Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Milestones

I've found that my grief takes on a different character depending on who I'm with. With some friends, I'm completely weepy, while with others, I become "the bitch," "the gossip," "the complainer," or "the educator." I was with a good friend yesterday, who doesn't mind hearing me complain (we tend to encourage each other in this regard), but I found at one point that my usual mile-a-minute banter about stupid things people have said or done switched to a mini-breakdown in two seconds flat.

I was recalling how the previous day, I left my apartment building, ready to face the day. Some days can be more challenging than others, but I was feeling okay. Not great, but okay. As I was leaving, one of the doormen was on the phone and I heard him talking about his baby girl and the things she was starting to do, like turn her head and look up at him. She was born within days of Julian, and I have always been slightly resentful of the fact that he never asked me about our baby or acknowledged our loss, although I know he is more than aware of the situation.

It's a small thing, but just hearing about his daughter's little milestones caused me such a wave of conflicting emotions. On one hand, I want to be happy for him. In the beginning of all this, I never thought that seeing or hearing about someone else's baby would upset me--after all, it's not my baby. Someone else's happiness doesn't have to mean my sorrow, but I can't help feeling jealous that I don't get to experience those little milestones with my baby. That's just it--I want MY baby.

My friend tried to comfort me by saying that I'd get to have those experiences soon enough, but as I started to tell her about the women I've met who've had subsequent pregnancies resulting in healthy babies, and how even they described their experiences as bittersweet at times, I lost it. I know there will be moments with our next baby that will be simultaneously exciting and beautiful and sad and painful, because we'll be reminded of the things Julian never got to do. I also know that we will love our next baby just as much, and hope to never cause him or her to feel otherwise. I think it will always be a little tough, knowing that there is someone missing from our family. I hope we are able to find ways over time to keep Julian in our lives. He will always be in our hearts.

4 comments:

MommyBa said...

I came across your blog from another blog that I regularly read. I know that no words can appease the pain you're feeling right now. Julian's your angel now and he'll always be there for you even just in your thoughts and spirit.

Take care!

Cerridwen said...

my son would have been 4 Feb 22nd and this coming 28th of March will mark the 1st year he was taken from me. I feel cheated and I feel envious seeing other mothers enjoy their kids especially those who are about my son's age. I get devil's thought like "Why my son and not theirs..." when I am lucky enough to have a sane moment I feel awful for thinking things as such..but I am just a mother who misses her child and has a thousand and one questions - why me, why him and all other whys...

ALl your post I have read. I envy you too for being able to find words to describe your pain. I have always searched for the words but even after finding it sometimes, it still not enough to make people understand how it is for it is beyond description.

Mec said...

hi

we were directed here by our friend G... who suffered from the same loss as you...

i can't ever say i know how you feel, never having experienced that...

but i think, it's enough for people like me to know that it's really hard for parents like you...

and all we can really offer is a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear to rant on... and prayers... that peace finally find you...

am sure you may never forget about the loss... but i doubt people like you are meant to...

but am sure, if you want it, you can rise from your grief and still find yourself happy... most times...

but it doesn't have to be today or asap...

baby steps... how hurtfully apt, but that's really it...

Jennifer said...

Hi Alysse,

Its Jennifer here, Rosemary's daughter. Mum showed me the link to juliansroom when I went over last. I love your blog, I'd never heard of one before but now i cant stay off the site! It's so hard being all the way over here In the UK. But the blog has allowed me to learn more about my baby cousin and how loved he still is. Hope you and Robert are keeping well. Keep on blogging! I love knowing how you are.
Take care and hopefully see you soon.
Much Love

from Jennifer xxx