She is Raging

Trigger Warning: This post makes reference to miscarriage, loss, pregnancy. 


I want to sit back and write something witty. I want to grab you on the first line and take you along some story’s path, so we can come out together at the end, holding hands and feeling quite proud of ourselves. I want to have words to give you, sprinkle around your mind like beautiful confetti.

But I don’t have it today.

I’ve got nothing to give.

I think all in all I’ve been handling this well. I mean, by the definition of “well” that everyone around me uses.

“Oh, she’s good.”

“She’s fine.”

“You look well.”

She’s not good. She’s staring at her Facebook and seeing post after post of baby bumps and nurseries and baby showers and count downs and newborn photos. She’s not good, because she’s angry and she’s jealous. It’s not that she isn’t happy for them. It’s not that she doesn’t wish them the best. She just wishes she had what they do. She wants in on that little world again.

She’s not fine. She’s standing in the checkout and people keep opening their mouths.

“How far along are you now?”

“You’re barely even showing.”

“How’s baby doing?”

When are you do?”

And so she has to say that the baby is gone, again and again and again. The words stick in her throat and she’s choking on them, bending over to let them fall out of her mouth with a delicate thud. She’s not fine and she’s sick with speaking of it.

She looks well. She lost what weight she’d gained and she has more energy. The pregnancy had made her so sick. She looks healthy again. There is color in her cheeks and her hair has regained its bounce. She gets dressed a little more often. She paints her face. She crawls into bed with her husband, aching and needy and everything is back to the way it was and her world has settled into a muted thing, because she is well and so she is waiting. Waiting for her body and his to have that tiny moment of collision that will breathe new life into her womb and it terrifies her.

But she’s raging.

She wakes up and groggy eyed checks her email. Entirely too many messages, but it’s the morning routine. And she sees the words:

You haven’t purchased anything off your baby registry. Sign in now to get everything baby needs! 

So the company attached a coupon to ease the burn behind the idea that she is such a bad mother-to-be, she hasn’t even bought anything off her list. She has no crib, no carseat, no newborn diapers. She has no bouncing chairs, no teething rings, no footed pajamas. She has no formula, no Tylenol, no soft and fleecy blankets.

But she has rage at seeing it.

She has pain that sparks behind her eyes and they’d call them tears, but they burn hot streaks down her face and she thinks she could set the entire world on fire with her emotions overflowing.

She is raging.

And her husband comes home and kisses her on the head. He asks, “What’s wrong?” And she tells him, “Nothing.” 

And she pushes the rage back long enough to kiss him. To make him his breakfast. To prepare herself for getting the children up. It’s a matter of survival now and she can’t be the woman she’s supposed to be with everything snapping apart. She shoves it down, like a pill stuck in her throat. She buries it deep.

Congrats on the new baby! He’s beautiful.

The nursery looks wonderful. You all got a lot of work done.

Good luck at the hospital. You and baby are in my thoughts. 

Look at that bump! Any day now. . .

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Herstory Lesson: “You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.” – Ernest Hemingway

Ups and Downs

Today sucked. I mean, in most aspects…it completely sucked.

After a trip to the doctor’s, we found out that the natural route we opted for has not finished and we are not yet over the physical part with the miscarriage.

So…when I believed at least the pain was behind me, I realize it hasn’t even truly begun. It’s like walking around with a time bomb ticking away inside me and having to wait and see.

Will it happen today?


Will the husband be home or will I be alone?

I can’t go to the store. What if it happens while I am there?

Here, let me move that couch. Maybe heavy lifting will get it started tonight?

I should sit down. I don’t want it to start now.

So, it is ups and downs as I feel like Mother Nature is winging me around on her own personal yo-yo. It’s a pathetic Miley Cyrus on the wrecking ball imitation and I needed something to shift this pendulum in a new direction.

The dress. Not me in the dress...but this chic in the dress I now own.

The dress. Not me in the dress…but this chic in the dress I now own.

The dress came in. It looks this good in person. Better even, because it didn’t fit.

I ordered the same size, from the same company that I got my wedding dress back in June.

And this dress was a full size too big. I admit. Part of me was extremely happy to push it back into the plastic bag and prepare to ship it off for an exchange from Amazon. Oh pendulum push.



And then these came. It was like package heaven here.

And they fit.

And I smiled as I handed them to the husband and told him he could wrap them and stick them under the tree.

Because tomorrow there will be no party for me to go to. I will stay home for the hours, the days, the weeks this may take.

I will bake cookies.

I will wrap presents.

I will cook dinner for my children.

I will pack lunch for my husband.

I will fold laundry and do dishes.

And in a few weeks I will open a package with a kick ass pair of shoes in it and I will wear them for my husband.

And I will love him.

And everything will go up and down, because that’s how it goes.

So, I’ll lift my chin, square my shoulders and give the pendulum a little push with my gold toned stilettos.

