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Thursday, June 18, 2009

I'm Crying for my Best Friend Tonight


In January I found out my best friend from high school, Claire was pregnant with her first child, due in August. I was soooo excited! Where I work is a young staff and it seems like someone else is always announcing their pregnant. Very rarely do I get excited. But when its your best friend and you know she's going to make the best Mum in the world, you can't help but be excited.

When your friend announces a baby is on the way right away what does any stitcher start thinking... baby sampler of course. Since I had stitched Teresa Wentzler's Wedding Sampler for Claire and Patrick when they got married, I knew that her first child would get Teresa's Baby Sampler.

I visited with Claire and Patrick over March Break this year. It was such a great visit, we had some lovely days out, and talked a lot. Talked about the baby, motherhood, future plans, hopes and dreams. Claire was so excited about her upcoming ultrasound at the beginning of April, she couldn't wait to find out the sex of the baby. Unfortunately at that appointment Claire got some bad news, it turned out the baby had a condition called non-immune hydrops. That is the accumulation of fluid in the baby. All these months she and the baby had been closely monitored, he was developing properly and his heart was beating strongly.

On Monday Claire went in for a regular specialist appointment, they could not hear a heartbeat. That afternoon she was admitted to the hospital. Sadly on Tuesday morning she gave birth to a stillborn baby boy, Liam Patrick. My heart just goes out to Claire and Patrick, I was so excited for them and as the months kept passing and the baby seemed to be doing well I had hope that the baby's diagnosis wasn't as grave as the Internet made it sound. I was getting ready to start the baby sampler.


Claire, if you read this and need anything, or need me down there... just let me know!

My heart just goes out to my best friend and her family! Please if you have a moment to say a prayer for little Liam, he's in a better place now.

43 comments:

Crazee4books said...

Dani,

I'm so sorry to hear that your
dear friends have suffered such
a sad and terrible loss.

My thoughts and prayers are with
them and with sweet little Liam.

Take care.

Hugs!

Dee said...

I am so sorry for your friend. My prayers are with her and her husband.

Snip said...

This is just tragic. My love and prayers go out to the family.

Kathy A. said...

Oh Dani - I am so sorry to hear that Claire has lost her baby. How heartbreaking for the entire family. Will say a special little prayer for Liam tonight! and a prayer for Claire and Patrick. Warm hugs to my friend who I know is hurting too.

Suzanne said...

I am very sorry to hear that your friend lost her baby. I couln't imagine anything more heartbreaking. I will keep them all in my prayers.

Olenka's Stitches said...

What a terrible loss! Hugs to you and your best friend.

valerie said...

What a terrible loss. I am so sorry to hear about this hardship of Claire and Patrick. I wish them the best!

Von said...

Such sadness for your dear friend to bear. I'll be praying for her in this time of loss.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

They have my prayers. CJ ok;-)

Christine said...

So very sad. My thoughts are with your friends at this difficult time.

Dawn said...

I am so sorry for Claire and Patrick. Even though he is in a better place now it still is devastating thing to go through. I will say a prayer for little Liam and maybe he has found my little Morgan and they are playing together now.

Maren said...

There is not more devastating thing to have to go through in life than this. My thoughts and prayers go with your friend.

Doris said...

I'm so sorry, is a sad and terrible loss. My thoughts are with
them, you and with little Liam.

mollycaff said...

Such sad news. My thoughts are with you and your dear friends.

Wanda said...

My love and prayers are with your friend and her family. And also with all those that this tragic loss affects. God needed this baby to be with Him. I pray that their hearts mend and learn to hold the cherished memories with a smile rather than tears.

Joyus said...

So so sad - my thoughts and best wishes to you and your friend at this awful time.

CindyMae said...

There is always time for prayer! I will keep your dear friend and the family in my thoughts and prayers!

Christine said...

So sorry to hear this, my condolences to your friend

Chiloe said...

So sad ....

Paula said...

Thats so very sad. My thoughts are with them.

Vonna said...

I will definitely include Claire and her Husband and baby Liam in my prayers today. My deepest sympathy.

Alice said...

How very sad. You are all in my thoughts today.

Jenny said...

I'm so sorry for Claire's loss, how heartbreaking. Sending prayers and good thoughts.

claudia said...

This is so hard to hear! I am sorry for your friend's loss. Please relay to her that my prayers and condolences go out to her and her family and loved ones. You included, you are one of her loved ones.

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

Clare is still a beautiful, wonderful Mommy, even if Liam is not in her arms - he will always be in her heart. My heart goes out them both. {{{HUGS}}}

gio162 said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry and saddened to read this. My heart goes out to Claire and her husband.

Heidi said...

I am so sorry!

Heather said...

what do you say at a time like this,
thinking of you

Barbeeque4 said...

So sorry - keeping you and your friends in our prayers.

Redwitch said...

So very sorry to read this Dani, my thoughts are with you and your friend Claire.

A very similar thing happened to the daughter of a work friend of mine, just tragic.

Julie said...

I am so sad to read your friend has experienced this loss, i do fully understand the feelings that she and her hubby will be experiencing. God Bless them both, my heart goes out to them.

{{big hug}} for you too Dani, i know you will be such a tower of strength and be there to listen and comfort her.

Barbi said...

So sorry to hear about your friend's loss. How heartbreaking for everyone involved. :(

Jill in CA said...

I am more sorry for your friend than I can possibly put into words. The only, small, solace in my miscarriage last year was that at least it was early on. My heart breaks for your friend. :(

Cindy F. said...

I am truly so very sorry to hear about baby Liam. Please let your friend know I've said a special prayer for her little angel and I'm sending hugs from Texas.

Sara said...

I'm so sorry to hear the sad news about your friend. :(

Mary said...

I am so sorry for your friend and her husband. It's good she has a great friend in you to be there whenever she needs you.
Hugs!

Carol R said...

I am sorry to hear of your friends' loss. My thoughts are with them.

Sally said...

My thought and prayers are with Claire and Patrick. God bless baby Liam. {{{{hugs}}}}

Karoline said...

I'm so sorry, I shall be keeping your friends in my thoughts and prayers

Louanne said...

I am so sorry to hear this. Please send my condolances to your friend Claire and her family. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers.

Shelleen said...

this is so sad. I will keep them in my thoughts.

Karan said...

Oh Dani I'm so sorry to read this. Sending positive, healing thoughts to your friends. Will light a candle for baby Liam (((((((((hugs))))))))).

Carla said...

That' so sad. I'm very sorry for your friend.