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.
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.
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A big thanks to Fawnda at Firleflies and Jellybeans for this tutorial!
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Nicole (My amazing sister!) Tooele, Utah GlendaForney, TX Laura Coolidge, AZ CynthiaMansfield, TX Nicole Tooele, Ut Lenay Tooele, Ut Kayleen Tooele, Ut Christy and Mom Tooele, Ut Janelle Ontario, Canada DebbieMansfield, TX DeAnnaWendover, Ut JulieBountiful, Ut FawndaWBI, MN NatalieProvo, UT BeckyJenison, MI CherylFarmington Hills, MI StephanieTucson, AZ SusanHillsboro. OR TinaTooele, Ut JennyEagle Mountain, Ut Marie Racine, WI LyannaMiddletown, DE LisaReno, NV BrieNewbury Park, CA DanielleAloha, OR MaryChaska, MN CandiSt. Louis, MO TeriBrighton, CO JaneilLyman, WY Gabi F. Aubrey A. Amy Mansfield, TX Kristina Fort Worth, TX Jennifer Pasco, WA Tracy Boise, ID Stephanie and Mother In-Law Sahuarita, AZ Suzy Acton, CA Kari Brigham, UT Stephanie Maricopa, AZ Robyn Parker, CO Holly Sparkman, AR Melissa Queen Creek, AZ LyannaDover, DE Nancy Laconia, NH KelseyQuartzsite, AZ Jenna Oak Hill, VA SuzetteHershey, PA HazelMiddletown, PA Melissa Cedar Hills, Ut Kari Cedar Hills, UT Tawnya Mesa, AZ Lindon 1st Ward Lindon, UT GretchenArvada, CO Crystal Bountiful, UT Sonja Oklahoma City, OK Tabitha Ft. Stewart, GA Angela Mansfield, TX Barbara Wendover, Ut Heather Dee Kamas, Ut Robin Altadena, CA Diane Zeeland, MI Unknown Thermopolis, WY Toana View RS Wendover, UT Kim Mansfield Area, TX Lanni Mansfield, TX Mansfield 2nd Ward RS Suzie Acton, CA Barbara Portland, OR Lindon First Ward