Tonight I was laying on the couch and Maddie pointed at my tummy and said "baby." We have been telling her for months that there is a baby in mommy's tummy and she would give my tummy a kiss and a hug. I think that in her limited understanding she knew there was a baby in mommy's tummy. Since we have been home she had not said anything about the baby, so I thought maybe it would not come up, or at least not for awhile. But in the amazing innocence of a child she asked about the baby in mommy's tummy. It was such a sweet and difficult moment at the same time. Ron and I took the chance to tell her that her baby sister was now in heaven with Jesus. I know that at times, as parents, we wonder how much our children actually comprehend, but after tonight I see that even at 2 years old Maddie understands more that we think she does. I love the fact that we can share with her, even at this age, that she does have a sister, and that Emily will forever be in our hearts.
I am a 33 year old wife and mother of four little girls. Three who keep me busy ALL day EVERYDAY and one, Emily Faith who was born at 23 weeks due to a complete placental abruption. She was with us for 10 hours and then went to be with Jesus.