Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
So many people in my life have lost a child(ren), through miscarriage, SIDS, and stillbirth, and it's so important to remember those losses and honor those children.
I know that it's not a comfortable subject for a lot of people, but it's a real one that families (especially the mothers) deal with every day.
No matter what others may believe, no matter how early (or late) the loss was, to the mother, he/she was a baby.
But because the people in their lives often want them to move on and (with the best intentions) forget, it is a pain that gets bottled up for fear of upsetting others.
If you know someone who has suffered this loss, send them some love.
If you've lost, my heart is with you.
My first child would have been born on March 9th, 2004
We said good bye at 12 weeks.
My second child would have been born on April 16th, 2007
We said good bye at 6 weeks.
They would have been six and a half and three and a half.
I never really got to know them, but I love and still miss them.
Sometimes it's fleeting, and sometimes it's overwhelming.
My son has served as both a salve and a reminder.
A beautiful thing.
He cannot replace the children I lost (yet he fills my heart with so much joy and gratitude for his gorgeous little face), but he can remind me to never forget the miracles that they were.
In remembrance of those that have lost, please light a candle tonight at 7pm.