the nitty gritty

So Tuesday I told you that we are having another little boy.


We are so dang excited!

Yesterday and last night we were letting ourselves dream of bunk beds and wrestling buddies and shared toys and secrets.

And then the OB office called with the “official” results of the ultrasound.  Because of course learning the sex of the baby is not really the purpose of the ultrasound (no seriously, it’s totally not).

We were in the middle of carving pumpkins.  Eddie was all excited about the candles we were going to put in them.  And he may have been on the verge of a meltdown too, but what of it?

The phone rang and showed up as being my OB office.  Calling at 6:20 on a week night.  What?

So I took the call in our room to get away from the melting down toddler hustle and bustle.

It was the nurse from my OB’s office.

First, I have to say I love her to pieces.  She is German and has a thick accent and is incredibly tender and motherly.

Anyway, she reported back that Charlie looked good and healthy…but….

oh that “but”.

I hate the “but”.


my placenta is sitting low.  very low.  like on my cervix low.

And I can’t do anything about it.

Well, almost nothing.

I need to “relax”.  No exercise. No excess walking, dancing, running, stair-climbing. No ahem-ing.  No heavy lifting (and yes, Eddie is considered “heavy”.

It’s like I’ve already had my Csection, but I can drive.


The risks of a low placenta are plenty, but the big one is having it rupture.  That would be no good.

So to avoid “bed rest” (which as soon as she said these words my mouth went dry.  Bed rest CANNOT happen), I need to be, well, lazy.

This is easy.  On a weekend when we have nothing planned.

But for WEEKS while I try to teach high school, mother a toddler, and get jiggy with it at a weekend wedding, “lazy” is difficult.

However it must be done.

Of course I have freaked out about this.

And of course people have reassured me that by week 25ish things are back where they need to be.

I need this to happen.

So people?  My placenta needs your prayers.

It needs some motivation to move on up, Jefferson-style, to higher ground in my uterus.

I need to keep teaching.

And Charlie needs a happy, high placenta.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Oh sweetie…why can’t this just be easy??

    Sending your placenta my prayers. And a few thrown in for Charlie and his mommy.


  2. I’m thinking high placenta for you. xoxo

    Now there’s something I never thought I’d type or think.

  3. You, baby Charlie and your placenta are in my thoughts and prayers!

  4. Praying, praying, praying!!!

  5. Praying for you. And your baby(ies). And your hubby. And your placenta. Praying hard.

  6. sending many MANY prayers for a happy, high placenta for little Charlie, and also prayers for an easy time of things in the upcoming weeks so that you ARE able to be “lazy” *hugs* Katie!!

  7. I hate the ‘but’, too. Why must there be a ‘but’?

    Praying for a placenta in the clouds…sort of.

  8. Prayers for you and your family and a very high placenta!

  9. Praying for you, Charlie and your placenta. Now SIT DOWN! 🙂

  10. FAther God, Your word tells us that where 2 or more are gathered in your name You are in the midst of them. In that time if any of us touch and agree on anything You will grant our petition. Lord we stand together with our sister and speak life to her body and to Little Charlie. Lord there is nothing you do not already know, you know the placenta needs to move up. We speak protection over our sister and her blessing. In the mighty name of Jesus, whose blood was shed allowing us to come boldly to your throne and seek your face. Amen

  11. Your placenta needs prayers? You got mine 😉

  12. First, I L-O-V-E the name Charlie! Second, this was SO me with my second pregnancy, too! Got the call a couple days after the ultrasound to tell me I had placenta previa. We’re now bonded with our low uteri (Is that the plural for uterus?). I got your back, placenta sista!

  13. Praying for you. My daughter just had the same thing. We of course prayed for our little grand daughter and daughter. The Lord does answer prayers. Her placenta did move upward and everything seems to be fine. She is due in 4 weeks! It’s called Placenta Previa and there are different levels. My daughter had the lowest level. She, like you is VERY active and already has 2 little boys. Not easy to lay low! Just listen to your Dr. and take it easy. Like I told her, it’s only a couple of months OR you’ll have the baby early and that would be a whole lot of other serious issues.

  14. I freaked out when they told me mine was low, too. I understand how you feel. I will be praying for you. Try to not stress too much about it (I know, I know), because that does not help you, your placenta or Charlie. Hugs!

