“You’re a hero, Ms. Henderson”. Dr. Hall quietly called the time of death as he knelt in front of the rocking chair, where I sat holding Elijah’s miniscule body. Once the respirator had been removed, it only took an hour for Elijah’s soul to leave this world.
Nothing about this moment made me feel like a hero. My premature baby boy, born at twenty-four weeks gestation and weighing only one pound and fifteen ounces, had just died.
After fighting for his life for twenty-four days, his mother made a terribly painful choice. His mother. Me. The one who couldn’t protect him in utero when, at twenty two weeks into my pregnancy, my appendix ruptured and went misdiagnosed for three days.
The one who couldn’t protect him, when close to my own death, I was forced to undergo an emergency open appendectomy. Despite receiving a lower dose of pain medicine for a horribly excruciating surgery, the stress of the ordeal sent my body into preterm labor. I failed Elijah at every turn. (more…)
I just got back from a visit home, and I feel wistful. There’s no place like home.
I come from Nova Scotia, on Canada’s Atlantic coast, and now I live in Vancouver, on the edge of the Pacific. That’s a lot of land between myself and my family.
I came out here for the jobs, really. There’s work here, and good pay, and I have friends out here, and the city is lovely, really.
But boy, I wish that I were closer to home. (more…)
On Monday we are in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, to hear from Carol at If By Yes. Carol would probably have a hard time getting further than she is from her hometown while still being on Canadian soil, and she talks about the challenges that come with living far away from loved ones.
On Tuesday,we head to head to Arkansas, where Margie Bryant will have us reaching for the Kleenex as she writes about her beautiful son Elijah, who graced this planet for all too short a time.
On Wednesday, we are off to New Jersey to hear from Kally Mocho, mom of two lovely children. Kally and her husband believe in making the world a better place, as can be seen in Kally’s part-time social work and the fact that they met while helping underprivileged communities.
And on Thursday, we’re out west in California, where Polish Mom Photographer tells us an interesting story of a delicious Polish delicacy. We even get a recipe into the bargain!
On Friday Eva Fannon leads us in the Friday Question. Be sure to check it out and chime in with your answers!
In writer interviews this week, we will get to know Eva Fannon from Washingon on Tuesday. On Thursday we will be in Massachusetts getting to know Kyla P’an.
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There is something about plunging into the ocean for the first time since giving birth. Having the waves wash over and cover your body, a kind of cleansing, and yet also, an attachment to our planet.
This week, I had the chance to dive into the Atlantic ocean. It was a 5 minute escape from my cute, sand covered 4-year old and baby. Just a quick dip, while dad was in charge.
I floated while the waves took me along. A moment to myself. It’s amazing how involved we mothers can become with our children that we get to a point that we feel selfish about taking a moment for ourselves. I know it’s not just me — I’ve heard it from other mothers, too. Do you feel the same?
(Just for the record, clasps on nursing bathing suits don’t necessarily hold up when getting up from the crashing waves. Just my luck!) (more…)
This week’s Friday Question comes from World Moms Blog writer Kelley. She asked our writers,
“How do you handle (what you deem) bad behavior on the part of the child of a friend? If you don’t just ignore, what have been the consequences?”
And here is what some of our World Moms had to say…
Carol @ If By Yes of British Columbia, Canada writes:
“Assuming the friend is present, I ignore it for the most part, even if I disagree with my friend’s way of handling it.” (more…)