Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I have this idea in my head that I dont want my blog to be depressing, I want it to be a story of triumph, mother love and happiness. BUT this is a blog about the death of my daughter so excuse my french but that is f@#$%!n depressing. Losing Lola has been the hardest thing I have ever had to live through but hard in ways I didn't expect as well as the ways you would expect. I am struggling to maintain the relationships in my life, my social skills seem to have left me, I always say the wrong thing because my head is so full of pain I cant think straight or remember things. I get text messages and forget the very next second thus people become upset with me. I have lost the filter that allows me to think before I speak. It is like my mind is moving through mud, it cant keep up with my mouth. I am completely self absorbed in that I dont notice or think of the things I should be doing. For example my mother in law is turning 60 next week. Her party has been organized with no help from me. I didn't even know it was happening until we got a phone call saying be here at this time. It didn't even occur to me to ask what needed to be done! I guess people are trying to be understanding but everyone has their limit. I wonder if the relationships in our life will survive this. I think the thing that will make it hard for others to understand is that we are getting worse right when people expect us to be getting better. The first couple of months I think people were thinking we were doing really well and coping and we were but the shock of all this has finally disappeared. I can see how shock is a great self-preservation tool but it is also cruel in that right now when we need the most support is right when it is dwindling or we feel like we no longer have a right to ask for that support or to be given those allowances.

These are the reasons I would really like to live in the woods just me, Bren, Jackson, Millie and Lola. No need to see people, answer the phone, no expectations until I am able to find some kind of peace with this hand we have been dealt.

My advice for you today is to hold your babies tight, take a moment every day to appreciate their amazingness, remember what is important (i.e.bugger worrying about your pelvic floor jump on the trampoline WITH your kids, they love it) and never ever take them for granted.

Monday, October 26, 2009

At work today

I was rummaging around in my pencil case and pulled out a piece of paper I had doodled all over before I finished work to go on maternity leave. It had three names written on it:

Jackson James
Millie Patricia
Xavier Brendon

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm because we were pretty sure Lola was a girl, we planned for a girl. I dont remember writing this or even thinking it.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dont forget ...

Today is 'Good Friday' so put your thinking cap on and maybe do a Random Act of Kindness. If you do think of something please tell me about it, I'd love to hear! I will do the same

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Thankyou for bringing Chocolate cake
Thankyou for that great big warm hug
Thankyou for a teapot just for me
Thankyou for insisting on watching six kids while I duck down to the shops
Thankyou for emails
Thankyou for beautiful cards
Thankyou for wanting to see the photo's
Thankyou for my gorgeous necklace
Thankyou for being there
Thankyou for being a friend

Image from Etsy 'Group Hug' by barkingbirdart

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Time to cheer up

Oh I have been sad! More sad than I have ever felt in my whole life. I have cried many many tears in the last few weeks and I even spent one whole day in bed because I couldn't bear to face the world. Every other day in the last few weeks I have wished i could spend the whole day in bed. Smiles were few and far between and not even my two lovely smiling, breathing babies could make things better. My friends and family have been patient, checking in every now and then but the truth is noone can make this better, it is just stuff I have to work through by myself, I need that time by myself. A couple of months ago one of our very close friends said to me about our loss of Lola "This is the worse thing that has happened to someone we know, we are here for you for as long as it takes, if it takes 10 years that's fine. Whatever you need us to do, that is what we will do." True to his word that is exactly what they have done and many of our other friends, they have listened to what we need and respected that, be it space, distraction, a shoulder to cry on, photo's, a night out, anything. True Friends!

I want to be happy though, I want to be a 'cup is half full' kinda gal. I know we still have some tough times to come but right now, at this moment, I am actively finding ways to cheer up! It started with reading my horoscope on Sunday. I cant remember the exact words but it was something along the lines of "unleash your potential, something great is still to come for you". Then on Monday I had a great session with one of my students, he inspires me and helping him makes me happy. I also found a new blog by another babyloss mama called Still life with circles. This lady has started a 'Random acts of Kindness' project called 'Good Friday'. On friday she goes above and beyond the norm to do something kind for somebody and encourages others to do the same. I really, really love this idea and plan on participating. Doing something extra special for somebody does make me feel good so I'm doing it! I plan on making stuff too, that makes me really happy, to create! And I am going to ask my friends for some of their time, because they make me happy too, being with them makes me feel loved, strong and inspired.

"Oh, I can see a glass half full!"

Friday, October 16, 2009

5 months and 1 week ago I believed I was surviving the worst I will have to ever face. I thought "If I can get through today I will be one day closer to recovering from this great loss". I thought I was doing ok. Yes it was hard and awful but I still smiled sometimes, I still enjoyed my life in between the times I wasn't. I thought 5 months ago was the depths of my grief. In all honesty it has been a slippery slope down since that time, particularly the last few weeks. The shock was buffering the pain. Slowly but surely the shock is diminishing and the reality of this loss is setting in. This is harder, now, trying to move on with my life but without a clue how to get through this terrible ache deep within me. I wonder when I will be strong enough to start climbing out of this hole?

