Friday, January 22, 2010

Baby Dreams






Three and a half years ago, when I was in the early weeks of pregnancy with the Bean I got a phone call from my little brother one day.  His message was, Hey, I just want to warn you.  I guess Grandma had a baby dream the other night and now everyone thinks your pregnant.  I guess her dad used to have dreams about the grandkids before they came....so anyway, just wanted to give you a heads up.  I was a little stunned.  Way to steal my thunder Grandma.  We were going to see my family in a couple weeks and wanted to tell them in person, so of course they really didn't know I was pregnant.  Except, apparently they did.

So I got on the phone and mustered up my best teenage lying skills and convincingly told my grandma that no I wasn't pregnant, but ha ha that's a funny story.  Really? A dream Grandma?  Oh you're funny.  She was cute about it and laughed and was like Well, you never know.  It worked and she believed me.  Then a couple weeks later when we saw my family in person I remember saying, You must be some sort of prophet grams, because I am pregnant.  I still remember the look on Grandma's face... now she was the one who was stunned.

Fast forward to this past summer.  I was pregnant again.  It had taken a lot longer than the first time and we had started to worry that something was wrong.  When I finally got pregnant we didn't wait very long to tell our families.  I remember calling Grandma and asking, Have you had any baby dreams lately Grandma?  She said, No.  And I said Oh, well it must have been a one time thing because I'm pregnant. She was happy for us.

A few weeks later, in early September, I had a miscarriage.  Of course we were sad and it was difficult, but we moved on rather quick.  We wanted to start trying again right away, but felt that it would probably take a long time again and we prepared ourselves mentally for a wait.

In late October my Grandma called me one day to tell me she had had a baby dream.  Oh Grams... that's nice but I think it will be a while before I actually get pregnant.  I don't think it's going to happen the first month.  I'll take the dream as a good sign though.  She agreed and we changed the subject.

Two weeks later I found out I was pregnant.  

Two weeks after that I started cramping and spotting.  Oh no, another miscarriage.  I was sure of it... but in the back of my mind I thought, What about the baby dream?  As we raced to the Doctor for an ultrasound we were both pretty convinced of the worst.  The only slight glimmer of hope I had was in the baby dream... and it truly was a small glimmer.  We got to the office and the ultrasound began.  Right away I saw a heartbeat.  I started crying.  It seemed impossible, but there it was.  The Doctor chalked it up to a threatened miscarriage and sent us on our way.  You never really want to see bleeding, but the best sign is always a heartbeat he said.  It happened again a few weeks later, and again there was a heartbeat, and again everything was OK.

So here I am, a few months along and so far so good.  Of course you're never really out of the woods when it comes to pregnancy, but in my heart of hearts I feel OK.  My grandma had the baby dream.

*Oh and it must have been a super powered baby dream as my brother and sister in law are expecting a baby on the exact same due date.  

37 comments:

  1. That is great news! I'll pray for continued good baby dreams.

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  2. Congratulations! I hope the rest of your pregnancy leaves you free of worry. I wonder...do the baby dreams ever predict the baby's gender?

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  3. What an awesome story! Congratulations!

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  4. Awesome! I'm sooooooooo happy for you!!

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  5. Congratulations! What a great story. I love it! I'm so happy for you. I hope you're feeling good.

    PS I had a miscariage with my first and I've had cramping and bleeding with both pregnancies that produced babies. The difference was always the feeling. I just knew I would be okay and that e&a would be coming with my 2nd & 3rd pregnancies. That's something I could never explain to my midwife "I know I'm gonna have this baby, even of you say there's a good chance I'll lose it." God does a good job settling our worried hearts, eh?

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  6. I'm sooo happy for you and your family! Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations!

    ps. Thanks for sharing your motherhood experience via blog. To me it's encouraging and enlightening.

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  7. Thanks everyone.

    LMT--I hear congrats are in order for you too! So excited for you guys.

