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« on: August 24, 2005 12:12:05 PM »

I've been knitting for about 2 years now, though my knitting projects have mostly been small rectangles.  I decided that I would do one big rectangle and move on to something more complicated.  

I had already been working on this baby blanket for about 3 months when I found out I was pregnant.  I was excited that I happened to be knitting something I could use for the baby!  I had about 50 rows to go when the worst happened.  I found out at 18 weeks that my daughter had anencephaly, a neural tube defect that is, as the doctor said, "incompatible with life".  My daughter Mari was born and died on July 7, 2005.  

I decided that I needed to finish the blanket before her memorial service.  It is, after all, Mari's blanket.  I finished it on a Thursday, two days before the memorial service.  It is a treasure to me now.  





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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2005 12:31:30 PM »

I'm so sorry for your loss, it must be heartbreaking. That is a beautiful way to remember her
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2005 12:37:22 PM »

... so sorry to hear about Mari.  I'm sure she loves her blanket!  It's beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2005 01:10:33 PM »

My heart goes out to you. I'm terribily sorry for your loss. I can't imagine. But I think you created a beautiful blanket, one that Mari would have enjoyed for years to come. And now you can remember her everytime you see the blanket, so her memory will live on.
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2005 05:17:54 PM »

Having children, this hits my heart!  You have completed a beautiful memory, which I probably would not have the strength to do myself!
Mari, you and your family are in our thoughts.
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2005 06:52:49 AM »

Im so sorry to hear about your loss -
I miscarried my first baby at 3 months this July, and I know how painful and unbearable this feels...
Having something knitted to memorialize your daughters life will help you to greive and let her go. I dont know if you have other babies, but as I am learning time seems to help heal everything and there is always another chance tomorow to begin something new...My thoughts are with you - Keep knitting, it SO is therapeutic.
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2005 07:01:06 AM »

It's beautiful Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2005 11:05:18 AM »

Thanks everyone.   Smiley

Sammilynn -- I also had 2 miscarriages before Mari, but no other children.  My husband and I plan to try again soon, and we hope one day we will be able to put Mari's baby blanket to good use. 

Some friends and I started a group called Afghans for Angels (www.afghansforangels.net) -- we knit & crochet baby blankets, hats, etc. for parents whose babies die before birth or after birth, so that they have mementos to take home with them, so that they don't have to leave the hospital completely empty-handed (only broken-hearted).

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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2005 12:27:10 PM »

Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. It's a beautiful memento.
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2005 01:50:18 PM »

Some friends and I started a group called Afghans for Angels (www.afghansforangels.net) -- we knit & crochet baby blankets, hats, etc. for parents whose babies die before birth or after birth, so that they have mementos to take home with them, so that they don't have to leave the hospital completely empty-handed (only broken-hearted).

what an incredibly thoughtful response to your own loss & grief.  my heart goes out to you.  thank you for sharing this with us.
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