Saturday, October 15, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Our baby died. She has a name. Her name is Cali Lindy Groover. She was a much wanted daughter, granddaughter, and niece. She was born on May 9th, 2011. Unfortunately, she was one of many babies that died that day. She died from stillbirth due to Anencephaly. 1 in 4 woman will have a miscarriage, stillbirth or some type of infant loss... October is baby loss awareness month. ♥
Please remember all the babies gone too soon this October!!
October is a month to break down the walls of society that keep pregnancy, infant and child loss a hush hush subject. People view the death of a baby as just a sad thing that happened. These babies that die are not sad things that happen. They are people, much loved and wanted children. They are brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, grandsons and granddaughters.
Monday, October 3, 2011
1: Who are you? Caitlin Groover.. Wife to Chris Groover.. & Mommy to Cali Groover.
2: Tell us about your child(ren).- Cali Lindy Groover, our beautiful angel.. Born May 9th, 2011 at 10:08pm. Born with a life taking NTD, Anencephaly.
3: Through your grief process who has been your "rock". - Definitely my amazing husband! I could not have asked for someone better to take care of me and help me through all my hard times.
4: Through your grief process what has kept you going? Pictures. I am constantly looking at pictures of my little Cali girl.
5: Do you ever get subtle reminds of your angel(s)? If so what what are they? Everything reminds me of her! She is always on my mind :)
6: How do you answer the question of how many children you have? 1 beautiful angel up in heaven. She will always be my first born! I will treat her as I would treat any of my future children.
7: Do you do something to honor your angel(s)? If so what? I am always doing special things for her. My favorite is our memorial tree we planted in our back yard in honor of her.
8: Do you feel you have more good days than bad ones? Lately, more bad. :(
9: If you have other children how has your loss affected them? If you don't other children how has your loss affected your relationship with your partner?- Our loss has made me & Chris closer in so many ways. We created something so completely beautiful & we are thankful for that everyday.
10: If you have Rainbows or older children do they know and remember your angel(s)? No rainbows yet. Praying hard for one though :)
11: It is said that Father's and Mother's grieve differently. Do you feel this is true with your angel's father? - Very true! I'm always a complete mess, & Chris can keep his cool better than I can. I know he feels the pain just as much as I do, but he shows it in different ways.
12: How has the rest of your family dealt with your loss? - Every family member deals with it differently. I am grateful to have all of their support and for them all to recognize Cali as a person.
13: Does anyone else besides you speak your child's name? Yes, lots of people do! It makes me feel good hearing people talk about her.
14: What have you done to preserve your child's memories or make new memories of your angel.- Cali's grave site has become very special to me. I spend alot of time there.
15: Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Awareness Day. What will you be doing? - I plan on walking in the Moms Wholehearted: 1st Annual Angel Walk!! Can't wait!
16: Do you take time for yourself? I have lots of time.. maybe not exactly for myself, but I try.
17: Do you feel your child is watching over you? I feel her around me constantly.
18: Have you found something that puts you at peace? Talking about her definitely gives me some peace.
19: What is your happiest memory of your child(ren)? Holding her in my arms for that very wonderful 5 hours!
20: If you have anger.....What are you most angry about? - I still always think the "Why me??". Me & Chris just don't understand why this had to happen to us. We did everything right in my pregnancy, and we had so much love to give a child.. It just doesn't make sense.
21: Is there something about your child(ren) that brings a smile to your face?
Her name.. I am so in love with it.
22: Do you have a song or songs that make you think of your child(ren)
I have many! My Light by Sully Erna is what me & Chris got tattooed on our sides in honor of her.
23: Besides changing the outcome, what is one thing you would have done differently?
I would have done so many things differently, but I am not going to live in regret everyday of the things I did not do.
24: On Birthday's, Diagnosis Day's, Anniversaries of Passing. Do you prepare for them?
I still have yet to go through alot of these. I will see when the time comes.
25: On Birthday's, Diagnosis Day's, Anniversaries of Passing. How do you handle them?
Still have yet to find out.
26: On a scale of 1 to 10 rate your day today and why?
probably a 4. Very average. I'm not too down but I'm not happy either.
27: Share a picture.
Us loving on our girl <3
28: Have you ever corrected or wish you corrected someone about your loss? Yes, unfortunately people have been very wrong about Cali's diagnoses.. It saddens me people have to gossip about a child that isn't even here on earth. How low can people get?
29: What are your beliefs as far as where you think your child(ren) is/are. Will you see each other again? She is with God.. In heaven! I can't wait until the day I can have her in my arms again!
30: How are your preparing for the end of the year? (ie: Holiday's and starting a new year)
Trying for another Groover baby! Hoping that will give us some kind of Hope & Happiness to help with the horrible pain we have everyday. We need something to actually look forward to.
31: Do you feel like 31 questions has helped you open up more about your child(ren)?- Yes very much so!