Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Rainbows

Babies born to families after the loss of a child are referred to as "Rainbow Babies." The idea is that the baby is like a rainbow after a storm. "Rainbow Babies" is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn't mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope.


Five ways you can tell that I am a mother of a rainbow baby

1- When Cayden cries, it makes me smile.

2- Sleepless nights make me happy....

3- Until Cayden was born, it had been almost a year and a half since I had a genuine smile on my face. Everyone can now tell just how happy I am because I have developed mouth wrinkles! I think it is because I haven't stopped smiling since 6:23 on September 29, 2009!!!

4-Even when I am without baby Cayden, I carry my diaper bag as a purse just because I finally have a reason to carry a diaper bag and I want the world to know!

5-And finally, when Cayden looks up at the ceiling and smiles, I don't assume he is looking at the lights or the ceiling fan.... I know that he is looking up at one beautiful angel that surrounds our family, and he is giving him a giant smile of thanks for protecting him.

If you are a mother of a rainbow baby and you have anything you would like to add, please leave me a comment. I would love to hear what you do that makes you stand out!

10 comments:

Daddy's Dream ~Mommy's Miracle said...

Thanks for the post Krista!!!

The Blue Sparrow said...

That was a really good post! *HUGS*

Paige said...

wow!! I might have to post something about rainbow babies too- everything you said are my feelings to a T!!! I smile when she cries- love on her at all times of the night and can't take a nap because i just stare at her!! thanks for sharing!!

Laura Ryan Caden Will said...

i have been a blog stalker for quite some time now. i lost twin boys and this is perfect. especially as i held one of my rainbow babies last night as he puked all over me. who knew even that can bring a weird sense of joy and peace!
Thank you for this!

Laura Ryan Caden Will said...

oh yeah, i have a Caden too. love the name! :)

Kahla said...

That was beautiful! Our baby girl is a rainbow baby and I can relate. I'm so tired, but I wouldn't change it for the world. The smell of spit up makes me smile. Your rainbow baby is so beautiful, I'm very happy for you.

Krista said...

You are so welcome- glad you enjoyed it!

Rooney's Little Musings said...

Krista,

You have expressed my feelings as well! What a beautiful post, and Caden is so precious!

Hugs to you!

sccox said...

That was really good. I think the most amazing thing is that the rainbow is a sign that God gave to Noah. It was a promise to him that he would never flood the whole earth again. THese "rainbow babies" are an amazing testimate to Gods promise that he will restore our sorrow with greater joy. A rainbow is a sign of a promise...God always keeps His promises. THese babies are promises kept.

Love you, Susanne

Anonymous said...

I am pregnant with our Rainbow baby now and even in my most uncomfortable moments(32weeks) and in the first trimester when I was over the toilet 90% of the time, I thanked God that I was sick and prayed that i would stay sick and I thank God that he is blessing me enough to make me uncomfortable. As I type this my sweet boy is jabbing me in the ribs.... and I love every minute of it

oh and I stumbled across your blog through another blog that I was looking at through Kellys Corner prayer blog. Congrats on your baby boy

Ashley Smith
Tallahassee, Fl

 
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