Grab a tissue, this story will have you crying tears of joy. I often talk about the generosity of others. From the cards and gifts I received during my pregnancy, to the words of encouragement as I laid in my hospital room on bed rest. I have received a couple of beautiful necklaces, all personalized for my triplets (I LOVE wearing them!). My children received hats in the Nicu, plus tutus and outfits that Peyton wears today…the list of generosity is quite long. Every single gift holds a special place in my heart. It’s overwhelming when I think about how many people have reached out to my family.
Which brings me to the tears you’ll be shedding in a few moments. After Abby and Parker died, someone mentioned an organization to me. It’s called “Molly Bears”. In short, the founders had a daughter (Molly) who passed away before she was born. She was given a weighted teddy bear and that sparked an idea. The organization creates special teddy bears with the birth weight of the baby. The waiting list is very long, 1- 2 years. That’s because they rely on donations and volunteers to create the precious gifts. Earlier this year, I signed up for Abby and Parker. As luck would have it, my name was drawn to move my children to the top of the list. A week ago I received our Molly Bears…and the tears of joy haven’t stopped since.
When the box arrived, I knew exactly what was awaiting me. But, I was still shocked when I reached in and picked up each bear. Abby and Parker were barely a pound each, yet these bears felt so heavy. These weighted teddy bears were something tangible to hold onto. Something to squeeze and hug and hold…something I long to do every day when I think about my angels. As you can see from the picture, Peyton loves her brother and sister bears as much as we do! I can’t wait for the day when she understands their meaning. I know they will hold a special place in our hearts.
The volunteer who made our bears really grasped who my children are (I try not to use past tense too often, since I know Parker and Abby are in Heaven, alive and well). She looked at this blog and took note of Peyton’s nursery. Hence, the yellow, grey and chevron theme! She emailed me a few times to get a better understanding of what Abby and Parker were like during their short time with me. She knew Parker was into football and added a little pigskin touch. And she knew that Peyton was quite the princess, so it was only fitting to give her identical sister a tutu. She even noticed that Peyton always wears a headband, so she made sure Abby was matching her twin sis. At the feet of the bears are two little hearts. They each say “Peyton’s Angels”. I’m blown away by the little details and the care and love that went into creating our teddy bears. Please check out this amazing organization. They are always looking for volunteers! I can’t say thank you enough for this beautiful gift. I can picture Peyton and I, a few years from now, having make believe tea parties with her brother and sister. Until then, they have a perfect home in the nursery; two teddy bear angels watching over Peyton as she sleeps.
Miss P is really coming into her own. That diva personality keeps getting bigger and bigger! My birthday was over the weekend and Mr. Skry and Peyton spoiled me rotten. From coffee and donuts (I’m obsessed with Dunkin’ Donuts from my days of hospital bed rest!) to a day of relaxation, it was the perfect birthday. But of course, I had my bittersweet moments. Last year at this time, I was 9 weeks pregnant. I remember turning 33 and thinking, 3 is my lucky number. Not only was I 33 years old, I was having 3 children and it was 2013…seemed like a lucky year for me. Needless to say, I was happy to turn the notch to 34! I’m crossing my fingers–I think I deserve a good year.
I’ll leave you with some entertaining pictures. We all know Peyton loves to ham it up for the camera! Now her personality is really starting to show. The cupcake onesie she sported for my birthday was hilarious. She was more into trying to eat the cupcake than take a picture. She must have my sweet tooth! Enjoy the week and good luck with your March Madness brackets–we’ll be cheering on the Oregon Ducks!!! You can find me hiding in the sports department for the next two weeks…watching game after game with the WAND boys!
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