I had never heard the term “Rainbow Baby” until my children, my husband and I had lost 3 babies. Two to miscarriage at five weeks and the last one to stillbirth at 20 weeks. It was definitely a dark time in our lives. And I say my family because it wasn’t just my loss or mine and my husband’s loss. My children suffered as well. The look on their faces and the tears that followed after we told them was truly heart breaking. After the last one was when I first heard the words, Rainbow baby.
The definition of Rainbow Baby is:
A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth.
In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.
The storm (pregnancy loss) has already happened and nothing can change that experience. Storm-clouds might still be overhead as the family continue to cope with the loss, but something colorful and bright has emerged from the darkness and misery.
My Rainbow Baby, Huck, turned 2 on the 16th of September and I am loving every second with my gift. Every single thing he does. Laughs, cries, and even the tantrums. I am absolutely grateful for it all. I know how precious life is and how quickly it can disappear.
This session was a bit of a challenge to say the least. My baby boy is so so busy and he does not stay in one place for very long at all. He loves the dirt and construction vehicles. He loves water and getting muddy. He loves his siblings and he loves his mom and dad very much. To see his sweet face every morning when we wake up is one of the best parts of my day. And the way he looks up at me and smiles melts my heart every. single. time.
Because he loves construction, I decided to let him do what he does really well…Play in the dirt. And he did a very good job.
His bath water was pretty dirty that evening, but he had a blast that day. I encourage you to let your kids play in the dirt and mud. Let them be kids. Because dirt washes off, and they don’t stay little. Til next time.
Do Well and Do Good