When I was pregnant with Lily, I joined a few online groups for babies due in August 2010. I was lucky enough to "meet" a sweet girl, Kristin whose due date was the day after mine.
When we were 26 weeks pregnant with our daughters, Kristin's baby died. She continues her story still, just as she began writing it when she was pregnant...in letters to her baby: http://dearbabycook.blogspot.com/
This brave young woman shares her story so honestly and authentically. It is heartbreaking and beautiful because it is so very raw.
In her grieving, she began a "movement", if you will, called "Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope" to put a face on the loss of babies. There are so many women who have endured the loss of a baby and for as lonely as it felt after our miscarriage, this website offers connection and comfort...and hope.
I have been reading and crying through so many stories over the last several months and have found comfort in not being the only "face" grieving a lost baby.
After Lily was born, my husband said, "I wonder if our first baby was a boy or a girl." Postpartum and all, I sobbed wondering the same thing.
A few nights ago, I overheard him talking with Lily and he said, "I'm glad you're exactly you."
I didn't interrupt.
It brought tears to my eyes knowing how much we both love our baby we lost, yet everything happened exactly as it was supposed to have happened.
We have Lily...and cannot IMAGINE life without her.
After overhearing George talking with Lily, I decided to share our story on the Faces of Loss site, as well.
**edited to add....I'm doing just fine...so blessed. ♥ I just wanted to bring to light this amazing website and how much I admire Kristin for her own blog and her ability to create such a place for women to connect. ♥