“He makes all things beautiful in His time.” And it’s finally time for us to share our news. We’re so happy to announce that we’re expecting our rainbow baby.
This October our arms will be fuller and the hole in our hearts will be slightly smaller. When we lost our baby girl last November, we were devastated but we also knew that this was not the end of our family’s story. Richard and I decided to try for another baby. Of course we understand that we can never replace our tiebreaker baby Frances; but losing her made us realize that we have much love to give and that our family is not complete yet.
Although a piece of our family will always be missing, we are immeasurably grateful to be blessed with Owen, Carmendy and Baby Number Four. There are no words to describe the longing I feel to hold our rainbow baby in October! I’m sure it’s a feeling that only mothers who have experienced pregnancy after loss can fully understand (and since I try to be as open and honest about our loss as possible, I will definitely share more about the difficult journey this pregnancy has been in a future post).
For now, Richard and I are setting aside our anxiety and fears and celebrating our happy news. There is a great deal of uncertainty in my heart, but I am also certain that this baby deserves a Kopp-worthy announcement! Of course, our announcement for Baby Frances can never be topped (and I honestly don’t want to top it…it’s the one joyful experience and memory that I have of our angel baby and it needs to remain special). Still I think we came up with something beautiful for our 4th baby.
I wanted to include rainbows in our announcement, so I created a giant rainbow balloon arch for family photos (the 50 different colored balloons are from Oh Happy Day Party Shop). Our friends at Milestones Photog captured these very special pictures (despite two very uncooperative children). In the photos, we also included our angel bear, given to us at the hospital after we said goodbye to Frances.
We also made a short stop motion video that tells our story and share the news about our rainbow baby (it was also a reason for me to eat lots of Skittles). Take a look:
Thank you all for being there during this journey and this next chapter. It has been such a comfort to share my feelings and struggles with all of you! I look forward to many years of sharing stories about our Baby #4, but please send prayers our way these next few months as we try to stay hopeful and joyful. Love, Louisa