Saturday, October 15, 2011

We Remember

Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Real deal- Ronald Reagan started it during his presidency- look it up...

Last year, I had no idea. I wish I still had no idea. I wish I didn't know anything about, all the organizations that support it and all the people who have worked so hard this year to make sure the word gets out.

I wish my life was different.

I wish my little girl was here still. She would be 21 months old today. Almost two years old. Full blown toddler. Instead, we have a cemetery plot. Three actually. I can't even compare what we did today with what we would have been doing if Ellie was still here- that's impossible. I feel like so much of our life right now is what it is, because Ellie isn't here. We probably wouldn't have moved, so our house wouldn't be getting painted right now, and we wouldn't have gone to Duluth. I would not have spent a portion of my morning taking pictures down at the beach today.

I wish today never had the possibility of happening.

But 356 days ago, our lives took a turn that we never expected, a change we had no control over and the things that happened that day forever changed the course of our lives. Because of it, nothing will ever be the same. Everyday, I wish things were different. Every day I still look around and can't believe we are living this life.

I am thankful for all the wonderful people I've met since Ellie died, but I would trade them (as anyone in our position would...) in a second for my little girl. It's been a year of missed kisses, missed cuddles, missed milestones and heartache. It's been a year of wondering what things would be like and praying for just one more second with her.

I've said it a million times, but unless you've lost a child, you can never know how all encompassing this loss is. Every aspect of my life, my family and myself has been affected. My perspective on the world and life has changed in ways I could never expected. Not all of them are bad, some are good. Everything is different now.

I didn't want to be a supporter or advocate for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness. But no one asked me. I was thrust into this world almost a year ago, without warning. A year ago, I would not have understood how important this is. If I could hope anything would come out of having an awareness day and month like this, I hope that one, people won't forget our babies. They will continue to remember them long after they are gone. And two, that people will try to understand that losing a child is something that changes you forever. The person that you were before your child came and went, is gone. When you lose a child, you have to learn to carry around this pain and to want to get up out of bed everyday. You have to learn how to be a part of a world that doesn't seem to understand. You have to learn to live with a half a heart...

Today we were down at the beach- Park Point in Duluth. I wrote many names on the beach- all babies that have been lost. I could have written so many more names today. I wanted to, but it was so cold, and we were contending with a slightly uncooperative toddler. If I didn't get to your child's name, it doesn't mean I wasn't thinking about them, I most definitely was... The picture of the two hearts represents all the other babies' names I didn't have a chance to write...
PS- I'm not Carly! These are a lot harder to pull of than I thought!

5.30.10- 10.12.10


4.30.09- 5.6.09

 Eden Grace

3.25.09- 6.16.09


11.13.10- 1.11.11

1.1.11- 1.11.11

3.28.10 - 11.12.10

4.7.10- 8.9.10

Ella Bea


6.13.10 - 6.15.10


10.3.74- 10.6.1974

11.4.09 - 10.7.10

 All the names in a looooong line...

Remembering October 15th, 2010

Ellie's 9 month pictures... they break my heart...


Our Journey said...

I'm in tears! Thank you so much Tiffany. To see Eden's name like this means the world to me.

Sarita Boyette said...

Awww, thank you for remembering Meredith. You are so sweet to remember all these babies when your heart must be in your throat. Sweet little Ellie - love her pictures. I wish you didn't know about PAIL awareness, either. I was reading your earlier post and how naive we all were to think that something like a damaged floor or a bum refrigerator is so awful. I was 21 when Meredith died. I had lost grandparents but they were elderly, and had lead long lives. I could understand their passing. A terrible thing for me at that age was a runner in my hose or a rainy day at college. But I learned that when a child is lost, your life changes. I wish I could protect anyone else from having that knowledge. (((HUGS))) - sending you love and wishing that Max didn't have autism & that Ellie hadn't passed away.

Natasha said...

You are amazing lady. Love you so much! Thank you for always remembering Aiden and for writing his name on the beach ♥

None of us want to know what October 15th is or the heartache of losing a child. All of us would give anything to have them back in our arms. I hope that people some day understand that our pain and our love and all our emotions are real and important. That no matter how much time passes we will always and forever be remembering our children.

Ellie is just so cute in all her pictures! I love her purple heart pants :)

Kelly said...

I already said it on FB, but thanks so much! <3 You are amazing to remember all of us and honor our babies.

LauraJane said...

I love these photos of your girl :)

And thank you for including Jack. I love it. :)

You have done incredible things to keep Ellie's memory alive and well. She would be so friggin' proud of you and celebrate in a way only a 9.5 month old could (with fruit entrenched in mesh, and a foot curled up in excitement!).

ccc said...

I am so very touched that you remembered my little boy and wrote his name in the sand. It means a lot to me.
It's such a sad reason for a day, yet the day makes me happy since all our angels are remembered.

Ashley said...

So sweet of ytolu to remember my sweet baby! Cried as I read all of the names, I wish none of us knew this horrible pain. Thinking of you and Ellie always <3

Ashley (Beck's Mom)

B. Wilson said...

Wow. I was not expecting this post. It took my breath away. You writing about who we are now and how we have to learn to live while carrying our grief-- how it's changed who we are and everything we'll ever do. How we live with half a heart.

And to see the names of those babies and my baby. My God. I've never seen his name in sand and it's breathtaking. My heart is somehow full and broken in an instant.

Loving these munchkins with everything in my being. Wishing your almost 2-year old Ellie were here today.

Kristin said...

Oh wow, thank you so much for including Stevie in this post, took my breath away.

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