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I just felt compelled to reach out and say that exploring your blog and all of the resources that your website offers has been an enormous comfort to me in my mourning. We lost our first daughter, Laney Mae at 36 weeks in October 2020 due to an umbilical cord accident mixed with an undiagnosed placental infarction. It has been the hardest and most heartbreaking event that we’ve ever gone through and every day I find myself surprised that I’m able to function. Reading other women’s stories and offers of advice, encouragement and sympathy have been a tremendous help to me and I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet boy, Adrian and it brings me so much hope that you now have a second child who is healthy and happy. We have made the decision to try for a second child because very similarly to you after you found out your son had passed, our desperation, desire and yearning for a living, breathing child to take home was stronger than the fear of something terrible happening again. Your blog gives me hope and strength. Thank you for sharing your story.
This website and your words are stunning, and are a beautiful tribute to your Adrian. As I was reading through, I was thinking back to the early days of loss and how reading the words of others had helped me to find my own. It was one of the only things that brought any kind of comfort during that time. As much as I wish that no one else would ever be in that place, I know that there will be folks who will find themselves in that awful (understatement) spot. Your words and what you share here could help to make that place a bit less lonely. A welcome bit of comfort during the 4 am grief-googling.
The amount of effort, thought, heart, care, consideration, and love love love that you put into every part of this project is so evident. Many congratulations on the launch of your site. Sending you love, and remembering your boy with you today.
I retyped that one simple word numerous times...
I don’t know how to coherently put together everything I am feeling and wanting to say right now. Nothing seems “right” and I want to choose my words carefully, as I realize the power they hold.
I remember the conversation we had about you being a single mom by choice. It was over Chipotle, I think my first trip there. That day, I found out a lot about you. What still stands out to this is my reaction to your resolve... you are brave and “Hell yeah... Do it!!” I still believe that, wholeheartedly.
Motherhood is not easy or for the faint of heart. Your journey into it is no different, quite possibly even harder.
Thank you for sharing this experience with me, although I deeply desire you didn’t have to do so.