Mom to Camden Katherine

February 14, 2012 – May 17, 2012

Shenandoah, Virginia

My beautiful daughter, Camden Katherine, was born February 14th, 2012.  She picked the best birthday to have!  I am a lover of everything pink — so it was only natural that my 1st born, and destined to be princess, was born on the pinkest holiday that exists.  My husband and my “Love day” was now shared with so much more love than ever before.  She was our everything.  After 1 miscarriage 2 years earlier, at 12 weeks.  We longed for a child — it was our passion in life, to be parents.

Camden was the most beautiful baby anyone had ever seen (and yes, I am a little biased).  She was smiling at 2 weeks old and never fussy.  She was so loved, by all.  On May 17th 2012 we received a phone call from the babysitter — Camden was found not breathing.  EMS was there, as was my husband who ran — literally– as soon as he got the call.  He only worked 2 miles from the sitter’s house.  I met them at the hospital.  My husband got out of the front of the ambulance and hugged me so hard I felt like I was suffocating.  I kept yelling —“Is she okay?  Please just let me see my daughter — is she okay?”  No one would answer.  We were only allowed 1 hour with her after they “called it”.  That was the shortest hour of my entire life. No one ever names their baby with the intentions of seeing that name engraved in stone.  No one, as a child, plays with their babydoll with dreams of that baby never growing up.

Elly blogs at http://2camsinmylife.wordpress.com.

You can contact her at elizabeth.lafkin@gmail.com.

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  1. Heather says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Camden. I lost my four month old daughter to SIDS and it was devastating. I am glad that you could share. It’s a long road, but it is possible to heal and enjoy life again. It has been almost eight years since Ava died. I had another little girl that is 6.5 now and am expecting again in January. Feel free to email me.

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