Saturday, June 04, 2011

Baby Eli

That's what we named our little boy. Eli means "ascended" in Hebrew, so we thought it was a good name for him. I delivered him on May 23rd. He was so tiny, 10 and 1/2 inches long and only 14 oz. Ben and I were both so surprised at how perfect he was. His little hands, feet, lips, ears all so tiny but completely developed and so perfect. The only thing wrong was that the umbilical cord was all twisted and knotted right at his little belly. I delivered Eli at a Catholic hospital here in Jackson and we opted to have him buried at an anonymous church somewhere in the countryside outside of Jackson. Mississippi will forever have a special place in my heart.

I am doing good- I really am. I am so grateful that I believe in eternal families. I'm so thankful for family and sweet friends who have kept us in their thoughts and prayers. I'm so blessed to be a mother to Maggie and Cash and Oscar. I'm so lucky to have a husband who has been right at my side through all of this. Thank you for all your comments, thoughts and prayers. They are appreciated.

Here is a picture of Eli's hand in mine. I hope it's not too somber to post this here. I just wanted to show how tiny he was. I was in my 21st week when he died- that's only half way through a pregnancy. Babies truly are little miracles.


14 comments:

Marcia said...

the picture is absolutely priceless. baby eli is perfect. i'm so sorry for your loss. we love you guys!

Cyndi said...

Isn't amazing how they are just so perfect? His little hand is just precious. We're thinking of your family all of the time. XOXO

Carly said...

We've been thinking of you guys Cat- That picture is so so sweet. Hope you guys are doing well- we miss you!

Olivia McCord said...

Thanks for posting that picture. It brought tears to my eyes. You are a strong woman Kat and I'm glad to hear you are doing well. I'm happy that you have a solid testimony too. I admire you for your faith. I think about you all the time. Love to everyone.

Emnacnud said...

My heart breaks for you and your family, I wish I could just give you a big hug.

Melissa said...

Eli will be waiting for you, and you will be with him again. It is an amazing truth. I love you guys.

Erin and Cliff said...

That is an amazing picture Kat. Brings tears to my eyes thinking how perfect these little babies are. I love you guys!

Can't wait to see you in August!

Benielle said...

We love you and are thinking of you

Bringhursts said...

So little and so perfect. I love it. And what a great name for him.

Jen said...

What a beautiful, perfect photo of your sweet Eli. We miss you and love you!

Rick and Britt said...

oh my goodness, my dear friend. i had no idea you were going through this. my heart is with you.

Brandon and Amber said...

That picture seriously made me cry. And he was born on the same day I just had my baby. I'm glad to hear you're doing well and keeping busy with those other sweet babies of yours. Hugs to you!

Shelly Hyde said...

kathryn. Love you so much. This is so sweet. what a perfect little hand. so teeny and perfect. Ive been thinking about you. Goldie misses her people in Mississippi too. Tell cash to never forget her.
PS loved you mother's thank you gift. She is a talented woman. Tell her thanks for us. xoxo

Ruth said...

So sorry you had to go through that. Life really is a miracle, I am reminded of it daily. I love this picture. Eli's little hand is so perfect. I hope all is well with you and your family.
Ruth"the mom"


p.s. thanks for the book recommendation, I'm gonna look for it.