A Letter to My Daughter

FLOWER AND PREGNANT STOMACH
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We found out I was pregnant with you not too long after our honeymoon! I was so happy, I had been wanting to be a mommy for as long as I could remember. Having a life grow inside of me was truly a miracle from God.

Your Daddy and I lived in a one bedroom apartment in Tampa, FL.  We had already planned to put the bassinet in our room in the beginning. We were thinking of moving into a bigger place by the time you were old enough to be in a crib.

Morning sickness hit me pretty hard, but it reminded me that you were here with me. That lasted a good 12 weeks. I remember getting ready for work in the morning and your Daddy would play some Cat Stevens music, that was his name back then!

The both of us in 1983

Work was pretty tough, I was working as a CNA until I took my Registered Nurse license exam. One of my co-workers would always disappear when I needed him the most.  I had to lift and bathe patients and didn’t want to do any lifting while pregnant. Sadly, I ended up doing quite a bit of that, it became unavoidable.  Sometimes I think back on those days and wish I had protected you more.

Our doctor was Dr. William Capps, he was wonderful. We went for our check up and we heard your heart beat for the first time. The sound was so magical. You sounded like a horse galloping!  You were moving a lot by now.  Your Daddy and I would talk to you and tell you how much we loved you.

By now I was starting to feel better and the morning sickness was gone. I loved being pregnant! You made me so happy! I couldn’t wait to meet you. Since we still had a few months to go, guess what we did?  We got a puppy!

She was a Cocker Spaniel and her name was Bernadette.  She loved to chew on everything! Your Daddy named her after his favorite actress, Bernadette Peters!  She had red curly hair too and such a cute puppy!   Now I can see why your Daddy wanted to name her Bernadette!!  I couldn’t wait for you to get here so that you could play with her!

We were getting things ready for you. My friends from work gave me a baby shower!  I think I went through and folded and refolded all the tiny clothes that you would soon be wearing!

Daddy and Mommy both worked at the same hospital.  On our way home from work we had a hit and run accident. I was 7 months pregnant and that night I started to have contractions.  We were so scared.  Daddy took me to the hospital.  They checked me out and thankfully you were okay!

Your Grandma came and visited us from Puerto Rico.  You were going to be their first grand-baby   She made you a Bambi cross stitch blanket.  Together we also made a wall quilt that was going in your room. It had little animals in a hot air balloon, rolling hills and a tree with birds flying through white puffy clouds.  I made yellow gingham curtains to match and we painted an old dresser white that was going in your room too. Time was getting close for you to arrive.  We had a great visit but she had to get back home to Grandpa!

Around a week before you were due to arrive I went shopping with your Aunt Debi for more items for your room.  A couple of times during the day I started to get painful cramps, but they only lasted a few seconds.

After I got home, Daddy and I sat and began to watch “The Miracle of Life”.  I started to realize that I hadn’t felt you move in the last few hours.  My heart sank, we both tried to make you move but nothing happened. Daddy quickly called Dr. Capps and we were off to the hospital.

I was so scared, you just had one more week to go, I didn’t want to think that maybe we had lost you, at least not yet. They placed me in a room and asked Daddy to go to admitting to fill out some paperwork.  My Dr. wasn’t there yet, so the on call Dr. arrived and turned the sonogram machine on.

As an NICU nurse I knew what I was looking for. As he placed the warm gel on my belly I started to pray silently to God.  Then your tiny little image appeared on the screen, but your heart was no longer beating. I didn’t have to wait for the Dr. to tell me the news, I already knew.

Daddy finally showed up and I had to tell him. We were devastated and heart broken. They tried to induce me and as I was laying there separated by only curtains, I could hear the other moms giving birth to their healthy babies. Tears were just streaming down my face as I heard the cries, I knew I wasn’t going to be hearing the sound of your sweet voice.

