Motherhood & Words

This may sound a little crazy, but the C-section has been postponed. My doctor called tonight and it turns out that she’s really sick, as well. One of her colleagues could go ahead with the surgery tomorrow morning, but since I’m still not feeling great, it makes sense to wait. This does make sense, right? This is my thought: I would rather be healthy going into surgery, and a day and a half might just buy me that health. It would be a relief not to hack up a lung on the operating table.

I plan and plan and try to control these things. Ah. When will I learn?

So it looks as though this little one will be born on Wednesday afternoon, but I’ll let you know when I have more details. And of course, I could always go into labor before then.

Thank you, as always, for all your thoughts.

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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. **camera shy momma** on March 3, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    thinking of you, tomorrow and wednesday and every hour in between!

  2. Ines on March 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I hope you feel better soon….

  3. Sheri on March 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    wednesday seems like a smashing day for a baby! good luck.

  4. lintofpocket on March 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Good call…prayers.

  5. Lisa on March 4, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    It sounds like a very sensible plan. You’ll be in my thoughts. xo

  6. ~Denise~ on March 4, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Oh my, I hope you (and the doc) are feeling much better. I can’t believe baby day is here pretty much!!! Sending you lots of good delivery vibes!

  7. Writing Sisu on March 5, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Good luck!!

  8. Steph on March 5, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Sounds like a good plan!

  9. kyra on March 5, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    GOOD LUCK!! we’re sending our best thoughts! oh! maybe it’s already happened?

  10. sara on March 5, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Kate, I hope everything went well today and that you’re feeling better! I’m thinking of you and excited to hear all about Stella’s new baby sister.

  11. Andria on March 6, 2008 at 12:05 am

    We’ve been thinking of you like crazy all day. Hope everything went well and that you are getting lots of rest with the new baby.