I still need to write a post about AJ's first birthday (?!), but first, I'm re-posting something I wrote today on my other blog, Ask An Infertile.
Today is a day put aside in remembrance. A day to stop everything in
our hectic lives and remember the babies we have lost. It's a day to
think of the sweet babies that were taken too soon, the pregnancies that
ended before their time, and the angels born asleep.
my loss took the form of an early miscarriage (I share her hatred for
the term "chemical pregnancy"). My husband and I had been trying for
over a year to conceive our second child. My doctor was just getting
ready to refer me to a reproductive endocrinologist. We were trying one
last month on our own.
A good friend of mine in the
TTC community had just found out she was pregnant with her second
child. We'd "met" on an online forum and discovered that not only did
we live in the same town, but that our children were born just two days
apart. Then we found out that they were born in the same hospital AND
her mother had been my nurse! We had talked for months about how great
it would be to be pregnant together, to be "due date buddies". When she
got her BFP, I wanted so badly to follow her! My TWW crept along. I
took a test and didn't see anything. I posted a picture online (do all
TTCers take pictures of their peesticks? It's not just me, right?) and a
few people with much better eyesight than I have been blessed with
thought they saw a little something.
The next morning, I
tested again. This time I could see it too! It was very faint, but it
was positive! My husband and I were over the moon! It was the day
before Father's Day and we were ecstatic to receive such a gift! My
friend and I were going to have both children the same age and we
couldn't have been happier!
But that happiness, that heavenly feeling, was short-lived.
day after my BFP, I took another test and was pleased to see a darker
line, but disappointed that my digital test was negative. I reminded
myself that digital tests aren't a sensitive, it was probably just too
early. That afternoon, I noticed a tiny bit of spotting when I used the
restroom. I was nervous immediately, but I kept telling myself that
bleeding isn't uncommon in the first trimester. I reached out to my
friend, who said the same thing. It would be okay. It just had to be
The next morning, I didn't take a test. Maybe
part of me just didn't want to know. I felt alright, I was even having
some symptoms already, and I hadn't had any more spotting overnight. I
went to work and started looking for an OB. I called and made an
appointment, even chatting anxiously with the nurse about how I'd had a
little spotting and was just so nervous and excited. She reassured me
that it's normal, it's probably nothing, don't worry unless it's heavy
or accompanied by cramping.
Monday afternoon I noticed a
little more spotting. By Tuesday morning I couldn't avoid it any
longer, I took another test and my heart sank. The line was light,
extremely light. I took another test, but got the same result. In
complete denial, I decided maybe they were a bad batch of tests, so I
took my last remaining test, a digital. Negative. Tears immediately
sprang to my eyes, but I pushed them back. I picked up my phone and
called into work, then called the OBs office where I'd scheduled an
appointment. They agree to have me come in for a blood test. The day
seemed to go in slow motion. Drive to the doctor's office. Don't look
at the pregnant bellies. Don't look at the adorable toddlers and
infants in the waiting room. Go to the lab. Have blood drawn. Go
home. Put feet up. Drink water. Ignore the cramping. Don't think about
the bleeding--it's bleeding now, not just spotting. Go online, read
message of support from my friends--Don't give up! It's not over! Go
to bed to escape.
The next morning, I texted my boss
telling him I'd be late. I waited for a call, but I didn't make it very
far before I cracked and called to beg for my results, even though I
"We got your test results in. You were
never pregnant. Your HCG level was only 3. If you had been pregnant, it
would still be higher."
I couldn't even think. I saw
those perfect pink lines. I felt the symptoms, the breast tenderness,
the gas, I FELT PREGNANT. She had to be wrong.
realized later that she was. It was a callous thing to say, and
obviously not true. False negative pregnancy tests aren't possible.
She only managed to make me feel worse as I dissolved into tears at a
loss she didn't even recognize.
I told my husband and
my mother. I cried. I told my son, who wasn't quite 2 1/2, but knew
mommy had a baby in her belly and knew mommy was sad. I cried. I got
up, got dressed, drove to work. I cried. I told my boss. I cried. I
worked, desperate to concentrate on anything else. I cried any time
anyone asked how I was. They didn't know, but I cried, so I had to
explain. As the hours and days went on, I found that sharing helped. I
ended up sharing my loss with more people than I'd been able to share my
Many people probably didn't understand my
grief. I had only known I was pregnant for four days. But I wanted a
baby so badly, and as soon as I saw those two pink lines I wanted THAT
baby. I was devastated that I would never know my baby, never get to see my baby grow and learn. My heart broke to think I'd never hold that baby in my arms.
I didn't know if my baby was a boy or a girl, I've always simply
thought of him or her as Butterfly. I've always adored butterflies and
they've always held a great deal of significance to me. I felt like
this beautiful little spirit flitted into my life for such a breif time,
and since butterflies are thought to only live a short time, it seems
So tonight at 7:00 pm, I lit a candle for all the sweet babies lost too soon. And I lit another one for my Butterfly.