My contractions were getting stronger, however I wasn’t feeling any pain.  The nurses couldn’t believe it. I was determined not to deliver you naturally.  I couldn’t go through with it, I was physically and emotionally drained.  They wanted to wait another day before they had to perform a C/S.

The next day they tried to induce me again.  I wasn’t dilating or feeling any physical pain.  My heart was aching, the loss of being able to have you in my life was unbearable. Our doctor finally decided to perform the C/S.  I was relieved, I don’t think I could handle another day of the same.

After the surgery the nurse brought you in to us.  Soon I was holding you in my arms. You had dark curly hair and a sweet turned up little nose. You were precious. I didn’t want to hand you back to the nurse.  I couldn’t, not just yet. I had to look at you so that the memory of your sweet little face would never be erased for as long as I lived. We named you Alexandra Christine.

Your Daddy was so strong, strong for both of us. He took care of the baptism and burial.  I couldn’t deal with it. I had to stay in the hospital for a few more days.  I felt empty inside. I would wake up from sleeping and was hoping it was all a bad dream.  I had carried you for nine months and now you were gone.


I love you my dear Alexandra Christine and I miss you terribly.  You are in Heaven now with your Grandma.  I know that you are both looking down on us.  You have three younger brothers too!  One day we will all be together again.  Love Always,  Your Mommy

 

I have been wanting to write this down for quite some time.  I guess I have been avoiding doing so because of the fear of reliving the pain all over again.  However, it was long over due.  I want to thank Elisa Hirsch from The Golden Sky Blogfest, for allowing me to write about my sweet daughter.

 

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Lisa Ladrido (87 Posts)

Lisa is an R.N. Mom Blogger and the author of Mom Blogger Buzz. She writes about Social Media, Personal Development, Blogging Tips, Travel, Family, Health and Wellness. She and her husband live in the Seattle area. They have 5 sons, 4 grandchildren and 7 furry four legged children!


31 comments for “A Letter to My Daughter

  1. aliciamarie911
    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Wow. What a touching post. I, too, wrote about my baby, although my baby I never met. I know it is a very tender subject, so thank you for sharing with us! I am your newest follower, also.

  2. Mommy LaDy Club
    November 17, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Oh Lisa, that must have been so hard. My Mom had a still born just after me, my brother Michael. I really enjoyed reading your story, and am glad you were able to write it finally. It must have been difficult to get the words out.

  3. Rachel Joy
    November 17, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Heart wrenching, yet beautiful at the same time. Woman like you and Elisabeth are such inspirations and true pillars of strength for those who have lost children…

  4. beth
    November 17, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Lisa, I'm so sorry you had to go through all that pain. Loss of children seem to run in my family (we've had babies and young children pass), so I know how you must feel about it. My mom had a stillborn before me, so I am very grateful to my parents for not letting the loss destroy them; just as it has made you strong, too! My miscarriage at 10 weeks doesn't compare, but the joy I have now with my son makes it bearable. Hugs to you!

  5. Lisa Ladrido
    November 17, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    @Mommy LaDy Club I have been wanting to but didn't want to have some depressing post. Elisa's blogfest gave me the opportunity or kick in the pants that I needed! It was a little hard, I still find myself crying sometimes and she would have been 28 years old now. God is taking care of her. Thank you for visiting! Lisa

  6. Lisa Ladrido
    November 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Hi Rachel! How have you been? I have missed seeing your joyful self! I need to stop by your blog again for a fix! Thank you so much for stopping in for a visit! Hugs. Lisa

  7. Lisa Ladrido
    November 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Beth, It doesn't matter how many weeks our babies were when we lose them, it is a difficult time. God makes us mommies very strong apparently! I am sorry to hear that your family had to deal with this as well. Love that you visited me today. Hugs always. Lisa

  8. Elisabeth Hirsch
    November 17, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    I can't imagine this . . . With Zeke we knew, in a way we were prepared. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  9. J.C. Martin
    November 17, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. It must have been so difficult for you. I had an early miscarriage and it destroyed me. Can't imagine having had to carry a baby to term just to lose it!

