I thought it was safe to finally put it down here that Eric and me are expecting, round two. We're 16w3d old today, if the doctor and my own calculations are right, and God willing all goes well, we can very much expect a New Year's baby.
I found this beautiful prayer online, it's from a Yiddish prayer book, but I loved the simplicity and the earnestness in it's words, hence I am putting it down here:
May it be your will God, my Lord and the Lord of my ancestors, that you will ease for me the difficulty of pregnancy, and that You will increase my strength, and the strength of my fetus. And that you will save me from the fate of Eve, who was punished, “I will increase your suffering and distress, with suffering you will give birth to children.” When my time to give birth will arrive, I will give birth easily, and without any pain, and the baby will go out into the air of the world easily, and without any harm to me or to the baby. And the baby will be born with good luck [mazal tov], into life, peace, health, wealth, and honor, and will find grace in Your eyes and in the eyes of all your creations, and through this child will be fulfilled the verse: “There will not be a mourner or a barren woman in your land, I will give you a full life.
This should be a pretty interesting ride.