Worth the Wait
May 23rd, 2011

Thank you all for your responses to Friday’s post.  I really appreciated your concern and advice.  In situations like these it’s hard to separate yourself from the issue at hand and get an objective grasp on whether or not you’re overreacting.  I did end up calling a non-emergency police number and requesting a welfare check at the address I had on file for Amy.  Unfortunately, she provided that address a couple of years ago and the current tenants have only been there since late last year.  So, it’s not a valid address for her anymore.  At this point I think there really is nothing left for me to do.  I’m hoping that it’s all been some huge misunderstanding and that we’ll get some good news soon, but that hasn’t happened yet.  I will certainly keep you all posted.  Now, for some lighter fare.

For the most part I don’t consider myself an impatient person.  However, every now and then I get anxious for something that is weeks or months or years away.  In these moments I try to remind myself of all the things in my life that have been worth the wait.  I’m feeling a little impatient about something lately, so I thought I’d go through this little exercise today.

  1. A marriage proposal from GAP.
  2. The ending of “The Grapes of Wrath.”
  3. Our two-week vacation to Italy in 2006.
  4. The release of the seventh Harry Potter book.
  5. My first trip to New York (when I was 28).
  6. The purchase of our first house.
  7. The ending of “Gone with the Wind.”
  8. Meeting my sister’s new baby (only a week after she was born, but it felt like much longer).
  9. My first trip abroad (to the UK when I was 19).
  10. The birth of IEP.

That last one is particularly salient to me right now, because it is another impending birth that has me eagerly anticipating the future.  To put a finer point on it, we are expecting our second child.  I’m about four months along now, and am due in early November.

In the first few months of a pregnancy the anticipation takes a back seat to many other feelings – exhaustion and nausea to name a couple.  But as I’ve started to feel more like myself, and as I’ve started to feel ever-so-tiny flutters, the abstract becomes tangible and my patience begins to wane.  Nevertheless, I don’t want to meet my baby a moment before we cross the threshold into November.  So in the meantime, I will have to be content with tiny kicks and blurry ultrasound images.

12 Responses to “Worth the Wait”

  1. TheKitchenWitch Says:

    Gale! Super-thrilling news! I’m so happy for you and your family!

    ps: You couldn’t wait for the ending of The Grapes of Wrath? Girl, you are a saint. I couldn’t wait for the ending of the first chapter. All of that damn detail about the tortoise…

  2. Lindsey Says:

    Congratulations! Yahoo!!! So exciting – can’t wait to share your anticipation. xox

  3. Rebecca Says:

    Congratulations, what excellent news!

  4. Ana Says:

    Congratulations! So exciting. I am just a month ahead of you with our second little boy, so I understand your feelings of anticipation; pregnancy is definitely an exercise in patience!!!

  5. Anna Says:

    Yay, that’s great news! Congratulations!

  6. Kristen @ Motherese Says:

    Wonderful news, Gale! Heartfelt congratulations to you, your husband, and IEP. What a remarkable adventure you have in store. xo

  7. Justine Says:

    Congratulations, Gale! I’m at 39 weeks now and can’t wait to meet my second little girl, due any day now. These 40 weeks can feel both long and fleeting at once. It’s crazy. Enjoy every sweet moment :)

    p.s. And I have to agree on the 7th Harry Potter book.

  8. Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri Says:

    Congratulations Gale!

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  10. Laura H. Says:

    Congrats to you, GAP and IEP! I wish for you the joy of a daughter (all the while knowing that the love of a sweet boy is just as wonderful)!

    I request your Ten Dollar Thoughts about finding out the gender versus letting it be a surprise!

  11. BigLittleWolf Says:

    Such happy news! And glad you’re feeling better!

  12. Aidan Donnelley Rowley @ Ivy League Insecurities Says:

    Congrats to you. Couldn’t be more thrilled for you and your boys :)