today’s the day…

… that we all get to exhale for about fifteen seconds and then start holding our breaths again.

The amniocentesis came back indicating that Daniel is only just now starting to mature to the point where he could convert without being on a ventilator. If we delivered today, it would be an immediate trip to Denver, and there’s no way to justify it. Instead, we’re scheduling a definite section (minus the amnio to begin with) for next Monday or Tuesday. (I’ll run a couple of charts, see what the schedule looks like, who’s available, and update you then.)

Here is where I really hope I’m suffering from overwhelming fear and that I’m completely wrong: I don’t feel like we have another week.

I was looking forward to that nice, controlled, calm environment, with no pressure and no worries, just a routine procedure on an ordinary day. Instead, I fear we’re going to be facing a crisis situation with a number of emergency measures being taken, and that always increases the risk of Something Going Horribly Wrong.

How am I doing? Not great, really. I can’t lie – I’m disappointed, more scared and stressed out than ever, wondering how the hell I’m going to find enough to distract myself adequately for yet another week, worried about all the “what ifs”… I finally had to take a Vicodin to cope with the headache I gave myself from crying.

However, regardless of the fact that Mister Daniel has denied allowing the Fifth of November to be his birthday, he is still getting saddled with the moniker of Fawkes, both in honor of the revolutionary nature of his almost-birthday and of the phoenix by the same name. What better symbol for our little Dream than one that stands for life after death.

Please, for the time being, don’t call to see how I’m doing. When I’m ready to talk, I’ll let you know. As needed, I’ve left messages, but on the whole right now, I’d just kinda like to be left on my own.

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  1. November 5, 2007

    Was refreshing your livejournal all day checking for updates
    I’m worried/excited too.
    I do wish he could’ve been born today on Guy Fawkes Day, it would’ve been epic.
    ..And then I looked up what ‘moniker’ meant and I was like “oh, awesome”.

    I cant tell you enough how much I’m hoping and wishing for everything to end wonderfully.
    ::big hug::

  2. November 6, 2007

    hay I know you said you want to be left alone but just wanted to say don’t forget I am here if you need me.
    you call if you need me I’m still here.

  3. Anonymous
    November 6, 2007

    Hang in there

    I won’t try to contact you until you are ready. Just let me know when.

  4. November 6, 2007


    Maybe Daniel is going to be a brilliant mathematician, and wants to be born on a date with all prime numbers, like 11/11/07.

  5. November 6, 2007

    *trans-Atlantic hugs* So sorry. At least you are in a situation where you can try to relax, and if anything goes awry you are surrounded by professionals.

  6. Anonymous
    November 7, 2007

    Good Luck!!

    Hope all goes well-that you make it the next week.
    I talked to Bev-she says you are a knitter in the Burns area-me too. Once you get settled in with the new baby I hope you can join our knitting group at the Antelope!

  7. November 7, 2007

    Is there a way to get them (or just you) to monitor the baby around-the-clock? If so, just keep an eye on things so you’d be aware at the first sign of trouble. You’re pretty in tune with things so you would probably realize first if something was off. Try not to worry too much (I know, much easier said then done), you’re in the safest place possible right now. Remember, belief can make a huge difference.

    “Change your thoughts and you change your world,” one of my favorite quotes. I know how hard it is Dawn but try to keep your thoughts positive. Sometimes by telling ourselves something over and over again we can make ourselves believe. *hugs* Everything will be alright.

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