Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

Part VII


Part IX

What follows is not a birth story.

What follows is what came after that. It’s told in 10 parts.

And my warning to you, o! Internet, my Internet is this: what follows will probably be kind of boring. It may be self-indulgent and whiny. At times it may make no sense to you why I felt a certain way or why I still feel this way. I don’t ask that you understand.

What follows is probably never going to win me any blog awards or any new friends and I am okay with this. Like anything else I’ve ever written–even the most banal of blog posts–I am writing it because I can’t not.

It must be told.




My pregnancy with Amelia was not exactly a planned one. It wasn’t unplanned though, it just was. I hadn’t been back on birth control since Alex was born in March of 2007 and by May of 2008 I was pregnant for the third month in a row. The previous months had been marked by the hormonal roller coaster of back-to-back miscarriages, so when that pink line popped up for the third month in a row, it was almost by rote that I called Dave at work, told him the news and warned him not to get too excited.

Instead of immediately miscarrying, the pregnancy seemed to stick. Until about Week 6, when I began to spot. Having never seen a drop of blood with either of the boys, I immediately assumed the worst and prepared for the next miscarriage by calling the OB for another shot of Rho-gam.

(let me whine pointlessly for a moment and say this: I am pretty certain that they inject Rho-gam with a straw from McDonald’s. I have had 3 babies–one sans working epidural–and I swear, that stupid shot is always the worst part)

My heart was pretty heavy as we made our way to the OB’s the following morning and to add insult to injury, I was still nauseous as hell and bawling like an annoying small child. I’m sure the entire waiting room appreciated my sniffling and hiccuping. Alas, it was my turn to go back, and after giving about 4 gallons of blood (rough estimate) and determining that the bleeding had stopped and my cervix was tightly shut, I was sent for an ultrasound at another office.

The minute the tech inserted the camera up my pooter–after insisting The Daver stay in the waiting room, which, hello awkward–I saw it. She cast her pixilated, gummy bear heart on me and I was in love. I breathed a huge sigh of relief, went home and gorged on some Flavor-Ice. The following morning, the OB grimly called to inform me that my progesterone was somewhere in the single digits. This is, apparently, very bad.

So for the next twelve weeks, I was instructed to unceremoniously shove bullet shaped suppositories up the old lady bits twice a day, which trust me, as they melt, is like sitting in a pile of waxy spooge all day long. What I’m trying to say is that it was very, very pleasant.

But whatever, a little leaky vagina I could handle. The spotting continued on and off until I realized that perhaps I didn’t need to scratch the surface of my poor cervix with the suppository, and then it stopped for good. Everything was calm. Well, as calm as living with a monkey wearing a toddler suit can be, while your spouse is off fighting financial battles all day (and night) long during a huge crash in the markets.

(Lengthy boring aside #1: did I mention that The Daver is in finance? And that he had just accepted a position to become a manager when I fell knocked-up? Because yeah. The timing was awesome.)

(Lengthy boring aside #2: I feel I also must add here to give some additional information to those who haven’t been anxiously reading and rereading my (boring) archives and committing every one of my trite posts to memory. I don’t do pregnancy well. I get awful, crippling anxiety and mind-numbing depression while I cook my babies. It’s called prepartum depression. It’s very serious and it’s very real.)

But life trucked on for us all, the markets slowly sinking and Nat (my eldest’s biological father) coming by to predict the end of days every week or two. He’d take some time off in between to chastise my choice of, well, anything: car, house, lawnmower, you name it, he’d judge it loudly. Is it any wonder my trolls don’t bug me much?)

Anyhow. Moving along.

My 18 week ultrasound revealed not much at all. Baby looked like it might maybe kind of have a vagina of her own, but I was chastised by pretty much the entire office staff for “coming in too early.” I had a repeat US at 22 weeks which revealed that my daughter indeed had a vagina, a perfect heart and a perfect brain.

Obviously. She is my daughter after all.

Internet, I am telling you that when the tech told me that I was having a daughter of my own, I shed real tears. Despite my rocky relationship with my mother, I’d wanted a daughter so badly that I could taste it, but I just knew I was destined to be a mother of boys. Forever The Queen of the Sausages. I never thought I could possibly be lucky enough to have a daughter.

And yet, there she was, a blobby mess that I could ascertain very little from, although I was quickly pointed out the 3 lines (a.k.a. “the cheeseburger”) which signified that she was without penis. I couldn’t have been happier.

My very own daughter.

I was lucky enough to have a daughter.


My daughter.

Words cannot possibly describe the joy I still feel when I say that.

I have a daughter.


4 thoughts on “Amelia’s Grace

  1. I found your blog many month ago via the blogess.. however ,after the past few daysof reading and sharing your triumph over the bithday party i went back and read in its entirity Ameilas story… And as i read it and porcessed it I realized i had compartamaniliized a horrifying time as a mother and in my sweet Baileys life… The morning when she was 3 years old ..well for 3 months she had been 3. and i found a cyst on her neck when i brushed her teeth that morning…turns out after my over obsessing it was a thyroid cycst that was removed..but i amable to and want to write out all my details over in band back together that maybe just maybe i help another mom….. becasue 16 years ago… well the internet wasnt very popular..because if it was….i coudl have coped much better …i think…… thnank you.. thank you for your blog .. and for your passion becky:)

  2. Oh gawd RhoGam..I remember it oh so well. You’re right, they must use a straw cause it hurts more than it should seem to. I read Amelia’s story in your archives a few months ago, it’s very powerful writing.

  3. We should totally compare notes on pregnancies and their symptoms so we might be able to determine some possible causes of the encephalocele. I cannot believe there is NO research done for the causes of encephaloceles. BTW… I find myself reading everything you write on Amelia and her birth, surgery, and current condition. She has been my focus and prayer for Abigail ever since I found you, Becky… Her achievements and staggering abilities have made me so hopeful throughout this entire horrifying event. BTWW…errr…x2: Abigail had her surgery June 29th and is doing amazingly AWESOME given everything that she has been going through. She is breathing and eating on her own. She is severely delayed and has been diagnosed with Cortical Blindness but IDC! I LOVE HER AND AM SOOO FREAKING HAPPY SHE IS HERE WITH US!!! 😀

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