Archive for February, 2009


I found an online evaluation test for postpartum depression and did it.

I did not qualify. I am just mildly depressed.

No big deal. I think I need more sunlight. Maybe more krill oil.Perhaps brie will be the cure (except I can’t eat brie now, Lyra is sensitive to cheese).

My heart literally bursts with joy over Lyra; and as it bursts open, sorrow flows and fills into the cracks.

I cannot forget.

I cannot forgive and let be that Ferdinand died.


R is looking into vasectomy. Reading Bon’s post on Dave’s unsuccessful attempt to get himself, erm, neutered, made me laugh and cry. Then I sat in a silent void and yelled out, “NO!”

I feel done.

And then I don’t feel done.

Truthfully, I feel so battered and bruised, physically, mentally, and emotionally. From Ferdinand’s death and from this last pregnancy, because it was so highly charged a good amount of the time.

Yet, I long. I yearn. I crave.

My nails desire to sink and claw into something, but I cannot find something appropriate to hurt. I am hurting.

I know, deep, deep within, that I will never ever feel done, because there is always this notion that there is one missing. I fear, if it is not because gestation is a long affair and it takes two to accomplish, I will be on a life-long quest to have another, and another, and another… because I want to fill that bottomless void. Because the abyss of loss can turn into a sick and crazy kind of obsession to fill it in.

Sometimes I envision myself at peace. Totally at peace. Glowing. Calm. Wise. Walking gracefully towards the sunset, with not a shred of regret.

I wish to be that vision, but right now, I am still struggling.


I hope you all are keeping well. I haven’t been able to stop by often, nor do I have sensible, warm words for you, even though I wish I could do that. But you are never far from my thoughts. My heart throbs.

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I am still here. It’s just I don’t have brains anymore. Just mush.

It’s not that I have nothing to say. I have a million things to say. Just no time. And no brains.

But today, as I was looking up something for the girls, I stumbled across a haiku page, and saw this, written by a child in the fourth grade. Just simple words. My eyes followed the words across the screen, just three times; the lines so short.

And at the end of it, I shattered.  Totally shattered.

funeral home
a child comforts
her mom’s cry
-Sarah P., 4th Grade
Rochester, NY, USA

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