My Story

One July 1, 2009 I entered the Medical Center of Arlington to deliver my beautiful baby boy, of which I knew had passed away two days before. His heart had stopped beating. It was a sureal experience walking into that hospital knowing what needed to be done. With my husband and mother by my side, I had to do the unthinkable.

My tiny baby of 1 lb. was delivered shortly after. We named him Greyson. And he was perfect. I remember his tiny little hands and feet. His small little face. He looked so little wrapped up in the nursery blanket. It was all so overwhelming, and peaceful at the same time. I loved holding his tiny little body in my arms. This was the last time I would see his tiny little face here on earth. Such a tiny baby in a big blanket it seemed. We said our goodbyes, and the nurse took him away.

After this experience, I have thought alot about that day. I think about others who have gone through this. Friends, family, and other loved ones. And those who I have not had the privledge to meet. Was their situation the same as mine? Did they hold their tiny baby in layers of blankets? Did it overwhelm them as it did me?

On that day, in the midst of all the sadness, and mourning, I received a gift. A gift from my tiny baby boy. He gave me an idea, of which, I promised to carry out. For all those mothers who enter the hospital wanting so badly to hold their baby in their arms and come home empty handed. This would be for them.

A gift by Greyson,
from me,
from you,
to them.

Mommy feels you, Greyson. And this is how I honor your memory.

I love you.

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I am looking for your help. Hospitals all across the country are in need of small, very small, baby blankets. In cases of fetal demise, babies are so tiny, even the smallest nursery blanket is much too big to wrap around their tiny bodies.

I know how parents feel when they are presented with their tiny baby, for the first and last time. Having to deal with a large blanket that doesn't fit, is a distraction. And, unnecessary.

If you can sew or crotchet/knit, would you please help me to supply blankets for these mothers?

My doctor informed me that 30% of all pregnancies end in fetal demise!

I know we can make a small yet, dramatic difference in the experience these mothers and fathers have in the hospital. It is heartbreaking for the nurses to try and present these tiny babies in the best way possible to grieving parents. They are extremely appreciative of any donations we can give.

If you would like to help in this cause, please start reading at the very beginning and learn about Greyson's Gift.
Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom for new information and updates

9/1/09

What hospitals are looking for.

Our first donations will go to the hospital where I delivered Greyson. I am wanting to supply them with a never-ending stash of blankets, but to start with....

what they need:
12" x 12" and 24" x 24" flannel receiving blankets, in small pink, baby blue, white, and yellow prints. Use your best judgement, we don't want the prints of the blankets to detract from very small babies.

The blankets also need to be double layered.

For those who have already jumped in to help and have blankets other than the specifics above, DON'T WORRY! We can still use your blankets. (check out the next post)

They have also asked for baby gowns, which we will get to soon, but I am starting with the blankets first.

4 comments:

Amy said...

I am touched by your story and desire to help. I will get to work sewing and look for the shipping information to follow...because I live in FL so I can ship them to you or to the hospital direct, let me know what works best.

Darwin, Jen, Jensyn, and Hurley said...

I want to help. My sister-in-law is Jeri Dawn McKellar and I found this post from her blog.

One of my sister-in-laws, Ashley, lost a baby in March. Baby Zoe was born 19 weeks early. Ever since then I have wanted to donate things for babies, but I don't know where to start. I know that Ashley was very touched by all of the extra care her Angel was shown. Baby Zoe recieved a bracelet, a tiny bow, a gown, and two blankets.

I wish you the very best in your efforts.

My blog is http://darwinandjen.blogspot.com/

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful project! I am going to the store this morning to buy flannel.

marry said...

Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!
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