R Baby Project, Recitals & Reasons

May 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Posted in Grief, life after loss, Love, normal? | 8 Comments
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They Say There is a Reason
They say there is a reason, They say that time will heal,
But neither time nor reason, Will change the way I feel,
For no one knows the heartache, That lies behind our smiles,
No one knows how many times, We have broken down and cried,
We want to tell you something, So there won’t be any doubt,
You’re so wonderful to think of, But so hard to be without.
~Author Unknown


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R Baby Project:

One of my sister-in-laws recently emailed me a link about a family who had a baby girl named Rebecca.  Rebecca was born 4 weeks premature and spent 5 days in the NICU.  The doctors determined that Rebecca was healthy and she went home.  The next day Rebecca was severely congested and had difficulty breathing.  Her parents took her to the pediatrician and the ER.  Doctors misdiagnosed her symptoms as a common cold and she was repeatedly sent home.  Tragically, Rebecca died at 8 days old.  Rebecca contracted an enteroviral infection which can be life threatening in babies.

Rebecca’s parents created the R Baby Foundation.  This charity is dedicated to helping newborn babies, primarily those less than a month old suffering from viral infections and other infectious diseases, receive the highest quality of care and service through supporting education, research, training and life-saving equipment.

Along with recitals and reasons I have decided that I am going to add a feature to this blog which focuses on families who are making the world a better place by honoring the memory and lives of their children.  If you know of or come across any organizations that would be worth mentioning please let me know.


May 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Posted in after death?, Grief, life after loss, life lessons, normal?, twins | 23 Comments
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Aibileen, from The Help, whispers this quote in Mae Mobley’s ear every day so she will understand that she is special.  Are there words which I can whisper into my toddlers’ ears that will help them understand about their brothers?

The other day I was driving the twins and listening to their conversation.  They were discussing one of their friend’s new baby sister.  The conversation went something like this:

“We have babies too.”

“Our babies are not growing.”

“They are flowers.”

“Flowers grow.  So, our babies are growing.”

“Mama, what kind of flowers are Jake and Sawyer?”

A long silence from me.  I finally come up with, “want to go to the new playground?”

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