I am so thankful that you came into my life. I am thankful for the precious 42 weeks I was able to spend with you. I held you for every second of your life. What a gift.
I realized that in my grief of losing you I have spent the majority of my days dwelling in negativity. I dwell on how sad and empty my life is without you and what it should be. I dwell on those in my life who have disappeared when I have needed them the most. I dwell on the fact that my body is different and none of my close fit me anymore. I dwell on the insensitive little things people say that affect me so deeply and sets me in a downward spiral. And, that I now feel like holding a grudge against these people, where before I was so forgiving. I dwell on the fact that my doctor isn’t being as supportive as I hope he would be. I dwell on the fact that every day is another day further away from when I had you. I dwell on my fear that every day your memory is going to start to blur and fade in my mind and completely disappear from everyone else’s minds. I dwell on how much more negative and impatient I am. How I used to think I was really compassionate and non-judgmental, but my tolerance for other people’s bullshit problems is very small.
But, recently, I have also started to notice the positives. I have started to see glimpses who this “new” me is becoming. I have started to see how although I am so very sad that you are not alive, healthy, and in my arms, that you have also made positive changes in my life. I will continue to explore and keep my eye out for these little glimpses of positivity. Right now, the biggest one I have noticed is that my fear of social awkwardness has lessened. This started while I was still pregnant with you. I used to be the type of person that would avoid interacting with acquaintances or strangers like the plague because the idea of an awkward encounter was so anxiety producing for me. However, while 4 or 5 months pregnant with you, I met a woman online who was also pregnant. I pushed my fear aside and met her, a complete stranger, for coffee. She was very nice and although there were some awkward moments overall I enjoyed my time chatting with her and sharing our excitement of being pregnant.
After you died, I have pushed myself even further. I have met and reached out to so many women online in an attempt to create new friendships. I attended a loss group and then initiated contact with a woman from that group and got coffee with her last week. She is wonderful and I am excited for this budding new friendship. Over the weekend, I drove 2 ½ hours to support a new friend (and my hub’s old high school friend) by walking with her and donating to a cause that supports children with disabilities (her sweet little girl has CP). This is something I would have NEVER done in the past, but she has been so incredibly sweet and kind to us, I couldn’t not meet her in person and try and establish more than an online friendship. And, most recently I have offered to speak publicly in a staffing meeting at our local hospital to help educate the nurses and doctors on how to better support women whose babies are born still in their hospital. I am excited, but also terrified. However, I know I have your support and strength to help me. You have allowed me to grow in ways I never thought I would or never even wanted to. I feel proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and I hope you are proud of me too.
I love you more than words can express,