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Yesterday, October 15th was national pregnancy and infant loss day. People around the world lit candles and talked about the sweet babies they had lost. As I read through my newsfeed on Facebook and saw how many people had suffered loss, I thought about my own loss a little over four years ago.
In July of 2009, I miscarried my first baby. It was heartbreaking and very hard. It’s something I still think about often and am so thankful that my sweet baby is in Heaven. But during this period of remembrance of loss yesterday I thought of everything I had gained: my son, Adam. Had it not been for the loss of this sweet little baby, I would never have known Adam, he simply would not exist.
“In some circles, babies born to families after the loss of a child are referred to as ‘Rainbow Babies.’ The idea is that the baby is like a rainbow after a storm. ‘Rainbow Babies’ is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope.”