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A Letter From Your Editor: Each Day is a Gift

Berkley Patch Editor Leslie Ellis is taking a break from her duties after preterm labor prompted her doctors to put her on bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy.

You may have noticed that Yours Truly has been absent from Berkley Patch, its Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the community during the past week, so I'd like to fill you in on where I've been and what's ahead.

My husband and I are expecting our first child at the end of April, and many of you have kindly wished me well as I've begun to waddle around town. Now, I'm putting those good wishes to use! On Feb. 3, during a routine ultrasound, it was discovered that I was in preterm labor, and a short break in my regular work day for the appointment turned into a hospitalization. In fact, I am writing this note from my hospital bed almost a week later!

Now, don't fret. Baby Boy Ellis and I are both doing just fine and are in good spirits! We are here for monitoring and so the doctors can do everything to, as they say, "keep him cooking." We have been showered with love and attention from friends, family, hospital staff and most of all Mr. Ellis, my sweet husband.

And, we are not alone. Preterm labor occurs in approximately 12 percent of pregnancies, according to the American Pregnancy Association. There are many possible risk factors – in my case, uterine fibroids – but the exact cause of preterm labor remains elusive. Sometimes the universe just has a different plan for us than we envision and, when that happens, it's best to just go with the flow. Fortunately, we are receiving excellent care and remain optimistic.

In the meanwhile, my Patch colleagues will take care of the site and do their best to give you the scoop on what's new in Berkley and Huntington Woods. Please help them out by adding events to the calendar, posting announcements, and commenting on stories and via social media. News tips can be e-mailed to Regional Editor Nancy Hanus and Assistant Regional Editor Beth Valone. It is my intent to return to the helm of Berkley Patch as soon as I can.

For those of you who are curious, I can assure you bed rest is not as fun as it sounds. It is actually an exercise in mental discipline to be still; I can't tell you how much I miss being out and about talking with you and being an active member of our community! But, the doctors say every sunrise we see with the baby still snuggled safely inside the womb is three days he won't have to spend in the neonatal intensive care unit. So, we remind ourselves that each day is a gift.

Each day is a gift.

Lianne Mathie February 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Congratulations and good luck to the three of you.
Alissa Malerman February 10, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I'm glad you feel our love and support, because you have it! Hugs to you and your husband.
Stephanie Pandolfi February 10, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Leslie, Best of luck as you keep your precious bun in that oven as long as possible!!! And do try to enjoy the peace and quiet - it's hard to find once you have children in the house :) Hugs and best wishes, -Steph Pandolfi
Crystal Evola Krauskoff February 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Leslie, so sorry to hear you are going through this. Keep that baby baking!!! If you need anything, please let me know. We go to Target at least once a week. We're not far away.
Maureen Popkin February 10, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Everyone here at the Coolidge Collection is sending you well wishes and can't wait for spring when you can sport around into our shops and show off you bundle of joy!
Libby Turpin February 10, 2012 at 07:55 PM
All of positive vibes are heading your way.
Andrea Sperl February 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Glad you are in good hands and staying positive! Wishing you all well. Keep on cookin'
Judy Davids (Editor) February 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Thinking of you Leslie!
Leslie Ellis February 11, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Thank you very much for all the kind wishes and positive vibes, everyone! So far, they're working wonders! :)
John McTaggart February 13, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Thinking of you Leslie! Prayers and Good Vibes headed your way.
Debbie Meyers February 14, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Wow! Beautiful sentiments, beautifully said. Thinking of you and sending best wishes for you and your family!

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