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.