- Losing You (a post that should be read by all): In this post is a beautiful poem about “Once a Mother” losing her daughter Peyton to infant Leukemia. As another comment said, I too (having lost a baby girl) feel like I could have written this post and can so relate. I believe that it “should be read by all” as I think it could be therapeutic for those who have experienced the loss of a child and those who haven’t to try to understand, just a bit more, what it is like for those of us who have.
- All's Quiet on the Uterine Front (a post that made her laugh): This post talks about Kym’s comical experience with her 4th (yes, 4th) sonohystogram with the MD she so lovingly refers to as “Dr. Dead Fish.”
- No Apologies (a post she wishes she had written): In this post Danielle talks about how she came to be able to reclaim her life and her self confidence, after a period of losing herself and trying to be all things to all people, but not really taking good care of herself. I could really relate to being a people pleaser and having difficulty saying no to others and not feeling that I was responsible for so many things and people that I am not. I am inspired by her “no apologies” approach to reclaiming her life and confidence, even it if it wasn’t easy for her or those in her life who had come to expect to be able to walk all over her. I am grateful to have rediscovered Danielle’s blog through ICLW last week and look forward to following her journey and supporting her through commenting in the future.
- Saturday Quotes (a post that is under 10 lines): In this post Mrs. Spit shares a thought provoking quote which stands alone and did make me ponder its meaning for awhile.
Actually (a post about or containing anger): In this post Julia writes about reaching the “anger stage” of grief after the stillbirth of her son, her second child. Being that this post was written well over two years ago, as much as I could relate to her words, having also lost my second child, Molly, I felt like I needed to familiarize myself more with Julia’s blog (which seemed familiar, but I wasn’t sure if and/or how long ago I might have been there before). So I spent some time today reading various posts of her’s to try to get a sense of our her and journey since her son’s birth/death. I found it interesting that she has an older daughter close in age to our son and that after her son’s birth/death, she and her husband were able to conceive again, their second son/third child and that he recently celebrated his first birthday. Being that at the time I found this post I am/was two weeks out from our scheduled c-section for our third child/second daughter, I found Julia’s journey inspiring, but also helpful in glimpsing the future of a mother who has two living children born on either side of the child she lost.
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