I Love You Reason Number Six Thousand Four Seven Eighty Nine Nine

My son has a fascination with numbers. He hasn’t quite figured out how they work yet, but I’m hoping that this inclination towards math continues for him. It’s never been my strong suit, and I dread the years coming when he asks for help with his homework and I realize it is a math I couldn’t pass in college.

Numbers like six thousand four seven eighty nine nine and five two hundred ninety seven five three are the normal way of describing things around my house.

The alligator was ninety eleven thousand pounds old.

I weigh seventy nine two and three years.

It’s two thousand million six ways that way.

So tonight we had this…

Dude:   Can you get a new baby tomorrow?

Me:   No. Not tomorrow. Daddy and I are going to wait for a little bit before we try to make another baby.

Dude:   Like eleven seventy-five bits.

Me:   Like sixty to ninety bits.

Dude:   That’s like next this week.

And since we live in a home where everything always happened “yesterday” and everything is happening “tomorrow”, I realized for him, next week is forever. So I didn’t argue the point, or try to explain days and weeks and months. I didn’t mess with his little realm of reality and the small ‘bits’ of it he gets right now. I’m glad he asks me questions. I’m glad he knows he can.

Maybe he got it from the husband. I have to say, as bad as things got yesterday for me, the husband was his normal, dependable self…though inquisitive, to say the least.

I started having contractions yesterday, so we knew what the doctor referred to as the “big event” (terrible choice of words, doc) was on its way, and we hoped to soon be finished with the physical aspects of this loss so we could go back to dealing with the emotional parts of it.

Before I continue, the husband and I share an amazing quality: we laugh.

We laugh about everything.

We laugh about nothing.

We laugh about inappropriate things.

We laugh to deal with the crap around us.

We laugh to deal with each other.

We laugh when we are angry, or sad, or frustrated.

We laugh when we are in pain.

We laugh, because that’s how we deal and that’s who we are.

So yesterday, while I was curled up in the bed in the middle of increasingly intense contractions, I looked over and saw…basically this:

Once I was done yelling curses into my fluffy pillow, I began to laugh. I had forgotten that this would have been the husband’s first baby…It was the first pregnancy he’d been through.

He’d never seen a woman in labor.

So seeing me, having contractions and crying out in pain was not a good moment for him. He was literally pulling the blanket over his head every time a wave rolled around and would only peek over the edge when I got quiet again.

Which meant every time a contraction passed, I would fall onto the bed laughing helplessly at the big, strong man hiding and looking about as helpless as a kitten.

Eventually, the laughter stopped though. The contractions got worse, I was told to go to the E.R., I began hemorrhaging…The husband became less the frightened man and more the man growling in the waiting room every time someone’s name was called besides mine. He became the frightening man in the triage department when he found out there were no beds available for me, and they were going to have to give me morphine in some back room in a chair.

And twenty minutes later I’m in an actual bed, high as a kite, and fighting with the finger/pulse monitor thing they had on me, while he continued to get frustrated with me and say multiple times:

Put your hand down. Leave it alone. Stop it before you break it! Leave it alone!

And I laughed at him.

Because that’s what we do.

And as the night progressed and the doctor gave us a clean bill of health, and I was feeling better, safer, saner…I realized just one more reason to add to that long list of reasons I love the husband.


The husband isn’t afraid to ask me questions. And so when he asked me to explain exactly what had been happening to my body and to the baby, I did. I walked him through the entire process, of what we thought could have happened to the baby, about how the body takes care of these things.

And there’s something almost comforting in that…in the breaking it down. I knew what had happened to my body, and while we’ll never know exactly what happened to our baby, talking it through was like lifting a weight. It let me step back for a second. It let me take the fear out of the situation (and made me wish I’d talked to him before the process had begun). It made me feel closer to him in those moments, when he wasn’t afraid to ask me questions.

And maybe he won’t want to talk about it any more, and that’s okay. I don’t much want to talk about it either. And maybe we’ll both laugh and poke fun at me high on morphine, or his hiding under the blanket technique. Hell, that’s not even a maybe. We will.

Because that’s what we do.

And that’s who we are.

And it’s just reason number six thousand four seven eighty nine nine why I love him.



We expect so much from our bodies. I mean, if I get sick, I expect my body to do its part in fighting off the germ that’s invaded it. I expect my lungs to suck in and breathe without me consciously thinking about it. I expect my skin to stay in place as long as I’m careful not to peel it off by running into sharp objects or tripping down stairs. I expect my heart to beat.

I expect a heartbeat.

As a woman I expect even more. I expected, as a teenager, that at some point I might actually grow a pair of boobs. I expect that once a month I’ll turn into the poster child for every man’s idea of PMS. I expect these things because of my sex. Because I’m a woman. Because that’s how women are made.

