Their are few things for sure that I know have contributed to this.
First being that I was at a friends bachelorette party this past weekend, so of course their was talk of "when are you gonna start ttc" and "how many kids do you guys want"? Hearing this stuff still makes me just cringe. I swear I have even developed like a nervous twitch when I hear this sort of thing. No joke. The blm in me just thinks that this will be another person/friend that has their first baby before I have my first one even live long enough to bring home. I hate these thoughts, especially because I feel like I am just giving up on Max.
Then there is the other various blm's that I know who have recently had there rainbows. I feel so ridiculous and selfish that those jealous feelings take over, even with them. Afterall, they too have lost a baby and some I have even followed throughout their journeys. I guess I just get so frustrated to think that I lost my baby first, then lost my rainbow baby, and I am still trying to bring home a baby after all this time. Even one of my fellow uterine rupture babyloss moms, who lost her son right around the time I lost Evelynn, just had her rainbow the other day. I am happy everything worked out, she didn't rerupture, and the baby is healthy, but damn it already when is it my turn. Not that it's a competition, but still it frustrates me that I am still "here". I barely even take part in that group anymore because I honestly can't handle hearing of more losses, but even more so hearing of my pregnancies and births. Same goes for the surrogacy groups I am in. I suck:(
Then, I have been trying to slowly work on getting the nursery in order and organizing all of Liam and Evelynn's stuff. I can only handle going in the nursery for a short period of time before I just have to get out. It overwhelms me so much still. It's a different room, but still has lots of memories and sadness tied to so many of the items in it. I want to finish it for Max, but need to find away to work in it without my thoughts taking over. I also got all of Liam and Evelynn's stuff out of the nursery and together, and have been trying to sort through it to decide what I should throw away and what I want to keep. So much of Evelynn's stuff I can't part with yet, plus I still need to do her scrapbook and want to hold onto a lot of stuff for use in that. Liam's scrapbook is done but I still have had the majority of the papers I received at UCSF and from various other places about babyloss and grief. I finally got myself to throw most of that stuff away and will donate the books on grief to Hospice probably, which I did with a few others I had in the past. Why I still had so many random papers from the hospital, I don't know. Some I had never looked at and some I felt the need to hold onto in case I needed them again-ugh. I cried almost the entire time going through this stuff:(. At any rate they are all in the garbage now. I am expert in babyloss, what do you want to know?! The sad thing is that I bought a couple boxes, that I thought were to small at first for all there stuff, but now that I am going through it and discarding all this random stuff that really has no meaning, the boxes seem empty, and I guess I don't have as much stuff of their's as I thought. Boo:(.
I also hate that reaching 24 weeks bothers me. Most people assume their pregnancy will work out once they get a heartbeat, others one they reach the 2nd trimester, and then usually once they reach viability most figure things are good to go and that baby will be here, alive, healthy, and home in no time. Me, I am officially scared now. I hate the last half of the pregnancy. We are a little over a week away in Max's gestational number of weeks that Liam had fetal surgery and died. As far as we know he is healthy and fine, so was Evelynn at this time, but it still irks me. I have been doing good with not bugging Jessica but not I am worried and almost want to get an update from her everyday. It's becoming more real now, especially now that I am working on the lactation side of it. Ahhh! Approx. 3-3 1/2 months to go. Breathe, breathe, breathe....
Dang, I just got my period. Well that's not helping......but I do feel a little better for venting.
I wasn't there, but want to post a little about it since my amazing blm friends tried to include me and my babies the best way they could.
BLM-Rainbow Get Together 2013
I so wish I could've been there with my Evelynn.
The weekend of June 7th, 8th, 9th many of my fellow blm friends got together to finally meet after blogging these past couple years since they lost babies. I loved looking at their pictures and seeing all the rainbows together. It was great seeing all the mommas together as well. To finally meet IRL a group of people that truly understand the hell they have gone through and the joy that their rainbows have brought into their lives. I hope next year I can be their with my rainbow Max. I love the way that Brooke wrote about the weekend.
Thank you for including my babies by lighting a candle for each of them. Keleen shared this picture with me that she lit candles 4 and 5 for Liam and Evelynn.
