Meeting Our Daughter

Sunday night we went into the hospital to deliver our sweet baby girl, Malia June. The nurses were so encouraging and helpful, as we were completely unprepared for labor at less than 6 months pregnant.

It was a very emotional and difficult night for us, but I delivered Malia stillborn at 7:38 AM on Monday, September 23rd. She was about a foot long and weighed less than half a pound.

We were so grateful to meet her, to memorize the details of her little body, including her tiny hands and feet, her nose, her lips, her little knee caps, her round stomach, and my favorite part — her baby tongue.

One of the nurses took her hand and footprints as well as some photos for us. They also gave us a tiny knit cap and a small blanket to wrap her in. We had the opportunity to hold her and my parents did as well.

I never could have imagined that I would go through something like this in my lifetime. But, through it all I have learned to love in a capacity I never knew I had and to miss someone so greatly who I feel like I hardly knew.

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4 thoughts on “Meeting Our Daughter

  1. Hope and Chris…my father’s heart weeps with you …”Jesus wept”…. “He hears your tears like a prayer” …We love you.
    John And Donna

    Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast,
    There by His love o’ershaded, sweetly her soul shall rest.
    Hark! ’tis the voice of angels, borne in a song to Malia
    Over the fields of glory, over the jasper sea.

    Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast
    There by His love o’ershaded, sweetly l Malia shall rest.
    Fan­ny Cros­by

  2. I saw your story via a friend at Eliot Baptist Church in NH. I told her that your daughter was so blessed to have such loving parents. I hope that God gives you strength and peace as you miss your baby girl. Love Anne, a fellow mother of a child born into Heaven with anencephaly.

  3. I just finished reading your blog..I sit here with many tiers and love you and your baby Mila so much.I pray if God will’s you will be blessed with a child in the yr’s to come.I think you should put your blog in “book form”for others to read.
    God has blessed you with a heart of love and forgiveness. Word’s cannot express what I feel. I am a close friend of your grandma Cynthia..I am so glad you blessed us with your blog. I have handicapp grandsons and we love them so much and they bring us joy.
    God Bless you and Chris.. Love in Christ,Marjorie Borgmann

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