I expect to be a partner in the creation of life. I expect to provide a safe, nurturing environment for that baby to grow. I expect to be capable of carrying a child. Because I’m a woman, and women get pregnant and have babies.

Logic has nothing to do with expectations. Not one damn thing. The fact that there are women who physically will never be able to become pregnant is irrelevant…because at some point they had these same exact expectations. The fact that there are women who have lost every child they carried does not matter here…because they carried the same beliefs and confidence in their body at some point.

We expect from our bodies.

I expect a heartbeat.

And so when our body fails us, and when something deviants from the “plan” we had in mind, it becomes difficult not to blame the machine. Logic takes another back seat. Common sense goes out the window, and you’re left in a hospital gown, in a tiny room that every one keeps using as a storage closet, with your underwear around your ankles and hands all over you as you are poked and prodded and stuck and photographed in the most invasive of ways just so five hours later the doctor can come in and tell you

There’s no heartbeat.

And so they give you shots and lists of things to do and everyone keeps giving you the mantra:

It happened early…there was probably something wrong with the development.

It’s nothing you did.

It’s not your fault.

You can try again.

And I listen to their chorus of logic and common sense as I watch the man, the protector in my life, the one who is always there to fix everything, and I watch as he realizes he can’t fix it and he can’t make it better and he can’t protect me because it’s in my body

And there’s no heartbeat.

I have to watch everything else break around me and everyone keeps asking:

How is she?

How are they doing?

What’d the doctor say?

I can answer that. She’s in pain, physical pain. She’s in the middle of a process that can last for weeks and it hurts. As if the mind needs to be challenged further, the body must prove its endurance to pain. They? They, as in my husband and I? We’re hurt. We’re dodging people and making each other laugh, because that’s what we do. We laugh to cover it up and we mourn when its dark and no one is around to hear us. What’d the doctor say?

There’s no heartbeat.

We expect so much from our bodies, and when it fails us it becomes the traitor. It becomes this thing we are fighting against.We let in a little hope to strengthen our resolve and then battle against something we can’t even begin to understand because logic is gone and hope can be false. It can be cruel. It can show up when the woman refuses to turn to the screen and show you the picture. When she ignores your questions even though you’re lying there naked save for a thin little blanket while she pushes a machine inside you. Hope is there telling you its okay. It’s there when the doctor comes in and she was so friendly before and she thought she saw it. She thought she saw the flutter but she wasn’t sure and she asked for more tests and she sent you to that bitch who wouldn’t answer you questions…and hope was there right up until she said it and you knew it was over.

And you knew the world shifted because he couldn’t even stand up.

And there was no heartbeat.

Uncontrollable Gagging and Incidental Laughter

Have I ever introduced you to the Husband?

This is the Husband. Doesn't he just look so sweet and innocent? He's not...but he's sorta pulling it off here.

This is the Husband. Doesn’t he just look so sweet and innocent? He’s not…but he’s sorta pulling it off here.

This wonderful man wanted to take me to dinner last night. Now, understand please, that we rarely get any time together anymore. His work schedule keeps him away, which has turned me slowly into the single mother again. I miss him. I miss the nights we would lie and bed and just talk.

So he offered dinner and I obviously jumped at the opportunity.

I thought, ‘Hey, let’s go get ribs.’ I mean, smothered in BBQ sauce, served with real mashed potatoes and gravy and shrimp wrapped in bacon, and half chickens and all those other wonderful choices from Adam’s Ribs.

I thought, ‘It’s gonna be a good night with the Husband.’

I got dressed, put on some nice jeans and a sexy top. I did my make-up and wore earrings.

I think my mirror was frightened. It hadn’t seen that woman in a long time.

I completely scrubbed from my mind the fact that I’m pregnant. I deleted it from memory. I purposefully choose not to think about it.

Mini Monster (of the boy variety):   Why are you all dressed up?

Me:   Cause Daddy and I are going on a date.


I suppose my children think we only kiss on date night. Right. That’s how I ended up pregnant.


Early pregnant.

Still in the stages where most everything that isn’t listed on the BRATT diet makes me want to puke.

Except lasagna.

Lasagna is mana from heaven.

So, I mentioned that I scrubbed the fact I was pregnant from my mind, right? Yes. Well, we get to dinner and I order the half rack with the three little bacon wrapped shrimp all covered in Adam’s signature BBQ sauce, with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy and some broccoli. Granted, I figured over half of this was coming home with me, because they are gigantic portions and I can never eat that much. I was no prepared for this:

Do you see these pile of boxes? That's dinner. That's the ENTIRE dinner.

Do you see these pile of boxes? That’s dinner. That’s the ENTIRE dinner.

That woman, our poor waitress, set that dish of ribs in front of me and the smell immediately set my stomach to roiling.

So, being the intelligent, educated woman I am…

I ate one of the shrimp.

