Monday, May 14, 2012

Heartbeats


This morning I went with my youngest daughter to see her OB-GYN. She'll soon be twenty and she's pregnant. Seventeen weeks pregnant. She's a tiny woman. Five feet tall, tiny bones, tiny hands, tiny feet. So that pudge in her midsection is quite obvious.

And she cries about that. lol

She is soooo worried that everyone is looking at her and thinking she's fat. And it's soooo obvious that the belly is a baby and not a beer gut. We all laugh at her.

The baby is just beginning to flutter inside of her. She feels it but says she's not certain. But it's the baby--letting her know he/she is there, of course. lol We don't know the sex yet. We'll find out on June 13. Today they drew blood and will run all the usual tox screens. That worries her, and I tell her not to worry.

The child is a healthy living nut these days. Orange juice, water, and an occasional iced tea. Baked chicken and fish. Salads, fruits, and veggies. Her weight gain is perfect. And still she worries about the baby.

It wasn't too long ago when I worried myself sick about this child of mine. She was a wild child. Loved to party. She's done a complete reversal and is soooo happy. I guess it just took the right guy for her to love and feel confident in his love. She's an angel now.

My angel is having an angel.

And today I heard the beats of that angel's heart. I cried.

58 comments:

anny cook said...

We love our children...but our grandchildren--well, there's nothing like it. I witnessed the birth of my two granddaughters.

This last summer, my older granddaughter (14 year old) said, "When I'm grown up and I have a baby, I want you and mommy to be there when it's born."

As a family tradition, it's pretty cool...

Debbie Gould said...

Awwww, I just shed a few myself. What a blessing.

Ruth said...

My oldest grandchild will turn 21 in September....I told him to please finish college before presenting me with the great-grandchildren.....I'm in no hurry to start that next generation....I'm just sad his grandfather won't be here to see them come along.

Mia Watts said...

Aw, Tess, that's beautiful. I can't wait to share that time with my girls.

Molly Daniels said...

My 1st grandchild will be born in the next 4 weeks, and have been with my daughter through every exam, test, and now childbirth classes. Looking forward to the birth, since I'm her coach. The father fainted at the 1st ultrasound!

Congratulations sweetie:)

Karenna Colcroft said...

Oh, Tess, how wonderful that you were there to hear the heartbeat. And I'm glad your girl is settling down. It sounds like she's going to be a great mom.

Tess MacKall said...

It was pretty amazing, Anny. I was so overwhelmed with emotion. She has asked me to be in the delivery room. She is really so different now. I feel so blessed by her presence. So calm and thoughtful.

Tess MacKall said...

Having her baby has truly been a blessing to that girl, Deb. And to me. I never worry about her anymore. I sleep easy at night where she is concerned. Now I just need to get to that place with the other two. sighhh...and LOL

Tess MacKall said...

Hello RUTH!!!! So happy to see you sweetie. I was overjoyed being there with her today. But I also was a little sad. It's odd but I felt like life was just moving on and I could see a time when I wouldn't be around anymore to hold their hands...ya know? But hearing that heartbeat was so worth it!

Tess MacKall said...

It's a ride for sure, Mia. But all the struggles I have had with my wild child???? I wouldn't have missed them for the world. It was like coming full circle this morning. Those few moments of listening to that heartbeat made every second of my life all worthwhile. I know you will be thrilled when it is your time. And you'll be a wonderful support to your girls.

Tess MacKall said...

Molly!!!! Hiya gal!!! Her fiance is very good about going to the doctor with her. Very good. But he has now gone into business for himself and just had to be somewhere this morning. But I've already been told I don't get to go on the next appt. lol He wants to be there when they find out the baby's sex. sighhh...but they will call as soon as they know. lol Make sure you let me know how things go for you in the delivery room. I'd be interested in hearing all about it. And give your baby a big hug from me, too.

Tess MacKall said...

Howdy K! Thank you so much. And yes, she is going to be a great mom. I always thought that. She was the one who played with dolls and loved to dress them and feed them. The one who played with the puppies and kittens and called them her babies. The one who always wanted to be a mommy. I honestly believe it is why she was put here on this earth. Hope you're doing well, K. Hope the family is well and happy!

Harlie Reader said...

I'm not anywhere near being a grandmother but over 7 years ago I remember hearing my son's heartbeat for the first time and I cried. I'm tearing up now for you and your family.

Major congratulations again, Tess.

Marika

Regina Carlysle said...

What a wonderful moment for both of you. Exciting times are ahead for ya'll and nothing quite compares with the arrival of a beautiful new baby. Congrats to you all!

June M. said...

Congrats to you and your daughter! You will have to keep us updated on how it is going.

My oldest niece is 18 and it is shocking to think that she will be a mother one day, although she is not planning on it for a while and would have to change her epilepsy meds before even thinking of it. And her sis is 17 so it won't be long for her either. It seems like yesterday that they wer just toddlers/preschooolers playing and everything. (They & my nephews are my babies, I have never had any due to medical issues).

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How do you make the "interresting" buttoms, and the others? :) Hugs

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