Today should have been your due date. I don't know if I'd be sitting here on the couch, snuggling a precious newborn or if you'd be cozy in my belly and staying put for awhile longer. If you're anything like your big brother Beckett, you'd have been my March baby.
I really only have a few ultrasound pictures of you. Just your profile at 12 weeks. They took a lot of pictures of you at 16 weeks, but I never got one to take home. They don't print off the pictures of a baby after they've died. I feel mad at myself that I never asked for one.
I think about you every day. Every single day, I think about you - my daughter. I wonder what you would have smelled like, looked like, felt like. I wonder how your smile would have lit up your face and how your laughter would have sounded.
I imagine you now, a grown woman, flawless and radiant complete with the joy that comes with eternity. I wonder if you know how much I miss you. I wonder if you know how sad I am without you here.
It still startles me how much my heart aches for someone I never got to meet. I carried you for only 16 weeks and yet you have left a mark that can never be erased.
Your dad and I chose your name because of the Hebrew meaning, which is 'what belongs to me belongs to God'. I wanted to have a beautiful reminder of that every time I thought of you. Your name invokes joy, rather than sadness and bitterness. I cannot be angry when I say your name, because it is a constant reminder that you belong to God and that is absolutely beautiful.
Still, with the sadness over losing you, there has been joy. Your brothers are all getting older. We bought a house. At times I look down the hall and imagine a pretty pink nursery breaking up all the blue rooms. I have made new friendships through this journey, and strengthened old ones. Already today my phone has been filled with beautiful messages from friends who remember you.
Tonight, I think we'll light a pink candle and read through the cards and letters we received after you died. I hope that you are looking down on us and knowing how loved you are, sweet girl.
You are always loved, always remembered.