Motherhood & Words

I’m sorry I’ve been silent for the last week. I’ve wanted to blog and have actually been thinking about blogging, but it’s been impossible for me to get myself to the computer. Partly, this is because I have a new cold (or maybe it’s the same cold with new life), and all I’ve wanted to do is lie on the couch. I’ve also been very busy, which means, of course, that very little couch-lying has actual happened, and which probably explains why I’m still feeling so lousy. Bad Kate.

My last class of the term meets tomorrow, though, and my last day of work for a couple of weeks is Thursday, so on Friday I’m planning to plant myself on the couch with a stack of books and drink fluids until I puke. Sounds like fun, huh?

Amidst the sickness, however, I have been celebrating a milestone for this pregnancy. I am now 28.5 weeks pregnant, which means the little bugger, if born today, would have over an 80% chance of survival and a 90% of escaping without a long-term disability. My blood pressure is still beautiful–yee-haw–and my wrists still aren’t swelling. (I check them oh, four to five times a day.)

It’s actually amazing how relieved I feel, even though we still have four weeks to go to pass Stella’s gestational age at birth, and I know that having a 32-weeker is no picnic. But a 28-weeker’s chances reassure me. I can’t help it.

I’ll be back blogging regularly now. I promise.

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. ukrainemom on December 17, 2007 at 9:49 pm


  2. Toby's Mom on December 18, 2007 at 7:57 am

    Sorry you’re still not feeling well, Kate. But, great news to hear that you’re at 28.5 weeks!

  3. ~Denise~ on December 18, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Hope that cold clears up quickly for you!

    Hoo-Ray on 28 weeks! And a nice bp to boot!

  4. Erica on December 18, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for the past few months, and I want to wish you the best of luck on your pregnancy. I just had a baby boy 3 years after a pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia/HELLP at 35 weeks. I had neither this time and had a healthy, full-term baby! I am so happy that the pre-e did not return. I wish the same for you.

  5. *camerashymomma* on December 18, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    congrats! it’s good to hear from you, i’ve been thinking of you and your little ‘bugger’… hope your cold passes soon!

  6. kate on December 21, 2007 at 9:33 am

    Thanks to all of you for keeping me in your thoughts. Today, I’m 29 weeks!

  7. Sheri on December 23, 2007 at 6:16 am

    wonderful! rooting for all the more gestation over here.

  8. Mardougrrl on December 28, 2007 at 12:59 am

    Congratulations! That is all wonderful news. 🙂