2012 Holiday Gift Exchange

Hi Everyone!

The upcoming holiday season is supposed to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’ But we all know, it’s these ‘special’ times that can really hurt the most. For many of us, the holidays are an incredibly bittersweet time, and a painful reminder of the little one(s) who should be there to celebrate them with us.

We hope this gift exchange will help brighten up the holidays for those of us missing our babies. Participants in the exchange will be matched with another Mom or Dad and can buy or hand-make their partner something in honor of their baby – an ornament, a special candle, anything! Participating is not only a great way to honor and include your child(ren) this holiday season, but a chance to connect with someone you may not have ‘met’ before.

Here are the details of the exchange:

1.)  Sign-up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dHAwLUxXeU9GMy05TTNTOV8tNGpWYXc6MQ.

2.) Sign-up is open until November 28, 2012.
3.) You don’t have to celebrate Christmas or any other holiday to participate.

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Stephanie

Mom to Sophie Abigail

Stillborn on April 11, 2012

Marysville, Washington

Editor’s Note: Stephanie and her husband were thrilled to learn they were expecting their first baby. Their first ultrasound revealed some troubling news. Later testing showed Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and hopeful plans were made for heart surgery to fix Sophie’s heart defect. But on April 2, 2012, with only eight weeks until Sophie’s planned 39-week c-section date, doctors became concerned about the growing pocket of fluid around Sophie’s lungs, and the effect that was having on her little body. Stephanie and her husband were given a poor prognosis and prayed for a miracle, but felt Sophie move for the last time on April 4th. Sophie was born still on April 11th, 2012. And then her mama’s health started to fail

Stephanie blogs at http://www.sophieamoddison.blogspot.com.

You can contact her at smodddison@gmail.com.

Tristan

Mom to Gabriel

October 8, 2009 – November 5, 2009

Rockford, Michigan

I woke up early on the morning of February 27, 2009. It was my husband and my first anniversary, and for some reason, although we were not actively trying to become pregnant, I felt compelled to take a pregnancy test even though I wasn’t late yet. I sat there waiting, and honestly terrified. I was 20 years old, and my husband was 19. He had just lost his job, and it was nearly impossible to find work in our area. I pondered what would happen if I was pregnant, and how we could support a child. Finally, I couldn’t take the suspense anymore. I looked and saw two lines. Two. I felt like screaming with happiness, but I just walked into our bedroom where my husband was still sleeping. I woke him up, and told him I had found something important, and handed him the test. He didn’t trust the test, so we went to the local grocery store, and bought a digital test. Almost immediately “pregnant” popped up. We couldn’t have been happier. [Read more...]

Nicki
Ellersley Grace – August 13th, 2011 birth and death
Louisville, OH
My name is Nicki and I am a mommy to a little lady who dances on the other side of eternity. We found out we were pregnant on February 17th, 2011. We had been trying for about 2.5 years and we could not BELIEVE what we were seeing! We were filled to the brim with Joy and Love for the sweet baby we didn’t even know yet! We went through our pregnancy with flying colors, I was healthy and the baby was healthy. All was well in our world. We came to June and we decided to have a gender reveal party; we cut the cake and the inside color told us what my belly held inside. [Read more...]

Andrea

Mom to two angels

July 4, 2007 at 8 weeks

October 17, 2011 at 7 weeks

Wayne, West Virgina

My amazing husband and I got married on March 17, 2007. We knew we wanted to expand our family right away. We put it in God’s hands and didn’t really worry too much. Three months into our marriage we get the best news: we’re expecting already. I never would have dreamed that it would have happened that quickly. I made my appointment to confirm the home pregnancy test, and of course it was also positive. I was 6 weeks! My first nurse appointment was made for 3 weeks later. [Read more...]

Sarah

Mom to Juliet Elizabeth

August 30, 2010 – May 2, 2011

Grover Beach, CA

After my husband and I got married, we decided to leave the baby-making up to fate and see what would happened.  We were pleasantly surprised when, six months later, we found out we were expecting.

The beginning of my pregnancy went great.  It wasn’t until about 15 weeks that I started spotting.  I went in for an ultrasound to make sure everything was okay and the doctors couldn’t find the source of the bleeding, saying as long as the blood was “old” I would be fine.  I then started bleeding heavily and bright red.  I was put on bed rest at 18 weeks.  We were still unable to locate where the blood was coming from.  Things on bed rest continued to worsen.  I was waking up to large gushes of blood and passing blood clots. [Read more...]

