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‘My baby was born perfect, except for the knot in her umbilical cord. That day I was introduced to 2 concepts: stillbirth and grief.’: Mom loses daughter at birth, thanks friends who ‘saved her life’

“What I didn’t know was my daughter had died earlier that morning. After what I had thought was a normal day, a sonogram showed a black and white blob of static, unmoving, rather than the beating of her little heart. Grief has been called a journey, but journey’s imply an endpoint, a destination. Grief is more like an ocean; it’s being thrashed around by waves, trying to come up for air, in a world where you must learn how to swim.”

‘There are 3.’ My mind started racing. 3 what?!’ He said, ‘You’re going to have triplets. 3 babies.’: Woman gives birth to ‘non-NICU triplets’ after struggling with infertility, says ‘it was unheard of’

“I sat there in shock. My husband danced around the room, whooping and hollering with his hands in the air like Rocky Balboa. Before I could even share in his excitement, the door closed. He told us the road ahead would not be easy, and I could ‘reduce’ down to 1 or 2. That snapped me back to reality. I told him I absolutely DID need to keep all of them.”

‘I was divorced, he was divorced. There wasn’t a light at the end of the tunnel. It was there, in each other.’: Mom re-marries after ’emotionally abusive’ relationship, now ‘beautifully blended family’

“I prayed every night I’d find someone to love my daughters as their own. I just wanted them to have a daddy. Out of curiosity, I signed up for a dating site, but didn’t do much with it. The last day of my free trial, I found a picture of a man and a beautiful little boy. Something about talking to him just felt right. Like all the horrible things that happened to me had been wiped away. The hard times brought us together.”

‘Honey, something’s wrong.’ Our baby’s skin was marbled and black. I had no idea what was going on.’: Mom’s son diagnosed with extremely rare skin condition CMTC, loves his ‘special skin’

“I’ll never forget my response. ‘I’m sure it’s just a bruise.’ At first, every test came back ‘normal,’ doctors said it was just an ‘injury.’ We were told a list of things to do and sent on our way. Until we learned it was an extremely rare condition with less than 500 cases in. the. world. How does one process this sort of rarity?! In my mind he was the most beautiful thing I’d ever laid my eyes on. My rainbow baby. But, would he be OK? I was euphoric and crushed at the same time.”

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