Friday, October 30, 2009

miller lite please

Life seemed different then. I could really use a night of dressing up and going out with friends with not a care in the world except what kind of beer to drink. I think I'd keep it simple with a good ol' Miller Lite.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

missing my little guy

I may look the same on the outside, but my heart has been broken. I will live the rest of my life with a void, knowing something, someone is missing. A piece of my heart is empty and can only be filled when I hold Andrew again.  Somedays are easier than others, but not a single day goes by without thinking of my little guy.  I miss you Andrew and simply wish you were here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

the flood

Tomorrow at 12:15 we will officially be selling our first home.  In doing so, I took some time to look through some old pictures.  Last summer (as in 2008) went away for 3 days.  While we were gone a pipe burst in the upstairs bathroom and water flowed through the house.  The entire middle floor of our house was ruined, and as I walked into the basement, I saw part of the ceiling on the floor.  Every piece of carpet was replaced in the house, many walls were torn down and rebuilt, and the kitchen was torn down to the studs.  We grabbed some dry clothes, headed to the parents, and moved back home 3 months later.

The basement ceiling...

Starting the drying process on the middle floor...

All the carpet torn up and starting the drying process in the basement...

Our cozy family room during the rebuild...

This is the kitchen looking into the family room...connected by a kitchen counter and sink...

Kitchen wall drying out...

More of the kitchen...

New walls!...

All put back together...

As my dad would say, "just another bump bolder on the road of life"

Monday, October 26, 2009

new adventure

Movers are coming today.  I'd post pictures, but even though the camera is out, the usb cord is packed.   I'm nervous about the move.  This home holds many many memories.  Some good, some not so good, but all make me who I am today.  We brought Katelyn home to this home, and we grieved for Andrew in this home.   We fixed up a lot of rooms, had a flood, and then rebuilt again.  In this home Adam and I grew as individuals, as a couple, and as a family.  Thank you Eustis Street.  Today starts a new adventure...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

packing packing packing

We are packing up our house this weekend.  All of it in one weekend.  That's not fun.  Katelyn spent the night at grandmom and granddads last night and will be heading to K's tonight.  She's called a few times and said "Hi mommy, I talk to daddy peas".  I say "do you want to talk to me?"  She says "I talk to daddy peas".  It's okay, I know she loves me.

We packed up Andrews room this morning.  It was the first room we did.  I had Adam come sit with me and we looked at each outfit that was hanging in the closet.  I took all of his special stuff and loaded it in a bin to take with me to my parents house.  I don't want to put it in storage, I need it all close to me.

I best get back to packing.  I came downstairs to take a break and watch some of the Purdue game.  Go Boilers!  Apparently I'm not the only one in the house wanting to take a break and watch Purdue.  There's an empty bowl of popcorn and an empty glass where Adam was sitting. 

Friday, October 23, 2009

the patio

It's hitting me rather quickly and with force that we are moving.  These emotions came out of no where.  Well, I am rather emotionally unstable these days, but I thought I'd be fine with the move.  More than any room in our house, I am going to miss the patio out back.  My dad and I fixed up our backyard a couple of years ago.  We did it together by hand.  It was a great bonding time, I enjoyed every minute of it...even when my dad wanted to start EARLY on Saturday mornings.  The whole patio project started because I knew I wanted to hang a swing for Katelyn.  If you know my dad, you know how that want for a swing turned into a full on project.  It was great, and I am really sad to be leaving it.  Really sad. 

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Adam and I love football, we even met at a flag football coaches meeting.  In my opinion, the actual sport combined with the fall season make it the best time of the year.  I know Andrew would have grown to love football too.  I imagine him as a quarterback.  If he took after me, he'd be able to throw the ball.  Granted I can't throw a football that well, I used to throw a mean softball.  If he took after his dad, he'd be a solid blocker and a fast runner.  Adams paternal grandparents were both Olympic athletes, one for sprinting and the other for hurdles.  Adam's maternal uncle was recruited to play for the Jets.  Adam has solid athletic skills all around.  I know Andrew would too.

Anyway, all of these thoughts came about when I saw the "football" line at Gymboree on sale.  If Andrew were here, I would be dressing him in some of these clothes.  I guess that's how my mind works these days.


