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!