Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Miscarriage and Infant Loss Awareness Month Blog Hop





Welcome to the Miscarriage and Infant Loss Awareness Month Blog Hop.

You should of arrived here from Madge's Blog if not, please start at the beginning at Jessica's Blog! 


Today, October 15,  is National Miscarriage and Infant Loss Awareness Day. 

This hop was created for those that have either have Angel Babies, for those that suffered a devastating loss with the loss of their own child or someone in their life that has an Angel baby or lost a child. 

Here are a few statistics to keep in mind regarding Miscarriage and Infant Loss: 

75% of all conceptions end in miscarriage
30% of pregnancies end in miscarriage (1 in 3)
15-20% of confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage
The majority of miscarriages happen in the first trimester
Chromosomal Abnormalities are the most common reason for miscarriages and still births
90,000 children die annually before their first birthday
Nearly 2,500 babies are lost a year in the US due to SIDS
Nearly 30,000 babies are year are born stillborn. This number jumps to 4.5 million worldwide
Stillbirth occurs 10 times more frequently than SIDS
More babies die as a result of stillbirth than all other causes of infant death a year


The above reference statistics can be found on both of the following websites if you would like to find out more information: 

**http://www.hiringforhope.org/pregnancy-infant-loss-awareness.html
** http://miscarriage.about.com/od/riskfactors/a/miscarriage-statistics.html


Too many people in this world grieve in silence over the loss of their children. This hop is ment to CELEBRATE them! You will see many different stories from the wonderful ladies in this hop. Some have themselves loss their beautiful babies, some had family members go through a loss, and some are here to show their support for the women who have gone through it. 

How can YOU show your support today? Here are a few examples:

Keep your headlights on all day
Keep your porch lights on all day
Wear pink and blue ribbons
Light a candle and display it in your window
Release butterflies 

The theme for this hop is any project centered around Angels, babies, pink and blue ribbons, condolence cards, tributes, and  layouts!

There will be a blog prize from Craftin' and Stampin' from online Close To My Heart store. 

The "Your Own Kind Of Wonderful" stamp set is the prize for today's hop. To be eligible, please visit each blog and make sure to comment and follow along the way. Winners will be announced on the Craftin' and Stampin' blog on 10/18/14.




The story behind this hop for me.

My Sister lost her precious little one in 2006. It's hard enough to even describe how difficult that day was to hold him but to cherish at the same time. It was very difficult for my Sister and her Husband on this day. Not knowing what words to express or what to do was difficult. Seeing her hold him on her chest and his little hands & his little feet look perfect. He looked perfect. He was perfect. My heart was heavy and my Sister & her Husband's hearts were even heavier.

Taking these pictures were extremely difficult for me but my Sister requested for me to do so. My eyes are filling with tears as I write these words and this feeling in the stomach makes me just weep like a baby. I know in my heart baby Christian is healthy right by Jesus side. Remembering him makes me smile but sad at the same time such a mix feeling. I know its difficult to have seen him like this but in our hearts we know he is happy. Deeper feelings are building up as I start to type and I have to stop to before the tears are to hard to hold back. 
Now, let me share the.....

Scrapbook layout for my Sister and her Husband.

24 comments:

  1. Im so sorry for your sisters (and whole families) loss. Baby Christian is beautiful. And the gift of these photos you've given them is amazing. This is the sweetest layout ever, because of the love that went into it and the meaning behind it. Big hugs and a few tears for baby angel Christian

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  2. I found this hop by chance and I am humbled by the beautiful work for such a difficult topic.

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  3. I hope you realize what a cherished gift your beautiful photos and layouts are. Your sister needed you and you were there for her.
    I have two angel babies. One lost due to miscarriage and our sweet daughter, Michelle, who didn't develop a brain. I wish I had photos of my little ones. I am comforted by my belief that my mom and dad are caring for my sweet angels until we are reunited.
    Heartfelt hugs,
    D~
    DesignsbyDragonfly.blogspot

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  4. Oh Haidee! What a BEAUTIFUL tribute! I am crying right along side of you! But, you said it the best when you said you HELD AND CHERISHED HIM! Now, he is watching over you all! Thank you so much for being a special part of this hop! HUgs!

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  5. My heart is aching. He is the kingdom now and Jesus is taking care of him. Tears just keep falling, what a beautiful baby and lovely tribute you put together!

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  6. so sweet! photos are so important! I am so glad I have some. My loss was before the days of widely used digital photos, so I scanned them. Your job was very important! I was the official photographer at my sister's births (also the doula) and even though they were all healthy it is a great moment to capture...you were very strong to do such a hard job! thank you for preserving these memories for you and them.

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  7. Beautiful photos! So glad you took them for your sister! These layouts will be treasured forever! Sorry for your loss. Christian is shining down on you!

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  8. What a precious layout! They will love it. What a wonderful gift.

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  9. This layout is beautiful. What a great tribute to a very important little man.
    michelegreen120 @ gmail.com

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  10. Your sister will love the LO honoring her sweet baby! Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

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  11. What a precious LO, thanks for the inspiration as I have two angel babies that I hope to scrap one day. Thank you for participating in the hop and sharing your sisters's story.

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  12. Precious layout. I love the typing in the mulberry paper such a soft effect.

    Hugs from your BL Sistah!!!

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  13. Beautiful layouts, a wonderful tribute. I have never been at such a loss for words as I am on today's hop.

    Sue
    http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

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  14. These layouts are beautiful. My heart is saddened for you and your sweet sister. What a great way to remember this sweet little angel babe, and what a great honor for you to design and create these layouts that will help remember this sweet little guy. Thank you for being a part of this hop. Loves-Scrappin Madge

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  15. Haidee your sister and her husband will cherish this forever. I know this was hard for you to do but god led you through it one step at a time with baby Christian by his side.
    Lisa (BL)

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  16. What a beautiful way your sis will remember. Thanks for doing this - it is a great way to help those who have endured a loss. Love your layout.

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  17. Oh Haidee what an amazing layout. He is such a precious angel and your sister and her spouse are going to love this. It's hard but it's healing all the same. This will always be a treasure to them. Sending my love and prayers to you all! Scrappy hugs, Connie

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  18. So beautiful and precious and hearth wrenching all at the same time. So sorry for your sister and her husbands loss and you as well. Youe layout pages are a beautiful tribute to your nephew I am sure it will be treasured forever! Thank you for sharing this!
    Hugs Janet (BL)

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  19. What a precious layout you did. So sorry to you and your sisters family. Lots of scrappy hugs. (BL)

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  20. Good Morning Haidee, this is a beautiful tribute of baby Christian for your sister. I'm so happy she push you into creating this. Now you all can place these in shadow boxes or album keepsakes. And thanks for sharing the poem. I think it a great addition to you layout. HUGS An'Jenic

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  21. Such a precious layouts, I love them, you need an amazing job. I used to put that poem on a lot of things for my Daughter as well, I love that poem. Thank you for sharing.
    Robin L.
    http://create-a-latte.blogspot.com/

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