Today is October 15th, but I’m sure you knew that already. It may not mean much to the average person, but holds special meaning to families all over the globe as it is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. At 7:00 pm, households burn a candle for one hour in their respective time zones. The resulting chain of light will span the globe for 24 hours to honor and remember children who die during pregnancy or shortly after birth as an “International Wave of Light”. Reflecting on the past year, it has been an incredible journey that we never could have imagined.
- 12 months ago, I wrote this:
- “Sweet Angel, I will never understand why you only stayed with us for a brief time, but I can tell you this-I did love you and would have done anything I could to protect you. The moment I knew of your existence, I fell in love with you and when I saw your tiny heartbeat, my heart melted. I did everything I could for your well-being. I know that you didn’t leave because of anything I did, or did not do, but I want you to know I did everything I could for you. I got just a little taste of what it is like to become a mother and to want to protect someone with every fiber of my being. It is a feeling like no other to love someone that way and I am happy I got to feel that even for just a moment. Despite all of the emptiness I feel from your loss, I am truly happy you were here. You gave me hope that we will one day have the family we have been dreaming of for so long, and for that I am grateful.”
11 months ago, we traveled to Puerta Vallarta as an escape from our infertility struggles. We saw four beautiful baby sea turtles travel out to the sea and they gave us hope of having a family.
10 months ago, we celebrated Christmas not knowing if we would ever celebrate that special time with children. Apparently the only picture taken was of our nativity. It served as a reminder that we are never alone for He is with us.
9 months ago, we went to our Reproductive Endocrinologist for our fourth and final IUI (after four they consider IUI a fail and recommend moving to IVF). Reminders of the sea turtles were everywhere, giving us a sense of calm and hope.
8 months ago, we went in for our first ultrasound and discovered four healthy heartbeats. Although we were told that one or more may “vanish” or that we should consider a reduction, we knew that all four were meant to be and would be healthy as we remembered the four sea turtles.
7 months ago, we started preparing gender neutral nurseries for four.
6 months ago, we discovered we were having a girl and we named her Rylin Skye.
6 months ago, we found out we were having a boy and we named him Harper Stone.
6 months ago, we learned that we were having another girl and we named her Sydney Raine.
6 months ago, we discovered we were having a second boy and we named him Mason River.
5 months ago, strict bed rest began and I was only allowed bathroom privileges. Thankfully, I have an amazing husband who took care of me and friends who kept me company.
4 months ago, I was still on bed rest for my baby shower. I cheated a bit and moved from bed to the sofa for a few hours.
3 months ago, we made it to 30 weeks, 5 days of a quadruplet pregnancy. On July 20th, forty little fingers and forty little toes entered our lives. As an aside, I didn’t actually count a single finger or toe until several weeks after the babies were born. Fingers and toes just didn’t seem very important in the scheme of things.
2 months ago, our four were in the NICU growing and getting strong enough to come home. At four weeks old, they were able to take their first picture together.
1 month ago, all four babies came home within a week’s time. Our home was finally filled with the family we dreamed of.
Today I know what it is like to hold four healthy babies in my arms at the same time. After the years of struggle, I do not take them for granted.
Tonight, we will light this candle for an hour in memory and honor of our first as we will do every year.
We will never fully understand why our first baby was with us for such a brief time nor will we know why we are now blessed with not one, but four healthy babies. We know that He has great plans for us and is always with us no matter the tears or triumphs. We are on now the most incredible journey of raising quadruplets and we wouldn’t have it any other way.