Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Six Hours

Six hours. It could seem like a long time to some people, while to others, it could seem like an instant. 

What can you do in six hours? My two boys go to school in about six hours: It's one full day of school. Yet, it's less than an eight-hour work day. Do you think six hours is a long time? Can you get a lot done in six hours? 

Yesterday I published a post for a good cause, 10 Days - a hopeful adoption, to bring together a family. To bring a baby home. I posted in hopes that some of you, my readers, might be able to help out - if not by monetary means, then by social sharing & spreading the word.

Today, I write about six hours instead of ten days. Because six hours is all that one mother had with her newborn baby last week. I can't even begin to imagine what that would be like, how I would feel, what I would think. Any loss of a loved one is difficult. And the loss of a child, an infant, a newborn baby...Just the thought of it is almost too much to handle. 

When you think about the time you have here on earth, the time to live your life and spend with your loved ones, what is six hours to you then? Six hours is all the time that was given for a family to be with the newest addition. Six hours to hold him, be with him, gaze at him with undeniable love. Six hours does not seem like enough time, does it? But six hours is better than nothing.

Although I've had two premature babies (almost three, but I had some pretty awesome midwives for one of my pregnancies), I was fortunate that those two babies were born healthy. One had to stay in the hospital a bit longer, but was healthy, with no real cause for concern. The mother and baby I write about today did not have the same outcome. Just six hours. That's all they had with each other. And it breaks my heart.

One of my two preemies.

Today I will be celebrating those six hours that the little newborn had on earth just one week ago. I'll be with his family. I'm sure it will be a day full of tears. This is a family member I never even got the chance to meet. He is the brother that his sisters will never know. His mother and father only had such a short time with him, and I'm certain that they will cherish those six hours forever. 

I originally had a post planned for Earth Day today, and I wasn't even going to talk about this here on the blog at all. But as I've said before and in yesterday's post: I'm a blogger, and I have a voice. Whether my blogger voice is heard or not, I don't know. But as long as I use it to the best of my ability - that's all that matters to me. So I'm going to use my voice!

March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization that I've supported in the past, and I'll always continue to support. Supporting the March of Dimes organization helps babies by funding important research and programs that help babies begin their lives as healthy as possible, no matter how premature - even the tiniest of babies. And it just so happens that there is a March for Babies event this Saturday at our State Capitol in Sacramento, California. I encourage you to take a peek at their website and see what March of Dimes is all about.

While it's a little too last minute for me to participate in the walk this year, I'd love to go and show support and possibly walk next year. I've always supported this organization through small donations and sponsorships of other walkers throughout the years since my first preemie baby was born nearly 12 years ago. I've never been to an actual walk, though. 
Wouldn't that be a great goal for next year?

Thanks for visiting today and reading, letting me share a little bit of life with you. Life isn't always about happy moments. Sometimes life is tough.

I hope you have a Happy Earth Day. Love the earth every day. It's the only one we've got. Even the tiniest effort can make a big difference.
And tell your loved ones that you love them. 

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Hena Tayeb said...

as i hold my 3 month old in my arms right now, i can not.. do not want to even imagine..

Kristin Aquariann said...

Powerful post. How sad that he never even got the chance to make happy memory sparkles. :(

Natalia Khon said...

6 hours is a lot of time... just not in a case like this...

Debbi Huntington said...

I walked for the march of dimes for many years as a teenager. My oldest son was also a preemie...I can't imagine not having him with me today. 6 hours or a lifetime, we never have enough time to spend with those we love.

Powers Of Love said...

I'm so sorry your families loss. HUGS & LOVE

Kathe said...

Very powerful message! Hugs and prayers to you dear friend.

Jeannie said...

Love hugs and prayers.

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

I cannot even imagine. My heart goes out to them.

Holly said...

I'm glad you decided to share this on your blog, posts like this are important for others to read and know they're not alone, or appreciate what they have. Sending lots of love.

Sheryl Hastings said...

What a thought provoking post. Being a mom and a grandma to a precious little baby girl, I can't even imagine the pain this woman is going through. They say there is no greater loss than that of your child and I do believe that. Prayers for her and her family.

Erica D said...

This is an interesting post. A lot can change form min to min. I did a rotation in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit when I was studying medicine, it was heartbreaking but great to see some of the babies get strong enough to go home :)


Leslie said...

Yes, a lot can happen in six hours. In the day-to-day scheme it may not seem like much, but to that family, it's going to forever be marked with this memory. Such a heartbreaking story at a time that should be filled with complete joy. Thank you for sharing their story and reminding us all to appreciate what we have. Best of luck finishing your walk next year!

Mommie Daze said...

A good reminder that every minute is precious whether we have six hours or six years. We have to make the most of all of it.