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Nurses. Today, I am thankful for nurses, and I’m proud to be one. My labor and delivery nurses made this cast of Delia’s (BIG!) foot on their own time, with their own money. I took it to Sleman’s and had it bronzed in silver. It will forever be one of mine and Justin’s most cherished possessions. Those nurses loved us, cried with us, came to Delia’s funeral, and I know they still pray for us. Not everyone can stand the heartbreak that comes with being a nurse. I went back to work for the first time yesterday since breaking my arm in May. It was hard. I dreaded going back. I “float” all over the hospital and there pretty much isn’t a unit I have not worked at least one shift on. I knew that people would either 1) know about Delia and it would be hard to see them 2) know that I was pregnant the last time they saw me and ask me, “How’s the baby?!” Or 3) know nothing and make small talk about how many children I have. I have worried about that question since the day Delia was born sleeping. Rachel Whalen spoke about the question of “How many children do you have?”on a podcast I listened to recently and said, “Many parents feel like if you don’t answer so incredibly honestly, you are betraying the child that’s not here.” Luckily, I didn’t have to answer that yesterday. Instead, while a sweet charge nurse was helping me transfer a patient, I apologized for being slow and told her it had been over 4 months since I had done this. She exclaimed, “Oh yeah, you had a baby! Congratulations!” I watched the look on her face turn to near shame when I said, “Well, actually... she was stillborn.” She apologized. Our patient (2 days post-op liver transplant) looked up and said, “beautiful angel,” and I agreed. I was reminded on the human connections we, as nurses, have the privilege of making. We come into people’s lives in some of their most defining moments- both patients and their families. I will never forget the wonderful nurses who changed my life and helped me being my “beautiful angel” into this world and have now helped me keep her memory alive. #laboranddeliverynurse #stillbornstillloved
We are headed home after a much needed beach getaway with the best of friends. We saw dolphins, swam, ate, drank, laughed, and cried. Looking out over the water, I was reminded that God’s eyes see much further than my own-and for that, I am eternally grateful.
It feels strange to wish my husband a “happy” birthday today, because it’s hard to be “happy.” It’s our first holiday since Delia was born sleeping, and we are learning how to combine joy and sorrow. However, I am so thankful that he was born on this day! He has been my rock, my comforter, and my support. I could not have gotten through this time without him. Plus, Delia was so beautiful because she looked just like him! So today I celebrate Justin. I’ve included big, pregnant “happy” photos to remind us of the happiest time in our lives and to remind us of what is ahead. Next time, we will appreciate the miracle of life even more! Justin has loved watching the GoFundMe grow, and he and I have been so moved by the support Delia’s Dock has received. So I’m asking my friends to please share the GoFundMe today, in honor of my husband’s birthday. Knowing people support Delia’s Dock is the best gift he could receive. LINK IN BIO
On July 6th at 1:17 pm, Delia Catherine Van was born into the arms of Jesus. Our beautiful daughter weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces, was 19 inches long, and had a head full of her dad’s dark hair and pouty lips. Delia suffered from what is known as a “cord accident,” meaning her umbilical cord slipped down by her cheek and became compressed. These incidents are very rare and unpreventable. Justin and I cannot put into words the overwhelming amount of love and support that our family and friends have surrounded us with. We are so appreciative of the outpouring of calls, texts, food, flowers, hugs, cards, and prayers. Although our hearts are broken, we know that Delia is in heaven and surrounded by all of our loved ones who have gone before her. We are still in the process of finalizing memorial service arrangements, pending the weather. We are anticipating a memorial service on Saturday, July 20th, in McComb. In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate your support of our goal to build a handicapped-accessible boat dock for Camp Sunshine at Percy Quin State Park in Fernwood, Mississippi, lovingly named “Delia’s Dock.” We will release additional details about this effort for a nonprofit campaign as they become available.
Still so overwhelmed by all the love given to us at the most perfect baby shower for Delia and me this weekend! Every detail was flawless, the food was delicious, and the weather was warm, but lovely. I’m forever grateful for these precious friends!
Super unflattering post, but the truth isn’t always pretty! After all the festivities on the coast this weekend, I fell getting out of the shower in our condo in Gulfport. We went to the ER to be safe, and everything was just fine with baby girl. Her heart rate was a little elevated-probably related to me being dehydrated-so I got some IV fluids and it came right down. Then I got checked out and found out I fractured my radial head. I had wonderful nurses- especially @tressesumrall and my mom and Justin were troopers! We are so grateful my injuries were minor. Y’all pray for Justin as he takes care of me and my broken arm the next few weeks before the baby is born! #33weekspregnant #alteredcenterofgravity #bigpregs
The most beautiful day celebrating our girl and her groom. The Vans love our P Bear and think she made a stunning bride!
It was such an honor to watch our childhood best friend receive her long coat last night, symbolizing the completion of medical school and beginning of her residency. You have come so far and have worked so hard! Proud doesn’t begin to describe it! #stillnotsayinggeauxtigers
Perfect Saturday right here. Fesmire/Van Easter egg hunt (plus baby goats- my favorite!) followed by crawfish at the Mallard. Bellies were had by all, some pregnancy induced, some crawfish 🦞
I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since this sweet little lady came into our lives! Happy first birthday, Ivey Joan! Thanks, @jamielynnspears for always setting the best example of what a mom should be, including throwing the unicorn party of my dreams!