Lauren

Mom to her little one

D&C November 9th, 2011

Montclair, New Jersey

Our rollercoaster ride began almost immediately after our wedding in late June 2011.  That August, after having not gotten my period since two days after our wedding, I began to see medical professionals to find out why 1. I had not gotten my period and 2. I was feeling so tired, nauseous, and dizzy. I took lots of pregnancy tests and they all came out negative. In mid-September the symptoms had vanished and I got an ultrasound done that confirmed I had a cyst on my ovary and we were told it was unlikely I would be able to ovulate with it there. We were also told to wait a few weeks more and if I didn’t get a period that they would start me on a medication to induce my period to start. I began feeling all those symptoms again and took yet another pregnancy test just to check and it came out positive!  We were ecstatic!  It wasn’t in our plan but after all of this uncertainty it was a welcome, happy outcome.

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Claudia

Mum to Gabriele 09/10/2011

Mum to Vincenzo & Benedetto (submitted separately)

Buckinghamshire, UK

It started well.  April and I was pregnant, again I knew straight away and my trusty Clear Blue Digital confirmed 1-2 weeks.  It had to be all good this time, as long as it wasn’t twins we knew what to do – start the Aspirin and go and get some blood thinners prescribed.  

Whitney

Mom to Hunter James

Born Still on October 21, 2011

Westland, MI

My beautiful baby boy, Hunter James, was born still on October 21, 2011.  He was 1lb. 11oz. and 13 inches long. He had my nose and facial features, his daddy’s brown hair and long toes.
My husband and I had been married for just under a year when we decided to start trying for our first child. I was very excited and ready to be a mommy.  I had an IUD, which I had taken out as soon as we decided. We got pregnant right away, within the first few weeks of it being out. This was very unexpected, but very exciting.

Krystal

Mom to Alana Monique Rodriguez & Selena Monique Rodriguez

January 31, 2011 to January 31, 2011

Forever in our hearts

Portland, Oregon

It was early October of 2010 when my boyfriend and I found out I was pregnant. We had so many different emotions that day. We had just moved to a new state and were staying with family until we were able to get on our feet. So finding out we were having a baby was a lot to put on us at that time, but of course the feelings of “what are we going to do” went away and on came the pure excitement. We told everyone in the family and they were all supportive. This being my first pregnancy I was very nervous but anxious at the same time. [Read more...]

2011 Holiday Gift Exchange


 Hi Everyone!

The upcoming holiday season is supposed to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’ But we all know, it’s these ‘special’ times that can really hurt the most. For many of us, the holidays are an incredibly bittersweet time, and a painful reminder of the little one(s) who should be there to celebrate them with us.

We hope this gift exchange will help brighten up the holidays for those of us missing our babies. Participants in the exchange will be matched with another Mom, Dad or sibling and can buy or hand-make their partner something in honor of their baby–an ornament, a special candle, anything! Participating is not only a great way to honor and include your child(ren) this holiday season, but a chance to connect with someone you may not have ‘met’ before.

Here are the details of the exchange:

1.)  Click here to sign-up, or fill out the form at the bottom of this post.

2.) Sign-up is open until November 25, 2011.
3.) You don’t have to celebrate Christmas or any other holiday to participate.
4.) To help with gift ideas, we ask you to tell us what reminds you of your baby(ies).
5.) We are asking that you don’t spend more than $20.00 (U.S. dollars) so that no one feels obligated
to spend a lot of money.

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Rachel

Mom to a little one

Early Miscarriage, 2011

Land O Lakes, Florida

My name is Rachel and my husband, Joshua, and I have been married since March 2009. I am 27 and my husband is 30; he wanted to start having a family right away, stating that he was “getting old” This from a man who runs circles around my 4 year old nephew. I was finally ready to begin trying in October 2010. My cycles were infrequent and far between, so my doctor started me on Clomid to make me ovulate after a few months of no success. [Read more...]

 

 

Amanda

Mom to Aubre Lynn and Colton Scott

Miscarried June 23rd, 2011 and June 24th, 2011

Washington/Prosperity, Pennsylvania

Where to start? Well, my husband (Scott) and I tried for 3 years to conceive on our own. Finally, we went and saw a fertility specialist. Long story short we conceived on our 1st try! We both were very excited. My fertility Dr. told me with what my blood count was at he was thinking it was multiples. We ended up conceiving twins. We both were very excited;  matter of fact our whole family was excited. I was doing great, feeling great and all of the ultrasounds were great. We had an ultrasound on June 22nd, 2011 (I was 18 weeks 1 day). Both babies were very active and moving around a lot. [Read more...]

Illuminate: new photography contest starts today!

For the past 3 weeks, I have been participating in an online photography class called Illuminate: Lighting the Path to Photographic Healing. This class, put together by professional photographer and ‘baby loss mom,’ Beryl Young, is designed specifically for moms who have lost a baby.

