There have been so many emotions leading up to this point; excitement at having a baby, sadness and fear over her diagnosis, hope that everything will be fine, apprehension that it may not. I expected to have a overwhelming rush of emotions the closer I got to my due date, but that has not been the case. These last few days I have felt eerily calm.. I have been packing hospital bags and washing baby clothes with a resolute matter-of-factness. Maybe I will lose it tomorrow, I am already starting to get some butterflies, but hopefully not.
Ryan and I cannot thank all of you enough for the incredible amount of love and support we have received. Family, friends, students, and strangers have all reached out to us and it has been incredibly humbling. I am convinced it is your prayers have helped us through this challenging time. Keep them coming!
We can't wait to share news of Caroline's birth with you. I am hoping for a quick induction, though my doctors are preparing me for the long haul. They said it could take two to three days to get labor started, yikes! The first few hours and days after her birth will be full of testing, observation, and decision making. We will keep you all as updated as possible, probably through Facebook.
Well, I am off to carbo-load. Apparently a must when you are preparing for a long induction:)
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us!