Disclaimer: If you are a friend of mine (or don't know me) and are pregnant read on at your own discretion. Learned some sad news about a friend tonight and felt compelled to write.
Sometimes you hear something and it actually makes your heart ache. Like physically, you can feel your heart hurting. Tonight my heart is aching.
A friend went in for a routine check-up around the 8 month mark in her pregnancy with a little boy and the baby had no heartbeat. Tonight, she is delivering that little boy. Harrison is his name.
Labor is called labor for a reason. It's hard emotionally and physically. But there is a reward or there is supposed to be a reward. You get to hold and meet this wonderful little person you have nurtured for 10 months. And best of all you get to take them home to a new world, new adventures, and a new chapter in your life. My friend won't have that. My heart aches for her and her husband.
There is no explanation. I've never understood things like childhood cancer (or any stage cancer for that matter), tragic deaths (and I've covered a lot of them), and inexplicable pain and sadness some people are forced to endure. How can you explain losing a baby this far along? What possible solace is there for them? What possible comfort?
Tonight as my heart aches for her, I am sending every prayer, every ounce of strength and courage I have to my friend. She needs it right now.
Heaven has a new angel tonight.
Hug your kids.
Count your blessings.
Sometimes there are no words.