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A poem for Addie.<br><br><br>
Your mother labored slow and deep<br>
Down on her knees<br>
Leaning on her husband so close<br>
Moaning softly<br>
Thinking about you settled in her<br>
Ready for you<br><br>
Ready to put you to her breast for milk<br>
To smell you and hold you<br>
Learn your cry<br>
To bathe your small and perfect body<br>
Everything was safe and close to her<br><br>
Together your parents made the long journey<br>
To the hospital where you were to be born<br>
Everything was perfect<br>
Perfect<br><br>
All I can say is that silence is deafening<br>
Devastating<br>
Thinking that we had found your heartbeat<br>
Relief so profound<br>
It was a rush to get to you<br>
To get you out<br>
They would do anything for you<br>
To keep you safe<br><br>
Your father was sitting right outside the door<br>
From you, from your mother<br>
There were bells and sirens<br>
There were carts and monitors<br>
People running crazy<br>
He sat dazed<br>
He said to me “I wish I didn’t know what this meant”<br>
I wish I didn’t know<br><br>
The sirens went off and it was silent<br>
No crying from you<br>
No breath<br>
You weren’t here with them<br>
You had gone on to somewhere else<br>
Everyone was so sorry<br>
So sorry<br><br>
They brought you for your father to hold<br>
Your perfect body laid into his arms<br>
You were so silent<br>
It was almost like you were asleep<br>
So peacefully you lay there<br>
While your father wept for you<br>
His heart is broken<br><br>
Do you know you look just like your sister?<br>
Beautiful brown hair<br>
Soft skin<br>
Little perfect gums<br>
Your mouth made for nursing<br>
Beautiful little girl<br>
You are so very precious<br>
A sister<br>
A daughter<br><br>
You were so wanted by everyone<br>
You are grieved so fiercely<br>
Made in your parents love<br>
Their want for you is so strong<br>
But you were created in your mother<br>
And you died in your mother<br><br>
So they had you for a short time<br>
In your first flutters of life<br>
Your hard kicks<br>
And gentile turns<br>
We will miss you Adelaide Grace<br>
Please know that you were wanted so much<br>
And loved by so many
 

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Oh, that is so sad and your poem is so moving and beautiful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> I'm glad the parents have such a sensitive and loving doula to help them through this. Peace to you.
 

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What a beautifully written poem that captures all the love and pain surrounding this heartbreaking experience.....<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"><br><br>
My heart goes out to this family in their grief......
 

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So very beautiful...........I am fighting the giant lump in my throat. My thoughts and prayers to Addie's family. She is so lucky to have had you in her life....what a beautiful poem.
 

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Thank you mama..thank you so much.<br>
Can I have your permission to copy and save this to my hard-drive?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Oh my god, that has brought tears to my eyes, I can not imagine the pain... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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What powerful words. The depth of emotion you expressed is heartwrenching.
 

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wow... i can't even express the emotions that went through me when i read that poem, it is very very powerful.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> to Addie and her family during this hard time
 

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Very loving and beautiful.<br><br>
I have been there, too. I know that your heart hurts with them and for them. It is such a blessing that you could be there to love this family...<br>
There is a special place my heart for the babies who do not get to stay~<br><br>
Love,<br><br>
~Wanda
 

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What a beautiful poem. I can feel the love. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> Thank you for sharing.
 

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My sympathy to all of Adeline Grace's loved ones. I am so sorry, your poem was beautiful & heartbreaking...<br><br>
Katie
 

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What a beautiful poem! How lucky they are to have you for a doula and friend in their lives! How are they doing? Do you think either of them might like to come here? We would welcome them with open arms. Sending my heartfelt prayers to this family so new to their grief.
 

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They are doing OK. My husband is taking the father out tonight with another friend. They are going to get some coffee and skateboard some. Then tomorrow I am taking the mother out with another friend for coffee and breakfast in the morning. This was their suggestion, as they are feeling very cooped up and their 2 year old Ella is going to visit Santa with grandma. I think that with this, there are impossible moments, and then there are moments where things are normal. They are such wonderful people. I am so sad for them. They were able to get her back from the mortuary (she was cremated) to bring home with them when they left two days ago. That is good.<br><br><br>
As for myself, I am doing Ok. Started smoking again, but I have stopped tonight.
 

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Beautiful poem... I am sure that her parents will treasure those words made in her memory.<br><br>
be well.<br><br>
anne
 

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sarah:<br><br>
I just stumbled across this while doing some research for a friend whose sister just lost her baby in early pregnancy...<br><br>
your poem is so full of emotion and i am heartsick for this mama and papa who will never know who their little addie would become in this world.<br><br>
please know that i'm thinking of them and sending them peace, love and calm winds to blow their hurt away.<br><br>
warmly,<br>
claudia
 

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Sarah,<br><br>
I, too, had a wonderful doula like yourself with me when my daughter died during labor. What a beautiful spirit you are.<br><br>
If the mom would like someone to talk to please pass my information along to her -<br><br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
860.367.0049<br><br>
and please let her know she can call ANYTIME.<br><br>
I hope you have good support around you ~ please take good care of yourself, too.<br><br>
Warmly,<br>
Mary
 

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very fitting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
The pain still haunts me today and you wrote it so well.<br>
They are blessed to have you
 
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