 lbs 8 oz like his uncle! Uncle Jonathan also doubled his birthweight in 6 weeks! We're excited to meet little Mr. Smith! Love to you all!

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  6. I am guessing you will have your baby on September 2nd.:)No idea why just thought of that day.I am guessing your little guy will be under 8 lbs.My last two have been ten lbs.I was alot bigger than you.:)

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  7. Congrats sweetheart! I just had our second child on Aug 1st. He came a little early. I'm such a softy for preggy women and newborn babies! I can't wait to see pics of him ;)

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  8. So it appears more and more like our babies will have very close bdays... Interesting especially since your story has meant so much to me these last few months. Once again you could have not said it more perfectly... Even with all the available tests there is still so much that is a mystery ... I am living proof of that! Best wishes as you prepare for your second perfect child!

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  9. Hi Deanna - I recently found your blog and I am really enjoying it! Thank you for sharing your experience and your wisdom! My 5 month old daughter likely has something going on genetically but we still haven't figured it out. She also has a G tube. I haven't seen any posts on Addison's G tube, I was wondering if she eats orally now?

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  10. Beautiful post!!
    I am saying Sept 4th and 8lbs 8oz!!
    Can't wait to hear all about it!!
    Sunnie in NC

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  11. im bad at guessing so i will just say, i love this post! :)

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  12. My guess...Sept 7th, 8lbs 3oz....And yes, he will be your second perfect baby :)...I'm so excited for you!

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  13. Sep 18 is a good day (my birthday) but I wouldn't wish an extra long pregnancy on my worst enemy!

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  14. What a wonderful post...it's that surprise, anticipation and excitement of being pregnant that I think I'll miss the most if don't have more babies...I truly loved being pregnant!

    I'm guessing 9/4 7lbs 3oz!

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  15. Labor Day is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in Sept. That would be a good day because of labor --since that concept ties in so well -- you can get to the medical center and there weren't be so much traffic (unless everyone is going home from their cabin on the lake or in the mts.). The baby will weight 8 pounds so he won't look too skinny.He will be 19 1/2" long.
    Love,
    Doc (who is NOT a baby expert but has studied the histoy of Labor Day!)
    Doc

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  16. I pray an easy, safe delivery whenever your son makes his debut!

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