Today is international Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. It’s the culmination of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Week.
Tonight I light my candles not only for our Squishy, but for every baby lost too early. Every baby lost through ectopic pregnancy, blighted ovum, missed miscarriage, placenta problems, complications at birth, SIDS and all those other ways that little ones are taken too soon. My candle is also lit for those who had their dreams of a baby stolen by infertility.
I light my candle for every parent told “it was just a ball of cells”, “at least you can get pregnant” or “maybe it wasn’t your time”. For every couple or parent who has felt they needed to greive alone because people don’t talk about pregnancy or infant loss. For everyone who has hidden their loss and tried to go on as normal. For everyone who has been told they shouldn’t have been excited because it’s “one of those things”. For everyone who could tell you immediately how old their baby would have been had they made it.
Squishy would have been 20 months.
Light a candle. Join the #waveoflight. Remember all of those babies, because they all count and they all knew nothing but love. No matter how soon they were taken, how long they were known about or how tiny they were, they counted.
I am 1 in 4.