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11 September 2008 @ 01:15 am
Urgh, and Gosh!  
Still not fully better, though on the way. Begone phlegm! Am miles behind on comments, for which I offer many apologies, I had two days to finish the report from hell and every spare waking moment was devoted to same. Such an enjoyable mix with flu! The next few days promise a little ease, and catch-ups.

In Gosh! news, J's work colleague did not appear on Monday, his wife had given birth on Saturday, to an one-month premmie baby that she had no idea she was carrying. She's a normal, well-educated nurse. This last part was helpful, since the baby came quickly and they delivered it at home. They had been trying for a baby for a very long time, so it was very welcome, if quite the shock.

With one of those twists that you read about in trashy mags, their one earlier pregnancy was a stillbirth, and they go to visit the grave every Father's Day, which was the Sunday just past in Australia. So the day before, when they were readying themselves for the visit, surprise parenthood!

I have offered the names of contacts from said trashy mags if they want to sell the story to pay for all of those things that most parents spend several months acquiring. Though they could just be like my father when he took me home after his marriage to my mother broke up and popped me in his sock drawer (sans socks) with a pillow and some blankies. It was to be just until he could organise a cot, as things turned out, I was big enough for a little girl bed by the time I left the sock drawer. Didn't do me any harm, though I am very short compared to the rest of my family, but I think that was long periods of childhood vegetarianism and veganism.

Mother and baby are both doing well. Mother and father are very happy, though very startled.

 
 
 
parallel parking prodigyempress_jae on September 10th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
i know it's possible, but it's always amazed me. how do you NOT know that you're pregnant? that's such a boggle to my mind. i understand that not all women go through the morning sicknesses and the baby growth can just physically appear to be weight gain...but wouldn't you notice you were missing your period for 8 months? my flags are raised when i'm 2 days late! i'm one of those lucky ones whe's every 28 days. i almost know what time mine is going to start. :D

oh and p.s...i've caught your death flu. *shakes fist at you*

Edited at 2008-09-10 03:55 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 10th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
It SO did not come from me, I have been very conscientious (save for that one biological warfare incident). But I say to you: Tamiflu, if taken in the first 48 hours it can prevent you feeling like I have felt for the last fortnight.

Those are the questions that came to me, too. Though the last time I worked on a story on a woman that this happened to (it was a rewrite from a British mag), the woman was similarly educated and professional and just said that she had no real indicators, had her period, albeit lighter than usual and no kicking or anything that couldn't be written off as a bit of sedentary weight gain and a mild virus for the feeling a bit out of sorts.

Bodies are weird is my considered conclusion.
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down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on September 10th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I have read about cases like this, though I don't understand it (why would monthly bleeding occur in the presence of pregnancy hormones?) Still, there are some women who have few symptoms of pregnancy and don't gain a lot of weight.

Do you have actual memories of sleeping in the sock drawer?

*shakes fist at phlegm*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 10th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Not particularly, but solidly constructed mahogany furniture gives me a warm, safe feeling.

I, too, am looking forward to J's workmate coming back to work and being grilled for details! The thing that makes me open my eyes widest is that she was a nurse, and she was in hospital a few months ago for something unrelated, yet baby STILL not picked up!
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trichinopoly ash: grammar!aldehyde on September 10th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Though they could just be like my father when he took me home after his marriage to my mother broke up and popped me in his sock drawer (sans socks) with a pillow and some blankies.

for some reason, that made me think of disney cartoons! how odd.

i am a little confused - this lady didn't know she was pregnant AT ALL until she gave birth? that's a little too much like stephen king's carrie, eek..
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 10th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's it. It does happen, but rarely. And usually to Irish girls in the country if the magazines of my youth are to be believed ... (I suspect they are not greatly reliable ...)
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libby_drew on September 10th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
You're stretching my believability limits, brams. ;) Not know she was pregnant. It boggles.

All my children, at one point or another, have slept in the closet. It's only because walk-in closets are so popular these days, you know, and the perfect size for a toddler bed.

It's like a cozy clubhouse. Only not.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 10th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Never having worked for Fox, I just report the facts that are available, ma'am ;-)

I am DYING for J's colleague to come back to work so they can all take him out for a boozy lunch and ask the many questions that they as well as we have! Next week at the earliest, alas for my curiosity.

It IS like a cosy clubhouse! When you're a kid, you just don't care!
mahaliemmahaliem on September 10th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Speaking up on behalf of the mom... um... I conceived my daughter at the end of April but didn't know for sure until August.

Well, I suspected right away and I remember telling people I worked with that I thought I might be pregnant. When my period didn't show up in May, I went in for a blood test and it was negative. I figured that I was irregular, which I always was when not on birth control. June, I had a light period. July, I noticed I was gaining weight so I went on a diet, losing more than 10 pounds. It was only in August after losing this weight and discovering the waistbands of my pants were tighter that I thought I might be pregnant. This time the test came out positive.

