Today was my EDD with our 4th baby, our little Aviator.
I had had a good amount of morning sickness. It was not as intense as it was with the Wingman, but it lasted a few weeks longer. At 11 weeks, I felt little taps. I thought I must be imagining it since it was so early, but the taps only got stronger and more frequent. It was definitely baby! I bet the Aviator had quite the feisty personality with how much he moved around! 🙂
It was a Wednesday. Wednesday, October 5th. I was a day shy of 16 weeks. It was the last day I felt him move and the last day of his life. It was about 10 am. I only know that because I was at a Dr appointment. The lady had just asked if this was my first baby and I was once again confronted with the painful decision….do I mask my pain and the truth and say, “It’s my second” or do I tell the truth and what my heart wants to say and risk making the situation uncomfortable by saying, “My 4th, but two are with Jesus.” Answering her was painful, but just a moment later, I felt three firm taps from baby. It was as if he knew Mommy needed some reassurance right then.
That was the last sign of life.
We didn’t know the gender, but almost the entire pregnancy, the Wingman was convinced it was a boy. He even picked a name. A random name that he made up.
When our child was born, we learned that he was indeed a boy. Our son.
Maybe someday I will share more of my pregnancy or his birth story.
Today is a strange day. I want to just sit and cry, but the tears won’t come.
I was able to drop the Wingman off at a friend’s house today. I just wanted a day where I didn’t have to pretend everything was ok, I didn’t have to wear a mask, I didn’t have to be strong for anyone else.
People ask how I am doing. I still don’t know how to answer that question. The pain is different now. The grief is different. But will I ever be “okay” again? No, not in the sense of ever returning to “normal,” or how I was before. I am changed. I am different.
I have wrestled with so many theological questions. Some of them I know exactly what is true. Some of them I have no idea. But I have had to hold onto the fact that, no matter what those answers are, God is good. God is loving. God does care. Even though the world around me moves on, God sees. And He cares.
Instead of having a huge belly and packing a bag for the birth center, I am sorting bills and scheduling Dr appointments. Instead of welcoming home a newborn, I will be having surgery to hopefully fix (one of) my problems so that hopefully we will not have another loss.
Instead of preparing the Wingman to have a new baby in the home, I hear him say, “You, me and Daddy are sad about our baby. But when I get to heaven, I will be so happy to see him and I will give him a big hug!” He brings up his brother to his friends. I hear him say in conversation, “Our baby died.” His little mind is processing it as best as he can. I answer all that he says, not wanting to keep him locked in grief, but not wanting to dismiss his valid 3 year old grief. He lost his brother. He has mentioned several times how sad he is that he didn’t get to say good-bye and he has talked about wanting to teach him how to play games when he gets to heaven. He lost his brother. He is such a good big brother, and it hurts so much that his first experiences as a big brother have to be this painful and confusing for him.
“For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there were none of them.”
Our youngest son, along with his two older siblings, are in heaven right now. And their souls know very well how wonderful are His works. They are dancing and praising and worshiping. Right at this very moment, their joy is unspeakable. They know no tears and no pain. They are loved and cherished by the King of Kings.
My pain sometimes feels unbearable. But I am reminded that Jesus conquered death. It is for this reason, for this awful repercussion of living in a fallen world, it is for the death of my children, it is for sin, that Jesus died. He is the Victor. Someday all will be put right.