Monday, October 21, 2013

It's almost time!

39 weeks!
It's almost time!  Tomorrow I will be induced.  (Really, just 24 short hours?!  It does not seem real.)  Ready or not, we'll finally get to meet out little Caroline and a lot of the questions that have been building over the last few months will be answered.  (and I will get to have an adult beverage!)

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!


  1. Ellen! We have been praying for you and Caroline and we are so thankful for all of the news you have shared along the way. Praying for you (all 3!) tomorrow, that all goes smoothly, healthily, easily! Can't wait to hear of her arrival! -Jenessa & Mark Bailey

  2. Ellen-
    Thank you for allowing us to be on this journey with you! So thankful for all the good news that has happened over the past several months. Prayers will continue to be lifted for the Reedy's tomorrow. Excited to see her sweet face.

  3. Hello! I just came across your blog and wanted to let you know we are sending thoughts and prayers to your family. My 4 year old daughter was born at Mott's with HLHS and she is doing FANTASTIC. The hospital is amazing and we have had nothing but great experiences with everyone there over the last four years.