It was a bit of a surprise when the doctor gave me an examination to discover that I hadn't conceived in July (which made sense given the negative test in May and the period in June) but months before. I can only imagine the shock of actually giving birth.

I had a negative test at the doctor's when pregnant with my son, too. And got negative results for two home pregnancy tests.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 10th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can imagine that she might have thought she was if only she hadn't been told so comprehensively that she wouldn't be able to have a natural successful pregnancy (J is unclear on when the stillborn baby was born, but said that the woman and her husband had been told that it was adoption for them and were quite chirpy and proactive about it.)

And the shock indeed!
tnumfivetnumfive on September 10th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
I had to read your post twice. The first time I misunderstood what you were saying to mean that she was one month along pregnant, and the baby was WAY premature. In that scenario I understood why she didn't know, but had no idea how the baby could be classified as "fine" since at that stage of development I think babies are about the size of a kidney bean and lack pretty much all of the required bits for living.

Then I read it again and realized that I had it totally backwards XD Excuse my momentary stupidity. It's been a long day at work.

I actually knew a lady who was pregnant with twins and didn't realize it until she was nearly 6 months along. I find this sort of story really amazing because I think I was starting to get suspicious at around the two week mark of my pregnancy.

Congrats to the unsuspecting parents! I hope they're coping alright? It has to be a shock when a child just appears out of thin air.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 10th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
That's quite fine, it's a pretty astonishing story (and I know it's wrong, but I am full of glee to be able to say "I know someone that happened to!" regarding mystery pregnancies now! Though it's a stretch, I've met her husband but not her.)

The good news is that they are very happy and have desperately wanted a baby, so it's all systems go to parenthood at their house. Though the husband, who popped into work briefly yesterday, reportedly looks quite stunned.
girl; obsessed: other - self cleaningcomplications_g on September 10th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Whoa. That's very scary.

I'm a very sad person, but that totally reminds me of a story they had on Eastenders. ;)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 10th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
See, I'd be terrified, but they are calling it a genuine miracle baby, because they are baby-loving Christians. And I can rather sympathise with their position on this, especially given the timing.

It DOES read like something off Eastenders, or, to my mind, one of the trashy mags that has loads of True Life tales. And if they decide to sell the story, I hope they get a load of cash for it, it's a beauty!
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Blindmouseblindmouse on September 11th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Oh wow. Imagine the answer to "What will we do this afternoon?" being "... let's settle in the new baby and start thinking about preschools."
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 11th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHA! Exactly!

I keep imagining the point when she realised what was happening.

"You look awful, darling, should I drive you down to the doctor?"

"Bugger that, get me an ambulance, no, wait, bring the phone over here, and prepare to catch!"
It's a Deensedeensey on September 11th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Where did your father keep his socks all those years?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 11th, 2008 08:55 am (UTC)
You know, I never thought to ask! Judging by later experience, I suspect the clean clothes basket, from whence they would go onto the feet, then into the dirty clothes basket, before being washed and sent on the cycle again ...
grey_hunter on September 11th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
Now I want to read mpreg like that...

I've only seen such a thing in a hospital drama before. I can't really imagine how this could happen but that's perhaps because there's no way I wouldn't notice gaining that much weight.

LOL Sock drawer. Sounds like an adventure. So does that mean you've been raised by your dad?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 11th, 2008 08:54 am (UTC)
That's the thing, though, I've had friends who are a bit portly and who've had normal pregnancies that they knew of, and because they've taken to eating healthy food and exercising regularly, some have lost weight or stayed the same weight through their whole pregnancy, ending up quite a but lighter after giving birth than before they got pregnant. So, who knows? No additional news today, sadly.

I was mostly raised by my dad, with occasional episodes of input from my mother (and I do mean episodes ...) Sadly, dad died when I was fairly young, after that I mostly stayed with my paternal grandparents and then took care of myself. All of which explains why I have NO IDEA how to put blush on properly.
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nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on September 11th, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)
Wow, that's amazing! I can understand how it happened, but...wow. Personally, I have really erratic periods (I think my last one was about five months ago), but I'm not sexually active, so I don't worry. I do worry that if it continues I could get pregnant and not realise it for a while, but...never thought I could never realise it.

It's very good to hear that they are happy and healthy, though.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 11th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
I am SO eager for James's colleague to come back to work so they can pump him for information! Apparently everyone there is asking the same questions we are (and my workmates, too, especially the 7 months pregnant one who keeps saying "But mine's HUGE! And he keeps kickin!")

Yeah, the whole wanted thing makes it a very happy story overall.