"Our sweet, much anticipated daughter was due to arrive on March 17th, 2013. Lucky St. Patrick's day! All preparations had been made, the pregnancy had been uneventful, everything looked fine and we were ready to welcome our new baby sister to the family. Even Grandma was staying with us to babysit when we went to the hospital. We spent a gorgeous day in Canyonlands National Park on the 12th of March. That night some contractions began and I was so excited. I thought the big day was here and by morning we would have our little one.
I wrote Grandma a note with all the instructions and let Dad sleep while I walked around the living room waiting for things to progress. After a sleepless night, contractions stopped. While resting in the morning I realized I had not felt much kicking. But she never did kick much and we had been scared before with other pregnancies only to find our baby was napping. I had an appointment the next day, but wanted to check instead of worry another 24 hours. I wanted to see if things were progressing and wanted to meet our baby.
We went in to the clinic that afternoon. The doctor could not find a heartbeat with the Doppler, but still, it was not our doctor. We went to the small office ultrasound machine. Everything got quiet. They sent us to the hospital and the large ultrasound, but we already knew. There was no heartbeat. Things moved quickly to get set to induce labor. My husband had to go home to tell the children what had happened, when they all thought we were going to get their baby sister.
From those first moments, we felt very much in shock, but very blessed. A wonderful lady and friend who had lost a nephew had begun helping with stillbirths and sewing angel clothing. She came to see us with her beautiful little outfits. We did not need them, but they were special none the less. Early in the morning of the 14th we delivered gorgeous little Lauren. 7 lbs 3 oz of perfection. We still do not truly know what happened, although we did find that the placenta had abrupted partially and bled internally, giving us no warning signs. Some more ladies came to make hand and footprints which we cherish. They took pictures for us. They gave us matching bracelets and helped us to dress our little girl in her cozy sleeper. Another family who had lost a baby too soon had begun handcrafting beautiful tiny caskets.
These 20 sets of diapers (40 diapers) were sewn in memory of Lauren for the families served by St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismark, North Dakota. Sewn by Amy and some wonderful friends and neighbors in Monticello, Utah. A small town with big hearts. Sewn in memory of Lauren Grace Watson and many other little ones gone too soon.