Allison Paige was originally Allison Parker. We poured over our book of baby names and made list after list and finally came up with the perfect name. The A for my grandfather Allen and the P for Gary's grandfather Paul. It was such a perfect name that I went home that night and Googled it so see what it would look like in print and to see what would pop up...and something did pop up. The original cast photo from Melrose Place. Courtney Thorne-Smith's character was names Allison Parker. So I guess Aaron Spelling came up with her name first. We changed her middle name to Paige that night and immediately loved it even more.
I could not wait to buckle my little girl in her stroller and go for long walks with her. I would point out the plants and flowers along the way and we would oh and ah over the pretty colors and the rich tones. I went for long walks before her and I go for long walks after her, but sometimes now my hands feel empty as if they should be pushing her stroller.
When we were alone, I would have long talks with Allie. Mostly in the car. I would tell her where we were or where we were going and explain how this mattered to her. (I am not sure it did, but I loved talking to her). I imagined that when she was born and she would hear my voice, she would be like, "Hey! I know you!"
Gary used to love to feel her kick. He would stare at my belly in awe and often times talk to her, too. I had never before seen such a peacefulness wash over his features. I have not seen it since. It was so amazing that sometimes I had to look away and give them their privacy.
My daughter loved fruit. Gary cut up honeydew and cantaloupe for us to take to work every day and as soon as I took one bite, she would start kicking like crazy. She loved the sweetness. That was my first sign that something was wrong. The afternoon before we went to the hospital, I had my fruit as usual and she was pretty still. I believe there was some movement, but I know it was much less than usual and I started to worry. So much of that day is lost in my memory, but I remember sitting at my desk and starting to feel the first signs of fear.
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. The actual day to "celebrate" is October 15th. Last year we had a moment of silence and lit a candle. This year, there is a balloon release locally that I want to attend but am not sure yet if I have the courage to go. I still have a week to decide. Regardless, we will be lighting a candle at 7pm to celebrate her and I urge you to light one, too. For all the babies out there who have parents with empty arms.
A fellow Baby Loss Mom (BLM) made this picture for us and I love it. A complete stranger turned friend as she understands the pain and agony of losing her baby, too.
Allie, baby, I have spent so much energy trying to make a sibling for you that sometimes I have buried my grief and sorrow just to survive. Please know that I have never stopped loving you and that you are my heart and my light and that this month and every month, your daddy and I remember and love you so. We don't need a special month to celebrate you, but we don't mind it, either. It's just another excuse for us to talk about and love you. And love you we do.