Monday, July 22, 2013

The Royal Baby Watch

Nine months ago I was sitting in my office trying not to vomit.

I was distracting myself by reading the day's news on Twitter. Every fourth tweet was from a new source claiming that the Duchess of Cambridge was hospitalized for acute pregnancy sickness while confirming a royal baby was on the way.

I remember tweeting something out at that point about poor Kate. I was in the same state, although not as severely, and I remember thinking our babies will be due about the same time.

But when I miscarried in December, I continued to watch Kate's pregnancy, following her bumpy mid-section occasionally, taking tiny mental notes of what would've been for me. And now, here we are heavy into July and reading Twitter reports that Kate is laboring and ready to give birth.

And here I sit my again in my office, reading those tweets, feeling so happy for Kate and thinking about her nearing that biological finish line and hoping all goes well for her and the baby...

... and trying not to vomit.






84 comments:

pppaaaiiigggeee said...

Congrats!!!! I'm in the same boat.

melanie said...

Yay! I mean, so sorry about the morning sickness. (But yay.)

dallinscloset said...

Congrats C Jane

Janessa said...

!!! babies are the best ever. Congrats :)

Leslie Jam said...

Fabulous!

Lillie Mae Acres said...

Congrats.

Leslie Ruth Petree said...

Oh, you sneaky thing :) Congrats, this is exciting news!

Kristy said...

Congratulations!

Fresh Hell, Texas said...

Wonderful news! Wishing you and the baby all the best.

Kate said...

I had the severe all day sickness that I was hospitalized for until I delivered at 7 months and throwing up is NO FUN!! congratulations!!

Pink Slippers said...

blessings!
Mommy to 10. 13 and under!

Ang Campbell said...

Happy happy happy news! I'm thrilled for you. I experienced watching two of my sisters (and seemingly countless friends) go on to deliver healthy babies that were due at the same time as the babies I lost to a couple of my miscarriages. Definitely bittersweet experiences. Prayers that all will go well with you and your newest little one!

Ali said...

Oh la la la la... what a fab way to make an announcement.

Wonderful news.

Wishing you happy, non-vomit days ahead,

Ali in Switz.

Maddy said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! SO happy for you :)

Mayday said...

So happy for ya lady! :)

Townhouse Towny said...

Wow so cool! Congratulations! I had the same story, only with Snooki...it was not nearly as classy, so I did not share with anyone :)

Ann said...

Happy, happy, happy for you and the fam!

elizabeth said...

Never have I posted on your blog, nor nearly any others. But the way my heart just leapt for you prompted me to offer some strangerly congratulations. I'm sure you have many more prayers and well wishes coming from all sorts of surprising corners.

Elizabeth Anne Sclater said...

Wait, I want to say "congratulations" but I'm worried that you mean you're trying not to vomit because you're so sad thinking about the child that you lost that would have been born about now.

I hope this is a "congratulations" situation and not a vivid descriptor of your grief!!

Nancy said...

Congratulations!
Long ago, I was 1st in line of due dates for 3 babies in our office. Then I miscarried. But then I quickly found myself at the end of the line 2 months later! And it set up perfect July, August, September trifecta of grandbabies for my dad between my sisters and me!

Debby said...

Congratulations. You have the cutest babies.....and so glad you will be having another one. So sorry about your miscarriage.

Erin said...

Congratulations!!!

I remember reading about your loss, and then I went through a similar loss in March.

I now find myself expecting twins around the New Year, knowing that these babies were meant to be born together and that the one we lost just wasn't ready yet.

I hope an easy, soon-to-be non-sick pregnancy for you!!! So thrilled, and this was such as amazing announcement!!!

Elizabeth said...

Oh no, I read this as sad news. That you're so sad you're trying not to be sick. I hope everyone else is right and I'm wrong!

Alyson said...

But! Didn't you change the nursery into an office? It can be changed back again, can't it.

julie said...

Congratulations! I hope the sick feelings go away soon.

