Before this, I had only had great-grandparents pass away and I had barely known them. My grandpa was the first person in my life that had passed away. In fact, until Ellie died, he was my only relative that had. I can distinctly remember many details of the day he passed, and the days that followed. Sixteen years later, it is still clear as day.
Even as a sixth grader, I knew it was more than just a coincidence that Kaelin was given to us one hour before grandpa was taken away. She was, and is, actual proof that life continues, even after those we love go on ahead to wait for us.
Fast forward to two years ago...
That morning I loaded Max up in the car, headed downtown and had a vial of blood drawn from my already bruised arm. We went home and waited. Shortly after lunch time, my phone rang. It was our fertility doctor, Dr. E, with life changing news. A big fat positive on my pregnancy test.
Exactly two years ago, I found out I was pregnant with Ellie.
At first I was really shaken to hear my doctor's voice on the phone- the nurse called with my pregnancy test results when I got pregnant with Max. I thought if the doctor was calling, it must be bad news. She said, "well... I have your test results....."
Dr. E- " Well..... they look great! Congratulations!"
Me- big sigh, "Don't do that to me!"
She went on to say that my numbers were on the high side which may mean multiples and that I could come in two weeks later for a confirmation ultrasound.
Amazing news. Confirmation of a new life (or two). An Incredible day.
Today... May 13, 2011
It's been sixteen years since my grandpa passed away. I think a lot about what he has missed in those years. He missed us grandkids growing up, graduating high school and college. He missed my brother's wedding and my wedding. He wasn't here for the birth of our children, his great-grandkids.
For sixteen years, we've watched my cousin turn into a funny, beautiful, caring and wise young woman. She has turned in the kind of person I had hoped Ellie would be. Ellie would have loved Kaelin. I think Ellie would have looked a lot like her as she got older. She already had the same exact mouth as Kaelin.
To me, it's always been so strange to think that for every day my grandpa has been gone, Kaelin has lived. For almost every breath she has had, he has not.
It's been two years since we got proof that Ellie was coming. That a new life was forming. Since that day, she has come and gone. In just two short years. It's hard to think about life going on without Ellie, even if this day has proved more than once, that it does.
Remembering May13th, 2009
Our little monkey two years ago. He was just a baby!
My babies love their blankies!
Shortly after we found out that I was pregnant! At this time I was spending a lot of time on the couch in pj pants, with my knees up on a pillow. I accumulated a lot of extra fluid in my stomach from the meds and it was too painful to do much else.
I asked Max if he was excited to be a big brother and this is what he did when I took his picture. Right away, I thought he was looking up to Heaven to see his little sibling. A little eerie that I thought that, knowing now what the future had in store for us...