Sunday, October 19, 2008

Remembering March 3

Last week we observed a very important day for so many families around the world. Wednesday, October 15
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
March 3, 2007
started like any other day with the ONE BIG exception that I was FINALLY pregnant, had been for 5 weeks or so--I mean it had only taken us f-o-u-r VERY LONG years, countless doctor appointments as far away as Cincinnati, Ohio, a gazillion needle sticks for both me and Chad, loads of wonderful doctors and nurses, procedures, several IUI's , and finally one IVF.
So, it was IVF #1--February 8, 2007 with a "Congratulations Staci! You are pregnant" some 14 days later.
Thank you, God.
We were still in shock. Even though we had done a bit of planning and a ton of praying, we were just trying to wait a bit...for safety's sake.
Have you ever heard of foreshadowing?
You know the kind of literary element you learn in middle school language arts? It is where the author gives the reader a "clue" about something that is going to happen in the future. Something...not foreshadowing, a feeling...I guess.
So even though March 3, 2007 began as a somewhat normal day, it didn't end that way.
No, it just ended.

Never did I really think that we would become a part of one of the largest growing statistics in the United States and the world.
Pregnancy Loss...Miscarriage.

Each year some 600,000 women miscarry.
Since that day our lives have greatly changed. Those of you who read our blog regularly know how God took our pain from infertility and loss from the miscarriage, and answered our prayer in His own time and way.
Our prayer had always been to simply...Be Parents.
So, while we stop to remember the little one we will someday meet beyond the clouds, we also reflect on our blessed news of almost a year ago.
Logan is almost 10 months old and he is the joy of my heart.

He is a daddy's boy and they are so great together. Chad is a wonderful father who takes his time with our curious little one. He speaks to him with such love and patience, even when Logan won't hold still for diaper changing or dressing. Logan is at the age now where he is ALL OVER THE PLACE. Of course we wouldn't have it any other way (except for when we are both exhausted!) Even now, when he looks as if he is about to take off on both feet, I gasp and think--NO, not yet! You are growing up WAY to FAST!
We are parents...answered prayer.
Thank you, God.
Though remembering March 3 is not as painful as it once was, I know there are so many women out there who have experienced loss and can't or won't share it.
Maybe this day, October 15, remembering,
will help others to know they are
not alone.

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