For those of you who this relates to...I have a question. I've been trying to think of something I could do to honor Jack's first Angelversary and the first thing that came to mind was collecting appropriate stuffed animals to donate to the bereavement nurses at the hospital Jack was born at to give to mothers like me who have to leave the hospital with empty arms. The reason I came up with this idea is because the only thing I had to hold in my arms when they wheeled me out of the hospital was the home-made keepsake evelope/bag they had given me to keep the momentos they created for us. The moment we got home I went to our baby box (a rubbermade tote we/my mother inlaw had been filling with all the baby items we had been purchasing) and grabbed the one and only stuffed animal, a super soft sleeping baby elephant and held it in my empty arms.
So do you think this is a good idea? I know a stuffed animal wouldn't actually "fill" our empty arms, but it's something and something is better then nothing right? No mother ever imagines a possibility of going through labor, epidural, giving birth, maternity ward and only to leave without your baby. Give me your thoughts...so far I have about 40 stuffed animals mostly donated by family members wanting to help me. I plan to purchase a bunch that are similar to Jack's elephant.
Our Beloved Boy Jack Kendrick Johnson 8/31/06-9/01/06 @ 19w3d edd 1/22/07
I love you forever, Mommy