I was lucky and never really vomited during my first trimester; just felt queasy all day. It went away right around week 12 and I was thankful!

Sending happy thoughts and prayers your way!

Amanda Conrad said...

Congratulations! I was really weepy when you wrote about your miscarriage.

Geo said...

That's pretty sweet. You have surely graduated to the rank of Fertile Myrtle. I'm glad for you! Make beautiful babies forever!

Barb said...

I'm with @Elizabeth Anne, unsure whether this is an announcement or if you are grieving the baby you lost.

Either way, you have many internet friends (me included) who are ready to mourn or celebrate with you at a moment's notice. You are beloved, Courtney!

Rebecca said...

Congrats! What a blessing (not the vomit, the baby). :) It's worth it!!!

LauraInSeattle said...

How wonderful!! Happy news for sure!

al said...

I always love your announcement posts! So exciting!

Teresa said...

Oh, wow! Congratulations!!!

sunshineyou said...

I'm hoping this means you're pregnant, and not having grief-stricken sickness. Because I really just want to say "Yay! Congratulations!" and be correct :)

heyhey6 said...

Wonderful news!

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Islandmom said...

Congratulations!

Scouter's Wife said...

Yes, I'm in the same boat as @Elizabeth Anne and @Barb. I read this as grief not an announcement. Maybe it's both. Either way, many prayers are with you!

KK1 said...

Exciting times but let me tell you my Royal baby (I cannot confirm the name yet) claim to fame.So here goes... The Royal baby's cousin was born last year, at home just down the road from my house at the Spencer Estate and I had the same home birth team so Kate is practically my best friend!

Our Adventures As A Family of 4.... said...

I think you might want to clarify because it almost sounded as if you were trying not to vomit because of thinking of the baby that you lost. Your post could also be taken as you are in the same boat and pg again and trying not to vomit.

tana50 said...

Congratulations!

Shawna Faye said...

Yay! Congrats! I remember reading about your miscarriage in December. I was pregnant earlier this year and due in Oct but had a miscarriage in April. I have a few friends who were also due in Oct and I've really struggled watching them progress in their pregnancies. And I'm dreading the entire month of October. I wish I could feel as at peace about it all as you do.

cari said...

Yes, I couldn't agree with you more...all babies are royal babies! Congratulations!!!! Such a happy time for you and your beautiful family!

Sandy Adams said...

:) Blessings!

SAS said...

way cool. I love reading about your baby making after reading about your struggles. Yeah babies!!! xxooxxoo

turleybenson said...

Ohhh I had a feeling this was coming--is that obnoxious to say? Third time I'm in your same boat. Congratulations!

Creole Wisdom said...

oh hooray! I'm thrilled for you :)

Delightful Domestic Science said...

What sweet, sweet news!

SedonaMichelle said...

wait. what? Yay for another baby!!! congratulations, you guys. love it!!

Natasha said...

That was not the ending I was expecting :) Congrats!!!

Kirsty said...

Oh congratulations! I am so delighted for you! And I do so very much love serendipitous cyclical stories like these! Hope the vomityness eases up for you soon!

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Belinda said...

I squealed when I read this Courtney. I'm so flipping excited. Xx

Diane said...

Congrats to you! How exciting.

Whimcees said...

Hello!

What good news! Blessings to you girl!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Anne said...

Only cjane would twist the royal baby's birth into being about her.

Sal Williams said...

Me too, Courtney. I was due at the same time as both of you, my first ever pregnancy after many years of infertility and IVF. I lost my little one right before you announced your loss and I was so sad, not only for you but for me, because I'd hoped I could watch your pregnancy bloom in lieu of my own. When you talked about your D&C, I was so moved and comforted because I had the same experience, going to that heavenly place under the anesthesia, waking up joyful.

What does this all mean? I don't know, but as I cross this threshold past my (our) due date, and look to the future, I don't have another baby growing yet but it fills me with hope and happiness to know that you're already on your way.