I wanted a freaking shrimp.

-Insert gag at the remembrance of the shrimp.-

We immediately asked for boxes since the smell made me feel so bad and my meal, along with the Husbands, were boxed up in plastic while I scarfed on dry dinner rolls to easy my stomach and the husband figured out a hefty tip for the confused waitress.

We left, and barely made it to the car, with me apologizing like crazy, when the Husband, in classic Husband nature, said:

He tipped that lady 45% of the bill. She totally earned it though.

He tipped that lady 45% of the bill. She totally earned it though.

We collapsed into fits of laughter, unable to drive, sitting in the parking lot on date night with our entire dinner in the kiddos carseat in the back, and it was wonderful.


Pregnant Women Problems – Hunger

Pregnant Women Problems - Hunger

Me: I’m hungry.

The Husband: What do you want?

Me: Everything makes me sick today.

The Husband: Well, what won’t make you sick?

Me: How the hell am I supposed to know that?

The Husband: Alright then, Snappy. Good luck NOT eating anything.

Me: I’m sorry. I think I want Oreos.

The Husband: That sounds like a fantastic breakfast. You should do that. I’ll get you some milk.

Bacon Bits and Pieces

Last night the children asked me why my tummy hurt so much. I tried to explain it, I did.

Me:   The baby is just picky about the foods it wants right now. Some stuff doesn’t taste good or smell good right now.

Princess Asks-A-Lot:   So what does the baby want?

Me:   Right now? -Thinks- Bacon.

Sir Literal:




Then I come across my Tumblr this morning and see this: is a bacon baby. Whoever is the owner of this child should receive a medal for best costume ever. -Bossnod-

Yes…it is a bacon baby. Whoever is the owner of this child should receive a medal for best costume ever. -Bossnod-

They do exist.

Pour Some Rare Cooked Steak on Me

My wonderful friend, whom we shall call Elaine (not her name), and I had a wonderful conversation the other evening. After weeks of a sick stomach, I discovered something important.

Sugar makes me sick.




Little Debbies (-whine-)

Yummy, ooey-gooey pastries

Sick. Sick. Sick.

Elaine: So what does taste good?

Me: Meat. Rare, bloody meat. I had a steak from Texas Roadhouse, rare, and devoured it in the tattoo parlor while the Husband got his tattoo worked on. I ate a steak with plastic utensils and I hadn’t felt so good afterwards in a long time.

Elaine: Dear God.

Me: What?

Elaine: You’re giving birth to Norman.

Yes, I know this guy's name is not Norman. But he's how I imagine Norman looks, okay. Just enjoy the eye candy. Enjoy it.

Yes, I know this guy’s name is not Norman. But he’s how I imagine Norman looks, okay. Just enjoy the eye candy. Enjoy it.

Now if you don’t know who Norman is to me, you’re missing out. You really are. Check out my other blog, this post specifically, for a sneak peek inside my head where Norman, my muse, happily resides.

Fall is… – A Poem by Mama

Fall is…

A chill in the air

And frost on the ground

Fog that clogs

And rain that drowns

Sniffling noses

Bright red throats

Crumpled tissues

Galoshes and coats

Pumpkins carved

And lit up bright

Ghosts abound

Vampires bite

Halloween décor

Right next door

To Christmas trees

In every store

Rotting veggies

On my front step

Family dinners

Hectic prep

Costumes on top

Of the Christmas tree box

Kids stuck inside

With Lego blocks

Leaves that pile

Clog my gutter

Electricity that

Spits and sputters

Sweet potatoes

Grandma’s dressing

Pass the wine

They’re saying blessing

Trick or treat

Candy bowls

All the Reese’s

Daddy stole

Night comes fast

Hot dogs burning

Throw up buckets

My stomach’s churning

Colorful leaves

The firewood’s wet

I quit. I’m done.

Is it Christmas yet?

Copyright Laura A. Lord ©2014

I Wish He Had Been Lying

Last night I had a grab-and-go dinner. I grabbed my son’s bowl of Velveeta Mac and Cheese before he could toss it in the sink and ate the last three bites. Then around ten something, I heated up three pieces of Texas Toast. Yes…I ate cheesy garlic bread for dinner, munched on a brownie covered in whipped cream, and tried to figure out which food groups I had managed to cover.

Let’s just say none.

So if anyone should have woken up sick, it should have been me? I mean, that was a lot of crap to put into my system.

Instead my son comes out at 1 AM:

Dude: Mama, I’m awake.

Me: Get unawake and back into bed.

He wanders off…and then 3 AM.

Dude: Can I watch a movie?

Me: (Desperate) Yes.

I go turn the movie on and he lays back down.

5 AM:

Dude: I don’t feel good.

Me: You’re fine. Just get…

Dude pukes everywhere.

Why couldn’t you have been lying?