Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day and the day of the International Wave of Light where everyone is asked to light a candle from 7pm to 8pm to remember babies lost through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or those babies just gone too soon. The idea being that for 14 straight hours there will be a wave of candles lit to remember those precious souls.

I think it's great to have a day to remember the babies we've lost too soon. I think about my miscarriage every day. I wonder what my son or daughter would have been like. I wonder how different my life would be right now with a child in it. I wonder what it would have felt like for my body to go through the changes brought on by pregnancy.

I also constantly think about my blogger friends who have lost babies. I know I was devastated by my loss, and I didn't even get to see anything on an ultrasound, much less a baby, so I can't imagine what it feels like for those that saw their babies on ultrasound, or held their babies after stillbirth, or how it feels to lose a baby or child after they are born.

My heart goes out to every mother who has ever lost a baby, regardless of the circumstances. I never got to see or hold my baby, but that doesn't make me any less a mother.

Please remember to light a candle in honor of your lost little one and all the other little souls that are gone too soon.

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