This weekend we have to pack up Andrew's room.  I don't want to.  I don't want to put his stuff in a box knowing that it never needs to come back out of that box again.  I'm sure I'll unpack his stuff at our new place, but I know it will just be to make me feel better, not because it needs to be unpacked.

Oh yeah, and we need to pack up the rest of our house too.  Movers are coming on Monday.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

something good

It’s interesting for me to read other mothers blogs about the need to become a better person. I’ve been feeling this need since I was in the hospital holding Andrew. I feel like I need to change, something good must come out of this. Something, anything.

I continue to go through a period of personal reflection. I am still changing and wonder where I will end up. Will I be more religious or less? More angry or less? More compassionate or less? Of course I hope for all changes for the better, put it’s like pushing against a brick wall. It’s hard. I am still trying to figure out who I am becoming.  I want to do everything I can to become a better person in honor of my son.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


We think we're moving this weekend but we're not even sure yet!  MOVING.  We haven't bought a new place yet so we're heading to the parents house...again.  It's amazing how Andrew has put things in perspective.  It's easy to say that something like this will change you, but to actually feel it is amazing.  Yes, it's stressful, but it's different.  All I care about is that Adam, Katelyn and I are under the same roof.  It might not be our roof, but we'll be together.

katelyn and patrick

Here are some pictures taken on Sunday of Katelyn with her little cousin Patrick.  Patrick was born 3 weeks after Andrew.  Katelyn is still confused.  When I ask her who Andrew is, she continues to answer "Andrew is Patrick". 

They remind me of pictures of me holding Mike (Patricks dad) when we were little.  I'm sure you can imagine what else I think about when I see these pictures.

Monday, October 19, 2009

can't do anything

An old friend lost her baby boy last week.  He was full term and lived for about 24 hours.  The pain I feel for her is so strong and so pulls at an emotion I never knew I had.  It breaks my heart knowing that someone else is going through this level of pain, anger, confusion, shock, and pure sadness.  And I know that there isn't anything anyone can do.  Because nobody can give her her baby boy back.

Friday, October 16, 2009

in the dark

I visited Andrew the other night.  I was alone.  It was dark out, breezy, and very fall like.  The kind of night where I have memories as a young kid playing outside with the neighbors.  I had a great childhood.  I grew up on a small court with lots of kids and we'd spend so many nights outside running around playing "ghost in the graveyard" (ironic, huh?)!  I grew up about a mile down the road from St. Marks. 

I couldn't help but think "when the heck did I grow up?"  Of all the memories I have in Vienna and at St Marks, to think that there I was, alone in the dark, visiting my son.  It was pretty wierd.

I love this picture, it looks like I didn't have a stress in the world!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

our candle

This evening we lit our candle.

 Katelyn thought we were having a birthday party and wanted to blow the candle out.

We read some books about death and heaven. 
This one is my favorite.

Adam and I had an interesting conversation about heaven.
...then we watched The Office.

work in progress

I posted a few pictures from Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.  I love them all.  What do you think?  I am also working to make this blog and little less depressing to look at.  The post are depressing enough.  It's all a work in progress...the look, the posts, and me.

this little light of mine

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is a day of remembrance for all pregnancies and infant death which includes but not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. It is recognized in the United States and throughout Canada on October 15th of each year.

Participants begin lighting their candles at 7:00 pm and burn their candle for a period of at least one hour. The Result is a continuous chain of light spanning the globe for a 24 hour period in honor and remembrance of the children who pass away during pregnancy and shortly after birth.

I'm at work right now, so a new post will be coming later today...I am planning on posting more pictures.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

thanks for the reminder beechnut

I'm learning that there are a lot of things that I never thought about until after having a stillborn.  The first one was that a mothers milk still comes in.  Might be TMI for some of you readers, but now you know.  Another reality, all those e-mails you get from beechnut, pampers, huggies, etc, etc.  I must have put my information into some website, probably to check my due date when I first found out I was pregnant.  Now, my information seems to be in all of the baby e-mail databases.  I get frequent reminders of how old Andrew should be and what products I should be buying for him. 

"Your baby is now 11 weeks old"  Thanks for the reminder beechnut!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

who's room?

Katelyn and I stopped to look at a house today.  You know, since we'll be without a home in a couple of weeks.  We walked into a boys room and Katelyn said "baby cousins room!"  I said "you mean a brothers room?"  I then asked her again, "Katelyn, who's Andrew?"  Her response, "Andrew is baby cousin Patrick".  I just gave her a kiss. 

new background?

