[Week 34] 3 more weeks to go…

We are almost there… almost there!

Am constantly reminding myself that it’s just 3 more weeks! Have faith! Everything’s gonna be alright…

Our Last Few Days With Little N.

We are starting to get little flashes of our last few days with Nathan.

Memories are starting to fall back in place- for some reasons, we’ve been having a hard time recalling our days with Nathan.

It does bring fear at times when flashes like this happens but deep inside, I do hope I can remember more things about Nathan when we finally see Sib at the labour ward.

Truth Is, It Is More Than Just Counting Down.

The anxiety. Worries. They are starting to show as the days to her arrival date is nearing. Every single ‘signs’ seem so exaggerated probably from my gynea’s point of view. lol.

Even though the counting down gets us super nervous about everything, I kinda realised what truly matters most to us right now is the time we spend each day with our loved ones, especially with Sib.

It doesn’t matter if something were to happen again… I just don’t want to regret having not spend enough time talking and playing with her. I don’t want to waste my time feeling worried on things that I can’t control anyways.

I Need To Trust God And Have Faith That Everything Will Turn Out Fine.

We are absolutely thankful for all the blessings we have so far, even the loss of Nathan- it doesn’t stop us from feeling thankful for giving Nathan to this family.

So I shall take each day as a blessing from God… thankful for all that we have. Without Him, there will never be ‘us’ now.

One Year On…

One Year On…

Today is a special day for Dee & I. It’s the first year anniversary for our child, Nathaniel.

We knew this day will eventually come. During the weeks leading up to it, I wondered to myself if this should be Nathan’s first birthday (since he was technically born on 2 Feb 2016) or his death anniversary (since he was pronounced a stillborn child on the same day). Eventually, we decided to just settle down on this being his first anniversary.

Though work has been busy for us lately,  we decided to deliberately slow down today. We took off from work so that we could spend a little more time with one another.

One year ago, our lives were shaken when we found out Nathan wasn’t going to join us in this world, and that his journey with us has ended. It was a loss that wasn’t just our own, but also those of our parents, our family, our relatives and friends.

Nathan’s passing taught me and Dee that nothing in this world is permanent. And that sometimes, life will throw difficult curve balls that we have no answers to.

2016 was a year of two half for us. After losing Nathan in Feb, we found out in August (9 Aug in fact!) that Dee was pregnant with baby “Sib.” At times, 2016 felt like such a difficult year that we almost forgot to count our blessings, and that is God giving us another baby in our lives.

Picking Up The Pieces…

About 10 months ago, we buried Nathan’s bones somewhere special. We didn’t want to hold on to it for too long then because we felt it was right for us to let go…even if it’s temporary.

We packed his bones into this little box.

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Today, we decide to revisit the place where we buried his bones. We told ourselves that if we do visually see the box, or what’s left of it, then we will bring it back home…Otherwise, we will just leave it at where it’s buried.

And we did…bring it home, and we left some flowers there instead 🙂

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Obviously what we did is not what most people would do, or even should do…there are proper places where remains can be kept. But our rational was that since he never got a birth or death certificate anyway, there was no reason for him in having anything permanent.

So we did what we wanted to do to cope with our loss and recovery. I guess the point behind this is that each loss is personal.

The most important thing about this isn’t actually about what we did. Rather, it was that we did as a family, Dee and I – super happy as well that sib could join us as an (unwilling) accomplice this time around!

Losses Can Be Very Painful, But Moving On Is Possible

The past year have taught us that while some losses are agonisingly painful, we can still move on to another chapter of our lives.

The greatest fear for us moving on is being afraid that the shared experiences that we previously had with Nathan would be lost. That the memories of him will slowly fade away in our lives. But that’s not a good reason to cling on.

We move on not because we have to, but because we want to.

I know that Nathan will always be an important part of our lives. The next chapter of our lives has already started, but that doesn’t mean the previous chapter we had with him is over, or irrelevant. The impact he has brought us will shape our thoughts and how we are as person, and also the parents we will be.

And that’s the kind of impact a loved one can bring to anyone, even little babies like Nathan.

I recently re-read the book, “A Grace Disguised” by Jerry Sittser. Here’s a quote which caught my attention from the book.

“Choice is therefore the key. We can run from the darkness, or we can enter into the darkness and face the pain of loss. We can indulge ourselves in self-pity, or we can empathise with others and embrace their pain as our own. We can run away from sorrow and drown it in addictions, or we can learn to live with sorrow. We can nurse wounds of having been cheated in life, or we can be grateful and joyful, even though there seems to be little reasons for it.” 

For those of you who are wondering how Dee and I have been, We just want you to know that we are doing fine.

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[Week 31] 6 more weeks to go…

We have 6 more weeks to go. As the big day draws nearer, our fear of losing little Sib grows simultaneously too. Had a htht session with my mom today, sharing with her how I’m taking things one day at a time. Keeping my hope as low as possible, and just enjoy each day spent with little Sib.

And that made me realise the difference between ‘fear’ and ‘appreciating’ each day to its best. There’s a fine line between being afraid to think of the future vs I-just-want-to-spend-each-day-to-it-best-and-whatever-comes-it’s-a-bonus kind of mindset.

I do hope that when the big day comes, I’ll be able to overcome the fear of losing little sib. Cos’ I know that if I keep that fear in me, it will only manifest and become a bigger/ never ending fear when she grows up.

