I dedicate this post to: Adelaide Grace
I haven’t blogged in a while.
Life just seems to throw us curveballs sometimes. These times, often make interacting with others more difficult than at other times . . . happier times. I have been on the proverbial “Emotional Roller Coaster” the past few weeks, and despite my initial inclination to keep this a private matter, I’ve decided to share it. My hope is that sharing my experience may bring Hope, Healing, and Freedom to not only me, but perhaps a few others as well. That’s what we writers do though, we write. We tell the stories on our hearts, and share the experiences that maybe others can’t quite put into words.
The stark reality is that I have recently suffered the most painful experience of my life: a miscarriage.
And, it’s true what they say; that you can’t fully understand the pain of a miscarriage, unless you have gone through one yourself. At least that has been my experience. It’s a pain I am ill equipped to describe, or put into words. I just never knew losing something, someone, I should say, so soon (a mere 7 weeks, in my case), especially before ever really getting to know them could be so heart wrenching. But it was . . . it is.
When I found out on April Fool’s that I was pregnant, I immediately thought, “You’re funny God!” “Why me??” How am I going to manage with 4 children, plus do all of the other things I have felt called to do?? I sent the picture of the positive tests, yes both of them (verification was needed), to my husband, whose immediate response was to call me, and ask: “What does that mean?” I laughed, and said I thought it was pretty self explanatory, especially since I sent him a picture of the box with directions on how to read the results. Needless to say, we weren’t “trying to conceive.” It just happened. A surprise.
I LOVE surprises! But, at first, this surprise took me a second to get excited about. We already have 3 beautiful children, and we just weren’t expecting to expand our family at this time. I’m actually in the process of preparing for a big test I’m taking in early June, the LSAT. So, I was just confused about the timing is all. But, with the knowledge that God thought we could handle it, we were ready to put everything on hold again, and accept this new treasure into our family and into our hearts.
We hadn’t told many people we were expecting, still many people don’t know. We wanted to wait out the “danger zone,” of the first trimester before saying anything. But, I NEVER considered the “danger zone” would ever affect me. I have had 3 textbook pregnancies, and 3 better than textbook deliveries, all natural (no epidurals ever). What did I need to worry about??
In all honesty, I have even felt a little guilty at times, at the ease of which our family has been able to conceive, especially since our first child was a “teenage pregnancy,” while others I have known have struggled. Conversely, after miscarrying, I felt a slight pang of jealousy scrolling down my Facebook news feed seeing all of the newborn babies and friends of mine getting ready to have their babies. And I thought, “Why Not me?”
But, really and truly this is a silly mindset of mine, and yes, I will say it: of those who ask the question: “Why do seemingly ‘undeserving/unfit’ parents end up with children, while I (who would be the MOST Loving and Responsible parent) am left without a child?” Perhaps you disagree, but I think both questions are unfair.
I certainly feel for those women out there – but the problem comes with comparing our lives with that of another’s life. We simply cannot compare ourselves/our lives or life stories to anyone else’s. My pain may not be your pain today, and your pain may not be mine, but we each suffer pain nonetheless. Sometimes in ways that can be unbearable to us, that perhaps we think nobody else can understand.
On the flip side, we each experience beauty and indescribable JOY in different ways too. God gives us the Joy in the Morning to cast out the fear, loss, and shadows of the darkness.
So, while we may not understand the “why?” when we experience pain – we can still trust God to be our all in all. We can even help ourselves a little, by not comparing our sorrows with other people’s joys. It’s unfair to them, but it’s MORE unfair to you.
Before I knew for sure that I was going to miscarry, God led me to this passage in Isaiah:
Isaiah 40:29-31 (HCSB)
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Yahweh is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the whole earth.
He never grows faint or weary;
there is no limit to His understanding.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and strengthens the powerless.
30 Youths may faint and grow weary,
and young men stumble and fall,
31 but those who trust in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint.
This became my prayer, that my trust in God would sustain me through whatever outcome or situation that would come. Right then, I said to myself, “He is my strength and my refuge, and I know I will not faint with Him as my guide.”
It’s true, I didn’t faint. But, it damn near killed me inside. I was literally a walking zombie for a few days, and weeks went by where I would just curl up and cry at night after my husband was home and taking care of the kids. I cried so hard that it literally hurt my chest, and I thought I would choke or hyperventilate. Because we hadn’t told many people, it was hard for me even still, because nobody knew what I was going through on the inside.
You see, having a child die inside of you, I have found, is no less real than having one die outside of you. Except perhaps for others, since they didn’t get to know that child or even see them or even know they existed before finding out that they passed, as in my situation.
It seems that in the case of miscarriage, the mom often walks the road of sadness and mourning alone. Having good supportive friends and family truly helps beyond imagination. But, really it is the mother (and father too, I guess) that feels the loss most completely, since no one else had the chance to get to know the little person.
Some people may say, “Well, you can always try again…“and while this is very true, and also comforting to a degree, it is also downplaying the fact that there was a real person who was lost to that family. It was also something harder to hear for someone like me, who wasn’t “trying” to begin with.
Anyway, I was really an emotional wreck for weeks, but then the sun started to come up. I feel a lot more like myself now. It’s not that I’ve gotten over Adelaide, that’s what we named her: Adelaide Grace. But, I have moved past the self-pity and even denial of it all. I’m not sad anymore. As the realization that I have a baby who gets to grow up in Heaven, and be with my grandparents, sinks in, I can smile at that. It is sad, but also completely out of my control. So, wallowing in self-pity and sadness would do no good for anyone.
So, here I am.
Living, enjoying life beyond my loss. I will always remember her, and I will be happy to finally meet her in Heaven someday. For now though, I have a little angel looking down on me watching, wanting to know what I will do in the meantime.
Please listen to this song if you get a chance, it has really ministered to me, and I pray it does for you too:
Versos en Espanol: Isaias 40:29-31 (NBLH)