Man, this blog is depressing!  I need some color.  Does anyone know where I can get a better background - one a little more cheery?  I'll find one in the next few days...when I have more time to play around with it.  Stay tuned.  Cheery background coming soon.

a working link

Here's another link to the song - one that I don't think you need a password for.  It has an intro by his daughter.

with hope

"With Hope" by Steven Curtis Chapman.   Seriously, it's beautiful.

With Hope
This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you've gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
(There's a place by God's grace)

There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again
And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God's plan
But through the cloud of tears

I see the Father's smile and say well done
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
'Cause now you're home
And now you're free, and ...

We have this hope as an anchor
'Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so ...

So we can cry with hope
And say goodbye with hope
We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope

debbie downer

I've been joking with my sister, Maureen, lately that I should be called  Debbie Downer.  If you remember this skit from Saturday Night Live, you'd understand.  I don't mean to be Debbie Downer, but to be honest, I'm kindof a 'glass half empty' kind of person right now.  Hopefully that will change.  Again, I think it is, just at a really slow pace.  I'm going to post a song in a bit...

Monday, October 12, 2009

the quote

Today I had a moving company over for a quote.  My house was a total mess.  I blamed it on getting ready to move and sorting through stuff.  That's totally not true.  It's a disaster in here, and would be if I were packing or not.  While in Katelyn's room, I said I have a 2 1/2 year old (who was at Aunt MK's house at the time) who likes to throw her clothes everywhere...that's why they were all out all over her room rather than in her drawers.  We then walked into Andrews room.  He said "oh, you have a son"?  I said yes and moved on. 

Here's proof that Katelyn likes to make a mess...

Here's proof that Katelyn likes to do her own hair...

Sunday, October 11, 2009


We're getting ready to 2 weeks.  It's a long story.  We started this moving adventure in June, right before Andrew passed away.  We focused on selling our place.  Now we've sold it, lost out on five contracts and are getting ready to throw our stuff in storage and head to the parents house while we continue to house hunt.  The other day I texted my husband the simple statement "I need xanax".

We started packing today and I feel so anxious about having to pack up Andrews room.  We keep his door closed, but every night when I go to bed I check on Katelyn and then look in Andrews room.  Sometimes I sit in the rocker in his room holding his teddy bear and think about what should be.  I feel like when we move I'll be loosing that special place in our house that is just for him.  I don't want to have to pack up his stuff, I'm not ready.  I wonder if it would be wierd to unpack it at our new place...where and whenever that may be.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

the story - part 1

I know on these blogs many people write thier stories.  What happened and when.  It's something I've actually been writing in a word goes back to my fear of forgetting any details.

I've gotten a few e-mails asking what happened to Andrew so I wanted to share briefly what happened.  As I've mentioned a few times, I found comfort in reading others stories, but in particular stories like mine.  I wanted to learn about how others dealth with the same news I got.

Andrew died of Group B Strep Sepsis.  I wanted to know what happened, but no news comes without a mix of emotions.  The most difficult part of this news was knowing that Andrew was healthy.  He was healthy, growing at pace, and very active.  I remember sitting at work one day, pregnant, and shooting Adam an e-mail asking if it was too early to say that our son is hyper active.  The Dr's estimate is that Andrew got GBS about 7 days earlier, but once it turned into sepsis, he faded off within 24 hours. 

I'm no expert on Group B Strep, but it's pretty safe to say that I've read more about GBS than the average person (my husband would beg me to stop reading about it).  So, if you have any questions, shoot me an e-mail.

holy moly!

What is with this blog world?  I started reading blogs after Andrew, when I would do anything to connect with mothers who understood.  I started following a few, especially ones who lost thier babies right around when I did.  As I've started clicking from link to link, I am amazed at this world known as blogging.  It's unreal!  Some of them even talk about thier IRL friends not knowing about thier blog.  It took me some time, but realized that IRL mean "in real life".  This is quite an adventure...and a great way to procrastinate.  Seriously, I need to go get some other stuff done...

Here's a picture taken almost exactly a year ago.  This is Katelyn wandering down Adams parents driveway in Vermont.

as much as i do?

I got home last night and read this message that my oldest sister, Ann, wrote on my facebook wall.  "Ryan walked into my room scratching his head and said 'Mommy, I have a really important question. Do you think Katelyn misses Andrew as much as I do?'"

