Journal Entry: 3

It’s 4:55 AM, September 25th. Yesterday was a hard day. Today will be a hard day. But yesterday was hard.

Yesterday, Steven and I made our way to the funeral home. We had to sign paperwork for our baby boy.

Paperwork to have him cremated and for his death certificate. In the state of Indiana, anyone over 20 weeks gestation requires a death certificate. Seems unfair when my baby boy didn’t even have a birth certificate.

As we walked in, I was going to be the strong one this time. But I was anything but.

I cried as soon as I walked in and couldn’t say hello.

I also found myself hating this business. Who wants to make money (a lot of it) off of death? It’s a very lucrative business.

But we were given a 75% discount because our son fell between the infant and three year age range for this discount.

My stomach is turning as I write this.

I’m trying to keep my thoughts positive and quickly divert my mind whenever I think of his poor little body.

He should be with his mommy.

I’m constantly reminded that he should still be with me.

My body, my head, my heart, my every being just aches for my baby.

Yesterday while getting out of the shower, I was putting my lotion on and when I got to my shrinking stomach, I sobbed.

My milk is also starting to come in and the pain of not being able to release it is getting unbearable.

But there is no one to feed.

This. Is. Hell.

How can life get any worse?

I just want my baby.

Blog Post- 3


Journal Entry: 2

It’s 5:33 AM, September 24th. We’re home. Last night Steven and I put Lyla to bed and climbed in our own. I had no idea how I would sleep- but I did. And I almost feel guilty for the six hours of sleep that I got.

The pain when I wake up? Unbearable. You know what is awful about grief? Having to live and be reminded of your hell each time you wake up. (That goes for just those one hour power naps too.)

Oh my sweet baby boy, what I would do to be with you.

I can’t tell you how many times I have thought and cried to Steven that I wanted to go with Scotty.

I am so scared to think of him being alone. But the truth is, he isn’t.

It’s hard and it’s so incredibly painful, but Steven and I are holding onto any bit of hope.

Any sign of God.

Yesterday we did something we’ve never, or haven’t done in forever, watched the sunrise from our hospital room. And later in the day, we watched the sun set.

We actually chased this sunset. I could see just a portion of its beauty from the closed blinds in my darkening bedroom, and told Steven that we had to chase it.

And we did.

We never found a perfect clearing but this sunset was everything we needed, and we found some peace looking to the clouds.

Nobody can say the right things. There’s nothing anybody can do to take this pain away.

We are miserable.

We are grieving.

The outpouring of love and support is with us and we read the messages. Is it bad that I want people to feel our pain? I guess I don’t want to do this alone.

But the truth is, only Steven and I can feel this pain. Scotty is our son.

I’m mourning the loss of my baby that I carried for months.

I felt him move, his daddy and sister felt him move, and he was so apart of our family. He is our Scotty.

We started making preparations in our home for him.

We have clothes that some friends generously gave us stacked in totes in our entry way for him.

But his little body didn’t come home with us.

Instead, we brought home his memory.

It’s crazy how these tiny humans, Scotty and Lyla, are carrying us through this.

Lyla through her sassy but sweet ways and Scotty through our drive to make his name be known. Because we know, this boy would have moved mountains if given the opportunity.

So here we go, into another day without our Scotty.

Steven sleeping in hospital

Journal Entry: 1

It’s 5:32 AM, September 23rd. About nine hours ago I delivered a beautiful baby boy, Scotty Michael Jeffers. He was perfect. So perfect. He had a head full of dark hair, the most beautiful lips, and HUGE hands and feet. He was so much more than I ever imagined him to be.

My baby boy.

Around six hours ago his daddy and I said goodbye to his lifeless, but perfect body.

I can’t even begin to process the hell we’ve been living in.

On Friday, I went into my 28 week appointment, drank my glucose drink, made small talk with the Doctor and Nurse and a half hour later was told my baby didn’t have a heartbeat.

No reason.

He was so, so healthy.

Nobody has answers. Nobody can tell us why. It wasn’t long ago that his little heart stopped beating. They tell me it’s not my fault.

Steven and I, along with our parents who have stepped in to take shifts between taking care of us and Lyla, have been in a fog of hell.

Yesterday Steven did the hardest thing any parent has to do- make arrangements with a funeral home.

A few hours ago my body did the hardest thing a woman’s body can endure- child birth.

And now, we wait. We wait for this pain to dull over time but never go away.

I’ll hold onto the time I had with him forever. His life was nothing we imagined it to be, he was meant for so much more.

And as the last kiss I gave his sweet head lingers on my lips, I know his life will never be forgotten and instead, Scotty Michael’s memory will be what fuels our family in the seconds, minutes, and hours to come.

Mommy holding ScottyDaddy Holding Scotty