This month is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness month. I am participating in a month long healing event called "Capture Your Grief", organized by CarlyMarie Project Heal. Each day of the month there is a prompt for taking a photo & writing/journaling. Today the prompt is memory.
Ellie was a bit of a brat when it came to doctor appointments. Dr. K would try to find her with the doppler, and she would make it extremely difficult. So, we ended up with ultrasound photos from each of our appointments. All I have to say about that is...good girl. ;) I treasure those ultrasound scans.
Before we knew that Ellie was an Ellie, we nicknamed her based on what her ultrasound photo looked like. She was a gummy baby, alien baby, Skelator baby, and our very favorite shown above....Hamburglar baby. :)
If there was any question that she was our daughter, her stubbornness proved otherwise. And I kind-of like that. She didn't like being pushed on or pestered, and she let it be known. She would move as far away from the doppler as she could. And she would flail her little arms & legs in protest when pressed on with the ultrasound wand.
She was our little fighter, right up until she just couldn't fight any longer. One of my fears is that she suffered or felt pain when labor came on so quickly & violently. When that fear consumes me, I remind myself that the moment her heart stopped beating she was safe in the arms of Jesus. Safe in the arms of the one who loves her more than I do. She was healed in that instant. I cling to that promise daily.
I love you, my tiny stubborn fighter. I miss you.