Ryan, 4 years old, is one of Andrews 10 cousins.  Ryan is the same one who, after finding out about Andrew, walked into my sisters room with a calender and asked if she could tell him when everyone will die so he'll know.  I'm always curious what they think of this experience, and how it might or might not affect them when they're older...and how this might affect Katelyn.  I just don't know.  If any of you out there have older children, or are a sibling, and experience on what their thoughts might be down the road, can you please let me know?

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Why do I feel like I need to remember every detail about the days I had with Andrew? I suppose it's because that's all I have. I asked Adam recently if he remembered how everything was laid out in Andrews’s niche. We were visiting Andrew’s special place, I was imagining what was on the inside, and all of a sudden drew a blank on what was in one of the corners. I started to feel a sense of panic. Adam told me that he does remember, but it’s getting less clear. I went home that night and drew it out, with my awesome drawing skills of course. I have pictures of everything we included in the niche and now, I have my drawing of how it's all laid out too. I’ve read many other blogs and realize that this need to remember every detail seems normal. Normal or not, I fear forgetting anything about Andrew.

Here are a few things we put in the niche with Andrew. Katelyn picked the bear out months ago for her baby brother  (It's a smaller version of a bear that my mom had gotten for him).  Adam chose a football for various reasons. We also included some pictures and notes that Adam and I wrote to Andrew.

This picture was taken of Katelyn the same time I took the picture of Andrews’s gifts...I wanted to remember how young and innocent she was.  I love it when she puts her shoes on the wrong feet. It's one of my favorite things about childhood.

it's just different

Delivering a stillborn child is something that many people do not understand. I’ve been asked many times if it would be harder to loose him if I had gotten to spend a few days, months, or years with him.

My answer is always that you can’t compare. It hurts in a very different way. I miss what I never got to know. His eyes, his smile, his laugh, his personality. I am left to constantly wonder and wish. I never got to rock him to sleep, take him for a walk in the sun, tickle him and hear his laugh. If I had a choice, I would want to have a few hours, days, or months with him. But I didn’t. So to answer the question, I don’t think you can compare.  All I can answer is what I know.  And I know that this hurts.  I really miss my little guy.


People keep telling me how strong I am.  I tell them "I don't have a choice".  If I could lay on the couch all day, I would.  Two things that keep a smile on my face are these two smiles.


I haven't been to St Marks to visit Andrews special place in a week now.  It's hard, it's all I can think about right now.  Visiting just makes me feel better.  Maybe one of these days I'll actually stop in the Church instead of walking right through.  An experience like this will certainly put your faith to the test.  I think I'm heading in the right direction, just at a really slow pace.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

thank you mom

Here's a poem my mom wrote right after Andrew passed. She signed it from us, from I know she is the one who wrote it and I thank her for that (other than the first 4 lines which she readily admits she 'borrowed' from another poem).

An angel wrote in the book of life
Andrew's date of birth
Then she whispered as she closed the book
"Too beautiful for earth"
We weren't prepared to say goodbye
Before we said hello
We couldn't accept not holding you
Before you had to go
We wanted to cuddle you, stroke your cheek
and watch you play
We could never imagine that you
wouldn't get to stay
So remember Andrew, we love you
and that's a special love
we hold you close beside us
feeling your sweetness from above
We will love you forever,
Mommy, Daddy, and Katelyn

i hope you're happy in heaven

Today is my sister Mary K's birthday.  I wish I could write about how important my family has been in my healing process, but there aren't really words.  Maybe I'll try someday.  For Mary K's birthday, I want to show her something to be proud of.  This is a drawing from my niece Kylee.  If you know Kylee, I'm sure this comes as no surprise.  She drew this on her own one day at my house.  We hadn't been talking about Andrew or anything.  She just went upstairs and came back down a bit later and gave this to me.  You can imagine how special that was to me.

"I hope you're happy in Heaven Andrew"

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

3 months

One thing I always wonder about is what Andrew would look like.  I'm a very visual person and everytime I see a little boy, I wonder what Andrew would look like at that age.  Here's a picture of Katelyn at 3 months. I wonder if he would look anything like her?

While looking for that picture, I also found this one of my father-in-law wearing a mullet wig.  It made me laugh.

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