19 February, 2013

Loss

This is a post I never, ever in a million years wanted to write. I suppose I don't even have to, but I know it'll be healing for me and possibly help others. So here I am. Sharing another detail of my life that I never thought would happen - at least not to me. I would love to write this with eloquence and precision, but I'm not sure it's going to come out that way. When such emotion surrounds something like this, it's hard to put into words exactly how you feel.

Last week our family suffered a sudden loss. There was no real warning, no signs of anything being wrong...until it was wrong.

Much to everyone's surprise, we found out a few weeks ago that I was pregnant. I was incredibly shocked and also overwhelmed at the thought of having 2 babies under 2 years old. Obviously there are many women who do it (and have done it), but I just wasn't ready. I spent a few days feeling extremely overwhelmed and upset. But the longer I thought - and prayed - about it, the more confident and encouraged I became. I had my OB registration appointment and was really looking forward to hearing our second little one's heartbeat. 

I never got that chance.

The day before Valentine's Day was set to be a fairly busy one. Joe took Jasper to the vet at 8am and then had to go to work. I needed to get groceries at some point during the day, so I took him to work after he brought Jasper home. Once Joe was at work and Charlotte was down for a nap, I did a little blogging. I was excited to share our news with all of you. Once the post was written and saved as a draft, I headed for the shower. 

It was only then I knew something was wrong. 

I never bled even once when I was pregnant with Charlotte. I cramped something fierce the entire first trimester, but never bled. I had been cramping on and of for the last week with this one, but given my history I didn't worry about it. But this? This wasn't right. I knew it.

After my shower, I dressed, called Joe, ate, fed Charlotte and picked Joe up from worked. We headed to Tripler to find out what was going on. They did blood work and then we waited for over 2 hours. 2 very painful, scary hours. We waited again in a room, until finally a nurse came and asked if I'd been seen. Apparently they lost my chart. Anyhow, a doctor finally came in and did an ultrasound.

The baby was too small to be 8 weeks. It looked about 6 weeks, according to the doctor. I knew that this baby was much smaller than Charlotte had been at 8 weeks and she is a tiny baby. I knew something wasn't right. They couldn't find a heartbeat, but that's not uncommon for a 6 week baby. The doctor didn't see anything particularly concerning and my HcG levels weren't abnormal for 6 weeks either. We left with no real answers.

Valentine's Day was worse. Much worse. I bled. I cramped - more like contracted. I knew. It was too much, all of it. I knew there was nothing short of a miracle that would keep a baby alive with all that going on.

Joe had to work. His NCOs weren't sympathetic at all. He wasn't able to come home until around 6, so I spent the day with Charlotte trying not to let her see how much pain I was in. Although, having her here was also a good thing. Sometimes the only relief I felt was when I nursed her. {I had made the decision when we found out I was pregnant that I'd breastfeed her until she weaned herself, even through a pregnancy.}

Later that evening, our baby went to be with Jesus. 



It's still shocking to think about. It happened so quickly, and with no real warning. Maybe there were signs along the way that I missed, but I'll never know for sure. 

This pain...is indescribable. All I can really say is that I feel empty.



Source: tumblr.com via Lori on Pinterest


It's been very hard for the last week. I go between laughing at my sweet girl {and I'm thanking God every minute for that girl} and crying over our second baby. Or crying over pregnancy and ultrasound photos on FB and everywhere else on the internet. It's not that I don't want other people to be happy - I do. It's just a grieving for something precious I won't get this time around.



Ever since I found this on Pinterest, I've been clinging to it. It's comforting, somehow, to know that this pain will be for good someday. 

I also found a blog post somewhere that a woman wrote about her miscarriage. She said she found comfort knowing her baby never felt pain or sadness, or any of the terrible things in this world. I'm trying to do the same... And I'm trying to focus on the fact that she (I don't know what the baby was, but it's easier to have a pronoun to use :)) is in heaven running around, playing and laughing. My bestie and I like to believe our angel babies - just a few months apart - are up there playing together, talking about how silly their mommies are. It is tough to think about not having them here on earth, but we do have the hope that we'll see them in heaven one day. And I like to believe that she's watching us and knows how much we love her, even though we never met or held her.

Oddly enough, I just finished reading Harry Potter... One thing that's stuck with me is a line Dumbledore says to Harry near the end, "Do not pity the dead, Harry, pity the living."

So far, each day is different. Some days are easy, happy days where I remember my baby, but don't feel intense pain. Some days are hard, sad days. I refuse to be stuck in sadness all the time. That's not what God wants for me. My baby is in heaven, happy, loved, and pain-free. It may be sad to not have her here, but she is not sad.



