My Dearest Clara,
Today is the day you should have been born. Today is the day, had you not decided to come earlier like your brothers, we would have had a C-section scheduled. Today is the day I should have held you in my arms for the first time, seen your sweet face, smelled your baby smell. This is the day our family should have been complete.
I’ve been dreading this day, Sweet Daughter. I’ve had this letter mentally written for weeks. When September rolled around, I got a pit in my stomach; and as this day has drawn closer and closer, every morning I’ve woken up wanting to puke. Because this day is not just the day you should have been born, but a reminder of the things that should have been, could have been, and likely never will be.
This day is a reminder that I should be holding you in my arms instead of typing this while sitting in a coffee shop with tears running down my cheeks. I should be anxiously awaiting your brothers to get out of school so they can meet you- a sister they were so excited to have. I should be feeling relief that you made it here safe and sound. I should be feeling contentment, that our family was complete and whole.
This day is a reminder that I will never get to watch you grow up. I will never get to see you twirl around in a princess dress and wrap your baby dolls up in blankets. I will never get to take you to get your ears pierced or put your hair in a ponytail. I will never get to have a girl’s day with you shopping. I will never get to hear about your crush or watch you go on a first date. I will never get to watch you fall in love with Jesus. I will never get to watch your Brothers be fierce protectors of their Baby Sister. Oh Clara, Wyatt had been praying for a sister since the day he found out you were in my belly. Before that even! He would have loved you so fiercely, the way only a brother can love a sister. I will never get to see you wrap your Daddy around your little finger or watch him walk his Little Girl down the aisle.
This day is a reminder that while I love your Brothers with all that I am, our family will forever feel like a piece is missing. This day is a reminder that, barring an act of Divine Intervention, I will likely never see that test say positive again, feel a baby move in my belly again, never experience the first cry again.
What would you look like? Would you have curly hair like me? Would you have your Daddy’s blue eyes like your brothers? Would you have been a whirlwind of energy like Logan or more reserved like Isaac? What would it have been like to have a little pink bundle in a house full of Boys?
I miss you, my Daughter. I sleep with a blanket with your name on it every night because it makes me feel just a little bit closer to you. Losing you was the hardest thing I have ever been through. But you make me braver, Sweet Girl. You make me stronger. You make me so grateful for what I have- your Daddy, your Brothers, our family. You give me the courage to fight for the things that matter in this world- quality time with those that mean the most to us and serving those who are hurting. You give me a passion and an empathy for others struggling, and you taught me how to not only give grace because we don’t know what others are going through at any given time, but to receive it in return when our world was falling apart. I never held you outside of my belly, Clara, but you changed my entire world.
So today, snuggle in a little closer in Jesus’ arms. Know that you are missed and loved oh-so-much. And I can’t wait to braid your hair and hear all about Heaven when I get there.