Over the weekend I had a miscarriage.
I'm not really sure what to say about it. Physically, it was extremely painful. Emotionally, it's confusing and hard to accept. Right now I'm focusing on recovering physically and I'll deal with the other stuff later.
I was 12 weeks along so it came as a shock--12 weeks is right at the mark where you start to feel safe.
It's a terrible thing that has happened, but I feel very grateful for some things. The main thing is that it happened at Zions, where we were with my family for a fun vacation weekend. It sucks that the trip I've been so excited about was ruined, but I am so glad my family was with us. I had my mom to take care of me. I had my dad to take care of business, like talking to the hotel to extend our check-out time and figuring out when we should leave. I had my sisters to cry for me and take care of Ruby. I had my brother-in-law to medicate me with his emergency stash of Vicodin. I had Nieman and Alan to eat breakfast with Kyle when I couldn't get out of bed and then drive our car home. My mom and Katy are now staying here for the rest of the week and I'm grateful for their help and company.
I went to the OB today and saw a nice nurse practitioner. She told me that the average woman has 1 or 2 miscarriages in her reproductive lifetime. I don't need to go do a D&C, I've done it all on my own. She gave me a prescription for pain meds, for which I am very grateful. Miscarriages hurt. They did some blood tests, and saw that my pregnancy hormones are still really high. I have to go back on Friday and probably next week until the hormone levels get to zero.
The worst part is when I forget that it happened--and then have to remember all over again. I've been a pregnant person for 3 months now, so it's an adjustment. I have to remind myself that I CAN take ibuprofen and drink Dr. Pepper and have a hot pad on my stomach. It's just hard to believe that I'm not pregnant anymore. And when I wake up from a bad dream (which happens often, probably from the Vicodin) and think "oh phew, it wasn't real" but then remember what real life is right now and my relief goes away. That sucks.
The dumbest things upset me. Like, I bought a body pillow last week because I've heard it makes sleeping a lot easier when you get heavily pregnant. I haven't taken it out of its package yet because I haven't needed it. Now, I see it in my room and I'm furious that I spent money on it. I don't want it. I want to throw it away. But that's silly. Especially because I'm sure I'll get pregnant again and need it in the future. But for now, I hate that thing.
This is going to be really hard for Kyle and me but I know we'll be okay. This is the first really hard thing that's happened to us and I already feel like we've grown closer and stronger together. I am just trying to focus on the positive things and be grateful for them.