This past Monday, I observed an anniversary that I’d love to forget.
Two years before, I had miscarried our second child. Our second miscarriage in just over four months.
I was devastated, and I wondered if I would ever have children.
It was not even a month later that I celebrated my first Infancy and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day on October 15th.
I remember lighting my candle around 7 PM, feeling connected with my babies and trying to remember that there were many other women who were doing the same thing at the same time. Both years that I have participated in this memorial, I’ve let my candle burn for much longer than just one hour.
I know I’m not the only one who has had to deal with the loss of a baby. Melissa also lost a baby to miscarriage, as did our mother-in-law and my own mom.
Because baby loss is such a personal story for each mother that goes through it, we are going to take the week of October 9th-15th to remember our babies. And we would love for you to join us.
Melissa and I will be sharing our own stories that week, but we will also have a linky that will be open for you to share your stories too. Every story is different, but that doesn’t mean that our stories aren’t similar or that our hearts have stopped remembering.
I’m also excited to let you know that we have a special giveaway planned for that Tuesday! We have three wonderful companies who have donated several items. A returning sponsor, I Am Blessed, has designed and donated a very special “My Baby” hand stamped necklace for our giveaway. My Precious Child, who has many wonderful memorial items including jewelry, ornaments, and candles, has donated a few of their pins and charms. And Earth Mama Angel Baby has donated one of their Healing Hearts kits, which we were blessed to review. Our hope is that if you or someone you know has recently experienced any form of baby loss, that you will share these sweet gifts with them.
Losing a baby is hard. It’s one of the most painful experiences a mama will ever remember. But you don’t have to remember it alone.