Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sad, Then Happy News

Harmony had been pregnant again. Because she'd had a previous miscarriage, we went in for an early ultrasound on October 1st. We saw a heartbeat, which was very surreal. They scheduled us for another ultrasound two weeks from that date. However, when we went yesterday, the ultrasound technician saw no heartbeat. The baby had not grown much either. So. She has yet to actually miscarry, so we're not all clear yet.

It hurt both of us obviously. Harmony says she went through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief. I'm sure I did too, but I don't feel like replaying much of yesterday. Last time it was crushing and devastating. Harmony says this time it's more disappointing. Like last time, no one knew what went wrong. All tests done after the first miscarriage had shown nothing wrong with Harmony's body. So it could just be random miscarriages, but it could also be some problem they haven't detected yet. Perhaps endometriosis? Either way, we would appreciate everyone's prayers.

After the first miscarriage, we decided that if she had another one, we would get a dog. So yesterday we started looking online for bichon-poodle puppies for sale in the Greater Atlanta area. Cutting out all the details, this is what we came home with!

She's a 9 week old bichon-poo. We are still somewhat undecided on the name. We have tentatively named her Luna, but are soliciting requests for good girl dog names. If the dog had been a boy, we would MOST certainly have named him Chewie. I know, cliche and not very creative, but we don't care too much. We are quite pleased to report that she appears to love people very much. She will try to curl up on any body part that is in contact with the ground, even if it's just a foot.

I will also note that puppies and funny men are very good medicines for grief. After looking for puppies and seeing lots of cute puppy pictures, watching an episode of the Cosby Show (via rabbit ears), and watching Rush Hour 2, we felt a bit better.

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  • Thehotrod5

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss:( we too have been through several and the loss is real. Take time to take care of yourselves grieve and let it out. We will be praying for strength and for healing of your hearts!

  • Michelle

    Well, the puppy looks cute, but I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It hurts a lot, I know. May the Lord's comfort be strong during this time.

  • Ewokgirl

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  • Ewokgirl

    I'm so sorry about your loss. :-( But the puppy sure is a cute little thing! Enjoy her!

    I guess you don't want to be too cliche and name her Leia?

    Sorry about the previous deleted comment. I made a serious typo and just had to delete. That'll teach me to hit send before properly proofreading!

  • JunkMale

    Yes, Ewokgirl, Leia is a bit too cliche. I'm not one for naming dogs normal human-sounding names. I would never name a baby Chewie, but I might consider naming a baby Leia. Padme was also considered, as well as some names from the Knights of the Old Republic computer games.

  • Laura

    She does look like a Luna, but you must know that if you name her that I will mock her mercilessly for having such a feline-sounding name.

    But then again, she's so adorable I bet I couldn't keep it up for long. :-)

    Wish I could be down there with you guys...

  • Marianne

    I'm really sorry to hear about your loss. I'll definitely say a prayer for you and your families.

    Congratulations on your new family member. She's so cute.

  • Myfriendconnie@SmockityFrocks

    I'm so very sorry! We have also lost 2 to miscarriage, so I understand the heartbreak. I'll be praying for you both.

    Cute puppy!

  • Joyous

    My heart goes out to you and your family in this sad loss. We've experienced same in our family and know how heartwrenching it is.

    Cute pup. I do hope that the parents were tested before breeding for opthamologic and joint problems that are common in Bichons, as well Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA),von Willebrand's Disease (vWD), Sebaceous Adenitis,Addison's Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism),and Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (Torsion/Bloat) in poodles. Two precious breeds, but becoming loaded with health issues.

  • CappuccinoLife

    I am so, so sorry to hear about your loss. :( May God comfort you and shower you with blessings of all sorts. :)

    How about Sweeny for the dog? ;) That's what my parents named their poodle-spaniel-whatsit dog. It's real good for hollering when she messes on the carpet.

  • Myfriendconnie@SmockityFrocks

    For more laughs, google Brian Regan on YouTube. He is absolutely hilarious, and no foul language at all. (He does throw in the occasional "H-E-Double Toothpicks", though.