As it approaches to being nearly 6 months since Elva passed I take note of how things have changed from before and since.
Before life seemed somehow easier, less pressured, always time to do stuff later or tomorrow. Now I feel like I’m running out of time. I feel the need to get on with things. If I want to do something then I should put wheels into motion now not later. There may never be a later and if I want to do it then I should.
Everything I do, every enjoyment or smile I wonder what Elva would be doing. How she would enjoy what were doing, how she would react. How old she would be, whether I’d even be where I am that day if she were here. What milestones would she hitting. What things would we enjoy doing with her. We will never know.
Lately I find myself drawn into conversations with people who understand kind of, in a way but actually really don’t. Nearly losing your baby, having a scare or some sort, having a heavy period with no positive pregnancy test is NOT the same as losing a child in pregnancy. Even a miscarriage isn’t the same so why on earth would your child surviving be the same? I have a child who was lucky to be here too but that scare followed by the joy is nothing like the deep despair and darkness of stillbirth.
I find it rude when people suggest they kind of know. They aren’t to know and that’s a good thing but why compare? why think you know when you don’t? It makes the one who lost a child sad, maybe angry and makes them feel defeated with life because their baby didn’t get the chance yours did.
Another thing that become apparent even from day one but it also continues is associations.
Not with objects or smells but days, numbers, months.
Here are mine:
March : my last LMP. You are asked this over and over and over during pregnancy. Its etched into your brain the whole time. The first day of your last period.
April: when I found out I was pregnant
May: When we had a scan for the first time
August: when we found out Elva was a girl. Our first!
October: when she was born too soon.
December: her original due date. Maybe her first Christmas
January: her amended due date.
6: her due date
10: the day we found out her heart had stopped
13: the day she was born
15: the day I left her behind in the hospital
27: her first due date
Monday: the day she was born
Tuesday: our only 24 hours together
Wednesday: the day I left her behind
Thursday: the day I felt her last, the day she likely died
Friday: the day we found out
Sunday: the day I made her dress. The day I packed my labour bag, The day I was on my own with my youngest all day not knowing what the next day would bring.
9am: when I went back to the hospital to be induced
10am: the time I realised she hadn’t moved
1pm: when I rang my midwife
2pm: the time I walked away fighting myself silently not wanting to ever leave.
5pm: when the midwife came and couldn’t find her heartbeat
6.30pm: when I was told they were sorry after we all saw a still heart on the scan
8pm: when I arrived home to face my boys knowing I couldn’t give them what we promised
930pm: Elva Isobel entered this world having already left it. 1lb 5oz all 14 inches of her.
1130pm: the last time I felt my gorgeous baby move
This has been a hard blog to write. The memories can be happy like meeting her, finally seeing that face. Seeing those feet that had been kicking and prodding me. Holding her, feeling her. Dressing her.
But also the memories of when she was alive thinking if only I knew what I know now. If only.
Soon Elva will have been gone longer than she was with us. A whole year nearly since she wasn’t even a thought or a hope and she’s already gone.
When 2014 started I never expected to be moving house but it was something we thought might happen and it did. We never expected to get pregnant it wasn’t even a want of ours at that time but it happened. When it did I couldn’t imagine having another baby in the house it seemed so surreal and like a dream. Not once did I imagine she wouldn’t be here though. I didn’t ever think I would bury a child but I never even thought of the impact of no baby plans, to conceiving to burying her all in the space of 7 months. Even now it feels just too big.