Oh, What a Relief It Is!

 stork1 This is the BEST day! My Christmas is complete now.

 Yesterday my oldest daughter, who is 14 weeks pregnant, had the  first sonogram for this baby. She was so excited because she really wanted to know whether it is a boy or a girl. She has a 2 1/2- year-old son at home so I was kinda hoping to hear that maybe it was going to be a granddaughter. I don’t really care but (shrug) ya know, it would be kinda nice to shop for pink things with lace for a change. I have 3 beautiful, intelligent, and wonderful grandsons and it would be cool to have a female grandchild.

 I insisted she call me the moment she left her doctor’s office with the news. She called around 3:15. The conversation went like this:

  “Hi, Mom.”  …..”Hi, so what is the good news? Is it a boy or a girl?!!!”… “It’s a boy.”…….. “Well. that’s terrific!! Cole will have a little brother!”…… nothing. I hear crying.

 “Mom, the technician is sending me over to Scranton to a Pediatric Imaging Specialist because she thinks there might be something wrong with the baby’s heart!”

 “What? Is she sure? Why does she think this? ”  She explained what the tech said and why she was a little concerned.

” I don’t understand why this is happening! I did everything I’m supposed to do! Why can’t I just have a healthy baby?”

 She had recently miscarried early in her last  pregnancy so she thought that this time at 14 weeks everything was doing well.

 I carefully told her not to get all excited and worried, that maybe the sonogram tech was just incompetent, that maybe there was a shadow in the way, anything I could think of to reassure her. She was devastated.

 She left for her appointment this morning with my son-in-law. Their hearts were heavy. I got a call at 11:20 telling me the good news. The baby is PERFECT! The specialist believes that the baby was positioned at such an angle that its spine was blocking the sonogram from seeing the main chamber of the heart. The tech at her doctor’s office was just being cautious in referring her to the specialist.


 I am not especially religious but I had the music channel on my satellite TV station tuned to the Christmas music channel and as soon as I hung up from hearing the good news I raised the volume and “Ave Maria” came on.

I lost it.

 This is the best Christmas present I could ever have received, to know that this little child is , indeed,  doing well inside my beautiful daughter’s womb. Thank you, God, Jehovah, Yawa, Buddha, the Cosmic Guru, whomever! My grandchild is, for now, healthy and growing and my wonderful daughter is smiling like the beautiful Mommy that she is.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

12 comments on “Oh, What a Relief It Is!

  1. Oh such good news! I can imagine the fear that must have been running through all of you. I know the desire to shop for pink and lace. I didn’t get my granddaughter until she was one so I didn’t get to enjoy that stage. However, boys are just so totally cute. Monkeys, dinosaurs, trucks, race cars. Fun.

    Little Miss- So true! I think I actually relate to little boys better. I like to do all the things they like: climbing, jumping, getting dirty, and I love monkeys, dinosaurs and such!
    It’s ALL good!
    Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment!

  2. HA HA! Great news. CareerMom will be pleased to know that she can blame you for not getting a daughter!!!

    It’s an ALL-BOY Grandkid-a-thon for you!

    dobeman- I don’t mind at all! I just want to kiss all their sweet little-boy faces!! Muahhhhh!!!!

  3. I think the little scare made us all relieved just to know that he is healthy, which is all that matters. A girl would have been nice, but a boy is nice too. Lots of benefits to her having another boy!

    birdpress- Yes, little Cole will make a fine big brother! I have my sweet daughters. That’s enough estrogen for this family anyway! 😛

  4. Wonderful, wonderful news!! Congrats!

    When my third daughter was born and we found out she wasn’t *normal* it really annoyed me when people were like, “Oh, not ANOTHER girl!” I was just grateful she was here and okay.

    hay- what’s the matter with people like that? You have a beautiful family! I can certainly attest to that! I’ve seen the pictures! 🙂
    Thanks for the kind words, sweety!

  5. Oh boy. *big sigh of relief* I’m so happy for you and all of your family. Especially your daughter. Congratulations and Merry Christmas.

    Spidey- Thank you so much. I’m so happy I could burst right now! Merry Christmas to you and Bunny and all your loved ones, too, my friend!

  6. Oh my gosh, I’m so glad! Hip-hip-hooray! Who could ask for anything more? I am so thrilled for you and your family 🙂

    JQ- Thanks, Sweety! I’m thrilled. too!
    As Dobeman said, it’s an ALL BOY-Grandkid-a-thon!
    Me so happy!

  7. Certainly puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? I’m so very, very happy for you and your family. And relieved too. This is going to be one very loved little boy.

    teeni- You’re so right! When my daughter got home I hugged her and she said “Maybe this is God’s way of telling me to appreciate this child more!” I’m not sure how she can be more appreciative but it does put things into perspective. Next time she complains I’m gonna remind her of the blessings! I hope she does the same for me.

  8. That’s wonderful news. You’re a bit like me. When hopes are realised, when things go exceptionally well, I tend to thank all the gods and goddesses in all the heavens too.

    river- Yep, I try to remember to say “thank you” at least as often as I begged them for help. 🙂

  9. See, these are the things we need at Christmas…not the new TV or game console or whatever else is the latest and {supposed} greatest…
    It really is things such as these that make us realise how bloody lucky we are isn’t it?
    We have a daughter nearly 14 weeks with grandchild #7 and she’s just has a health scare too, but all is well now…it was a great gift for us as well as her and hubby…
    These are the things money can’t buy, but are in fact worth more than anything else we can think of…I’m so pleased for all of you….

    Moe-Thank you!! I am 100% satisfied with this as the best gift and the only one. I seriously do not need another thing!

    I’m glad your daughter is ok and congratulations! (Number 7 ?? Wow! You are blessed with grandkiddies!) Merry Christmas!!!

  10. Wow, what a great Christmas gift, a real one. Girls are so pretty & poofy, most of us want a daughter at some point, but reality is every single baby is so completely perfect.

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