Thank you, even for that.

This week my Facebook newsfeed has been filled with friends listing, day by day, those things they are thankful for. Health. Family. Security. All good and wonderful things, and what a lovely sentiment to take a moment out to acknowledge how fortunate we are to have what we do. I like that.

I think it’s safe for people to assume I am thankful for my family and their health and the nice things I am lucky to have, absolutely. But I think a more interesting question is this: What are you thankful for that you might not have seen as a blessing at the time?

I am thankful for an unpleasant woman who did something horrible to me once, years ago. It took me a very long time to come to that place, because the immediate effect of her action was to make me question what I do and why I do it. It made my unhappy with my work. And ultimately, it gave me the push I needed to get away from a position I was unhappy with for reasons having nothing to do with her and take a big risk making a go at writing. I don’t know if she had never wandered into my life, if I would be emailing my agent to discuss meeting up for coffee in a couple of weeks. That is my ultimate dream, and to think it all might be tied to what I have long thought of as the worst experience of my career. It’s funny how life works, isn’t it?

I am thankful for Kekoa’s death. Don’t get me wrong, I am not thankful that she died, but I am thankful for the manner in which it happened. She had to die at some point, as do we all, and my feelings about that are neutral. But it was a quirk of time and circumstance that I was in need of a home visit veterinarian, and I happened to remember a friend of mine ran such a service. That reconnection gave me a chance to do work I didn’t know I wanted to do, and it has to date been the most emotionally gratifying service of my career. I am also thankful Betsy did not hire me based on my first stab (no pun intended) at placing a butterfly catheter. I got it now.


Grateful for dogs who steal other dogs’ beds, because they give me something to laugh about after they are gone.

I am thankful for everyone who trusts me to come into their home and, in essence, end their pet’s life. That is a massive trust and responsibility. I hope I make that experience just a bit easier for them. I hope that when I leave, they are glad they asked me to help.

I am thankful for weird things, holes and shadows and grudges that provide us the counterpoint we need to see the shine and light and vistas that make life beautiful. Thankful for those occasional moments of clarity that pull me out of my daily haze and strike: needlelike and sharp realizations of a truth, soft and melting warmth of an interconnectedness.

Most of all, I am thankful for my irresponsible neighbor who didn’t spay her dog, because without that there would be no childhood dog Taffy and no Dr. V and I might very well be a moderately satisfied podiatrist who, as far as she knows, isn’t a pet person. And if that isn’t a big stretch, I don’t know what is.


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Here I am.  Eight weeks to go.  Wow, it feels crazy typing that.  In less than two months, I’ll be a mother.  Bananas.  I shared updates with you guys at the half-way point, and then again toward the end of my second trimester.  Now that I’m well into my final trimester, I thought I’d share one more big pregnancy update before baby arrives.

I was pretty candid in my other two posts, and included lots of joyful moments as well as plenty of details of the non-glamorous side of being pregnant.  In the first post, I shared my story of trying to conceive, my miscarriage last December, our positive test in April, and both the highs (like an intense sense of well-being) and lows (like constant vomiting and exhaustion) of the first trimester.  In the second post, I told you about my excessive emotions (I felt a lot of feelings, guys), and the strange, slightly petrifying nightly panic attacks that came (and for the most part, went) during my second trimester.

I’m happy to report that so far, the third trimester has been a really positive experience.  Sure, it’s difficult to breathe after every meal and while lying down when a mini human is pushed up into your stomach and diaphragm.  And the heart burn and acid reflux that feel like a fiery hot knife stabbing me in the esophagus aren’t exactly my idea of a good time.  Searing back pain, intense leg cramps, and an inability to tie my shoes/shave my legs/sleep for more than an hour at a time at night are all new and interesting parts of my daily existence.  But every time I feel this baby girl roll over, or watch her elbow move across my belly, or feel her tiny hiccups, all of the yucky crap just disappears.  It feels more real than ever now.  I have Braxton Hicks contractions preparing my body for childbirth.  And I can physically see a baby move under my skin.  It’s weird and alien and miraculous and freaking amazing, and it’s worth feeling huge and awkward and more uncomfortable than I’ve ever felt in my life.  I still have a while to go, and perhaps in a few weeks when I can’t get off the couch without help, I’ll feel a little less jolly about the whole thing.  Right now though, this just might be my favorite trimester so far.  I can finally get a grasp on the fact that (holy shit!) I’m going to be a mother.  In a few days, we have our breast feeding class, and next weekend, we take a (nine hour!) birthing class.  I can’t imagine how much more real it will feel after that. We still have a lot to do – the nursery is far from being done, I have about a dozen baby books that need to be read (because hi, I have no idea what I’m doing once she gets here), there’s still a lot of things to buy and to get in order, and it all has to happen during the busiest season (by far) for my work.  But it’s all going to work out just fine.  It’s going to be incredible, as a matter of fact.

Honestly, despite the struggles that I’ve shared here, all three trimesters have been overwhelmingly positive for me.  I’d say that aside from the panic attacks (because who enjoys being awoken from a dead sleep to intense feelings of irrational, unexplainable fear?), even the difficult parts have been magical in their own ways.  They’ve been reminders that I’m growing a human – a human who we really, really wanted.  Inside of my belly is a sweet little girl, who Robbie and I get to keep and love and watch grow, together.  Something about that washes away any fears or complaints or feelings of negativity, and allows me to realize that it’s all just a part of the experience.  I don’t know if I’ll ever have the opportunity to go through this again, so while I’m in it, I making sure that I appreciate every moment of it. 

Thank you, so much, for letting me share this journey with you guys. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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