Today is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day. I vaguely remember seeing this day in my before life, but I never ever thought it would be a day that I would have to participate in. But then, no parent does. Pregnancy loss happens to 1 in 4 women so chances are if you havenâ€™t experienced it yourself, then you know someone who has. â€œWhen a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience around the world.â€- Ronald Reagan
Every year 1 in 160 babies are born still, that is 24,000 babies a year. ðŸ’” If you have lived this too, whether you lost your baby early on or if they were born sleeping, I am so so sorry and I stand with you today and everyday in honor of our sweet angel babies.
You truly donâ€™t realize how much you need community until you are faced with tragedy. So today, I am also choosing to be grateful for our tribe who has shown up in inexplicable ways over the past 6 months.. I am thankful for my husband who has been my unwavering rock, my mama who has been my listening ear, my best friends who dropped everything to be with me, the countless prayers and meal train that was organized for us, the loss mamas for helping me navigate this path knowing they have walked it before me, every person who sent flowers, books, gift cards, care packages and the most thoughtful gifts (I now have 8 beautiful pieces of jewelry in honor of Preston!), the countless prayers, messages, letters, DMâ€™s and well wishes from friends, and even strangers. My new tribe of loss mamas who I have connected with from all over the world who have been so supportive and encouraging. You have been instrumental in our healing journey, and I am humbled to know just how many people truly care for us. The kindness & selflessness that has been shown to us has changed us forever.
Tonight at 7p we will light a candle to honor our sweet angel, Preston, and all of the precious babies that have left too soon. â™¥ï¸ðŸ™