I can now say from personal experience, that this class is absolutely incredible. Beryl really out-did herself. It’s essentially one part technical photography training, one part emotional healing journey, and one part intimate support group. I’m just loving it, and am super sad it’s all going to be over in just one week!

But although my Illuminate journey is ending, yours can be just beginning! The second Illuminate session will be starting on August 24th and running through September 28th. I really want to encourage you to consider signing up for this unique opportunity. One thing that we are really passionate about at Faces of Loss, is helping parents who have lost a baby not only ‘get through’ the experience, or get to the point of being ‘okay’ again, but really use that experience, that tragedy, to grow and discover new things about themselves. This Illuminate class is the perfect opportunity to begin to do just that.

To kick-off registration, Beryl is generously giving away one free spot in the upcoming session. We’re calling this contest ‘Through the Lens of a Baby Loss Mom.’ Here’s how you can enter:

  • Capture a photo that shows your interpretation of the theme ‘through the lens of a babyloss mom.’
  • Submit your photo by August 10th, using this form
  • Winner will be chosen by a panel of current Illuminate class members, based on the strength of the message conveyed via your image, composition, lighting, and uniqueness

If you are ready to register for the class today, please click here. If you win the contest, your registration fee will be refunded.

Thanks so much, everyone.

Love and peace,

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Announcing…

We are excited to announce that we have joined forces with Grieve Out Loud to bring a brand-new program to Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope. It’s called Voices of Loss (VOL), and it is a one-on-one pen-pal program, where parents who have experienced the loss of a baby can connect in an intimate, confidential setting, with someone who has walked in their shoes.

While we encourage everyone to share their story on our website, we know (and completely understand!) that not everyone is ready to talk about their loss so publicly, so soon. We hope that this new VOL program will be yet another way for grieving parents to find support and connect with others who ‘get it’ during such a dark and devastating time in their lives.

There is already a team of wonderful VOL team members (pen-pals) in place, but we are looking to add even more voices to the team! To find out more about what this opportunity is all about, please click here.

And if you are looking for support and would like to be matched with a pen-pal, please click here to start the process.

A HUGE thank you to Julie, Founder of Grieve Out Loud (and new VOL Director!) for partnering with us on this wonderful new project!

Love and peace,

Kristin

Founder/Director

Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope

Help us win a $25K grant from Pepsi Refresh!


Funding will allow us to create and distribute 12-page grief support booklets, train in-person social support group leaders, and continue to provide online connection and support to women who have lost a baby.

To vote:

1) Follow this link: http://pep.si/kzOEpR

2) Click the button that says ‘vote for this idea’

3) You’ll be prompted to either login or sign up for a new voting account (this just takes a few minutes and a valid email address, or you can even login using your facebook account!)

4) VOTE!

5) Repeat once a day, every day!

6) You can also ‘power vote’ for us if you have a ‘power voting code,’ found on specially marked Pepsi products.

As a way of thanking you for your support, we’ll be giving out lots of great prizes all month long for our voters!

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Carrol

Tallahassee, Florida

Early miscarriage at 9 1/2 weeks

 

 

I remember April 24, 2011 as if it was yesterday. That was the day that I realized that life has so much more meaning and how much i could love someone so genuinely. My journey started when I found out that I was pregnant 2 days after my sister’s birthday. When I seen those 2 pink lines staring back at me it was like my life flashed before my eyes and all I could do was cry. After spilling the news to my best friend, (who’s house I was at to take the test.)  I immediately called my boyfriend to let him know. After being reassured by him that, “Everything is going to be OK.”  The reality of telling my parents that I am pregnant hit me…. and hit me HARD. I was only 20 years old and in my 3rd year of college still just a baby in their eyes. [Read more...]

Chantel

Mom to My Lil Angel

April 28, 2011

Huntsville, AL

I am 25 and married… been married for close to 5 years now and been with my husband for just nearing 6 years. Well back in March 2011 I was thinking I was pregnant but ya’ know my husband and I were not real sure because we have had so many negatives before so we let it go for awhile and I was getting symptoms and such. [Read more...]

Emily

Mom to Sprout

March 5, 2011

Bedford, Indiana

Once we decided to add a new member to our household, we were ecstatic to find that we were expecting after just 2 cycles, as I was diagnosed with PCOS with an LH imbalance. [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there–whether your children are in your arms, in your hearts, or both.

Love,

The Faces of Loss Team

*The feet in the pic belong to Andy, husband of Faces Founder, Kristin, and proud dad to Stevie Joy, 5-8-10

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