Tuesday, August 7, 2012

reporting on life (and death)

My grand-papa died on Friday afternoon.

Gummy bear is alive and wiggling. He measured 9w2d (one day ahead), with a solid heartbeat.

The attending RE walking in a bit late (the lovely fellow who was there last time was performing the u/s), took one look at the screen and proclaimed that it was "disgustingly normal."

I'm in between patients, so this is all I can write for now. I will post again tomorrow or Thursday from the train.

Thank you so much for holding my hand through this. Thank you.

23 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear of your granddad's passing, glad the ultrasound was so normal. So difficult that life death balance. Sending you lots of love and healthy gummy bear vibes.

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  2. I'm sorry about your grandfather. It sucks to be sad about one thing and then very happy about another. It sucks to have to lose people at all but such is the circle of life.

    I'm very happy that you had a "disgustingly normal" u/s today. I hope things continue that way for you. Continued good wishes.

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  3. What a bittersweet few days it's been for you, beloved friend. So very sorry to hear that your grandfather has passed. Please give my love to all your family.

    And I am beyond thrilled to hear that Gummy bear is doing well -- I love the phrase "solid heartbeat." That would be because he's being nurtured next to such a very solid heart. And I couldn't fail to notice you said "he." Is this official?!

    As far as the phrase "disgustingly normal," I would say I prefer "delightfully." But glad to hear it none the less.

    So many hands holding yours right now. Hope you feel them all.

    Much, much love, sympathy, and gladness,
    Hannah

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    1. no sign of what sex the gummy bear is at this early stage. I'm just using the masculin out of common usage.

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  4. I'm so sorry about your grandpa. Sending love...

    I'm SO Excited about the gummy bear!

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  5. so sad to hear about your grandfather....

    big sigh about your ultrasound - i'm very relieved!

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  6. Disgustingly normal sounds perfect to me. Congrats!

    So sorry to hear about your grandfather.

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  7. Over the moon for Herr Gummi (I go all in on gender until proven otherwise).

    I am very sorry about your granddad.

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  8. Sorry to hear about your grandfather. It is a tough balance at times like these but glad you have things to be happy for as well. Grow gummy bear grow :)

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. How very bittersweet. I am so glad that your little gummy bear is dancing up a storm!!

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  10. Désolée pur ton grand-papa. Biz

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  11. I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. My heart goes out to you and your family. So very happy to hear that the little gummy bear is "disgustingly normal" Big hugs!

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  12. Gloriously, gloriously alive and normal. Alive, alive-O! The death, well, I'm so sorry he's gone. I hope it was peaceful, and that you are all finding joy in remembering his good times. (I had all of my three remaining grandparents die this year, and I found it saddening, but at least natural, unlike so many other deaths. I say this not to one-up you [pshaw, your trivial ONE dead grandpa!], but in the hopes that this death feels similar for you.)

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  13. WOOHOO!! So so so thrilled to hear that gummy bear is flourishing. Reading this news made my day, my week, everything. That said, I am very sorry to hear of your grandfathers passing, Augusta, my dear. My heart is with you always, in joy and in grief. Deepest love and peace to you. -A

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  14. I am so very sorry about your grandfather. You and your family are in my prayers.
    On the other hand...
    So very glad to hear that baby is doing so well!! What excellent news :)

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  15. such a mixed bag. so glad to hear that everything is going smoothly pregnancy wise, but of course send my condolences for the loss of your grandfather. You are in my thoughts often.

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  16. Hooray for Gummy Bear!!! Strength and love and prayers and peace as you travel home to bid adieu to your grand-papa.

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  17. Great news on the Gummy Bear front~ Disgustingly normal is exactly where you want to be. I am sorry to hear about the passing of your Grandfather.

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  18. So sorry to hear of your grandfathers passing. Thankful to hear of gummy bears current normalcy especially during such a difficult time for your family. Sending love

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  19. I'm sorry to hear about your grandpas's passing. He lived a good, long and rich life from the sound of it, so that is always comforting. I'm so very happy gummy bear is just fine Augusta---you are really close to that magical 12 week line now!

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  20. Yay for Gummy Bear! Already an overachiever.

    I'm sorry to hear about your grand-papa; that is never easy for those who are left behind and I hope you're doing OK.

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  21. I am sorry about your grandfather. I wish he could have been here to see you bring it all home.

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