Bittersweet Explained

In the December post Bittersweet  I spoke in the language of metaphor and analogy.  Read Bittersweet first; this will make that make sense.

We learned on the 10th of December that my wife Teresa is pregnant.  We have been pregnant twice and had miscarriages twice.  The first (in 2002) was unexpected and very traumatic.  In 2004, we got to the doctor very early (9 weeks) and found that the condition of the baby was already deteriorating.  At 9 weeks there was no heartbeat, and after 2 quantitative HCG tests it was confirmed.  We scheduled a D & C, which was much less traumatizing than the first actual miscarriage.  So in December, when we found out that we were pregnant again for only the third time in 11 years, we had reason for concern.  The news was “bittersweet.”

Teresa is now 9 weeks pregnant, and this evening we heard a heartbeat.  The baby is 7.7 millimeters long, and the doctor says everything is perfect.  We’re still asking for your prayer, but also offering praises at this time.  There are no guarantees in life, but we are now feeling really good about this situation.  For the time it seems God has turned out bittersweet to sweetness.

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6 thoughts on “Bittersweet Explained

  1. CB,

    Don’t know what to say, but didn’t want to not say anything…..may God’s blessing surround you, your wife, and the child she carries!

    RT

  2. I read this again tonight, and realize it should have been 7.7 cm, not mm. The baby is about the size of your pinky fingernail, for those not on the metric system.

    Brandon Smith is now in the blogroll. (He’s a big fan of mine.)

  3. Clark, I really hope things work out better for you all this time.

    Btw, if you have a 7.7cm pinky fingernail you must be a giant:
    7.7 centimetres = 3.03 inches

  4. 7.7 cm is what was recorded by the ultrasound technician. The “length of your pinky fingernail” analogy came from my wife, presumably reading one of her many preganancy mags/books. The 7.7 cm is a scientically documented measurement, which is now a week old and the baby is probably twice that size.

  5. Clark, this is wonderful news, despite your understandable apprehension!

    You will all be in my prayers.

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