And with my last entry, not even 24 hours later, I was welcoming my brother and his wife's baby into the world. Within 48 hours, 2 little lives came into my life--into our family.
I will say that being at the hospital with my brother was a breath of fresh air. The last time I was there, it was all bad--from start to finish. It started with fear that something was wrong with Luke. And ended with me being wheeled out the back door without my baby.
This time was different. There were no fears. Just happiness. Excitement. Crying babies, and happy parents.
The flip side is so much better than the side I experienced the first time. I have hope that this can be our side in December.
But this past week has just been hard. Everything has changed for the two people in my family I'm closest to. My siblings are entering parenthood. Nearly simultaneously. And watching it unfold is hard on me.
Because it's all that I've missed out on this past 10.5 months. Everything that was supposed to happen with us and Luke, but didn't.
I don't hold it against them. They're doing what any new parent does. Exactly what I would have done in September if things had turned out differently.
They're sort of absent from the world--adjusting. Getting used to feedings and new sleep schedules. Cries in the middle of the night and wanting to take a shower.
Continued congratulations and pictures and comments from friends who can so identify with you as a new mom.
I never got that. No one I knew identified with me. No one should have to.
If they weren't my siblings and the people I'm closest to in this world, I would have hidden them on social media--like I've done to others these past 10 months. But I can't do that to them. Because this is my niece and nephew they're talking about. I have a stake in their lives. I want to see what's happening with these two-they mean a lot to me--a lot more than other people who have had kids since Luke.
This was the part that I feared the most--the aftermath of their pregnancies. The part where our experiences no longer crossed paths. And it sucks. I could keep up with their pregnancies--I made it all the way to the end, just like they did. But now, they're experiencing a whole new set of events and emotions that I never got to experience.
I don't know how much worse this would be, if I weren't actually pregnant right now myself. I feel that it might have been torture. I don't know, but I'm relieved that it's not. I actually have something--for us--to look forward to. Thank God. I know that I'm not far behind.
But I should have been ahead of them. And I'm just sad. Mostly just sad for myself. Not mad at them. Just sad that this happened to me and Jeff and Luke.
The good thing...is that the sight of those two babies brings me happiness. I wasn't sure how that would go, but that's another relief--that I don't feel bitterness toward them for being born.
My brother and his wife named their son Ethan. Ethan Luke. When my brother told us on Sunday that it was a boy, I threw a party inside, because I knew that was what they were going to name him if he turned out to be a boy...and a really big part of me wanted to know for sure that Luke's name would have life. And now it does.
And with all of this swirling around so quickly--I think it IS doing something to me that makes me more confident about this baby. That Bowie WILL be born and be fine.
Which is more than I could ask for right now.
We find out if Bowie's a boy or a girl on Wednesday. We're in the middle of packing up our house to move the last week of this month. So much is changing. But right now, I'm looking forward to all of it.