This world. This place. This life.

The banana in my belly


bananaMany of you have heard the news elsewhere, but for those of you who haven’t, here it is: Liesl and I are expecting a little girl in July.

At just about twenty-one weeks, she’s the size of a banana, or an heirloom tomato, or a grapefruit, depending on which week-by-week description you read online.

Our journey to this exciting place has been a long one. We talked about becoming parents early in our relationship, but because of differences in age and temperament, the answer then was “not now.”

Instead we moved from Michigan to an apartment in Anchorage, and Liesl began classes in aviation maintenance. A year later we moved to a house in Eagle River, and then in 2009 we moved to Girdwood, where Liesl had found work as a mechanic.

Then a few years ago, two of my doctors asked, on separate occasions, “Do you want to have children?” This time, our answer was, “Well, maybe.”

Many long conversations later, we were ready to say, “Let’s try.”

As I’m sure you can imagine, “trying” was much less exciting—and much more expensive—than it is for straight, fertile couples. But it has its own magic—the magic of science, I’ve started calling it.

We’ve had wonderful medical care, both here and in Seattle; some of you, when you heard the news, said, “Aha! That explains it. All those trips to the doctor—and visits to Seattle.”

Now that I’ve broken the news here, I hope to write more about this amazing experience of creating a whole new person; holding this secret has contributed, I believe, to my bad case of blogger’s block. At least, that’s what I’ve told myself!

Photo by Robin_24


13 thoughts on “The banana in my belly

  1. Congratulations, Heather and Liesl! Welcome to the wonderful world of parenthood!

  2. I’m so very happy for you!! As I was holding my own son today and feeling the feelings I feel, I just can’t wait for you to have a similar experience! I was one of those Mom’s that had to “take time to fall in love with their baby” due to post partum depression, etc. Boy, 1 month into it, I fell in love with my son and there’s nothing better! I wish the best to you and Leisl 🙂 Take time to fall in love with your baby. Its worth it.

    • Oh, I’m sorry you struggled with post-partum depression–and so glad you’re feeling better. It will be fun to have two little UU babies about the same age.

  3. You’re more than halfway to parenthood – it’s wonderful news! And let me assure you, the “trying” for straight, fertile couples is not *necessarily* all that exciting either. 🙂 But it’s still magic, truly.

  4. Congratulations, Heather and Liesl! Your daughter will be a lucky, wanted, loved child. That’s a beautiful gift. Love to all.

  5. Congratulations! So happy for both of you! Love reading about your journey. I wish you many blessings in the months ahead.

  6. If you and Liesl need a pre-partum vacation, please think about heading south to Vancouver Island to myvacation home in Qualicum Bay for a rest in a peaceful setting.

    Anonymous Auntie slym2ca@yahoo,ca

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