  15. I had placenta previa with Abbey, and mine moved up eventually. I will send all of my “high placenta vibes” to you, and I’m sorry you have to worry about it 🙁

  16. my placenta was low too and it moved up in time. some friends and i made a song. “move on upppp.. move on upp.. placenta. ” i suck at remembering it exactly but you get the jist!

  17. My friend said that no-one ever says anything controversial on blog comments. I am starting to believe her. So I’m doin’ it.

    Sometimes we are given too much information. Honestly.

    Did you really need to receive this piece of information? When most babies move around all the time and get themselves into proper position by the time it is necessary?

    Babies are magical miracles. And things can go wrong at any given point.

    Things we could never imagine.

    My son’s delivery was a disaster.

    You do not need to know the details.

    But everybody is fine.

    We all turned out fine.

    So be lazy as best you can.

    If you have to take time off from work, do it.

    And it’s lovely for people to send prayers and positive vibes and all that jazz (and I’m a big believer in all that stuff). I think we all know that if a baby is going to come into this world — without visible defects — it doesn’t mean there won’t be things to suffer over later.

    There will always be fears.

    You know this, Katie.

    So just take care of yourself.

    And please ask the OB if it is okay for you to teach.

    (Only other teachers can understand how little downtime you truly have; how much rushing you do; how we put everyone’s else’s needs before our own.)

    And when you talk to that OB ask about that jiggy-wedding stuff. If she says “no way,” you’d better kick that down a notch and be prepared to sit at the table and watch.

    Thinking of you and your bun in the oven.

    And waiting for an update on week 25. And everything in between.

  18. Katie….thinking of you. Take care and be lazy. This will go fine and Charlie will be joining the Sluiter ranks as anticipated. Hugs~

  19. Praying for you. Be lazy! Don’t forget to be lazy. I know how hard that is for someone with so much to do, but cut out whatever you can, and sit/lie down for the rest. :0)

  20. I’m sorry you’re having to deal with this, Katie. I had placenta previa with my first and went through the exact same things.

    More ultrasounds to check on the position of my placenta. I pretty much thought I would have a c/s, which I didn’t want only because I am a HUGE baby when it comes to pain 🙂

    Sure enough, I had an u/s at 28 weeks and it had moved up! Apparently 90% of women with placenta previa have it resolved by the third trimester.

    Take it easy until then, girl!

  21. ALL of my happy thoughts are focused in your placenta’s direction. I had a scary sub-chorionic hematoma in my recent pregnancy with a low-ish placenta (if you’re really curious you can check out my blog posts about it), and had to do the same kind of rest until it thankfully healed up without incident. However, I didn’t have any of the responsibilities you have, so I consider myself very lucky and now see just how easy a time I had. I wish I could take some work off your hands, but I’ll have to be happy with just being supportive. Good luck and all my best!

  22. SIT.
    BE LAZY.

    I am praying for a very high placenta and knowing that it’s going to be ok…you can CHAIR DANCE at the wedding and don’t take any crap from those students. Tell them “CHARLIE needs you to behave!”


  23. I’ve never been asked to pray for a placenta before but I am definitely praying for yours! Please take it as easy as you can (I’ve done bed rest AND modified-bed-rest and know how difficult it can be – you don’t want to end up there!).


  24. Nothing is as important as taking care of yourself and this new little guy inside you. Just remember that. I know that it’s easy for me to say not being pregnant, but really. Take care of yourself and do whatever you need to do to avoid bedrest and a baby who comes too early.

    And you know that I’m doing so, so, so many “Move On Up Placenta” dances for you. <3

  25. Praying hard for your placenta!!

  26. TheNextMartha says

    Lazy can be done. Maybe if you dangle a Cheeto around your boobs, your placenta will go for it. (hugs and helium placenta thoughts)

  27. BTW, did they check his heart? Is everything ok? (I know, I’m slightly obsessed with that, but it’s my job to obsess. So there.)

  28. Placenta prayers rising….and be lazy. Take some things from the plate. Blessings for all of you.

  29. Amanda Venema says

    Will be praying–I had 2 months of bed rest and a pre-term baby (6 weeks early which landed him in the NICU) last Fall–bedrest is SOOO not fun, so I will be saying extra prayers for peace!