I don't know you - just a fellow blog stalker that has been reading your blog for a long while now. I've wanted to tell you this, but kind of felt like a moron writing you - with the blog stalker part and all - but I wanted to tell you what comes across to me when I read your posts (not all of them, but quite a few). You come across to me as a person who doesn't get sad, but gets pissed. And I have to tell you, as a fellow pissed off person, that I appreicate that quality in someone. Now, I'm not saying that you don't sound like you get sad or depressed. (I'm sure you do in bucketfuls), but I also hear those firely little sparks of pissed off in some of what you say. Especially when you talk about jelousy and other BLMs, pregnant friends etc. Now, I think you have every right to wear a shirt that says, 'Fuck You' around, but I would hope that you would not come down on yourself for being pissed off. And here's why....anger is movement; it's motivation - and channeled correctly, you would not believe what you can acomplish. I know people who get depressed when they get sad. They don't want to do much of anything, like eat or get out of bed. (I always wished I had that 'not eating' part.) But, when I'm sad, I get pissed! I don't choose to be that way; just the way I am. When I read how soon after your sweet baby girl's passing you started researching surrogacy and all of the energy and emotion you put into pumping milk, I honestly was floored! Especially the pumping part. Doing all of that when you don't have your baby to give it to - I just can't imagine the emotions that went along with that. And maybe I'm way off base; I haven't even met you afterall. It's just something that kind of reached out to me about you and I hope you know that quality can actually be something pretty spectacular. If you really sit back and list all of the things you have done - since Liam really...ReplyDelete
I like pissed off. I don't wish to minimilize your pain at all; I won't even say ' I know how you feel' - I don't. Just thought I'd be a moron and come out of the stalking closet for a minute.
I like the above comment. It's true that you've done a shit ton since losing your children. I'm so sorry the sadness is back - I'm sure it comes in waves. Effing grief.ReplyDelete
You and your babes were talked about often during the weekend. So wish you could have been there with your rainbow.
I'm sure you've heard this a million times before, but everything you're feeling is completely normal. You won't relax until Max is home. Even then you probably won't fully relax.ReplyDelete
Grief never ceases to amaze me. It hits you when you least expect it, that's for sure. But, momma, you've been through so much already, you can get through this as well. You're my friggin hero, girl!
Lots of love to you, and, as always if you need ANYTHING, I'm just an email away.
I hate that jealousy and anger is something that never leaves. I know that having a baby at home with temporarily relieve some of that angst, but it's just a part of the life you were (shit) plated.ReplyDelete
This part of pregnancy makes me crazy (for others too!). I'm never calm and feel like there's even more to lose. Like... the baby has come this far AND YET. I really can imagine Max coming home (finally) with you guys, but it's a hell of a lot easier being on my end saying that than being in your shoes.
You have a permanent place at any and all future BLM get togethers. I imagine it's hard to feel part of any one group like you've mentioned, but know you are loved, appreciated and totally un-judged by me and others who see all of these babies we lost as a collection of our own children, even when they weren't ours to lose.
Wishing the weeks by...
I still get jealous of people who can get pregnant and stay pregnant and I have babies at home. I know it's ridiculous and petty and I don't know what's wrong with me. I have an aquaintance who has been trying for years, did IVFs that didn't work, and was about to start the adoption process, and a couple of weeks ago found out she was pregnant - like already 7 weeks pregnant! It's like the dream of anyone who's had trouble. And there's still so far to go but there's already been no issues and DAMN I am so jealous and I don't know what the heck is wrong with me :( Anyway, just saying that to say, while I know it's not exactly the same thing, I totally get you.ReplyDelete
I am hoping that once you get past the week of Evelyn's and Liam's passing (like around 30 weeks?) you will feel a little bit better because it will be the farthest you've ever gotten before. Big hugs.
Liam was born at 25 weeks and 6 days and Evelynn was born at 36 weeks and 2 days. So I think if anything I'll be more freaked out once we hit 36 because I'll be waiting for something right at the end to happen.Delete
you were on all of our hearts/minds at the gtg. i understand your feelings of jealousy. i am STILL jealous of some of my fellow BLMs that are currently pg. i just wish we didn't have to think this way. sending you so much love...ReplyDelete
I just stumbled on your blog and I am bawling right now reading what you have and still are going through. I have a tear in my uterus and was told the possible outcome of getting pregnant again.. after reading your story I know I couldn't be as strong as you are. I can't wait until baby Max comes home safely, my heart goes out to you. Lots of love and best wishes to you and your little family to be <3ReplyDelete