Motherhood & Words

I’ve just come from the ultrasound, and the baby seems to be fine and is measuring as she should for 37 weeks. So, relief. Huge relief. D was squeezing my hand the whole time, and his whole body relaxed when the technician said the baby was okay. I sometimes forget that this pregnancy has been just as hard on him as it’s been on me. (Though he, of course, can pour himself a stiff drink when he wants one.)

I still have the pain wrapping around my left side, so I might not make it to March 4th, but I don’t care, so long as the little one is okay. Her little profile looks just like Stella. And today she is technically a full-term baby.

Thank you for your thoughts and good wishes.

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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. Ines on February 15, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations, Kate. I am cheering for you and the baby. You are good mother. You are the best mother for your daughters.

  2. Mardougrrl on February 15, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Oh, I am SO GLAD for you! So glad!

    And if your little baby looks like Stella, she is going to be a little gorgeous one. Madam was totally taken by Stella and kept telling me she met a “fairy girl” LOL.

    Take care of yourself and please let me know if I can do anything to help. Have bus pass, will travel!

  3. kristenspina on February 15, 2008 at 1:21 pm


  4. Steph on February 15, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    What a relief. Yay!

  5. lintofpocket on February 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    OK< I am back to breathing normally again. Man, we can really get tied up in knots for our fellow bloggers. Continued prayers...

  6. Amber S. on February 15, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    that’s great news, Kate!

  7. Melissa on February 15, 2008 at 8:30 pm


  8. Bryan on February 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Way to pitch the full nine innings, Kate. We’re happy for you.

  9. kate on February 16, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Thank you all. I feel so much better today, after a fairly good night’s sleep, knowing that this little one is as big as she should be.

    Mardougrrl–so funny that Madam calls Stella a fairy girl. My fairy has been such a dickens lately.

  10. Jen on February 17, 2008 at 12:23 am


    I’m glad the ultrasound revealed good things, but keep your PE/HELLP radar up…just in case. Full term is a great, great thing. 🙂

    Now, enjoy these few weeks of being in the wonderful world of growing a baby. Good luck! I’ll be thinking of you.

  11. Beth on February 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Keeping you in my thoughts — so glad to read the ultrasound showed everything was okay.

  12. kyra on February 17, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    oh! so so glad! sending our cheers and blessings from snowy western mass.

  13. **camera shy momma** on February 17, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    thanks for the update. and yay for pisces babies! day by day, mama… you’ll get there. and i’ll be cheering from the sidelines! 🙂 i’m glad everything was ok.

  14. Jen on February 17, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I’ve got a surprise for you on my blog. Come check it out:

    🙂 Jen

  15. ~Denise~ on February 18, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Rock on for 37 weeks! You are one terrific lady. I know how hard those last few weeks are, always waiting for the PE monster to strike. You CAN do this, I know it. You are almost to the finish line.

    Many good thoughts coming your way.

  16. Lisa on February 18, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I’m not sure there are two more beautiful words than “full term”.

    Congratulations. xo