Bless you and your gorgeous family, and thankyou for sharing. xx

Natalie said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful! Best wishes to you and your family!

KroonFamily said...

@Anne... OF COURSE SHE IS WRITING ABOUT HERSELF!!! This is her blog and her life. If you want to read about the details of the "Royal Birth" you can go to just about any other corner of the internet and/or tabloid. SHEESH...That little red X, up there in the right hand corner of your screen is there for a reason. Please stop commenting and click it!! :)

@cjane... keep rockin' on with your bad self!!!

Cookie Marie said...

I had a miscarriage in December of 2008. My baby would have been born in August the following year. Now, every year when August rolls around, I can't help but think my baby would be one year older. He/she would be 4 years old next month.

With no other kids and no way to get pregnant again, the miscarriage and all the sadness that came with it remains just beneath the surface of my heart. I still cry sometimes. Even though I know it was never meant to be, and it was for the best considering the way things have turned out between my partner and me, I still wonder what could have been ..

It's the could have been that tears me up the worst inside.

I am sorry for your loss. It stays with us forever.

Jana Harvey said...

Long time reader....first time commenting ;-) Yay for the Kendricks!!

Anne said...

Steady, KroonFamily, just expressing my opinion!! :)

doro said...

I would have been due in a couple of weeks so it crossed my mind as well yesterday. In fact I read your blog about your loss just a couple of weeks before I experienced myself. Hugs to you and congrats on the wonderful news!

erin m judd said...

congratulations!

I miscarried in October, a couple months before you.. and when I read the post about your miscarriage I remember feeling like we were in the same boat.

I became pregnant again a few months later, and I'm due in November with baby #2.

My eyes watered just a little when I read this post. I am so, so happy for you!

lisa wojeski said...

Congratulations!
It took me a few to figure out what was going on!

Rach said...

Why did this make all emotional? Congrats! So exciting.

Veeda said...

Soooo happy for your family. Hooray!

Mary & Marc said...

You a tricky lady. All the best to you and your ever growing adorable family.

Bobi Jensen said...

Ah...suddenly your instagram of wearing a muu muu with no bra is starting to make a lot of sense ;).

Best wishes!

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Jennifer said...

I was thinking this way too...

Lee-Ann said...

Congrats!

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Unknown said...

@Anne, it seems that KroonFamily was just expressing her opinion, too. Why is that a problem for you?

Your original comment seemed to imply that cjane was being narcissistic by noticing that Kate's pregnancy ended happily at the same time that cjane had hoped her own would end in the same happy way as Kate's. Wouldn't the kindest reaction to a story of a miscarriage be compassion, not a snide anonymous comment?

KroonFamily didn't make a demeaning statement about you. I wonder why you make demeaning statements/implications about others (covertly or otherwise)?

I send you compassionate thoughts, since we've all made the same mistake at some point. I hope you find peace in your pain.

That's my opinion.

Jodi said...

A loss is very painful but congratulations on the new one on the way. So exciting.

Aubrey said...

I am happy for you! It will always be hard work but I don't think you'll ever regret giving more of yourself. My husband says kids knock off our rough edges. I think God blessed me with six sons and my twin daughters because I want to be a smooth rolling ball that can move quickly to where I need to go ;)

Kristin said...

YEAH!!!! Congratulations! So happy for you.

MY LOVELY MOTHER said...

Just saw Chup in the BEST film! Learned more today than I have in a long time. Thank you for sharing his talent with us. My testimony was strengthened today.

Nikki said...

From a stranger...
Saw your husband in a really good movie this morning. Took me a minute to realize why he was familiar. :)

Chrissy Jo said...

What happy news! Congratulations!

Whimcees said...

Hello!

Have been checking every day to see if there is a post - hope everything is ok. Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Kate said...

SO, SO, SO Happy!!!! <3

deedlebug said...

Ditto to what Nikki and My Lovely Mother said. :-)

Natasha and Jesse said...

Congratulations! (We are both in same boat. Trying not to vomit.)