Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Little Valentine

 Today is the day Emily has been waiting for. She has wanted to go to the sixth grade Valentine's Dance for a few years now and the day finally arrived.
 For P.E. the sixth graders practiced several dances for this special day. It was quite impressive. Emily did very well. Her first couple dances were done very seriously with no trace of a smile.

 After a while she began to relax and smile. She was excellent! She did the Waltz, the Cha Cha, the Swing, Electric Slide, Slap Leather, and a few more.

The boys and girls took turns asking each other to dance. I even noticed a boy "cutting in" while Emily was dancing with someone else.

 Emily let loose and did some fun freestyle dancing!

Emily had fun dancing with her friends too!
 Emily won the award for the best Electric Slide. Joseph won that same award at his sixth grade Valentine's Dance. He said that they have the butt for it. They must have their dad's behind.
 When we got home, Emily's room had been "heart attacked". She was so thrilled. It was something she really needed. A girl from Y.W. did this for her. That kindness just warms my heart. Emily  doesn't want to take anything down. It made her feel so special. Thank you for making my baby girl feel so loved on this day about love. She has had a wonderful day and I love watching my girl smile and shine!

Friday, February 10, 2012

It Still Hurts

When You Lose a Baby
February 5, 2012 By Franchesca

You don’t know what to expect.

People surround you. For a couple of weeks. Making sure you are not going to kill yourself, refuse to get out of bed, or start rocking a baby doll like the crazy lady they heard about from a friend.
When You Lose a Baby

You get lots of sympathy cards, clearly written and designed to be sent to console a daughter losing her father. Not the other way around.

You get free baby formula in the mail. For months and months and months.

And free baby magazines. And free baby coupons.

You secretly envy every pregnant woman. But not without a tinge of guilt, because you know all too well that she might be one in four- expecting her rainbow child.

It seems like the whole world is expecting a baby.

You have baby stuff around your home. Because you never imagined you wouldn’t need it.

You feel jarred. In the grocery store. At a birthday party. At the dinner table. At Christmas. Driving.

The baby you never knew, but lost changes every part of your life. Every. single. part.


You see baby clothes and it brings tears to your eyes.

You get sick and tired of crying. You never knew it was possible to cry this much.

You find yourself angry at God. Angry at yourself. Just angry.

You swear you can feel them kick but they’re gone. They call them phantom kicks. I call them painful, all kinds of painful. But sweet too.

You know, or you have a strong feeling of knowing what your child would have looked like, and been like. You see a child in the store, or on the street. Their hair color, dimples, smile, their personality and suddenly you are reminded of your child. You miss your child even more, if that’s even possible.

Your Babies R’ Us Registry is still active. There is no delete button on their site. The babies r’ us people don’t make a dime on people like us. Why bother right? You have to call them, plead with them to remove your freaking’ registry, because there will be no baby shower. There is an awkward silence. There is sadness. There will be no baby.

You get hospital bills about 3-4 months after you buried your child. You have to pay for the baby you delivered but didn’t bring home.

You find that moment of happiness in life for the first time, but the guilt swallows it up almost immediately.

You remember the size of the casket. The size of the plot. The face of the funeral director. The expression of those that attended the funeral. The feeling of raw pain, like your chest has literally been ripped open.

Somehow you convince yourself that you deserve happiness. Because you really do. But in the happiest, purest moment, there is still that hole that only they were meant to fill.

People compare your pain to their own pain. The loss of their grandmother, husband, their failed marriage, rebellious teenagers. Somehow this comparing leaves you stranded. If they can compare their pain of a situation to the loss of your BABY, they will likely never get it. Babies are not supposed to die. End of story.

You lost a dream. And it almost feels like you imagined their entire existence up. Their name becomes a distant memory on the lips of others.

There is awkwardness when you talk about your child in a crowd. No one knows whether to cry, walk away or pretend you never brought him or her up.

You lose friends. You find new ones.

You can’t believe that women have actually survived this and you never knew about it. Not really, anyway.

You would do anything for another minute with your child.

You cry when others bring up your child, not so much because it hurts but more so because it such a precious and rare gift.

You long for the rewind button, even after many many instances of acceptance.

You want to know what went wrong, and why…

You find a new appreciation for moments in life that make you laugh… you laugh harder and love stronger.

You know that you can die bitter, or die thankful. There is no in between.

You never ever, EVER get over your child. The one you hoped for, prayed for, carried and loved for the weeks and months they were with you.

You learn to live with the pain.

You are better for having known them at all.

My Sweet Sarah Marie's Casket
I stole this post from my dear friend who has also lost a baby. I never steal posts, but this one just hit me so powerfully today and described my feelings so perfectly, that I wanted to share. Until I read this today, I never really knew others felt "phantom kicks".  I have had them many more times than I can count. Sometimes it made me feel like I was crazy. The formula, coupons and magazines still come 2 1/2 year later. Sometimes, I avoid the cemetery because I feel like her spirit is with us at home. Sometimes I go and feel just fine, but on other days like this week, I go and it hurts so bad I can hardly bare it. Sometimes, I want to dig up the ground and hold her tiny body in my arms again. I remember her tiny white coffin and the last time I had to leave her in it and close the lid. I remember watching her die in my arms as she gasped for more breath. I wanted someone to help her, do something, but no one did anything, but wait for her to die. I am forever changed by the life of my sweet Sarah. The impact of her life and death has made me into a different version of myself. Some things are good and some things I am still trying to desperately overcome. I love you Sarah Marie and will miss you everyday until that glorious day when we are reunited. A piece of my heart is missing until then.