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a season of grief and birth (Janice)

(Original entry)

Last June, I gave birth to our third daughter, Abby. She lived only 7 hours and left me with empty arms, a deflated belly, and breasts full of useless milk. This June we will welcome our fourth daughter. I often feel very divided as I continue to grieve for Abby and anticipate this new baby’s arrival. This picture speaks very clearly of that. My hands hold our 28 week old baby within my womb, and my heart beats beneath a tattoo of Abby’s footprint.

(Update to this story here.)

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  • Jody Sunday, April 15, 2007, 6:20 am

    Thats just beautiful.

  • kier Sunday, April 15, 2007, 8:14 am

    I loved seeing this pic on your blog, and was delighted to see it here this morning!

    I feel honored to have been “sharing” your journey throughout this pregnancy via your journal and think of you and your lovely family daily. Your tattoo is wonderful and I think I may get miniatures of my girls’ footprints over my heart someday.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful picture, Janice. I pray and hope for nothing but the best for you and your family!


  • april Sunday, April 15, 2007, 8:29 am

    This is a beautiful picture!

  • Mama D Monday, April 16, 2007, 1:12 pm

    Gorgeous Photo! I hope everything goes wonderfully this time!

  • Lori Tuesday, April 17, 2007, 11:05 am

    I remember your first entry and have thought of you often since then. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Tara Wednesday, May 2, 2007, 9:47 pm

    Hi Janice, I have been following your story since your first post on SOAM broke my heart all those months ago. The picture of you, your new baby bump and Abby’s footprint is just beautiful, so poignant…I’m so happy for you and your family that you get to welcome your fourth wee girl into your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you, I hope you get through this birth with love and healing in your heart and that your wee girl lives a long, happy life with the rest of her family by her side.

    Love Tara

  • marissa Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 5:31 pm

    That is beautiful!!!

  • Emily Elisabeth Sunday, June 17, 2007, 6:14 am

    This picture is amazing, and it got me all teary! The tatoo is such a beautiful way to remember your daughter. You are in my thoughts that every thing goes perfectly this time.

  • Stephanie Thursday, February 26, 2009, 8:09 pm

    I do not remember seeing this photo before, but oMG it is GORGEOUS!!!!!!

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