I do ask, though, that you pray for us and our family. Specifically, for peace and comfort. I think it's safe to say that all our worlds have been rocked. Even though this little one wasn't with us for long she was loved, wanted, and anticipated.

With so much going on right now, I may not be posting much. Just bear with me and keep us in your prayers. 

39 comments:

Liz L. said...

My prayers are with you!

Rebekah said...

Oh Sarah, I am so sorry. I haven't been where you are so I can't even begin to imagine what you're going through but I'll be praying for you all. God does give His peace when we ask! Thinking of you.

Heather said...

My heart is aching for you. I am praying for comfort and peace for you right now!

Heather said...

My heart is aching for you. I am praying for comfort and peace for you right now!

Jen said...

Sending lots of prayers your way. If you need to talk please feel free to message me. I always found it helped to talk to others that had been through it before.

Katie said...

Oh Sarah-- I'm so sorry for you and Joe. I'll absolutely be praying for you guys to feel his peace that passes all understanding.

The Young Retiree said...

My prayers are going up right now for you and your family. I have never had the blessing of being pregnant, but I believe the words of Isaiah that your posted- keep faith alive in your heart and He will hold you through this trial!

Jackie said...

My prayers are with you and your family xoxo

Allie said...

Sarah I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. I know this could not have been an easy entry to write and it was incredibly brave of you to do so. Thank you.

Jane said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. I can't believe Joe's work didn't understand what your family was going through. Lots of prayers for you all.

Abbey said...

Sarah & Joe,
I'm I sorry for your loss. Words fail me in situations like this, but I hope you can feel the strength behind my simple words.

Xoxo
Abbey

Allison said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I have no words to say that will make this any easier but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kim said...

Im so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Hugs. <3

Mrs.B said...

I am so sorry for your loss. After I had our daughter I went through 3 miscarriages. It's definitely one of the worst feelings especially when there aren't any answers. Thinking of you all during this time.

heather said...

I'm so sorry. I have never list a baby so I have no clue what you are going through. I will pray for you and for joe. God has a plan. Even if we don't see it now.

Jamie said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Mei said...

I weep for you my friend. I say prayers for you.

Mrs. K said...

This breaks my heart, too. I'm praying for you.

Jen said...

I'm so sorry. I know how hard this is. :(

Katie said...

Oh Sarah, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I am praying for your peace and comfort. Your angel baby will always be in your heart. Big hugs, Katie

Jenn said...

I wish I had something encouraging or witty or uplifting to say to try to help you feel better for even a minute, but I am just so sad for you and your family. You are most definitely in my thoughts and prayers. xoxoxo

Jenna said...

I am so very very sorry that you and your family have to deal with this. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Chantal said...

I'm so sorry! Any loss of a child, whatever size it may be, is terrible. You're in my thoughts! Let me know if you need anything!

Angie said...

I am so sorry for your loss!

Sarah said...

I'm so so sorry to hear this! Wish I could do something for you, but know that I'm praying!!

April said...

I am so sorry for your loss... I will be lifting you and your family up in prayers. {Hugs}

Kara said...

I'm so sorry for you loss! God has His reasons, as hard as it is, you have to remember that!

Expat Girl said...

I am so sorry for your loss, your precious family are in my thoughts and prayers xxx

Emily said...

I am so so sorry, my heart and prayers go out to you!

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Heather said...

So sorry, I have been there and it is hard, I didn't even expect it to be as hard as it was for me and us. Praying for Peace and comfort.

Steph said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I know how it hurts.

Katy said...

So sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the pain you must be feeling. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Amanda said...

Saying an extra prayer for you and your family tonight!

Reb @ Sink or Swim said...

I had a loss at 13 weeks and ended up having to have a D&C because I didn't miscarry naturally. It's horrible and sad, and I am still upset and angry about it 6 years later. It gets a little easier but I still think about that baby that I am waiting to meet.
Hugs to you. It just plain sucks.

Nina said...

I am so sorry to hear about this! You guys are in our prayers! Hugs from Alaska.

Karen said...

I am so sorry for your loss - know that you and your family are in my prayers. Loss is never easy - no matter what type, sending hugs from up North.

Kristle Helmuth said...

I am a new follower via the Wednesday Walkabout. I am so so sorry for your loss, I know I do not have the words to comfort you in this time, but know that you are in my prayers!


Kristle
www.forgetthedognotthebaby.com

aweighwithme.com said...

I am so sorry... I can't imagine how painful that must be. My thoughts and prayers are with you. xoxo