Today we're featuring one of Pregnancy After Loss Support's Bump Day Bloggers, Mikey Fuller, in her Courageous Mama maternity shirt (link in bio). Read how she's embraced being a Courageous Mama. "I remember after my daughter passed away many of my friends and family would often tell me how strong of a person I was, as well as being courageous for sharing Amelia’s story in hopes to raise awareness about Vasa Previa so another family would not go through the same preventable loss my husband and I did. Saying goodbye to Amelia was one of the darkest times in my life, and I felt the furthest thing from being strong or courageous. It wasn’t until I discovered PALS and met other courageous mamas that I learned that I wasn’t alone. I was inspired by the strength other moms had from sharing their loss of their beautiful children gone too soon. These amazing ladies really showed me that I am a strong mom and that it takes courage to share about your loss. I also learned from PALS that there can be hope after a storm and to never give up. Fast forward to a year and a half after losing my daughter and here I am now, 27-weeks pregnant with my rainbow and a mother to a beautiful little boy my husband and I adopted. For me, it took courage to open my heart up again after my loss when my husband and I became foster parents, despite knowing there was no guarantee that we may adopt a child. It took courage to try to conceive again after our loss, knowing that there was no guarantee we may get pregnant again, or experience another loss. Finally, what makes me a courageous mom is that I am not afraid to share about my little angel, Amelia, or share my pregnancy after loss journey. There are times I still question if I’m really a courageous mom. Especially during the times when I have my fears about something going wrong again during pregnancy or losing another child, but the moment I feel my rainbow kick or see a smile from my son, it reminds me that I am a courageous mom."
[Memory Box] I've been searching high and low for a beautiful memory box for Noah's things. I stumbled across @sketchandetchcreative and they were able to make exactly what I had in mind and it fits all his things perfectly. (swipe for more)
GUEST POST FROM @shayna_neighbors : "Mrs. Neighbors, you are close to 24 weeks so if we need to take them, we will try. We have alerted the NICU to be prepared for micro preemie twins." (23.5 weeks with the boys) "Now, Mrs. Neighbors, you are not 24 weeks yet so technically she is not viable but do you want us to try and resuscitate." (23.2 weeks with AG) . . . . It's not always what it seems. 18 week anatomy scans don't only reveal gender and hitting 24 weeks doesn't mean keeping your baby. It doesn't mean, "come anytime now baby." It doesn't promise you a future. It doesn't promise no pain. It isn't a line in the sand for survival. It's not always what it seems. I've heard all the statistics. Ive met mothers of 22 week old survivors. I've met moms of full term losses. I was told Anderson wouldn't make it through the night on more than 1 occasion. I was told the DAY Grayson died, just hours before that he was exceeding all the expectations of a micro preemie. "Thriving" was even a term used. Today, marks 24 weeks with baby #5. I'm not celebrating this weekly milestone. But don't misunderstand. I've celebrated this child since the stick told me I was carrying life. We call this baby by name in our house. Jameson hugs this tummy and says I can't wait to snuggle you, "insert name." We are so excited to meet baby #5. Over the moon, actually. But I don't like the term, viable. It doesn't speak to the purpose my sons carried. It doesn't speak to the fight they had in them. It doesn't describe the massive amount of love despite their ability to survive. So in this house and in my heart, we celebrate each kick. We celebrate the hope of bringing this baby home. We celebrate the joy we have. We don't celebrate that this baby is now "viable". 💙💙 #madeformore . . . Double tap to send some encouragement to Shayna and head on over to her Instagram to here how she's learning she (& her children) are Made For More. 💙💙 #yourstorymatters
When I got pregnant, I found out that my best friend and sister in law were also pregnant with me. We were all due within 7 days of each other! We were so excited! All three of us pregnant at the same time! Then 12 weeks later we had to say goodbye, our baby died. Theirs lived. They went on being pregnant and I didn't. They didn't understand what we were going through. They still wanted me to plan two baby showers. I had to act like I wasn't dieing inside as they were buying baby clothes, and talking about baby names. They didn't understand what the problem was. Why was I so upset about this? Why did I act like it was such a terrible thing to be around them? It's upsetting being around people who don't understand or care what you are going through. They still don't understand. They still don't care. #miscarriage#miscarriagematters#miscarriagesupport#miscarriageawareness#1in4#notjustastatistic
Hearing this when you are miscarrying is in no way helpful. 1 in 9 women will get breast cancer, 1 in 3 people will develop heart disease, 1 in 5 over the age of 65 will have a stroke, 1 in 5 suffer with mental illness and 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in miscarriage. However do you think when a patient is sitting in the doctors office just hearing for the first time that they have breast cancer that they want to hear " Oh it's common " or when they have a stroke that " Maybe it's for the best " or when they develop heart disease that " These things happen " or when someone is suffering from mental illness "Just get over it" yes miscarriages are common that does not make them any less devastating. These statistics are from Statistics Canada.
This is awesome! What a fun way to spread awareness of mental health conditions in your community TODAY! Just because it's summer doesn't mean we have to stop 'stand-ing together' to end stigma! #talkaboutit#1in4#stopthestigma#socializehope