Do keep us in prayer as we learn to fully trust and have faith in God that only He will heal us from all these fear. And that I will truly enjoy the remaining pregnancy time with little Sib till she joins us in this world as our dearest little baby.

God bless our family and may we continue to give encouragement to those who are going through or been through difficulties like us. Amen!

 

[Week 28] The 3rd Trimester Begins…

Dear Nathan,

Just want to let you know how much you’ve been missed dearly each day. Our hearts are still in great pain every time we think about you and I think it’ll forever be there till we unite with you in heaven.

Your little sis has been growing well and she now weighs 1.3kg at 28 weeks! Gynea forecasted that she will probably be around 2.8kg when she arrives to this world at 38 weeks! Though you can’t be around to share the joy with us, we know that you will be anxiously looking out for her like a guardian angel.

We love you so much, Nathan! Till we meet again!

Love, Mommy

 

 

Dear Nathan, There Is So Much I Want To Tell You

Dear Nathan, There Is So Much I Want To Tell You

My dear Nathan,

It’s been 17 months since you joined our family, and about 8 months since you left us – at least until we meet each other again. There have been so many things that have happened, so many things that we want to tell you.

Mommy found a new job after her maternity leave. She is now working with Daddy! We have so much work to do each day, but are thankful that Daddy and Mommy are able to see each other so often. It really helped us recover, being able to spend so much time with one another to keep ourselves occupied.

4 months ago, we found out that Mommy is pregnant again! We call your sibling, “Sib” – Unlike how you were growing up, Sib kinda crave for attention. In fact, at just 2 months, people were already giving up their seats on the train for Mommy and Sib. Mommy told me that only happened for you and her when you were about 4-5 months old. Daddy also had some friends secretly asking him if Mommy was pregnant. That’s how it is like with Sib. Always wanting to be acknowledged.

Recently, we also found out that Sib is a girl! Your Mommy kinda suspected it for some time. Yes, that also means she is your baby sister! She is the first girl in Daddy’s side of the family, following your 3 other boy cousins who are still in the UK, and of course, you.

Daddy is sad because he knows that you and Sib won’t be able to see each other. However, when your little sister is old enough, Daddy will tell her all about you. The precious times we spent with you. Your favourite movies, IP Man (1/2/3), our time together at Bali, how big grew to be in Mommy’s womb and the stretch marks that you left her with, the c-section scar that she now has to remind us of you, your beautiful eyes from Daddy and kissable lips from Mommy, the mole, right above your lips, and of course, the day you left us and the funeral service we had for you.

In our eyes, you are the most beautiful baby boy we could have ever dream of having. Daddy and Mommy will always remember you as our perfect brave little baby boy.

Daddy will take good care of Mommy and Sib. Daddy wishes you could be here, to see her when she joins us. But Daddy knows that God has a different plan for all of us – Me, you, Mommy and Sib.

Nathaniel and Sib – We love the both of you very much, and always will.

With Love, Daddy and Mommy. 

[Week 16] Yay but still worried…

Sib is officially 4-month old in mummy’s womb now 🙂

Day seems to pass damn slowly but we are trying our best to enjoy every moment with Sib. Felt Sib’s first solid kick yesterday! [Yay! Another milestone unlocked!]

We’ll be visiting our gynea in 2 weeks time. Will try to keep my anxiety and worries out of my silly human mind for now.

Week 14 check-up went extremely well

Couldn’t really sleep the night before… and was feeling so nervous as I wait for my turn to see my gynea. Not too sure if I hid my ‘nervousness’ well enough but Dr Kenneth’s bubbly-ness calmed me down a little.

We did the scan straight away and I was holding my breath praying for everything to be okay. We ended up seeing our little sib in a ‘praying’ position- lol. And yea- phew! All is well 🙂

Thank God for keeping our little sib safe and healthy. Taking one small step at a time to look forward to sib’s arrival. 5 more months to go! Ganbatte!

On a separate note…

I realised Facebook can sometimes do more harm than you would expect. 

Am starting to block a couple of facebook posts here and there… I think sometimes those Facebook posts triggers your ‘anxiety button’ for nothing. -.-|||

If it wasn’t for my job to monitor the social media space, I would have just deleted my account… at least for the next 5 months.

I was quite affected by a post from a friend who’s otw to the hospital for labor. That made some flashbacks of our little N who had braxton hicks a week before he passed. I remembered how much I was hoping that it was a real contraction, and how much I hoped we induced him out even though dilation wasn’t even at 1cm…

It brought so much memories… and there goes my afternoon I guess…

 

[Week 10] The Night Before Our Check Up

[Week 10] The Night Before Our Check Up

It’s week 10! 3 weeks just flew past pretty quickly.

I’ve been counting down for tomorrow’s check up. Feeling kinda nervous about it actually. On one hand, I can’t wait to catch a glimpse of the little sibling and yet on the other hand, I don’t know if there’s gonna be bad news coming our way during the check up.

I’ve been reminding myself to leave everything to God. Trust Him with all my might and strength. I know it’s easier said than done, the kind of fear and uncertainty simply turns me away from God.

I know that I need to overcome this fear. The pregnancy is a blessing to us no matter how it goes. This is our trial, our journey with God. I hope to overcome the inner fear and strengthen my faith in Him through this pregnancy.

From this perspective, I see a more meaningful journey than to fear each coming days like walking barefootedly on a thousand needles. Lets have hope, and trust that everything is in God’s good hands, Amen.

I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you.” – Psalm 91:2