“Mommy, would you tell me our story? Tell it A to Z. I just love hearing the story of you and me!”
“Come closer, my love, let me whisper our story to you. Then drift off to sleep knowing each word is true.”
A is for Anxious
How I felt when I found out you were in my tummy. Anxious and nervous. Would I be a good mummy?
B is for Belly
Oh, how it did grow. It went up and out, then way down low.
C is Cravings
Peanut butter, popcorn, and spicy noodles. I ate them by the spoonfuls, handfuls, and oodles.
D is for Daddy
He did everything we needed. No request was too much, nothing went unheeded.
E is for Excited
All the things we would do. It’s no exaggeration that I was thrilled to have you.
F is for Farts
I want you to know that mommy’s not proud, but there were lots of those and they were often quite loud.
G is Google
Every single sensation. My doctor said I should stop, but I didn’t listen.
H is for Heartbeat
I remember the sound. It was like sweet thunder or a hard rain coming down.
I is for Injections
They helped you keep growing. I took them all bravely, there was hardly any crying.
J is for Journey
Ours was a crazy one. But somehow, I know, the real fun has just begun.
K is for Kicks
I would count them each day. It made me smile knowing you were dancing away.
L is for Lines
That appeared on my skin. Letting me know just how big you were getting.
M is for Moodiness
I was happy then hungry then angry then sad. And I ate all the snacks, which was no fun for Dad.
N is for Naps
I took one every day. You should try it right now; I can show you the way.
O is for OB-GYN
Our doctor treated us so well. He said we were his favorite, I could definitely tell.
P is for Prayer
I asked God to keep you safe inside. And now on my knees, I ask him to protect you in the world so wild.
Q is for Quiet
I used those times for us to converse. You became my best friend, I told you all my feelings first.
R is for Rainbow
You came after our trial. But your life will always be our greatest testimonial.
S is for Songs
I sang to you then. And now, together, we will sing them again.
T is for Thankful
God chose us for each other. I am grateful to Him for making me your mother.
U is for Ultrasound
I could see your toes and fingers. You were cute even then; I can show you the pictures.
V is for Vitamins
Each day there must have been ten. But for you my love, I’ll take them again and again.
W is for Waiting
9 whole months to meet you. And in just one second, my world became new.
X is for Xerox copy
It isn’t easy to rhyme xerox copy. But look at you now, the spitting image of mommy.
Y is for You
My destiny and hope. You have filled me with color like a toy kaleidoscope.
Z is for Zestfulness
How I see our future brand new. And this is the story of me and you.
So sleep my sweet child, tomorrow is a new day. We can sing, we can dance in our own special way.
The melodies may swing, the steps may sway. But none of that changes my love for you, as you lay.
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Editor’s Note: Did you love The ABCs of Us – A Bedtime Story for our Rainbow Babies? Then you’ll probably also love Natasha Carlow’s children’s book Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies*.
Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies is written by Pregnancy After Loss Support contributor, Natasha Carlow, and is such a sweet story about a family taking a walk to the park, pointing out everything they see along the way. As they sit in the park, they see a rainbow. Seeing the rainbow makes the mommy cry, and she explains that they are happy tears. It opens the door for her to talk to her children about the babies they said goodbye to before their two living children were born. They talk about God’s promises and love. It’s a beautiful faith-based explanation of rainbow babies.
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