    Miss Summerson--actually, B had a dream that Beanie was a girl--3 days before we even found out we were prego...so that was our only indication. My grandma's dreams do not indicate gender.

    Katie--Thanks lady!

    Eryn--Thank you and congrats on your little lady! I saw pics on your blog the other day and have been meaning to write you.

    Abbie--That's interesting. I'm glad you just knew... I have definitely felt more secure in this pregnancy, but honestly I will probably always worry a little. That's just my nature.

    Allison--So glad you like the motherhood info...it's been cathartic and therapeutic. I can't wait to hear about your experiences either. Are you due soon?

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  9. Oh, congratulations!! I have baby dreams, too. After each of my children, I've sworn off pregnancy for good. This is my last one! I'll declare. But within days or weeks of giving birth, I've always had a dream about the next child. They are always remarkably accurate. I think it's God's way of encouraging me to take it a step at a time.
    Anyway, I'm glad you're happy and healthy! Can't wait to read future pregnancy updates. :)

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  10. amazing. congrats. wish i could write more, but only one hand works. best of luck

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  11. So so happy! And check you out, first month afterward. Impressive. :) I'm sure those spotting moments have put you through the ringer, and I'm so happy to hear that everything is moving along nicely. How cute that your special grandma has baby dreams. I hope I am capable of neat things like that someday. :)

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  12. Congratulations!!! I have so many goose bumps after reading that! Good luck with everything. What a cool grandmas gift.

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  13. This is great news. I'm glad that baby dreams come true. Thanks for sharing this story. Your grandma sounds like a cool lady.

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  14. Congratulations. That's great news!

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  15. congratulations! this is such happy news. i've thought about you lots and lots since your miscarriage and i'm so glad you're pregnant again. i'm for sure a baby dream believer! and i'm hearing more and more of successful pregnancies that have these kinds of bleeding/cramping/etc. glitches along the way - i hope all goes well with the rest of your pregnancy! we'll send prayers and baby dreams your way!

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  16. CONGRATS! We are so happy for you!

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  17. oh happy happy happy day! Prayers are coming your way friend...

    That is some kind of Grandma you've got. She should have a 1-800 number.

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  18. Reagan told me the good news. Congratulations!

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  19. Yay! Congratulations. We're so excited for you guys.

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  20. Oh, my goodness. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so dang happy for you guys. I remember still having a month or so to go with Chloe and the doctor telling me that something was "potentially" wrong, but not to worry. I wasn't getting any bigger towards the end (I was actually getting smaller) and they thought that the placenta had detached. They scheduled an emergency ultrasound (5 days later!!) and sent me on my way. I received a blessing that night assuring me that baby girl was just fine. After that, I didn't even think about it. 3 days later my healthy baby girl was born.
    I pray for you, your health and the health of precious #2.

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  21. I wondered...

    Congratulations, I'm so happy for you and the family.

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  22. Oh I was so hoping the end of the story ended like it did! Congratulations!

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  23. Yay for babies! Congratulations!

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  24. that is an amazing story, and a cousin on the same day? incredible! I'm due on my childhood bestie's birthday, and I thought that was big.

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  25. Love the story and love the baby!

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  27. Wonderful for you guys! I am expecting my third and wish someone would have a baby dream because I'm 31 weeks and seem to worry so much more with this one. I hope things keep going well for you!

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  28. This is fabulous news!!!! Congratulations to both you and B! Miracles happen everyday :)

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  29. AHHHHH!!! Congratulations! What a great story. Your grandma is in tune.

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  32. Thanks everyone for your well wishes and happy comments. We are very excited and grateful to have such loving and supportive friends.

    Thanks!

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  33. wow, what a grandma. and great news, congrats!

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  34. Such wonderful news! Congratulations!

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  35. Congrats!!!! what exciting news!

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  36. Hooray for #2! Beanie will be a great big sister. When are you due?

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  37. Good news!

    Hey, can I hit your Grandma up for some prophecies?

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