Monday, January 12, 2009

Memorial Monday

This week's Memorial Monday post is in honor of Amy and her sweet baby boy, William Henry, born still. Amy asked me to write her story because it is still very painful for her to do so herself. To learn more about Amy and to offer further support, please visit her blog.

When Amy found herself pregnant for the second time after her first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at seven weeks, she was a little nervous. However, after the first trimester passed without incident, she allowed herself to relax and get excited. This is a picture of the happy mommy-to-be in the last few days of her pregnancy.

When she went in for a routine OB/GYN appointment at 25 weeks, the nurse could not find the heartbeat. An ultrasound was immediately done and confirmed that her baby boy, William, had passed away. This post gives the full details of finding out that there was no heartbeat.

She would deliver her son, William Henry Johnson, three days later on December 13, 2007. His full birth story can be read at
this post.

Having followed Amy's story since she first started blogging, I have always admired her courage and honesty in how she has grieved. I was especially impressed when in
this post, the day of her would-have-been due date, she did something to make someone else's day a little brighter. I am not too proud to admit that I blatantly stole that idea for my own angels and added her William's name to the list that I put on the note that I handed the lady at my own Star.buck's drive thru.

Through out my own pregnancy, Amy didn't stop commenting, even when I passed the 25th week, she was still there. And she still visits now. I find that kind of support incredibly humbling. Her happiness for others' success in the wasteland of infertility and pregnancy loss is an inspiration.

So, please, if you've never been to her blog, please check it out and leave a comment. And keep visiting so that you'll be there to celebrate with her when she finally has a baby to hold in her arms as well as the ones that she already holds in her heart.

To be featured in upcoming Memorial Mondays, please contact me by clicking on my profile link and then by clicking on my e-mail link. You can either write your story yourself or provide me with the details and I will do it for you. You may include pictures, poetry, whatever feels right. This is your memorial for your loss.


Ms. J said...

Amy . . . I am deeply sorry that you are not able to cradle your sweet little boy right now. I am bawling having just looked at his photo on your blog. Thinking of you, baby boy, and your husband with many prayers and support.

Stacey said...

Amy, you sound like an amazing person with an incredible heart. Thanks, Katie, for sharing this story. I'm remembering this precious baby boy today.

Amy said...

I read this, early this morning, I had tears streaming down my face! You did a wonderful job of relaying my story and for that I am grateful! I know William is watching over me and I know one day, with lots of luck, support and love from friends like you I will be able to give him a sibling here on earth. I am once again touched tremendously by your kindness!
Much love and peace to you and Will, Amy

Aunt Becky said...

Amy, you amaze me with your grace and quiet strength, just like you always have. Sending you and sweet baby William light and love.

Geohde said...

I'll be sure to stop by.


Cara said...

To Amy who takes her pain and uses it to inspire others.

To William - a driving spirit in their household.