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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
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Monday
May052008

Overwhelmed.

I cannot begin to tell you how much all of your emails and comments have meant to me. I read each and every one of them, and every one of them helped more than I can say. (And yet I'm still sadder than I've ever been. This seems mathematically impossible, but my emotions are terrible at math.)

Right now I'm feeling a lot of things, and soon enough I will write long and confused posts about this bizarre rollercoaster ride I'm on, but first I wanted to say thank you. To all of you out there, and to those close to home. I have an amazing family who have rallied around me, parents who came and cried with me and made dinner and cleaned my refrigerator, friends who visited and sent gifts and let me cry all over them and took Henry on extended playdates. I have an impossibly sweet boy who has remained, I am pleased to say, mostly oblivious to what's going on. (Although this morning he pointed out that I haven't played with him in months. I have some serious catching up to do.) And I have the greatest husband of all time. (Sorry, ladies, but I win.) And if I say anything more about how much he's done for me, I'll start crying again, and sheesh, my mascara is already messed up enough. (Yes, I applied mascara this morning. I had this delusion that today maybe I wouldn't cry. Ha ha! HAAArggh hmm.)

More later.

Reader Comments (96)

I was the bitch, who when told a woman had miscarried, said, "Aw. That's too bad." And, I barely meant it. Clueless schmuck. Then, my best friend miscarried last Fall and it ripped me to shreds. I felt their pain...their loss. I am so sorry this has happened to you.

You are a champion for sharing this with us. Your words will help so many women know they're not alone.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMomo Fali
have the margarita.

the same thing happened to me. but at 10 wks no more nausea, then 2 wks of waiting to bleed.

i am so so so sorry.



have the double margarita.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergwendomama
It will hit you at the strangest times. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to embrace a new life and have it suddenly gone. I still mourn my lost ones.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNadia
De-lurking to extend my sympathies.

I've been there and it is awful. I am truly sorry for your loss.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaney
Sending lots of love & support.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjules
It's strange that in the worst of times, we see what incredible networks we have. But it's better than not being reminded.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPretty Lush
As I was reading your post, and trying to think of something to say. I heard my upstairs neighbour fart in the bath.I lost my words then. Hope you are doing better in the coming days, and you realise how fortunate you are not to have a gassy neighbour who likes baths.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTanya
Just getting to your post now. I am so sorry Alice. Many hugs and prayer for you and your family.

Lauren
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercartoongoddess
I am so so sorry for your loss.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
So glad you have loads of real live breathing folks to help you out and give you love. I can only send you my thoughts and support, but I can't clean your refrigerator.

If you believe in angels, you have one looking over you for always.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFairly Odd Mother
My first miscarried pregnancy had a due date of April 8.

1988.

Not a year has passed that I don't notice the passing of that date. I'm not sad about it anymore, but I've never forgotten.

It takes time and lots of tears to "get over" something like this. I'm glad you have such a loving family supporting you.



May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDawn
alice,we like you. we really really like you.hugs and good wishes and many kleenexes,S.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersara
Alice, i have kept checking back every day, sometimes two or three times, to see if you've sent up a signal. Your blog has meant a lot to me over the last few years, and though the likelihood of our meeting in "real life" is pretty damned small, I found myself saying, "a friend had a miscarriage this week, and I'm really sad for her."

so there it is. You're my friend, even if you didn't know it, and I'm thinking of you and Henry and Scott and feeling like a big stalker and a bigger dork.

but I think raccoon eyes are cool.





May 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermiep
All I can say is I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't even know you, but my heart goes out to you and your family in such a way you cannot imagine... Many hugs to you!
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
Alice,

I've so enjoyed your blog for several years, but I've never before posted (I'm very much a wallflower). I was so sad to read of your loss that I wanted you to know that you've got healing hug vibes coming from Chicago. I had a miscarriage in December of '06, and my heart hurt so much. My heart hurts for you. Take time to allow yourself to feel all that it needs to feel. Then, let the sunshine pour on your face.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarti
Alice,Thank you for sharing this part of your life, along with all the funny stuff. Having several good friends who've suffered miscarriages in the last year, I think one of the strangest things is the layer of secrecy that seems to shroud this all-too-common tragedy. Each of my girlfriends was shocked to learn how common miscarriage actually is, because no one talks about it. I can understand the desire to grieve privately, and I see how that might be the best path for some people. At the same time, I wish more people shared their stories openly like you are, so other women would know they were not alone, that they were not the only ones to go through something like this. Thank you for adding to the dialogue.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Sweetie, my girls witnessed too many of these times until I had Boo. My eldest was 7 when Boo was born. Recently I talked to them about it and they have no memory of it. Kids are resilient. He will be fine. Take care of you.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelley
you are sooo loved and cared for....put the mascara down and just let yourself be and feel everything...
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonym
When I read your news I felt as though someone were pushing down on my head so that I felt very heavy, drawn into the ground. It is rare that I feel a literal "sinking feeling," but I definitely did with your previous post. It speaks of pain but is unbelievably written, as your posts always are, so I feel that I am living right there in your words.

I remember the fear all too well. And the crushing news of friends and family.

It seems so insufficient to say anything because grief has its own timeline, but I wish you and your family well.

May 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarianna
When I miscarried (twins, again), I felt feelings that I'd never had before. Deep, dark sadness.

I wish you joy tonight.

There is a good community I found at Fertility Ties (http://www.fertilityties.com) that has been where you and I have been.

All the best.
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersamantha
A distant friend - I send loving hugs.

xo
May 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwzgirl
The tears help cleanse you. Don't worry about the mascara for a while. It'll be there waiting for your lashes when the times right. Take one day at at time. It's truly courageous of you to share this time and pain with us.
May 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterC-Rah
Alice, I had a miscarriage at 16 weeks, 6 years ago, and still cry about it from time to time. Don't limit your grief, CRY, MOURN, let it out. You have suffered a tremendous loss that can't be forgotten in just a few weeks. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care of yourselves.
May 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentershell
Thinking of you and sending lots of hugs. You continue to be an inspiration to me even in times of unthinkable sorrow.
May 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJane
I recommend the Slate series. I've lost two babies at 8 weeks, and the 6 articles in this series touch on so much of what I've felt and been through. I highly recommend reading them.
And I agree with everyone else who says not to stop crying too soon. I did that and it all came back stronger a few months later. Cry as long as you need to.
And start building up a wall against the "it's better this way/it's Nature's way of dealing with it/there must have been something wrong with the baby," comments. They are the worst, but unfortunately the most common.
May 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

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