Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hard Stuff

Sorry friends for my week long blog break. I know BBC taught me not to apologize, so I'm just going to go with it. I'm almost finished with my BBCMPLS re-cap post, too. It will be up this week. I hope.

Everyone is entitled to a break once in awhile right? It wasn't intentional. I was just focusing on life and my loved ones.

Last Tuesday afternoon I got word from my parents that my cousin, Nicole, had went into labor the night before and gave birth to her baby boy at just 22 weeks along. My heart immediately dropped to the pit of my stomach. I was so sick for her.

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She just got married in April, this was her first pregnancy, and she was devasted. She had GIVEN BIRTH to him. They heard him cry. He lived for 1 hour and 16 minutes. His name was Brayden Alexander.

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They told us all on Wednesday that on Thursday they were going to have a little burial service in Onalaska for him. That is where her Husband, Alex, is from. Alex's Dad is also a funeral director, which came in very handy for two young parents that were going through something so hard and had no clue on what to do.

Because my Dad would be driving my Grandma and Aunt Jamie down, I coordinated with him to ride along for the day. Nicole and I have been through everything together. Cousins are the best. They are not only family, but they are your friends, too.

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I knew I had to be there for her and I'm so glad I went. I know it meant a lot to her and even her parents (my Aunt & Uncle) told me how happy they were to see me. It was a very long day, both emotionally and physically. I needed a few days and the weekend to re-coup and focus on my family. It's just another example of how fragile life is and how fast things can change.

Please pray for Nicole and Al as they continue to grieve and hopefully someday try again. Also, please hug and kiss your loved ones and tell them you love them.

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