5 months and 2 weeks ago I didn't know pain, I didn't know sadness, I didn't know this whole other part of life called grief. I had never experienced it, I had never witnessed it. Is grief and loss hidden in our society or was I just blind to it? A friend I work with told me of another culture where a funeral is not held until 12 months after death. The family are given 12 months to come to terms with their loss before they have to really say goodbye.

I do not know what to do with this grief and sadness and despair.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I am sick of the sound of my own whingy voice at the moment. Things are just not getting better and I am having more bad days than good. I can't write about it or talk about it. I miss my baby girl and nothing can make that better at the moment. I can just hide and hope for a better day tomorrow.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

100 posts

I have been debating whether or not 100 posts is something to celebrate. I am still not sure. If Lola had not died then this blog would not exist. On the other hand some very special things have come about because of this blog and without it and the support I have received because I have had this outlet, I am not sure I would be coping half as well as I am.

Thankyou for supporting my family!

(While the words are mine, I am often speaking for both Brendon and I and I know Bren appreciates all the support we receive through the blog too. We are in negotiations for him to do a guest post. He is interested but with the current market in mind his price is just too high!)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

That which must not be spoken of

I was wrong when I said I didn't think I had the emotional strength to do my job anymore. I slipped right back into my role easily. One look at the two littlies I will be working with and I was smitten.

Starting back at work WAS hard but for different reasons. Questions! So many questions!
Do you have any children?
How many children do you have?
How come you had 6 months off?
Oh, the lady you are replacing left to have a baby! (I know! We left at the same time, she was due 2 weeks after me and has a lovely baby girl)
I didn't really realise this before but all anyone seems to talk about in primary schools is who is pregnant, who has a baby, how many children you have. Which is fine normally, I like talking about those things.

Yesterday however I spent the whole day feeling like I wanted to vomit everytime any of those things were mentioned hoping none of theose questions would be directed at me. I HATE that. I hate that Lola has to become my dirty little secret. It hurts so so much that I cant mention her. She was a full term baby and if she was here you can bet your bottom dollar I would have proudly been talking about my 5 month old (it was 5 months yesterday).

Why does what happened to us have to be swept under the carpet? Would it have been different if she had taken her first breath? If she had survived a few weeks? I have been made to feel like it is offensive for me to mention her as my third baby that I gave birth to just 5 months ago. I think it is horribly unfair that women who have lost a baby are not allowed to mention that baby so as to not make others feel uncomfortable. You know what, too bad if it makes you uncomfortable or it's too in your face. You can bet your life that actually being the mother or father to a baby that died is a million times worse!

A Play in the Park for Lola

Sunday was totally special, amazing and wonderful. Lots of friends, laughter, playing and loving our little people.

We raised $370 for the Bonnie Babes Foundation, donated in Lola's name.

Everyone checked out the gorgeous album of Lola photo's (so much better printed out) and I believe they made the day so much more special!

I actually forgot my camera on the day (I know, how bad am I!) but one of our wonderful friends sent me through some. This is the only one I can post as the others have children in them that dont belong to me.

Sunday (and the weeks leading up to it), gave me a great boost of strength for starting back at work yesterday. (I really needed it!)

So THANKYOU to all the wonderful people who followed through on their promise for a photo, all the amazing friends and family who showed up and made us smile on Sunday, who donated money to Bonnie Babes in Lola's name AND brought yummy things to share. We are so lucky to have YOU in our life!
All our love, Kristalee, Brendon, Jackson, Millie and Lola xxxxx

Friday, October 2, 2009

Dont forget

This sunday it is all happenning.

I promise this is a happy day, you dont have to worry about seeing sad faces because there wont be any. I would love to meet you. I am making the best chocolate mud cupcakes with pink icing. Only bring something if you love baking and have the time and inclination to do so. No pressure on that either, this is as laid back an afternoon as possible!!

Let’s spend an afternoon together

Let’s share some home baked goodness

Let’s enjoy our children

Let’s meet at a super fun park

Let’s help those who are not as lucky as we are

We will be at the Montrose Community Playground (Mount Dandenong Tourist Road Melways ref 52 D8) on Sunday the 4th of October from 2pm and would love to meet you. Bring some food to share, if you want to. I will also have a jar to collect any spare change you may want to donate to Bonnie Babes foundation, if you want to. But, really, the point of this gathering is to remember what is important in your life.
Kristalee, Brendon, Jackson, Millie and Lola xxxx