Friday, April 21, 2006

One Day Closer

During Chol Hamoed Pesach I spent some time reflecting on how Pesach might be the last yom tov that I celebrate together with my family of four. Sometime between now and Shavuos we are expecting our third child, and life as we know it will never be the same. Soon our children will outnumber us.

Unlike her first two pregnancies, this pregnancy has been extremely difficult for my wife. Once the morning sickness began, it never stopped. At the beginning during Tishrei, she vomited 10 to 15 times a day and even had trouble keeping down popsicles, her sole means of nourishment. Her weight dropped a pound each day until reaching a low of 115. At this point, a doctor diagnosed her with hyperemesis and prescribed Zofran for her. While taking the Zofran greatly helped in relieving her hyperemesis, my wife suffered through weeks of painful sciatica, and also had to be hospitalized on two occasions in March after experiencing labor contractions.

With these trying days behind her, my wife is now in the "nesting" stage and it is evident that her days of discomfort will soon be coming to an end. Each night as I count the Omer, I am also mindful that I am counting the final days of my wife's pregnancy; one day closer to Shavuos and one day closer to the new baby.

17 Comments:

At April 21, 2006 at 1:57:00 PM EDT, Blogger Scottage said...

Congratulations, when is your wife due?

 
At April 21, 2006 at 2:00:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

The end of May, although we get the sneaking suspicion that it could be earlier for this one.

Thank you for your well wishes, Scottage.

 
At April 21, 2006 at 4:26:00 PM EDT, Blogger Akiva said...

Brachot B'Sha'a Tova vLaydat Kal, and may your wife have an opportunity to bring a korban, literally, mamash, l'kaparat meelim shel layda.

 
At April 21, 2006 at 7:05:00 PM EDT, Blogger Shoshana said...

B'Shaya Tova!

 
At April 22, 2006 at 9:12:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Akiva and Shoshana: Thank you very much for your warm words.

 
At April 22, 2006 at 10:14:00 PM EDT, Blogger torontopearl said...

B'shaah tovah. Looking forward to hearing good news, IY"H.

 
At April 23, 2006 at 6:47:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thanks Pearl!! :)

 
At April 23, 2006 at 12:47:00 PM EDT, Anonymous chabakuk elisha said...

OY - What an experience!
May Hashem provide your wife (and you) with an easier birth, a healthy baby, a healthy mother, and only nachas!

 
At April 23, 2006 at 2:21:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Chabakuk Elisha: Thank you for the brocha my friend.

 
At April 23, 2006 at 8:27:00 PM EDT, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Mazal Tov on the wonderful news and wishing your wife an easy rest of the pregnancy and an easy delivery!

 
At April 24, 2006 at 10:04:00 AM EDT, Blogger Alice said...

We are so excited for you guys. It's so great!

 
At April 24, 2006 at 1:14:00 PM EDT, Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Beshaa tova! Once you're outnumbered, it's all over.

 
At April 24, 2006 at 1:49:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Irina, Alice, and Psychotoddler: THANK YOU!!

 
At April 24, 2006 at 9:55:00 PM EDT, Anonymous jdub said...

as someone who was just blessed with his fourth child, I can tell you that PsychoToddler is right. Once you're outnumbered, you recognize that and surrender yourself to a higher power. B'sha'ah tovah u'mutzlachat.

 
At April 25, 2006 at 6:31:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

jdub: Mazal tov to you as well! Thank you for your thoughts and well wishes.

 
At April 25, 2006 at 10:29:00 AM EDT, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

B'sha-ah Tova.
Sorry I didn't notice sooner.
May all go well.
(I don't think that the transition from 2 to 3 was as dramatic as 3 to 4, despite what some of the other comments suggest.)

 
At April 25, 2006 at 10:30:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thanks David. Why did you find the transition greater from 3 to 4?

 

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