03 May 2007

Olivia "Livy" Marie

Olivia "Livy" Marie was born on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 3:05 PM. She weighed 9.1 ounces, and was 8 1/4 inches long. She was bald, but had blonde eyebrows. She had her daddy's toes, and her momma's cheekbones. She was beautiful and perfect.

Livy was not meant to belong to this world. We know there was a reason though we do not, and may never know that reason. We are grateful that the Lord sent the little angel to us, and she will always be our first born child.

There was a twisting in the umbilical cord that was done early on. As the cord grew it stayed thin in that spot. Livy was not able to get the nutrients she needed to grow. It was an accident that could not have been prevented or corrected.

Without sharing too much of our special and personal memories, I would like you all to know that we are thankful for the few hours we were able to spend with her. We treated her as if she were our living, breathing little Livy. Hubby sang, and I rocked.

I want you all to know that even though at times Hubby and I have our tearful moments, we have been blessed with strength through your prayers. We love her as if she were here with us for a while before we lost her. We talk about her, and will talk about her in that way.

We were able to get to know her for a while before the cord accident took her. She loved loud music, and Mommy singing. We believe she had a special spirit, and that we'll get to meet that spirit one day.

It's okay to be sad. It's okay to cry. It helps to heal us. Just know that we are doing well for what has happened. We will talk about her, and share things about her because she really was a beautiful and sweet little girl, and she belongs to our family.

This is a hardship that no one wants to have to go through. It has been dealt to our family though. The Lord has his reason's. Though we may not think it fair or right, at the same time we can grow closer to Him by letting him comfort us in our grief.

We hope you can find comfort in knowing that hubby and I are happy and so grateful for the times we've had with Livy, both before and after her birth. We think of those times, and smile. They were happy times, and they help to pull us through.

Thank you all so very much for all your prayers and thoughts of comfort. We truly have felt every single one of them.

Remember Olivia the way we do - as one of God's beautiful angels who will be watching over us all. It is sad that she is not here with us, but it is comforting to know that she is where she is meant to be.

-written by Olivia's momma two days after she was born and before what had happened really hit her

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