- (SPOILER ALERT) I binge-watched three episodes (#8, #9 & #10) of "The Handmaid's Tale"(season 3) back-to-back-to-back last Thursday night, catching up before episode #11 aired last night. I was a bit taken aback when a stillbirth occurred in episode 8. It's not something we've seen in the TV version of the story -- although I remember from the book that it was not an uncommon thing in Gilead, possibly because of the same environmental disasters that also increased infertility. While the other Handmaids in attendance immediately flocked around the birth mother (Ofandy) to comfort her (a natural response, I suppose), June was the only one to venture over to look at the poor silent little baby, left alone in its container. It made me sad. (Also perhaps a bit envious, that Ofandy got so much immediate support. Her Commander's Wife too, I'm sure.) I am glad I had the opportunity to see & hold my own baby and to say goodbye (a while after delivery, when I was ready to do so).
- Not sure if the timing of watching this episode was good or bad: today (today!!) is 21 years (!!) since that fateful day that I went to my 6-month ob-gyn checkup and had my world collapse around me when the doctor couldn't find my baby's heartbeat. (I am doing OK.) Wednesday will be 21 years since I delivered her. It will also be Older Nephew's Wife's 6-month first visit with her own ob-gyn, as I wrote here. Prayers & positive thoughts for her & their baby boy would be appreciated.
- I nominated this post from An Unexpected Family Outing for the Stirrup Queen's Friday Roundup Second Helpings recently, and thought it was worth sharing here too. It's something that's always kind of irked me, that I've written about in a couple of previous posts (like this one & this one).
You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here.