Posted by: Kate | August 21, 2009

So Much Anxiety, So Little Need

I’ve only got a minute, as I’m perched on Gretchen’s computer and we’re leaving very shortly for Martha’s Vineyard… for a vacation that will be a celebration, not a time to trudge down the beach and heal…

…because the ultrasound went perfectly fine, smooth, no problems at all. The fetus was easily visible, even to Willem and myself, and we could see the heartbeat flashing away.

Such a relief. I really got myself quite revved up yesterday, and I think it’s because anxiety serves as sort of a dress rehearsal for life’s worst-case scenarios. If your brain can wander through those miserable sorts of thoughts and come out intact, then maybe, just maybe, it will survive the actual miserable event.

So, yeah. Due April 15, though with my history I’m more likely to pop around mid-March sometime.

And I’m casting on this very day for my first baby hat… for my very own baby.



  1. I am so so so so happy for you!!

  2. Congratulations! I’m so happy and relieved for you. Have a great, relaxing, celebratory weekend. 🙂

  3. Hooray! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Wonderful, fantastic, super-dee-duper-do terrific news. May your walks down the beach be full of peace and quiet anticipation, with the occasional brief but intense jumps for joy.

  5. I am so happy for you!!! Have a fantastic weekend! :O)

  6. Kate, I’ve been thinking of you since yesterday’s blog post and I’m so thrilled! Enjoy your weekend celebration-you deserve it 🙂

  7. Woohoo! That is great news. Enjoy your vacay. And say hi to the Obamas.

  8. YYYYYAAAAAAYYYYYY!!! I tell you what, I’ve had SO many people announce pregnancies recently – so much so that it started to get me a little down – but I can honestly say that I’m happiest for you out of all of them! I’m so excited that the u/s went well! Have a great weekend trip – you deserve it!

  9. Hooray! This is wonderful news! So happy for all of you!


  11. HOW WONDERFUL!!!!! AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! Congratulations to the entire family!

  12. Is it bad that I got (and am still) teary-eyed over this?

    Heart-glad for you, Kate. Just super, super glad.

    Here’s a BIG hug:


  13. YIPPEE!!!!! 🙂

  14. Congrats! My oldest was due on tax day too!

  15. Congrats, Kate! Great news!!

  16. HOORAY! I am so glad to hear this. Celebration, indeed! I know you and Gretchen will do this occasion justice.

  17. Oh I am so happy for you I am crying! I would suggest the 17th or the 21st of April, as good days if you want to go late, but you are right the bundle of joy will probably come early, so I will suggest the 12th of March on my daddy’s birthday as a good day! 🙂

  18. YAY!!! Enjoy the weekend!

  19. oh boy oh boy oh boy how exciting what fun many congratulations to you both.

  20. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you.

  21. Oh Kate, how wonderful! Best wishes to you and your family.

  22. YAY!!!! Now go have a fun and relaxing time on the Vineyard. Stop by Mad Martha’s and have a huge ice cream – you can afford the calories, you’re pregnant :):):)

  23. What a lovely thing to make me smile! Congratulations *hug*

  24. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy for you!! Congrats!

  25. Hallelujah!!!

  26. ~this post makes me giggle and gives me warmies~

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