  10. Lisa Ladrido
    November 17, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    @aliciamarie911 I am sorry your comment was hiding. I am reading your post now. I am sorry for your loss as well. It is a difficult thing to deal with for sure. Lisa

  11. Lisa Ladrido
    November 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    @Elisabeth Thank you, I am not sure if we can ever be prepared. The only thing I know is that God brought me quite a few parents at the NICU that I was able to console. Maybe having the insight of what they were really feeling helped them a little. It is a sad thing. I am so sorry you lost Zeke. You are doing such a beautiful thing to give tribute to him and his life. Hugs. Lisa

  12. Lisa Ladrido
    November 17, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    J.C. thank you for stopping in. I am so sorry to hear. The emptiness, loss and void can destroy a person. I didn't blame or question God's reasoning, I only was comforted in the knowledge that He was now taking care of her. Blessings to you. Lisa

  13. Kathy
    November 18, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Lisa you have me in tears. I can not imagine what you went through. I was about 11 weeks when our first angel was taken from us and I was devastated. I am so sorry you and your husband had to endure that. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. I love you!!

  14. Lisa Ladrido
    November 18, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Oh Kathy, I am sorry. That is one of the reasons I have been putting off this post. Until today I didn't know you had gone through this too. God doesn't give us anymore than we can handle. Hugs xoxo

  15. Paula Kiger
    November 18, 2011 at 5:17 AM

    I don't know what to say, except that I appreciate your candor in sharing this – your Alexandra sounds like a true angel in every sense of the word. The love you have for her flows through every word.

  16. mom2natnkatncj
    November 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Losing a baby is so hard :(. She has a beautiful name.

  17. Spilled Milkshake
    November 18, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Thank you for sharing this. Beautiful tribute.

  18. Lisa Ladrido
    November 18, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    @Paula Kiger Thank you so much. That is so sweet of you.

    @mom2natnkatncj Thank you for stopping in and for your comment!

    @Spilled Milkshake Thanks hon! So glad you stopped in for the blogfest! Lisa

  19. Nikki
    November 19, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    <3 what a beautiful tribute to your girl. Thank you for sharing this. Blessing to you– Nikki

  20. Lisa Ladrido
    November 19, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    @Nikki Thank you so much for your comment and blessings. ~Lisa

  21. Megan
    November 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    I'm so sorry for what you've been through. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Lea
    November 19, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    I came across your blog from a group in the community at WAHM.com and am now following your blog. I am so sorry that you lost your precious daughter, but am excited that she was baptized and now an Angel Baby with the Lord. You will be with her again one day. Hugs & Blessings.

  23. Lisa Ladrido
    November 21, 2011 at 4:22 AM

    Thank you @Megan! I guess it was time! Lisa

  24. Lisa Ladrido
    November 21, 2011 at 4:23 AM

    @Lea Thank you so much for your comment. I am glad that you found me too! She is our Angel baby for sure! Lisa

  25. Shannon Grissom
    November 21, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Ohhhhh this is such a beautiful post. Thank you so much for sharing.

  26. LC Hunt
    November 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    You're welcome @Lisa. I admire your strength :)

  27. Lisa Ladrido
    November 23, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    @Shannon Grissom Thank you so much, I was glad to finally get it written! Lisa

  28. Lisa Ladrido
    November 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Thank you again @LC Hunt! We all find that strength when we need it! Lisa

  29. April 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    I never knew this about you- I guess it’s just not something you mention when we’re laughing and talking about silly blog things- This post made me cry. I know that you are now at peace I just can’t imagine how you must have felt. I know she is waiting for you and one day we will all be playing with her together :) You have become such a wonderful friend I am blessed to have you in my life. Perhaps your story will help other mothers going through similar pain. Love you my sweet friend.
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    • April 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      Thank you Lisa! I will never forget her and I picture her playing in Heaven with the other little angels. Thank you for your wonderful words and friendship! xoxo
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