Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rainbow Babies

Special thanks to Kelly for sharing this new term with us!

A rainbow baby is a baby born after a miscarriage or any kind of loss...

A "Rainbow Baby" is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn't mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope.

The cool thing is that we actually have two "Rainbow Babies".  We had a miscarriage before Josephine and two before Beatrice. I've always struggled with a way to characterize births after losses, and this couldn't be a more perfect way to look at it. 

Quick quote

Last night we were reading a book about a little girl who believes she is fairy princess. She lists off her royal dutie, explaining that she must spend some time each day catching frogs because you never know which one is going to be a prince. Josie's reply after I read this line of the book: "It's not that hard; just look for the one with the crown."

Note: Blogger was down for a few days and all the posts anyone made on 5/11 were lost. This was one of them and marks the reason why I write down these quotes in the first place. Already, just a few days later, I couldn't remember Josie's exact words. Who knows how much I would forget if I didn't record it all here. Three cheers for blogging! 
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